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Found 5th Sep 2007
Basically looking for a good bike site, been to evans cycles etc but looking for one that does delivery as well, but one that has good prices and a good selection. Looking for a decent cycle bike.

Cheers.

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Try:

[url]www.chainreactioncycles.com[/url]

I've always found them to be very helpful, good prices and free delivery!

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bigblueballoon

Try:[url]www.chainreactioncycles.com[/url]I've always found them to be … Try:[url]www.chainreactioncycles.com[/url]I've always found them to be very helpful, good prices and free delivery!



How fast is the delivery?

You don't mention your budget/style of bike/it's use, but here goes:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=85606

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Bike style is mountain bike. Full suspension is fine, but that usually bumps the cost up quite a bit, hardtail is fine. Not too picky on the actual brand, like the styles of Kona's.

What do you guys recommend about buying one off ebay? or even buying a frame off ebay? and then buying parts to make a custom spec. Im not 100% on the know how of bike building but not sure?

Oh yeah cheers for the links I'll check them out.

Buying a frame then parts works out more expensive but is good fun + you can choose exactly what components you want; always sceptical of anything on ebay myself but no doubt there are some decent frames on there. Remember bike tools necessary for assembly can be really expensive and some are hard to live without (although some can be improvised with makeshift tools). Kona's are very nice though not necessarily best value for money...

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schizoboy

You don't mention your budget/style of bike/it's use, but here … You don't mention your budget/style of bike/it's use, but here goes:http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=85606



Hmm might buy that after reading into it.

Really nice bike the hardrocks, doubt you'd regret the purchase, and plenty to upgrade in the future as the componentry is pretty basic (decent brakes but average chainset etc, the forks might be the first things you'll want to upgrade though..)

Definately worth going to a bikeshop and at very least sitting on one though (as with all bikes), ideally take one out for a ride, to make sure the geometry suits you. As its a 2007 model you might find it for a decent price in a local bike shop anyway...

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jah128

Really nice bike the hardrocks, doubt you'd regret the purchase, and … Really nice bike the hardrocks, doubt you'd regret the purchase, and plenty to upgrade in the future as the componentry is pretty basic (decent brakes but average chainset etc, the forks might be the first things you'll want to upgrade though..)Definately worth going to a bikeshop and at very least sitting on one though (as with all bikes), ideally take one out for a ride, to make sure the geometry suits you. As its a 2007 model you might find it for a decent price in a local bike shop anyway...



Theres a bike shop near, see if they have one, cheers.

tensai1031

How fast is the delivery?



Usually with a couple of days:thumbsup:

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Just found the Kona Blast 2007 which is a pretty damn high spec bike for £400with free shipping. Anyone find a better offer on it?

http://www.ashcycles.com/power/images/large/Kona/2K7_BLAST_LRG.gif

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Okay thinking of buying the Blast now for £400. Any reviews or oppinions?

Its a very decent bike - good frame a budget yet quality componentry. You'll probably find things like GT have better components for the money (Deore over Alivio, hyrdaulic brakes etc) but these are all things you can upgrade whilst the frame + basic setup on Kona is very good.

£400 looks reasonable, where is it from?

Before buying, if you can have a chat with an independent bike shop & ask them for advice. For instance, I bought a bare frame quite cheaply - it was identical to the frames used for a very expensive model of bike, jsut without the markings/stickers etc. You will get lots of sound advice, & won't be steered towards buying expensive stuff if that's not what you want. Typically, the first question you will be asked is "What sort of price can you afford?" Also, it's easier to haggle & get a discount from independents.

If they're still too expensive you can still buy elsewhere, but at least their advice is free:thumbsup:

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jah128

Its a very decent bike - good frame a budget yet quality componentry. … Its a very decent bike - good frame a budget yet quality componentry. You'll probably find things like GT have better components for the money (Deore over Alivio, hyrdaulic brakes etc) but these are all things you can upgrade whilst the frame + basic setup on Kona is very good.£400 looks reasonable, where is it from?



Ashcycles.com

It's the cheapest on the net, others sell it for £440+. This place has it for free shipping.

I'd go for the Hardrock Sport with the Hydraulic discs.
Its easy enough to get it for £330 now, there was a link to the HotUKDeals post earlier in the topic.
Well i wouldnt go for it, since i already went for it. Damn nice bike.

Like the Kona but just personally always thought Kona's were a bit extortionate lol.

Independent shops are usually quite good.
The local one here is a bit of a tip lol, as they just buy in bulk everything thats going cheap, but you end up with some ridiculously good bargains.
Price up what a self-build would be from them, if they have lots of surplus and cheap deals it can work out in your favour.
Same with for-sale boards in their shops, i got a daft deal on one of them before just because some cyclists are like PC geeks and must always have the newest thing, so flog lots of nearly-new stuff.

My free raleigh still out paces a lot of bikes! (can keep up with cars that stick to 30mph too!), Its heavy so flies along on the flats/downhill, Uphill is still quite quick though!

I really don't understand spending £400 on a bike, I'd buy another car for that.......

I've got a Merlin and was really happy with the way you can choose your components etc.. also have a reputation as one of the best wheel builders out there..
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