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Found 13th May 2011
Hi guys I'm looking to get back into cycling, kill some time and get a little cardio vascular fit. I'm kind of learning, and trying to go for lightest bike, without spending to much. I have come across the REEBOK SWITCHBACK, alloy frame and seems pretty good, and is less than 130ish. Does any one know of any others around about that price or cheaper?

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There's a guy on MSE who appears to know about bikes and also recommends good bikes start at around £300. You could always post on there as well if you think it'll help. Maybe you could consider posting a request on MSE's I wanna buy-it or do-it Board.

Have a look at the following link as well:

whycycle.co.uk/buy…ke/
Edited by: "LemonHead" 14th May 2011

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Thanks for your help, and I dont really want to pay that much to be honist. I'm looking at £150 max. I take it your into cyxling then? What do you think of my choice? REEBOK SWITCHBACK
Edited by: "leeparsons" 14th May 2011

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Also I could get this for £15 more. So total of £140. It's a CBR Assault 26 inch Front Suspension Mountain Bike

Are you looking at getting these from Argos? If so, the original prices shown there must be a joke. I would guess the sale price is about the top price for either of those bikes...

IMHO, I'd leave the Reebok. It doesn't even say what frame size it is, only say 26" wheels. The CBR looks OK for the money. If I had to choose between the two I'd take the CBR.

As an alternative you may wish to consider this Barracuda.

At this price point I don't think there is too much separating the CBR and Barracuda. One has disc brakes and one doesn't, but I don't think there is significant advantage or disadvantage in either (better stopping power Vs greater weight). I am assuming you know what type of riding you want to do, and consider a hardtail ATB to be the correct choice.

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Chocka

Are you looking at getting these from Argos? If so, the original prices … Are you looking at getting these from Argos? If so, the original prices shown there must be a joke. I would guess the sale price is about the top price for either of those bikes...IMHO, I'd leave the Reebok. It doesn't even say what frame size it is, only say 26" wheels. The CBR looks OK for the money. If I had to choose between the two I'd take the CBR.As an alternative you may wish to consider this Barracuda.At this price point I don't think there is too much separating the CBR and Barracuda. One has disc brakes and one doesn't, but I don't think there is significant advantage or disadvantage in either (better stopping power Vs greater weight). I am assuming you know what type of riding you want to do, and consider a hardtail ATB to be the correct choice.


I am after a reasonable priced alloy bike. I dont fancy spending the earth, not sure how i am going to get on with my balance. So it will be mainly road, but i might take it off to woods or the beach etc. Thou having no suppersion on my previous bike, i dont think i will be worried about any problems from that in the first plavce Is there much differance in disc brakes and v brakes? Whats the cost of them, how frequent do they need changin on average usuage?

IMHO, your budget is fine for your needs, and your choice of bike is fine for the riding you intend to do.

From what you've said, I would say you don't NEED discs. Mind you I'm old skool and started out with cantilevers on my ATB. For my leisure riding nothing more is needed, whether riding through water or going downhill, and I like my bikes as light as they can be. It would be different if I was a competive rider.

Have a read and make up your own mind HERE

Edited by: "Chocka" 16th May 2011

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Chocka

IMHO, your budget is fine for your needs, and your choice of bike is fine … IMHO, your budget is fine for your needs, and your choice of bike is fine for the riding you intend to do.From what you've said, I would say you don't NEED discs. Mind you I'm old skool and started out with cantilevers on my ATB. For my leisure riding nothing more is needed, whether riding through water or going downhill, and I like my bikes as light as they can be. It would be different if I was a competive rider.Have a read and make up your own mind HERE


I would think that disc brakes arent easy to install, compare with y brakes. Plus i would expect the cost of adding new brakes is much more. Thou disc brakes do look cool.
Edited by: "leeparsons" 16th May 2011
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