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Looking for the best hardtail mountain bike for £400 ish

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Found 8th Oct 2008
Hi all new to this place and was looking for some advice. I am looking for a mountain bike hardtail for about £400 ish pounds, I like the look of the Gary Fisher Marlin Disc 2008 but can't find it in large, or maybe a Cannondale F6 disc. I also thought of the GT Avalance 1.0 but would like someone to advise me of which is the best spec. Thanks

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I would suggest you tried the bikes because you will feel a difference and you will get a preference that way. When i got my fist mtb after doing some research i was all set to get a Specialized but then I rode it and didnt like it. Tried a Trek and bought it. Funny enough since then I sold my Trek and when I went to try a couple of more bikes I really liked the Specialized this time and got a Rockhopper Disc which is lovely and would highly reccomend. I also tried GT and Kona but was disappointed by the weight, as I prefer a lighter bike. I also tried a Marin and if I could have warranted the price for my use I would have bought that!

edinburghbicycle.com/ebw…909

This is a great bike for the money. My mate has this he loves it. I have the Rockhopper which is the frame up from this one.

Original Poster

Thanks for the advice guys, i would like to get one with discs, Now looking at the Scott Aspect 45, as only £299 though i preferably would like to spend the full amount of £400 to get the best spec for the cash, any comments,

I personally don't rate Scott's and I've never met anyone who's owned one, for £400 I'd be looking at Trek, Specialised, Kona or GT (not too sure about GT, I've got a Zaskar and XCR1000 and love them but never ridden anything lower down the range), just avoid things like Saracen.
Oh, and check out places like ]Wriggle and ]Chain Reaction but avoid Evans (pricey) and Bonthrone (long delivery times, no customer service, won't answer phone or reply to emails).

Original Poster

Are Evans bad, they looked good on some of the bikes i was looking at??

Bikebarbie;3150991

http://www.gumtree.com/london/74/29576374.html



Same bike I have. Looks like a good deal.

bikeradar.com MTB magazine that could outline best bike in the price range you require. You should find your locl stockist and take a test ride on each. Make sure you try it on the type of terain you will be mainly riding

swardchill;3151270

Are Evans bad, they looked good on some of the bikes i was looking at??



Evans are generally overpriced but not bad as a retailer, still give good advice, etc.
One thing to bear in mind is that the new 2009 bikes are hitting the shops so they'll be selling off the 2008 models cheap, you should be able to get a decent £500+ bike for £400, or better if you're prepared to wait a bit.

Fat Bird;3151628

One thing to bear in mind is that the new 2009 bikes are hitting the … One thing to bear in mind is that the new 2009 bikes are hitting the shops so they'll be selling off the 2008 models cheap, you should be able to get a decent £500+ bike for £400, or better if you're prepared to wait a bit.



Good shout :thumbsup:

Fat Bird;3151628

Evans are generally overpriced but not bad as a retailer, still give good … Evans are generally overpriced but not bad as a retailer, still give good advice, etc.One thing to bear in mind is that the new 2009 bikes are hitting the shops so they'll be selling off the 2008 models cheap, you should be able to get a decent £500+ bike for £400, or better if you're prepared to wait a bit.



There was a deal on here a few days ago for just this - £100 pounds off 2008 Specialized bikes. I think the V brake model was reduced from £500 to £400. It was free postage on all bikes too, but you should take into account what another poster on here has said - it really pays to at least sit on a bike before buying.
I posted on the Specialized thread myself but it seems to have disappeared??

Banned

] try here as well http//ww…ion
Kaptain Kopter;3150889

http://www.edinburghbicycle.com/ebwPNLqrymode.a4p?f_ProductID=9792&f_SupersetQRY=C106&f_SortOrderID=1&f_bct=c003155c002909This is a great bike for the money. My mate has this he loves it. I have the Rockhopper which is the frame up from this one.

bulkomuff;3159629

] TRY HERE AS WELL … ] TRY HERE AS WELL http://www.mailordercycles.com/products.php?plid=m1b0s2p87&tbv=SPECIALIZED_Hardrock_Comp_Disc_BIKES_Mountain_Bikes_-_Front_Suspension



Nice price but chances are he will want a bigger frame than 15".

how bout this one -

evanscycles.com/pro…452

just ordered one for myself ... having it delivered to the shop to get free delivery , this way I get them to check it over and get it set up properly...

been looking for ages for a bike and figure that these 08 models won't last forever especially at these prices ...

but act fast as apparently this bike is better than the incoming 09 version !

and don't go for the nasty red one !

Kaptain Kopter;3150889

http://www.edinburghbicycle.com/ebwPNLqrymode.a4p?f_ProductID=9792&f_SupersetQRY=C106&f_SortOrderID=1&f_bct=c003155c002909This is a great bike for the money. My mate has this he loves it. I have the Rockhopper which is the frame up from this one.



I think better off spending a further £50 on an 08 rockhopper from Evens -

evanscycles.com/pro…452

Bikebarbie;3150991

http://www.gumtree.com/london/74/29576374.html



can get a brand new one - unused 08 for £50 extra

evanscycles.com/pro…452

merlie;3167684

can get a brand new one - unused 08 for £50 extra … can get a brand new one - unused 08 for £50 extra http://www.evanscycles.com/products/specialized/rockhopper-disc-2008-mountain-bike-ec001452



Excellent Deal! Well done! :thumbsup: The OP can either get the new one or negotiate the price down on the one on Gumtree!

Hi I've been reading the posts and I'm after a new bike but not sure what to get.

What does hardtail mean

I'll be using it for genral bike stuff, some off road and some long rides

I'm wanting to only spend between £300 - £400, will pay a little more if it's realy good

Any help or advice on what i should be looking for would be great

hav just bourght a hardtail worth £1400 on ebay nearly new and i got it for £460 claud butler olumpus xt nice bike !!

Harry21180;3169046

Hi I've been reading the posts and I'm after a new bike but not sure what … Hi I've been reading the posts and I'm after a new bike but not sure what to get.What does hardtail meanI'll be using it for genral bike stuff, some off road and some long ridesI'm wanting to only spend between £300 - £400, will pay a little more if it's realy goodAny help or advice on what i should be looking for would be great



Hardtail just means it does not have rear suspension.

The Specialized Rockhopper Disc from Evans for £449 is a bargain. I have the same model and I paid £600 for it last Feb.

Cheers for that

I'm 5ft 10 what size frame should i get

Harry21180;3175073

Cheers for thatI'm 5ft 10 what size frame should i get



I'm also 5'10" and have ordered the 19" frame. sound like you'll want the same. you would go for something smaller if you were gonna go made on MTB trails and the like - but as you've said that you'll be doing a few long rides then 19" is best for you ... why don't you get doen to the shop and have a test drive ?

Also the rockhopper comes with locking out forks which is better for cycling on hard trail, roads and going uphill - so I've been told.

merlie;3186747

Also the rockhopper comes with locking out forks which is better for … Also the rockhopper comes with locking out forks which is better for cycling on hard trail, roads and going uphill - so I've been told.



Why bother with a mountain bike to ride on the road? You would be better with a bike suited to the purpose. A road bike would be far less weight and skinny tyres = less resistance.
Suspension forks can be locked but this adds to making the bike heavier especially on "cheap" models. if you are going off road....... cheaper bikes mean cheaper components.. these will not last long in rugged terrain and the mud created in the British weather. Trust me... Its hard to keep a £2000 working with top end components

adofant;3187799

Why bother with a mountain bike to ride on the road? You would be better … Why bother with a mountain bike to ride on the road? You would be better with a bike suited to the purpose. A road bike would be far less weight and skinny tyres = less resistance.Suspension forks can be locked but this adds to making the bike heavier especially on "cheap" models. if you are going off road....... cheaper bikes mean cheaper components.. these will not last long in rugged terrain and the mud created in the British weather. Trust me... Its hard to keep a £2000 working with top end components



Best Of Both Worlds?

i posted ]this
GT is awesome plus the rrp is £550 off
who cares if its the 08 model???
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