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New Bike Upto £400 was think of this GT Avalache 3.0 2009

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Found 8th Mar 2009
Hi

I'm after a new bike, i'm doing the coast to coast in July. So i need a bike for road and off road.

I was think og getting the GT Avalache 3.0 2009 from here
evanscycles.com/pro…370

What do you think, any other ideas

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When I was after a low end hardtail, the one that seemed to get the best reviews was the Claud Butler Cape Wrath.

It still seems to get good reviews although now there are 3 versions of it. For your £££ you could get the top one (D27) with hydro discs.

]Review here

]Good price here (google to check) - £363 Delivered

Advantages over the GT - Next step up in gears (Deore is next step up from Alivio) and discs (worth the weight in gold in my opinion) .

Disavantages? Name?

Hope this helps

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Cheers

This is just the sort of info i needed

so the gears and discs are much better on the Claud Butler

i thought Claud Butler was a good name

Well it's an old name, but got bought out by a fairly large company (falcon I think) who haven't got a good name.

They now seem to specialise in fairly cheap bikes but with a good component set.

Gears - better (alivio is shimano's lowest price 'named' range, deore's the next one up)

Brakes - MUCH better. For a start the GT has tektro (they're only a step up from no name), and they're linear pull (V brakes) which although more powerful are just like a standard set of bike brakes (rubber blocks on the wheel rim). The Cape Wrath has hydraulic disc brakes. IE a hydrualic caliper grips a disc in the middle of the wheels. It gives a MUCH more powerful brake and after getting used to it a much more controlled brake too.

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Can anyone give any more advise or recommend any other bikes

Rep will be given

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Evilmonkey;4584738

When I was after a low end hardtail, the one that seemed to get the best … When I was after a low end hardtail, the one that seemed to get the best reviews was the Claud Butler Cape Wrath.It still seems to get good reviews although now there are 3 versions of it. For your £££ you could get the top one (D27) with hydro discs.]Review here]Good price here (google to check) - £363 DeliveredAdvantages over the GT - Next step up in gears (Deore is next step up from Alivio) and discs (worth the weight in gold in my opinion) .Disavantages? Name?Hope this helps



Can you recommend anything else

could consider a used bike which is better value for money-
i'm thinking of selling mine if intrested-looking for about £370
moredirt.co.uk/rat…163

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JACKIT99;4591980

could consider a used bike which is better value for money-i'm thinking … could consider a used bike which is better value for money-i'm thinking of selling mine if intrested-looking for about £370http://www.moredirt.co.uk/ratebike.php?id=5163



It looks a canny bike

Where abouts are you based, also is it better than the other bikes on this post

evanscycles.com/pro…gle

Worth looking around for a 2008 bike - usually discounted, but still near enough the same spec (just different paint job)

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Sootie;4592091

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/specialized/rockhopper-2008-mountain-bike-ec001453?utm_source=froogle&utm_medium=froogle&utm_campaign=froogleWorth looking around for a 2008 bike - usually discounted, but still near enough the same spec (just different paint job)



I may try this, but i'm not sure whats good and whats not

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]http//ww…uk/

I've had a look on here, looks like some good deals

How tall are you?

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GAVINLEWISHUKD;4593183

How tall are you?



5 ft 10

5 ft 11 ish

Why

Harry21180;4593691

5 ft 105 ft 11 ishWhy



Well there is no point posting deals on a 14" or 20" frames when your a normal size.

If I were spending £400 on a I would go for this.

]http//ww…063

And as I guess most of your ride will be road change the tyres for more suitable ones to save your legs like.

]http//ww…547

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GAVINLEWISHUKD;4593912

Well there is no point posting deals on a 14" or 20" frames when your a … Well there is no point posting deals on a 14" or 20" frames when your a normal size.If I were spending £400 on a I would go for this.]http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=24063And as I guess most of your ride will be road change the tyres for more suitable ones to save your legs like. ]http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=8547



It looks a nice bike

What size do you think i would need

I like the other site because it give you 0% finace.

17" to 18" frame size presuming you have normal proportions. ie not look like Johnny Bravo!

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GAVINLEWISHUKD;4594124

17" to 18" frame size presuming you have normal proportions. ie not look … 17" to 18" frame size presuming you have normal proportions. ie not look like Johnny Bravo!



lol something like that

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]http//ww…=23

is this bike any good

Harry21180;4594237

]http://www.sunsetmtb.co.uk/shop/index.php?product_id=923&category_id=23is this bike any good



Well I would steer away from any bike where they don't tell you what grade of material the frame is. As it will be rubbish thats why they don't want you to know. As for the group set I just cant recommend the alivio group set it's just to flimsy. As for brakes at this level I wouldn't bother with disks as they just eat up too much of budget.

So my recommendations. A graded frame and Deore group set and at this level weight is your biggest hurdle.

JACKIT99;4591980

could consider a used bike which is better value for money-i'm thinking … could consider a used bike which is better value for money-i'm thinking of selling mine if intrested-looking for about £370http://www.moredirt.co.uk/ratebike.php?id=5163



The olympus is the next one up from the cape wrath (and was the top of their line).

Better gears, named hydro brakes. So a nice bike.

ANYHOOO, I came back because I forgot to say something...

You are going to be on the bike for a LONG time if your doing the C2C, so one thing we all forgot to mention is to TRY IT OUT.

Bikes have subtle differences in their geometry (IE the angles between their main tubes). These changes can suit a number of different styles of riding, also a number of different body shapes. I don't look freakish (honest) but I feel more comfortable with a bike with a long top tube (the tube between the saddle and handlebars). It really is an individual thing.

So a good start would be at least try some makes out, see what feels right. Even as far as finding the right size for you...

Where do you live? I'm sure we can point out some decent bike shops for you to take a look in.

Just posting here to say its really nice to see people being so genuinely helpful. This is part of what this site is about! :-D

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Evilmonkey;4595753

The olympus is the next one up from the cape wrath (and was the top of … The olympus is the next one up from the cape wrath (and was the top of their line).Better gears, named hydro brakes. So a nice bike.ANYHOOO, I came back because I forgot to say something...You are going to be on the bike for a LONG time if your doing the C2C, so one thing we all forgot to mention is to TRY IT OUT.Bikes have subtle differences in their geometry (IE the angles between their main tubes). These changes can suit a number of different styles of riding, also a number of different body shapes. I don't look freakish (honest) but I feel more comfortable with a bike with a long top tube (the tube between the saddle and handlebars). It really is an individual thing.So a good start would be at least try some makes out, see what feels right. Even as far as finding the right size for you...Where do you live? I'm sure we can point out some decent bike shops for you to take a look in.



So it may be an idea, to try some bike out. I live in Gateshead/Newcastle

Cheers lads for all the help, just think if i'm spending £400 what to get the best bike possable.

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]http//ww…gle

I've also had this bike recommended

Evilmonkey;4595753

You are going to be on the bike for a LONG time if your doing the C2C, so … You are going to be on the bike for a LONG time if your doing the C2C, so one thing we all forgot to mention is to TRY IT OUT.Bikes have subtle differences in their geometry (IE the angles between their main tubes). These changes can suit a number of different styles of riding, also a number of different body shapes. I don't look freakish (honest) but I feel more comfortable with a bike with a long top tube (the tube between the saddle and handlebars). It really is an individual thing.So a good start would be at least try some makes out, see what feels right. Even as far as finding the right size for you...Where do you live? I'm sure we can point out some decent bike shops for you to take a look in.



Agree 100% with EvilMonkey - you'll need to go and try them for size because there is such a huge selection and you'll want something comfortable for that ride

Dude, GT Avalanche 3.0 2009 Disc version £399 but wait....! phone them up and they will do it for £295 ! ! ! best on net, I trecked the net for ages and could beat this deal. Good Luck

activesport.co.uk/sho…am=

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Can anyone else recommend any bike

Well as you seem to like the GT last years Avalanche 2 at £280

]http//ww…070

Or this for £255 delivered and at 12.7kg its light for the cash.
]http//ww…129

But your best bet for under £300 is this and has Deore groupset.
]http//ww…443

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Stormnorm364;4610657

Dude, GT Avalanche 3.0 2009 Disc version £399 but wait....! phone them up … Dude, GT Avalanche 3.0 2009 Disc version £399 but wait....! phone them up and they will do it for £295 ! ! ! best on net, I trecked the net for ages and could beat this deal. Good Luckhttp://www.activesport.co.uk/shop/catalog/search?shop_param=



That's a cracking deal mate, think i may give them a ring (I've added some rep for you)

Has anyone used this company

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GAVINLEWISHUKD;4611799

Well as you seem to like the GT last years Avalanche 2 at … Well as you seem to like the GT last years Avalanche 2 at £280]http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=29070Or this for £255 delivered and at 12.7kg its light for the cash.]http://www.merlincycles.co.uk/?fn=product&productId=1584&categoryId=129But your best bet for under £300 is this and has Deore groupset.]http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=25443



The bottom bike looks nice, with a good spec, but would like disc breaks

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OK people I plan on buying a bike this weekend or next and anyone recommend anything or give me any tips
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