Should I buy this Mountain Bike?

19 replies
Found 20th Apr 2011
I'm in the market for a mtb around £350, can't make up my mind between this

halfords.com/web…499

or this, or anyone else got any other ideas?

jejamescycles.co.uk/spe…tml

I've got a 10% voucher for Halfords so that brings it down to about £340 + quidco etc.

If a mod can help with the links thank you.

19 Comments

I prefer the first one.

whatsThePoint

i'd get this … i'd get this one[url=http://www.evanscycles.com/products/gt/avalanche-30-disc-hydro-2010-mountain-bike-ec020900]http://www.evanscycles.com/products/gt/avalanche-30-disc-hydro-2010-mountain-bike-ec020900[/url]



+1

Why does that say £310 and then £360??

Original Poster

whatsThePoint

i'd get this … i'd get this onehttp://www.evanscycles.com/products/gt/avalanche-30-disc-hydro-2010-mountain-bike-ec020900


I like the GT but only small I need a 20".
I know all the Halfords issues, but just really interested in spec.

Banned

The kraken is better than the GT spec wise....the forks on that GT are carp and the gears are bottom of the range....Buy the kraken you won't regret it.

The kraken is comparable to the GT XC2 the XC3's a more 0of a budget build.

Post your question on bikeradar forum and they will tell you the same thing.


bikeradar.com/for…c=3



Edited by: "slamdunkin" 20th Apr 2011

Banned

Just abouit everyone?


Just a bit of an exaggeration....I weigh 15 stone and have ridden mine on Lot's of derbyshire trails and my crank is fine.

My son has an xc3 and I can tell you categorically that the kraken is the better bike.


Like I said....if OP wants an informed opinion from mountain bikers then go ask on bike radar.
Edited by: "slamdunkin" 20th Apr 2011

Original Poster

slamdunkin

Just abouit everyone?Just a bit of an exaggeration....I weigh 15 stone … Just abouit everyone?Just a bit of an exaggeration....I weigh 15 stone and have ridden mine on Lot's of derbyshire trails and my crank is fine.Thanks Slam, just got to remember my log in details.........My son has an xc3 and I can tell you categorically that the kraken is the better bike.Like I said....if OP wants an informed opinion from mountain bikers then go ask on bike radar.


Original Poster

cycleman


Thanks Slam, off to bike radar now

Gotta say i know nothing about bicycles...however, 1 of my workmates cycles to and from work on what looks like to an ignorant non cyclist like myself...... a piece of crap.


The frame alone is worth 3 thousand oO

Banned

Like I said, he doesn't have to take my word for it...I've posted a link to the best bike forum on the net so he can get other opinions from people in the know.

Banned

whatsThePoint

While i'm here is my Marin nail trail any good?




Only gets a 3 star review...as the fork wasn't upto the job for a bike in that price point.

bikeradar.com/gea…74/

Hope that helps

I've got a Carrera Subway ltd edition I need to sell but that's an 18" (yes i'm short haha) so not sure if it's any good to the OP?

Looking for a road bike in the summer for around the £400 max, any suggestions please?
OP-sorry to ask in your thread

gman1

I've got a Carrera Subway ltd edition I need to sell but that's an 18" … I've got a Carrera Subway ltd edition I need to sell but that's an 18" (yes i'm short haha) so not sure if it's any good to the OP?Looking for a road bike in the summer for around the £400 max, any suggestions please?OP-sorry to ask in your thread



Well I would suggest a second hand bike, but it your looking for something new the take a look at a 2010 Raleigh Airlite 200 which you should be able to pick up for around the £400 mark.

GAVINLEWISHUKD

Well I would suggest a second hand bike, but it your looking for … Well I would suggest a second hand bike, but it your looking for something new the take a look at a 2010 Raleigh Airlite 200 which you should be able to pick up for around the £400 mark.


Thanks I'll take a look...looking on evans cycle it seems like I might need to up my budget
Edited by: "gman1" 20th Apr 2011

Remember that relying on magazine review is a bit like deciding whether to like Marmite by asking someone else if they like it. The article is the reviewer's opinion. The most important opinion is yours.

Try the bikes in question, buy the one that fits and feels the best

gman1

I've got a Carrera Subway ltd edition I need to sell but that's an 18" … I've got a Carrera Subway ltd edition I need to sell but that's an 18" (yes i'm short haha) so not sure if it's any good to the OP?Looking for a road bike in the summer for around the £400 max, any suggestions please?OP-sorry to ask in your thread



Try a Giant Defy 4 - if there are any 2010's kncking about they'll be around that price point, They're quite long and low though, so check it suits your proportions.

gman1

I've got a Carrera Subway ltd edition I need to sell but that's an 18" … I've got a Carrera Subway ltd edition I need to sell but that's an 18" (yes i'm short haha) so not sure if it's any good to the OP?Looking for a road bike in the summer for around the £400 max, any suggestions please?OP-sorry to ask in your thread



I've just ordered this bike through my works cyclescheme ... Very good bike
£404 - sale price through website

Claud Butler San Remo

Thanks Duggie_22 and arcangel111...I'm going to go to Evans cycles once I finish uni exams, the guy in there said you can pick out a few bikes and we'll set it up for you so you can try it out for 30 minutes and see what you like so I can see if a road bike is something I could get used to. They seem like a good place to get a bike from and would be helpful if I had future problems...am I right in thinking so?

Evans are a very good chain of shops. Their pre/post sales service is excellent !!

arcangel111

Evans are a very good chain of shops. Their pre/post sales service is … Evans are a very good chain of shops. Their pre/post sales service is excellent !!


That's good to hear, always provide good service when I go in
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