Which bike to get?

    I currently have a Giant Boulder (so to speak) which has done me well over the past few years, after doing a ride at the weekend I looked at a few models and am thinking about getting an upgrade.

    I tend to mainly ride on roads, some tracks etc. (Rutland Water for example if anyone knows it)

    The bloke in the shop mentioned a 'hybrid' - which I thought were electric. He said they have thin wheels for the road, front suspension which can be locked on or off, so fine for all surfaces, but better than a mountain bike on roads.

    Firstly, is that tosh?

    The place I went only sold Giant bikes, and of their ones I really liked the Roam 1 model. Any ideas for other brands that are reasonably decent. I quite like the Specialized Rockhopper, I presume Specialized are still a decent brand? (I know they're more like £800 though)

    We have the cycle scheme at work, but was looking to spend about £5-600 rather than the full grand.

    Anybody else done the cycle scheme? Is it worth it? I didn't fully understand it when he talked to me about it yesterday.



    Spend the full grand

    Original Poster

    Elton Chong

    Spend the full grand

    Need to look more into the likely costs.


    Not tosh, A hybrid takes the best bits of mountain/road bikes to make umm … Not tosh, A hybrid takes the best bits of mountain/road bikes to make umm a road bike

    Thanks, he did seem to know his stuff, how noticeable do you think thinner tyres and a slightly larger chain set (?) would be?

    Original Poster

    Bump for any suggestions of models?


    Bump for any suggestions of models?

    plenty here…cfm

    Original Poster

    Just to throw a spanner in the works I've been to another store and all but decided on keeping my boulder but getting a road bike.

    Liked the specialized secteur, any thoughts or suggestions?
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