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  1. Chenks

    Chenks Registered Trader

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    i might be getting another bike to replace the cheap one i bought at the beginning of the year. my reasoning for buying the cheap one initially was that i didn't want to spend more money on something that i may end up not using a lot.

    well after 7 months it's clear i am using it a lot (sometimes even cycling the 6 miles to work in kilmarnock).

    so what do you guys think of the spec of one i've seen. i've seen it listed for £329 (but apparently the original price was £499 if that is to be believed).

    Alloy Rims: Yes
    Approximate Weight (KG): 14.75
    Brake Type: Hydraulic Disc
    Chainset: Shimano FC-M311
    Fork travel: 100mm
    Forks: Rockshox Dart 1
    Frame Material: Lightweight 6061 aluminium
    Front Brake: New Shimano BR-M445 hydraulic disc brake
    Front Mech: Shimano FD-M310
    Gear Shifters: Shimano SL-M360
    Handle Bars: Kalloy mid rise bars
    Headset: Semi integrated
    Hubs: Alloy with alloy QR
    Number of Gears: 24
    Pedals: Wellgo alloy platform
    Rear Brake: New Shimano BR-M445 hydraulic disc brake
    Rear Mech: Shimano Alivio RD-M410
    Rims: Double wall alloy rims
    Seatpost: Alloy 350mm x 31.6mm
    Stem: 105mm
    Suspension: Front
    Tyre size: 26 x 2.1
    Tyres: Kenda MTB tyre
    Wheel size: 26"

    now i know it's probably not the best of kit on some of things listed, but it would be an upgrade from what i currently have.

    it seems to have had fairly good customer reviews (but again it's hard to tell if those are "real" customers or not).

    with me being quite tall (6ft) a 20" frame is most likely the requirement.

    any thoughts?
     
  2. harper*

    harper* Gold Member

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    im using a commencal bike just now thats worth about £500(i got for £400) and can thoroughly recommend their range. it has juicy three hydraulic disk brakes, good front rockshock suspension forks and is a quality hardtail mtb.

    i got it at xmas too and can't fault the build quality, use it every day for paper round and more.

    if those dont tickle your fancy take a peek at the specilized hardrock.

    hope this helps dude :)
     
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    can you give us a link to the one you mite get? or at least make. amd model?
     
  4. Graeme*Kustom*

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    I've fallen behind a bit on what's hot and what's not in terms of components, but certainly Shimano / Rockshox are fairly tried and tested makes so shouldn't go far wrong.

    Only thing I'd chip in is that - assuming the suspension and disc brakes hint at you leaning towards more off-road use - you might want to consider a frame size down, and just raising the post a bit.

    Usually it's desirable to have a smaller frame for trail use as you'll drop the seat post down and spend more time riding standing upright.

    I'm 6'3" and using a 16.5" frame bike - not ideal for road use admittedly but bearable, but it's spot on when off-road, which is pretty much the main use for mine.

    For bike bargains, generally about September is a good time as far as I remember - usually it's at the end of the summer time next year's models are introduced so most retailers will be clearing 2010 stock. Dales in Glasgow are worth a look for Specialized bikes, gives you a chance to try them out and the Hardrock suggested above has always been a solid choice for the 'good but not too expensive' hardtail. Maybe in the sales you'll be able to get a Comp Disc model for sub £400 :)

    The brand of the bike / frame design can make a huge difference to the feel of the ride, so it's not always the sum of the components that's the only concern.
     
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    it will be mostly cycle tracks/roads, not actual dirt trails as such (but i would go on them if the opportunity arose).


    it's a Carrera Vengeance, saw it mentioned in hotukdeals. know it's most likely not a "great" brand but brand name isn't that important.
     
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    Chenks Registered Trader

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    picked up the new bike today.
    much improvement from the previous cheapy bike.
    gears very smooth.
     
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    Chenks Registered Trader

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    have already done that route (well the oswald hall area) on the old bike :D
     
  9. harper*

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    dude you should come down anyway :D

    the one you got seems awesome too :) how did you get that magic little sig there?
     
  10. Chenks

    Chenks Registered Trader

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    you mean my sig with the little icons?
    i just made it myself.
     
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    Ah rite I see man - nice.

    Considering that it'll now take effort , nvm :)
     
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    Excellent. 1 week in and new bike has puncture in both wheels. 2 thorns!

    Any suggestions for preventing such a calamity again?
     
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    bought some slime tube protector to help reduce the potential for any future punctures
     
  14. derekm705

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    Does that stuff not make your bike really heavy?
     
  15. Graeme*Kustom*

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    It doesn't make the bike heavy - it adds a little weight to the wheels. It's not a lot, but rolling mass can make that 'feel' heavier.

    For most uses though, doesn't really make a difference.
     
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    I see, cheers will come in handy for future referance :)
     
  17. Chenks

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    it's just a strip of plastic that gets placed inside the wheel between the tire and tube, i'd be amazed if anyone could feel any difference at all. (it's not the actual slime stuff that goes inside the inner tube).

    both punctures now repaired.
    2 slime skabs and did the rear without removing the wheel.
     
  18. Chenks

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    damn, another puncture on the front wheel!
     
  19. Cosmo_1847

    Cosmo_1847 Kiss of death

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    I kept getting puctures I my rear wheel. It turned out that when they made the wheel they didn't quiet align the join up so it was pintching the inner tube causing it to fail at the same place every time. I went through a lot of inner tubes before I figured that out. Only took 5 mins to file it down.
     
  20. Chenks

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    the irony on this occasion is that it was the slime protector strip that caused the puncture. i can see where the overlap of the strip has created a tiny slice in the tube.