New mountain bike

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  1. Euphoria

    Euphoria The music dude!

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    I've decided to buy a new bike suitable for on and off road. I definatelly do not want a 'road' bike or anything like that before it's suggested as I also intend to cycle around Thetford Forrest and such like. Here's the dilema...

    Being 6ft 3, I need around a 22" frame (so I was told today) and also strong and durable enough withstand me and what I put it through (nothing out of the ordinary, just a few jumps and things). As I know there are a lot of keen cyclists on here, maybe a few suggestions and bike recomendations could be thrown my way?

    I've been looking at Giant bikes, front and rear disks, 21+ gears front suspension. I want to travel to and from uni and general road cycling also.

    I guess my budget would be no more than £400 if I could help it, less if possible.
     
  2. Graeme*Kustom*

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    There's no strict rule about sizing - I'm the same height and my bike frame is 16.5" on the seat tube. Try a few at your local bike store or Halfords and see what feels comfortable.

    I would have normally suggested going for a smaller frame which is typically more desirable for offroad use and then just putting the seat up higher when you're on the road.
     
  3. brumster

    brumster Midland Muppet

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    £400 should buy you a fairly good frame with some cheap bits on it, but it certainly won't buy you a full susser worth having.

    What about :-

    http://www.merlincycles.co.uk/acatalog/Sale_Bikes.html

    ...we've been waxing lyrical about Merlin bikes before, but at the very bottom of there is a Malt 1 for 400 notes. You've got the basis of a good bike there and while it might not have the latest bling on it, you can always upgrade the bits on it over time if you get the need for a bit of UGI (Upgradeitis, a nasty disease that affects a lot of mtb'ers)
     
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    SiLvEr_SnAkE Posts: -98756

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    As Graeme said, you don't need a 22" frame it's what feels confortable. I ride a 21" Specialized frame and i'm 6ft 5.

    On a side note: Never realised we had so many MTB'ers on this forum, we need a "Post a pic of your bike" thread. :D
     
  5. Graeme*Kustom*

    Graeme*Kustom* Administrator

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    And I never realised we had so many tall people !

    I think I've spammed enough pics of my new bikey on here. I'll try and have an 'in action' shot soon though. :)
     
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    brumster Midland Muppet

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    There certainly used to be one... go on, start one, and I'll contribute ;)

    (I did a search but couldn't find the original thread - ho hum)
     
  7. Euphoria

    Euphoria The music dude!

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    Thanks for all the repies :)

    The Malt 1 you pointed out Brumster looks exactly like what I'm after. I'm still a tad unsure about frame size though? What size should I go for? 21" is the largest frame for that bike.
     
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    I remember reading somewhere that the Marin Northside Trail is a pretty good budget bike & it comes in a 22" version.
     
  9. Euphoria

    Euphoria The music dude!

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    But the question I'm asking is what size bike to get!
     
  10. Graeme*Kustom*

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    I can say almost definitely that you don't want a 22" size frame.

    Fine for a road bike, but it would annoy you off road - when you're racing down a track you want to be riding standing up and have a bit of clearance underneath you - not sitting down.

    An 18 or 19" would be a more sensible comprimise I expect.
     
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    Sorry I recommended a bike, I must have misread this bit :D

    "maybe a few suggestions and bike recomendations could be thrown my way"
     
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    Euphoria The music dude!

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    Cool, thanks! I don't want to be throwing a scaffolding rig on wheels around a track! I'll test out a few sizes tomorrow and see how they feel.

    I know, a nice bike too! Thanks :)
     
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    Euphoria The music dude!

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    That looks like quite a bargain.

    Some good kit on there - Hayes disc and Marzocchi forks certainly get my personal recommendation. :)
     
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    brumster Midland Muppet

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    Indeed - there's worse things out there and it's certainly good spec-wise over the Merlin, albeit a bit "mainstream" (not that that should really matter, but...)

    Go fer it ;)
     
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    Euphoria The music dude!

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    Will be purchasing hopefully within the week. Just a few more sales on eBay!

    Thanks for all the help and advice :)
     
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    Euphoria The music dude!

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    Urrgh. Big drop down in spec. 8 speed too, with all the cheapy crappy Shimano bits on it. I wouldn't bother myself :(
     
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    Euphoria The music dude!

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    I was thinking the same. Evans Cycles do the Dawes for £500 but that is a little out of my price range at the moment.
     
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    Euphoria The music dude!

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