That's what i'd do, I'd even tell her hers cost more as it comes with a special distressed finish
exhire bikes from glentress
Just to throw a curve ball into your plans....
I'm certainly not a big fan of Kona at their rrp and discounted for a Kona is the way to go. They always seem so poorly specced for their price.
The Boardman (Boardman Sport is £550) bikes at halfords always look good - and you get a £50 voucher (handy for gear) and can get 10% off if you have a barclays breathe card.
As for the smaller sized bike you're looking for. Try the 'bay. And do a buyer collect.
These are some I've found closest to you.
Kona Hoss 2008
My preference being the Genesis.
I would buy both from the hub - for well maintained add fully serviced machines the prices are great. Better than you get on the general secondhand market.
go have a look at their bikes anyway - I really think you will be surprised. I was when I considered buying one
Mackem - it's not a big deal until your frame cracks.
as with any secondhand bike - give it a good looking over when you pick it up (if you're not sure maybe a friend into bikes?). i know someone who bought a exhire bike on the shops word (a trek xc bike) only to have to buy a new drivetrain after a few weeks use. i'm sure the glentress bikes will be ok - but they do blast them clean tho so make sure you ask about servicing on the forks and if they'll put new cables/brake pads as part of the deal too
I think buying one online and the other from the Hub makes good sense financially. The warranty alone is big factor if I was buying. Bought too many bikes & parts that have broken very quickly and if its second hand your stuffed with the repair and or bill. If you can get last years bikes cheap new then I would always go that route, if local then all the better. Recently bought some 09 rock shox's in the sale that broke after an hours use! Sent back for warranty and got upgraded to the 2010 ones! It wont happen all the time but for a little inconvenience you can have better parts sometimes. Its worth considering when buying, also bought some second hand brakes recently and they have been a total pain to fix! Buy new if you can IMO, you will have less to worry about if it does go wrong. Although make sure your OK with setting the bike up if buying online! If you do go for a second hand bike take a chain measuring device as it will give you an idea of the condition of drive train if the chains not been replaced. And try EVERYTHING on the bike to make sure it all works. Happy trails.
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