- All day trail/XC hardtail buying advice
Carbon 456 is not heavy, and looks like a good versatile HT – ridden with plenty of people who rate them. Cheap as, so you could build it up with some nice wheels and a decent fork. Not a looker.Posted 4 years ago
One of the cannondale trail bikes will give you a classy, light Al frame for all day xc. Prob at the expense of the componentry, though, so the overall package may not be as attractive.
Hi all. I realise that it’s all subjective, but I wondered if anyone had some pointers before I go around various LBS to have a sit on the bikes…..
I’m after a new £1k-£1.5k hardtail. I’ve had a full sus and whilst I loved it I missed the feel of a hardtail. I want something that’s comfortable for long(ish) XC rides, light in case I fancy a bit of racing, but also something that’s capable of fun (ie not a race focused Scott Scale kind of thing!). Basically a fun XC hardtail if that exists!
I’ve just sold my Transition TransAm as I found it too heavy (I know that not just the frame’s fault), so I’m not interested in Orange Crush, BFe, 456 etc
I was thinking along the lines Giant XTC composite, Whyte 901/905 or possibly a Cube Reaction.
Any thoughts?Posted 4 years ago
Yeah, I should have guessed the Soul would come up. I know they’re very good but to be honest I want to try something further away from my TransAm – ie not steel. Perhaps I’ve been too quick to write off 29ers. The Carve and SC look very nice, especially the SC. I’m just from the 26 generation and not convinced by 29ers yet!Posted 4 years ago
I’m not obsessed with weight but I just don’t want a heavy hardtail.coreMember
You’ll struggle to find a new 26″ wheeled bike in that price range (if you don’t want steel), so it’ll have to be 650b or 29er from one of the main players I feel.
I had a cube hybrid once, was the worst feeling bike I have ever ridden, don’t know why, maybe it was just heavy, but didn’t like it one bit, just felt dead.Posted 4 years agoandypaul99Member
Ive been really pleased with the XTC composite 29er, i have the 2013 1 model, great frame, not harsh for a carbon framed hardtail and comfy on longer rides as it feels quite like a trail bike, weighs 26lbs even with the quite heavy standard wheels. I just think for the money its a good all rounder.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
If you can find a Ragley Ti, they are kind of incredibly awesome… Might sound like a bit much for your all-day brief but they really do make for excellent milemunchers and unexpectedly good climbers (mate of mine borrowed it to race the glentress seven and found it good)Posted 4 years ago
In exactly the same boat – puzzled that xtc’s only get so-so reviews and intrigued by FF29. But also getting to th age where my back might just prefer a FS even though I have only ever ridden HTs. Was going to get Trance 29er until Giant told me that 29ers don’t work!!!!Posted 4 years agoPaineyMember
I was in exactly the same position a while ago and settled on one of the new Canyon 29ers. Full on Carbon frame, very lightweight etc for less than £1.5k. I demo’d a few Giant bikes and didn’t like the feel of them, or the spec really. The frame on those also weighs 1.3kg, the Canyon 300g less and is a better frame anyway.
Think it was what mountain bike mag did a group test and it came a close second, albeit a more expensive version but with the same frame. Mind you, they’re not without their issues. Mostly build quality in my experience. You have to be reasonably handy in the garage.Posted 4 years agomaicoMember
With £1500 your spoilt for choice.Posted 4 years ago
Just seen Paul’s cycles are selling 2013 Cannondale SL1s for £750, well down from their rrp of £1100. They seem to have some decent kit on them. Seems like a bit of a bargain – lots of money left over too! Any thoughs on these? main concern is that Cannondale seem to have a liking for strange size headsets. Is this still the case? There is mention of a ‘custom’ 1.5 headset…
Also any idea of the weight of the bike. Can’t find it in googlePosted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
I’m guessing this fails on the Not Steel idea but my mate (LBS owner) just picked this up for some training miles. Looks great, spec is good and the price is good too (in Oz no idea about uk) Weight was sensible too.Posted 4 years ago
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