Anyone know of a better 26" hardtail for under £400 than this… (PSA inc)
For an extra £50 you get a whole lot more bike.Posted 4 years ago
£405 with the 10% discount they have on at the moment and a better spec than either of those I reckon, might even be able to use the fork for a while before upgrade.
I’d buy used though.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Rockrider 80 is also a wee bit above the budget, but the fork is a step up from the XCM and most other bits are either comparable or a bit better.Posted 4 years ago6079smithwMember
Okay the fork will be pants, but that can easily be upgraded at a later date (or straight away knowing me). Everything else seems perfectly adequate for general XC/Trail use. Been looking at getting a used hardtail for similar money, but this is sorely tempting me.Posted 4 years ago
I have a voodoo hoodoo and I think it great for the money.
I think they have changed the fork from air to coil losing the remote lock out, so I could not comment on the new fork.Posted 4 years ago
But the brakes work well and the alvio components work very well too.
I thought about replacing them but don’t see the point, I will wait for them to wear out first,
Need a large/19/20ish frame so the GT is out. Shame they went to a coil on the Hoodoo, seems like a bit of a step back from the air version. Still looks like the best package though, but the Genesis still looks good and although the Cube doesn’t appeal much it’s still a good option.
Chip, how tall are you and what size Hoodoo are you on?Posted 4 years ago
Been looking at 2nd hand Rockhoppers funnily enough Matt for around the £300 mark, but for that I’m looking at approx 5 years old, something like a Comp, but finding one local, decent condition etc is not easy. In fact finding anything right size, semi- decent spec, great condition etc is proving tough. Hence looking at something new. It doesn’t have to be top spec, this will be a second bike – winter/general XC/baby seat/canal tow-path family rides type bikePosted 4 years ago
Have you tried a wanted on here?Posted 4 years ago
That blue bike was via that, to a long term STW forum user, so worth a punt on an hours drive that it would be as described…
Also, go for condition not age. I would rather have a much older bike that is great nick. Yes the geometry tends to be a bit steeper, but nothing too different, especially on HT bikes.joolsburgerMember
theres a few to be getting on withPosted 4 years ago
I am 5’9″ and mines 18 inch.
If you go to halfords they shoild have one built in either 18 or 20.
And you can have a test ride to see if that is the wrong or right size for you .
I keep my chain well mantained and it shifts no Better or worse than the xt set up I have on another bike.
The brakes stop very well, on my bike with xt brakes I can stop very quickly without locking them up where as the tektro brakes on the hoodoo do lock up easier if you are to heavy handed but on the whole are very good.
As I said earlier I was thinking of swapping out the crank for slx or xt but I think the only benefit would be shedding a little bit of weight as everything works great so I don’t see it being worth the expense until it wears out.
The only things I have changed on mine is the front tyre for a bit more grip, seat for flexier rails as I have a temperamental back and pedals as the originals one started clicking after 6 months or so as I smashed it up
I have read some people saying the thought that the coils where a better option but I could not say as I have never tried them.Posted 4 years ago
Thanks for the information Chip, very useful. At 6’1 I’m thinking the 20″ would probably be the one for me, although I’ve got stumpy legs/long torso syndrome so I’m not 100%. Luckily my local Halfords have both in stock so I’m going to nip in later to try them out for size.Posted 4 years ago
Matt, not tried a WTD for this, tried them before with other stuff to no success. I would go second-hand but it’s not that straightforward, if I could find something local, right size, decent-ish spec, good condition etc then great but its not happening, been looking for a whilePosted 4 years ago
Halfords normally have a bike built for display purposes. The bikes shown In there stock levels are boxed still requiring a certain amount of assembly.
Which they will do for you once you place your order, normally for the next day, depending how busy they are.
There staff/mechanics can be hit or miss, I have had both good and bad experieces with them.Posted 4 years ago
I think they know there stuff it’s just down to some having a poor attitude.
Just a little heads up, since you’re tall. I’ve looked at the cube, voodoo and genesis and they all have bottle cage mounts on the seat tube. This means you’ll only be able to get the seat post down so far. I like to be able to ride with the saddle slammed when doing anything jumpy so this would rule out any of those frames straight away for me. Not an issue for everyone though I realise.Posted 4 years ago
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