- Best bike for under £500
Do they need other gear, helmet, gloves, shoes (advantage with flat pedals for starting out is you can use old trainers initially). You can get an ok new bike for £500, eg something on sale from last year’s model range. Big brands like Specialised Rockhopper or Giant and Cube’s are good value (direct import to bike shop so one less middle man).
As noted above if you search around (eg on clasiffieds here) you can buy a used bike which would have cost around £1,000 plus but you have to know what you’re looking for and be prepared to travel to look at it.
I got started on a £350 Specialised Hardrock, to be honest I should have spent more as it was V-braked with a rubbish fork which I subsequently changed, £500 you’ll get a much better bike which will provide a great introduction to the sport. Have fun.Posted 5 years agoRob HiltonMember
Actually, I’d probly go 2nd hand, but if they’d want the reassurance of buying new there’s always some decent offers about – google is your friend.
P.S.Posted 5 years ago
I wouldn’t consider a full-suss at that price range, even heavily discounted, such as: http://www.paulscycles.co.uk/products.php?plid=m1b0s1p1748 as it’ll be a really heavy piece of shit.TandemJeremyMember
Anything in the edinburgh cycles range? – or the bike chain has merida bikes that look great value for moneyPosted 5 years agorelliott6879Member
Rob Hilton – Member
I wouldn’t consider a full-suss at that price range, even heavily discounted, such as: http://www.paulscycles.co.uk/products.php?plid=m1b0s1p1748 as it’ll be a really heavy piece of shit.
Is it wrong that I’m actually finding that ‘really heavy piece of shit’ quite tempting? 😳Posted 5 years ago
Cheers for all the help!
For the record one lad is about 5’9-5’10 and the other is 6’1.
Helmets are sorted, got a good deal on these to get them started off:
I had the black one when I first got into biking and it looked good and was comfy.
Gloves and lights etc arn’t a problem as i’m currently investing in importing them from Hong Kong and China to start a small business from home. (Knog Frog lights front and back for £6)
I like the Kona, I had a Kona Blast Deluxe 2009 as my first bike and loved it.
JonnyPosted 5 years agoThe FopsterMember
If they want to buy new don’t ignore Halfords. Some bargains in the sales when they happen, and the Voodoo and Carrera bikes are pretty decent and amazing spec for the money. Won’t win any streed cred prizes at the trail centre but may get a good bike to start on.Posted 5 years ago
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