Best XC MTB Hardtail for under £800
No doubt you will have seen a post along these lines before but your advice would be really appreciated.
Looking for a sturdy, light, well equipped hardtail for under £800. After reading countless reviews and forums I’ve narrowed the list down to the following bikes (all new):
Genesis Core 26.2/3
Genesis Core 30 (£594)
Cube Attention / Acid (not great reviews)
Scott Scale 70 (£580 -£634)
Mondraker Finalist Pro (£650)
Revolution Triad 2.0
Kona Blast (£700)
Kona Caldera 2009/10 (on sale £480 @ Paul’s)
Spec Rockhopper Comp / Expert
Cannondale SL 3 (£560) SL 2 (£629) both at Paul’s cycles and both older models
A couple of more things. (1) I don’t want a white bike (for obvious reasons) so that discounts Voodoo Boker and Boardman. (2) Not overly enamoured with Spec Rockhopper SL through riding it – don’t think it’s the right ride for me. (3) Not against buying second hand. I simply don’t have the know how to spot a banger from a bargain.
Thanks a lot,
BarryPosted 5 years ago
Genesis bikes seem to pop up everywhere I look. There definitely in the top 3 so far. I had actually thought of doing the exact same as you’ve done with the Attention. But it tips me over as you say.
I worked out that if I joined British cycling I could get the Boardman Team for c £784, which is hugely tempting.
Great shout and will most likely join British cycling anyway now.
CheersPosted 5 years agoBristolPabloMember
found this on http://www.bike-discount.de whilst looking at other bits. specwise its incredible vfm (999 euros so its around £860) though there are some unknowns wrt the frame.
Frame ZR Team Series Alu 7005Posted 5 years ago
Fork Rock Shox SID RL PopLoc
Brakes Formula RX, 180/160 mm
Crankset Shimano XT FC-M780, 10-speed
Bottom Bracket Shimano Hollowtech
Shifters Shimano SLX SL-M660 10-Speed
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT RD-M780, 10-speed
Front Derailleur Shimano SLX FD-M660, 10-speed, Topswing 34,9mm
Cassette Shimano HG62, 10-speed 11-36
Chain Shimano HG54 10-Speed
Spokes DT Industry black
Rims ALEX EN24
Tyres Schwalbe Nobby Nic Performance Draht 2,25″
Stem Race Face Ride
Handlebar Race Face Ride Riser
Seatpost Race Face Evolve, 31,6*350mm
Headset FSA No. 10 semi-integriert
Grips Radon Schraubgriffe by Velo
Saddle Radon by Velo
Pedals Aluminium Bärentatze
Colours white/limeVan HalenMember
i`ve got a cannondale trail sl frame (it was an sl6 full bike but its morphed somewhat)
great little trailbomber. only niggle is the chainstays are quite wide but i dont notice it really. seems strong enough for me to do all the freeridy things i like so far too. 1.5yrs old and still being abused.Posted 5 years agoalpinMember
a tad over budget, but a decent build and a frame that can take some real abuse.
if you’re looking at the boardman then type “halfords voucher code” into google for ~10% saving.Posted 5 years agotomhughesMember
I always say the same thing to people in these situations. I would personally recommend building the bike up yourself and source most if not all of the bits second hand.
Its easy to say, having built up many bikes (all road and TT so MTB are still proving tricky) but its the only way to really get what you want and generally works out much much more cost effective.
I am currently building up a carbon hardtail 29er, with reba forks, sram XX groupset and hope/stans wheels. I still have the odd part to source but at the moment its coming in at about £950. Half the parts are new from shops on sale and half are excellent condition second hand. The RRP of the build comes to over £3000.
If you don’t have the know how to do this I urge you to learn. It will also save you a load in LBS costs when bits go wrong. At the end of the day its all mechanical and most bits can be replaced.Posted 5 years ago
The on-one 456 Evo X5 Sektor is a very nice bike. Just a bit out my price range.
The Inbred X5 also looks like a good bike and is more within the budget.
Have you ridden on-one bikes?
If only you knew me you would know how unlikely I building a bike would be. I still struggle with Lego!Posted 5 years ago
Thanks for all the replies. I’m wanting to avoid a full suss bike but cheers for the offer.
I had only briefly checked out Radon. They seem to be well equipped, easy on the eye bikes – like the ZR Team 6.0. Do they only sell mail direct through German websites? Anyone ridden one?
Tried a few bikes out last weekend. The Kona Blast was tons of fun as was the Giant XTC3 (if a bit pricey).
Finding myself drawn to the Boardman Team for the value and reviews. Going to test drive a Core 26.2 as there good deals on the Core 30 (2011).
It’s turning into a saga.Posted 5 years ago
I got one of these last feb. Bargin for £500 IMO.Posted 5 years agojonundercoverMember
A certain well known bike mag seems to think the rockhopper was bike of the year 2011 but then again they seem to be sponsored by specialized! pages of advertising lol. I have an upgraded Marin Nail trail which is great and the rocky ridge is meant to be great too but slacker and longer travel.Posted 5 years agojohnnystormSubscriber
Join British Cycling through Quidco, it only costs £13 then iirc to get your 10% voucher. The join http://www.seloc.org for £12 as you’ll then be entitled to buy Halfords vouchers with 10% discount. Then go and buy a Boardman on reserve & collect. That way you can collect it boxed and build yourself. I took this route today after seeing a yoof scratch a carbon seatpost to buggery. 🙄Posted 5 years ago
I like the thinking on getting all those discounts on a Boardman which is probably what I’m going to get.
Saying that, I am very intrigued by the Marin B-17. It looks fantastic value and for that price. Whoah. Also appears well reviewed and would probably take a punt on it for the price.
The only thing that seems to be a downside – for the price can’t really complain – is the weight. Does anyone know how heavy it is?
I’ll check out the Commencal tooPosted 5 years ago
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