Complete newbie looking for first mtb
I’m just setting out in mountain biking and as such am starting from scratch I.e buying my first bike in years… I’m after a bit of advice and I’d be so grateful if you guys could help out, my budget is pretty low (£300) and I’m looking to buy a half decent bike to get me started mainly road use but occasionally on tow paths and fire roads to see how I get on for now .. I’ve got a couple of bikes that I’m looking at but my judgment is limited to what looks nice lol could somebody please point me in the direction of what’s best for my budget? I’m looking at Saracen tufftrax 2014, Merida matts 10v, Gt aggressor 3.0, diamondback overdrive 2013, Dawes xc21 , felt six 95 2014 or giant revel 4? There’s a couple of ridgeback ones and the Claud butler trail ridge 1.3 in the price range also. A lot of reviews seem to point to the tufftrax but I’m open to advice and opinions which I’d be grateful for .
Thanks, DeanPosted 4 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
I’d either go secondhand, or buy a discounted 2013 bike.
Agreed. Worth a punt on the Classifieds, certainly. For a first bike, I’d be looking for a good quality HT (Get ready for acronyms! HT = Hard tail. A bike with front suspension only). Don’t worry too much about components, but concentrate on getting a good frame as a base to build on. The big brands (Specialized, Trek, Giant for example) all do excellent HTs at a budget end, and so would be well worth looking for.
Welcome to the end of your wallet….! 🙂Posted 4 years agodangerousbeansMember
Just went to look for this and it has sold for £400.
Gives an example of a decent useable bike that can be found secondhand:
If you are not confident buying second hand then you might have a mate to advise. Alternatively there are one or two folk on here who might be prepared to offer an opinion. 😀Posted 4 years agomartinhurtonMember
For your budget, and intended use, I’d look at getting something with rigid forks (ie no suspension) as it will be lighter and more of the budget will be spent on gearing (and possible disc brakes). Plus any fork on a sub £500 bike is likely to be pretty hopeless, just add weight, and offer poor performance.
If you intend to use it daily on the roads then I’d consider a hybrid as you’ll get higher gearing, more suited to road riding.
If you have mechanical knowledge and are happy to do DIY repairs/maintenance then the classifieds could be worth a look (certainly if you can go and inspect the bike before handing over your cash). Be careful though, suspension forks can be expensive to fix if they are faulty, and things like wheel bearings, bottom brakets, headsets, chain rings, tyres etc all add up if you buy a bad ‘un. I bought a bit of a wrecker but already had a box of spares and time to fix it up, if you’re not that way inclined I’d go new from your local bike shop.Posted 4 years ago
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