DH goodness for £2.5K
Nephew has fired this at me, he’s looking at the Spesh Status 2 for starters, which doesn’t seem too bad with this years spec..
Looking at old threads and the Dirt 100, it seem the YT Industries TuEs is the ‘one’ to go for, but as he need it on finance, that not really an option (is it?).
So off-hand I’ve suggested a Saracen Myst 2013, as there going for around £2k (or pushing up his budget for 2014), otherwise as always Canyon seemed worth mentioning.
So as I’m only going by internet/mag reviews, any real world views?Posted 4 years agoBoardinBobSubscriber
I’ve got the entry level Canyon DH bike. I love it and it’s never missed a beat. Spec wise this year’s model isn’t as good as my 2013 version, however the one you’ve linked to is outstanding value when you stack it up against the Specialized. The argument for the Spesh will be a better frame, but it would have to be a remarkably better frame to compensate for the better components on the Canyon.Posted 4 years ago
Legend he’s young and foolish.. and has got himself a decent job, & has no out goings, other than ‘toys’ & his g/f!Posted 4 years ago
I totally agree, but trying to be the ‘good’ uncle he actually speaks to, rather than another whinny family figure he ignores. So I’m only offering advise on the bike front 😐toys19Member
I’d use a 0% purchase credit card and make the Euro payment on the card through HiFX
If I had my time again I would not spend 5k on a TR450, I’d spend 2.4k on a tues and 2.6k on nefarious doings.
A Tues and a TR450 together in the mud, when they are covered in mud and blasting down a french mountain they are all the same.
Posted 4 years agoxiphonMember
@ 20 with no credit history, just having started his 1st ‘proper’ job, I doubt (hope?) he can get a 0% credit card… I’d say unfortunately, but I actually think that a good thing!
How do you think the world ends up in a financial mess? Have you ever been to a freshers week fair? Chock full of credit card stalls, enticing students with stuff.
He’s a prime target!Posted 4 years ago
Quick look at the Kona Operator, and it’s far from better value from those I’ve suggested? KTM looks well spec’d.. will pass along all suggestions though
How do you think the world ends up in a financial mess?
I did say I hoped he couldn’t get the CC… but yes I know your right, unfortunately.Posted 4 years agochoppersquadMember
After seeing the unemployment figures for ‘youngsters’ the other day, I’d say good on him for finding a job, and if he wants to buy something fun at the tender age of 20 then why not? If no one bails him out all the time he’ll learn to look after the things that have cost him.Posted 4 years ago
And on the subject of bikes…..I’ve no idea (goes off to have a browse on the interweb).hebdencyclistMember
If he has a good job and no outgoings, and a bike to sell, he should be able to save up quite quickly. If you want to be a good uncle, try to discourage him from getting into debt at a young age just to pay for shiny consumer items. Debt limits your freedom and when you’re 20, freedom is priceless.
As you can tell, I made these mistakes when I was young, and ended up having to stay in boring jobs rather than travelling or going to uni, just because I had consumer debt. I did it all eventually but I did it the hard way.Posted 4 years agochakapingSubscriber
Quick look at the Kona Operator, and it’s far from better value from those I’ve suggested?
Sorry, yes Canyon would be much better VFM if that’s a possibility.
I was comparing the Kona to beginner DH offerings from Trek, Spesh etc.
Similar level to the Myst isn’t it? But I’d favour the Operator for its general sortedness.Posted 4 years ago
Well he’s found the thread, so I’m not entering into further comments about finance, but hebdencyclist, he had a kona, but sold it a while back (pre-job skintness).
As for the operator, 2013 bike are better value than the 2014 with the generally poorly regarded RockShox Domain’s. Even Spesh have upped the status by putting Boxxer’s on it for 2014. That said I/we want opinions of real world, not just ‘spec’ driven comparisons, so cheers (to all)Posted 4 years ago
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