Do-it-all bikes for about £3.5k
You've got the world to choose from with that budget.
Lappiere Zesty's seem to be getting good press at the moment as are the Treks, the Remedy 8 is a well specced bike. Both these come in well under 30lbs.
If want an alternative niche brand, consider the Nicolai Helius AC. You won't get as good a component spec out of your budget as for either the SC or Turner, but they are unique in the market and offer superbe egineering and construction with the opportunity to customise the frame to your needs.Posted 7 years agodavidtaylforthMember
I dont know what your capable of throwing at a bike, but a decent hardtail is perfect for trail centres or "big" mountain days. You could get some sort of cotic built up for about £1500, then you can spend the rest of the money on something fun (not bits of metal and plastic)Posted 7 years agoThe Flying OxMember
Pronghorn LT6 Trail. You'll get an XT-equipped one for less than £3500. Seeing as you're an Edinburgh fellow, it would be criminal not to head over to Flying Fox Bikes in Alva to have a demo.
Seriously, test ride one then forget the rest.
EDIT: That's not a plug for Flying Fox, by the way. They're just the only guys that sell them.Posted 7 years agogiantonagiantSubscriber
"I dont know what your capable of throwing at a bike, but a decent hardtail is perfect for trail centres or "big" mountain days. You could get some sort of cotic built up for about £1500, then you can spend the rest of the money on something fun (not bits of metal and plastic)"
"no way would I go from a Rockhopper to a £3.5K bike without having ridden a few. Each to their own!"
"Just get one £2k bike and spend the rest going to great places to ride. I can recommned Moab, Utah."
"£3.5k on a bike is a waste of money."
"I personally think that the law of diminishing returns comes in heavily past about £2000-£2500"
'Nuff said. Wise words chaps. +1 to all y'all.Posted 7 years agosaxabarMember
I found myself in a similar situation and went for an Alpine 160. It is a touch overkill for the UK but it serves the "do-it-all" role perfectly, particularly as I spend a month or two riding in France every year. Without wishing to gush, I love it. I tend to agree with others though – if your budget is going to curtail international or local riding opportunities then look around the £2000 mark.Posted 7 years agochakapingSubscriber
I agree £2,500 is about the limit before diminishing returns get too steep to stomach, but I certainly wouldn't try to stop somebody spending £3.5k on a bike.
That's about the going rate for a boutique alu FS frame with top-end kit anyway, isn't it?
Do try a few before buying though – demo season is just getting going.Posted 7 years ago
I might have a bit of cash coming my way and was thinking of making a serious bike purchase. Currently ride a Rockhopper (with a few upgrades), do mostly XC stuff (trail centres and big Scottish mountain days), and am looking for something that will basically take whatever I throw at it.
Am going to try and demo a few bikes before I make any purchases so am just looking for suggestions as to what is out there. So far on my list are:
– Santa Cruz Blur LT
– Turner 5-spot
– Orange 5
Any other ideas?Posted 7 years agoGnnrSubscriber
5spots frames are on sale just now with £500 off RRP, so that would leave way more than enough to build up a great trail bike.
Exactly what I've just done, new frame then some carefully selected parts mainly from the classifieds – (thanks to all)
Would still leave you a enough cash for a decent holiday!Posted 7 years agosi-wilsonMember
I would echo some of the above, spend a bit less and you will still end up with a great bike, 2-2.5K would be a good point for a full susser.
Also, let me be the first to say a Chumba! Just about to offer a rolling chassis deal on the VF2 frames, £1950 gets you frame, Fox Float QR15 fork, Hope Hoops, Thomson stem and post, Chumba grips and saddle. Add a SLX group set and away you go!
Another STW regulars bike 🙂
Posted 7 years agomuggomagicSubscriber
no way would I go from a Rockhopper to a £3.5K bike without having ridden a few. Each to their own!
I don't get that al, are you saying if he currently had a more expensive bike that he wouldn't need to try before buying or are you suggesting that going from a rockhopper to a £3.5k bike might be too much to handle?
As for recommendations. If you're spending that type of money you should go for something special. I'd look at Yeti, Intense, Turner, Titus. Have to add that if I had that sort of budget again, I'd get myself a remedy and a 29er hardtail.Posted 7 years agoFuzzyWuzzyMember
I'd happily blow it all on one bike, probably a Lapierre Zesty although I'd def demo some others (most of which are listed in the thread already), not sure if anyone mentioned the new Stumpy either – worth looking at.Posted 7 years ago
Difference between a lot of bikes in the same range at £2.5k and £3.5k will be carbon vs aluminium frame. If you're happy with an alu frame on a £2.5k model I wouldn't spend more just to get XTR for example.AmosMember
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Stuff I've tried;
Mojo (or Mojo SL. Mojo HD could be worth a punt aswell)
575 (or ASR5 carbon. Not tried the ASR5 yet but want to)
Intense Spider 2 (or Tracer, if you prefer slacker)
For HT, get a really nice frame and bling the F%^k out if it;
De Kerf or Evil Sovereign would get my vote
I rekon you could build any one of them (less sure on the HD or the ASR5 Carbon) into a nice build for <2500 though, keep the extra grand for something elsePosted 7 years agoashfanmanMember
Blur LT a good choice – I'm testing one this weekend (in the pissing rain, it seems). A Lapierre Zesty 514 would probably be perfect for you, and I know you said you don't want a carbon frame but you really should look at the Ibis Mojo and the Scott Genius. Some great deals to be had on 09 models: http://www.coventrycyclecentre.co.uk/products.php?plid=m1b4s1p849&rs=gb
Doubt you'd do much better than that for £2,500. Full XT groupset, Fox 32 RLs, decent wheels and finishing kit, etc. 150mm travel, about 26lbs.
Spend the rest on a holiday.Posted 7 years agotoys19Member
Only a few santa cruz fans here, don't know why that is. I think your initial thoughts of blur were good, I would prefer the heckler or even a bullit with as much ligthweight kit as I could afford..Posted 7 years ago
Depends on where your bias is, I prefer going down so I like my bike set up for cornering, braking and jumping, after that I'll spend money on climbing..
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