Downhill bike around £1500
More freeridey perhaps but supposed to be excellent for DH riding anyway…Posted 4 years agoacidchunksMember
This might be a better all rounder. No personal knowledge/experience of the brand or the bike myself but the reviews are favourable 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Have a look at Scott Volatage, good bike and plenty to upgrade as/when you can.
Bike from YT Industries and canyon look v good value.
Commencal have an outlet / ex-demo online store – bought a Supreme Mini DH, with 180 coil and 180 bombers as good as new for less than £1k about 9 months ago.Posted 4 years ago
Well I have recently decided I want myself a nice mountain bike, after buying a road bike, I am keeping the road bike as recommended.
My new plan is to have both, so here are my questions:
I am looking for dual suspension bike good for trails and downhill riding, I would like it to be around 1500-2000 new. But I am also planning to buy second hand, so a common bike selling second hand would be good, I need a small frame (I am around 5ft 6)
Anyone got suggestions as I am finding it hard to find a suitable second hand bike in my price range, which second hand is around £800-£1000Posted 4 years ago
Cheers for any help
tomhoward- That may be the way for most enthusiasts, But I am b*oody terrible at picking things like this. Which is why I am asking for suggestions based on a specification. So I just don’t make a completely wrong decission like getting a road bike again.Posted 4 years ago
Not only that but living in Devon in a lil seaside town is useless for trying bikes out, nearest shop is hours away in Bristol.
Are you sure you want a downhill bike? They’re great at the one job they do but pretty limited- you said “good for trails and downhill”, the only thing that’s good at those 2 is a good trailbike really.
You can take a modern 160mm bike and have a great time at a downhill venue (I’ve ridden my hemlock more than my 224 at innerleithen, and raced it at fort bill, very unsuccesfully 😉 ) But it’s very hard to have a good time anywhere else on a dh bike.Posted 4 years ago
Northwind- If I could I would get a nice Hardtail and a Downhill Bike, but I aint got that kind of money, the downhill aspect is with out a doubt the most important to me, I want to be getting good air and landing smoothly and have the peace of mind that I shouldn’t have to rough a ride.Posted 4 years ago
The only other option I was looking at was getting a Charge Blender which apparently is pretty good for the both. It is certainly a dilemma.
You’d be amazed how good big trail/enduro/all mountain bikes are these days tbh. And the bottom line is, there’s hardly anything that can’t be done on a good, normal bike- and the stuff that can’t be, well, you’ll probably not be doing it anyway as it is properly mental. But a sensibly specced 150/160mm bike is up for pretty much anything. Not as fast as a full dh bike but still.
For jumping and the like, a dh bike is brilliant at landing but they’re not that good at taking off- hefty, less agile, but also all the human input of weight movement etc ends up fighting against 8 inches of suspension.
But like I say- a full dh bike fundamentally sucks balls at anything that isn’t being a dh bike. You’ve got some really good uplift venues down there but is that really all your mountain biking will be? Not that likely.Posted 4 years ago
Northwind is right. A DH bike is a sole use item, I wouldn’t consider riding one (particularly a cheapish one) on anything other than a proper DH trail. A 160mm bike will be very very capable and still go uphill well.
There was a small knolly endorphin frame for sale on here recently for about £450. That thing will f*** along downhill.Posted 4 years ago
mattamomo – Member
Well could you possibly recommend a few just to give me a better idea of the kind you mean?
Just a Normal Everyday Bike. Orange Five or Alpine (depending on how you want to bias it, Five better every day, Alpine better at downhill), Zesty or Spicy (same split). Foxy R, Enduro, etc etc. Something that’ll pedal but still take a kicking.Posted 4 years ago
Wrecker- I would love to build my own set up, but quite frankly i dont know what i need or how to so its kind of out of the question
There is bags of info on the web; Shelton brown, park tools, and plenty of folk on here to help. You don’t need a multitude of tools and it honestly isn’t hard. Most quite enjoy it and it gives you a great understanding of how the bike works.Posted 4 years ago
You could look at burlier bikes such as nomads, froggies, alpine 160s etc but that knolly with some 160mm forks would go like a train.
I’m happy on DH blacks on my 140/160mm blur ltc. I won’t be the quickest but I can ride to the top on it!
Possibly with some smart shopping. The classifieds here are great.Posted 4 years ago
Headset (check for correct size)
Forks (check for steerer size)
Shifters & cables
Front and rear mechs
Chainset & bottom bracket
Brakes & rotors
That’s about it!chakapingSubscriber
Wow . . . not a single second hand Kona entourage on sale, let alone a small one in good condition
My point was that it is stunning value at CRC – cheaper than people would be asking secondhand – apologies if over budget though, didn;t realise you were a college student.
It all boils down to whether you want to ride up hills or not really?Posted 4 years ago
Chakaping- Sorry if you thought that comment was aimed at you, i was simply expressing how frustrating it was that there was no second hand one on sale when i really wanted it.Posted 4 years ago
And yes the price is incredible at over half price, but yh as i said i am not in a position where i can go over budget
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