- Select a FS for £1k. Boardman FS Team or Spec Camber FSR Comp
and more mountain capable
Stop reading MBf*****R and regurgitaing buzzwords, this isn’t bullshit bingo!
I’ve seen people pushing Camber’s pretty hard assuming that’s what you meant.
Although the rear hub on the camber is a huge weakpoint in the the spec, mine (same hub on a pitch) failed in about 5 rides, and on the 4th I met a guy who’d gone through 2 in 8 rides, so I’m not alone. He’d also blown a rear shock, but that is probably more bad luck.
Presonaly I’d go for last years Trance-X 4 or 5 for arround a grand.Posted 6 years agocookeaaSubscriber
Don’t be swayed too much by the Spec alone, parts can (And probably will) be changed…
Ideally if you can, you want to test ride both as they are quite similar bikes in terms of intended purpose and suspension design so it the fine points of the ride that should dictate your decision rather than what Mechs are fitted.Posted 6 years agoswooshMember
and more mountain capable
I don’t actually know how a mountain bike cannot be mountain capable. I’ve got a 2010 Boardman FS Pro and love it. it is a very good all round bike, copes with everything from peaks and lakes (including the highest mountain in England that can be legally riden up – does that make it “mountain capable”) rides to local singletrack rides – if this one broke i’d get another in an instant (although finding a 2010 model might be tricky). 2011 now has 130mm travel IIRC so I’d probably happily get that one too.Posted 6 years ago
tongue in cheek my dear friend, tongue in cheek!
I’m obviously a little grumpy today…..
The Boardman appears to offer more for the cash even with the Spec reduced to just under a grand.
Also need to add that’s it’s for a mate who is looking for first FS and also has to be cycle scheme…..Posted 6 years agomrbelowskiMember
I got a Boardman 2010 Team FS – got it for a bargaintastic £750. The tires are rubbish and the saddle is agony, so factor that in to the cost. It was pretty well built – just needed to re-align the calipers and tighten the chainring bolts. Oh, and the mech hanger was bent (£7 for a replacement which needed some fettling to fit properly).
Over all though, it’s been terrific. Once the little teething troubles were sorted it’s not missed a beat and is a pleasure to ride both up and downPosted 6 years agobinnersSubscriber
My Intense has been poorly sick the last couple of weeks. As a result, I have borrowed/stolen my better half’s FSR for a few rides.
I’m well impressed with it! Really good fun to ride. And miles better than mine going uphill. Though I’ve still not cleaned it. Which has been noted
The spec on the Boardman looks pretty impressive for the money thoughPosted 6 years agocookeaaSubscriber
Also need to add that’s it’s for a mate who is looking for first FS and also has to be cycle scheme…..
is it via Halfrauds then?
Certain issues with buying a Specialized bike Through them have been documented, essentially though the validity of Specialized Warrantys become questionable when purchased via Halfords…
But again don’t let that sway your mate too much, tell him to try and ride both and ignore the numbers.Posted 6 years agojohnnystormSubscriber
I too had the same dilemma and went for the Camber. 😆 Not saying its the better bike but I got mine from Evans with 20% off, a further 10% with a voucher code and the Quidco 3%. The Boardman had indeterminate delivery times, combined with Halfords “set-up” which swayed me towards the Spesh. In summary I’m really pleased with it so I don’t think either are a duff choice.Posted 6 years ago
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