- Sub £900 Lightweight Hardtail
Sorry, sorry, I know this has been done to death, but I’ve searched the fora here and everywhere else and still can’t decide – any input welcomed.
I’m a lightweight myself at 11 stone and 5′ 11″. I ride Glentress and do a spot of not-too-scary jumping, but feel I’d like to get back to my singletrack roots…. I’ve just had my GT Halfords I-drive pinched and the insurance has given me £900 (absolute tops!!) to play with.
I can only buy from Leisure Lakes or Halfords, so my choices are a wee bit limited.
Looking closely at the Cannondale F5 HS33, thon steel framed Voodoo from Halfords, the Boardman bikes and Orange Evo 8 (2008)which can now be had for £750. Open to suggestions but will probably need an ‘off-the-shelf job as I’m doing the Ae Forest thing on Saturday!!
Cheers!Posted 9 years ago
Cheers all for advice – all soaked up and considered. Looks like I may still be able to get me hands on a 2008 Boardman MB Pro at £850. Decided against the Cannondale for sure – the fork travel just ain’t up to my ropey landings. That Voodoo’s still tempting though…
Swadey – the Merlins are out due to buying constraints mentioned earlier, unfortunately.Posted 9 years agomboySubscriber
Boardman’s look very well specced for the money, but having looked at one today, I’ve got to say the rear tyre clearance looks a bit tight compared to every other hardtail I’ve seen since about 1998! The 2.1 conti’s fitted (not a wide tyre even for a 2.1) are pretty close to being the biggest tyres you could fit, which quite frankly is piss poor for a UK bike!
Voodoo Wanga may not be as well specced, but you are buying a quality steel frame made from Reynolds tubing, and designed by legendary frame designer Joe Murray. The Voodoo frame will last you a long time, and is very worthy of componentry upgrades.Posted 9 years agoMunqe-chickMember
have you enquired with your insurers? I was in a similar position and they WILL give you cash, but to a lower value. Its a con as you pay for a specific bike of specific value and they offer you a limited option that gives them a discount from their chosen suppliers. Imagine if your BMW was written off and they offered you a Mondeo?
Anyway, the point is I took the lower cash value and bought a bike (funnily enough an old-model GT I-drive, to replace a stolen FSR) on a blinding deal from Pauls Cycles. I more than made up for the difference in cash and got a better bike than I could have done at the time through halfrauds.Posted 9 years ago
Af’noon all. Too late! Got the Boardman Pro yesterday, and am (tentatively) happy with it.
Didn’t go for the Voodoo as it’s just so much heavier. And I mean noticeably. This may be partly due to the coil fork and wheelset.
Munqe-chick, yup, I checked and double checked. They were at first reluctant to admit they could do anything other than replace the bike with exactly the same model, which is now worth about £200 less. When pressed, they admitted I could have any bike I wanted, as long as Leisure Lakes Cycles could source it.
Anyway, big up Barclays home insurance – bike pinched Friday and (with a bit of hustle) I’m sitting looking at my new bike as I type. Guys at Halfords very, very helpful too – beyong the call of duty methinks. I reckon they were just pleased to be selling a proper bike 🙂Posted 9 years ago
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