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  • What complete XC Hardtail for £500-800
  • keppoch
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    Trying to recommend a complete bike for £500-800 to a friend.

    This will be his first MTB but whether or not I/you think he should spend this much he probably will.

    So with that in mind any recommendations for around this budget. I think it needs to be something suited to trail centres and mtb in S. Wales.

    I’d say a 100mm or more fork and not too racy.

    He’s a big fella at about 6’4″ so needs to be availible in a good range of sizes.

    Ability to purchase on cycle to work scheme not essential but would be good.

    Your suggestions please!


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    New or second hand??


    Giant XTC.
    Merlin MALT.
    Some decent GT hardtails about.

    Or get something pimpy secondhand.


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    You can’t go wrong with XTC or Rockhopper (nothing against the others).

    Last time I looked Inbred stocks were zero.

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    The Merlin Malt has by far the best spec for the money, they were selling for “around” £550

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    Low price- 2008 Orange G2, High price -2008 Orange Evo8.

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    boardman hardtails from halfords are pretty good spec for the money – there’s a couple in that price range.

    marin b17 (85-130 toras) or cheaper version (120mm suntour forks) look nice too.

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    my mums got a carrera, good value for the money, and the handling is spot on.

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    Thanks for the suggestions. The Merlins look good as do the Oranges.

    To answer the Q about new or s/h – both are being considered.

    Any others then speak up!


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    Genesis Core (alu.) or Altitude (Steel) higher end models come with 85-130mm Rockshox forks. (I think the aluminium RS recon one comes in around £800)

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    im sure this will go for less than £800 – looks a wgood setup:

    Commencal Supernormal

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