What's the best "cheap" bike you've owned – experiences and pictures please!
What’s the best “cheap” bike – considering all of the expensive bikes people buy who are on here, what’s the best modestly priced bike you’ve owned. I’ve had a Carerra Kraken for the past year and it’s been ace for everything including commuting. It cost £320, so something in that price range is what I’m thinking of. 🙂Posted 7 years agosamuriMember
The original pompino. The actual first one. Bought it for two hundred quid and rode a million happy miles on it. I must have been insane to sell it but thankfully a sane person bought it off me and made it look good again.
I’ve got another pompino now which cost me a lot more than the original but it’ll never be the bike I rode a double century on nor will it be the bike I rode from one side of the country to the other on.
Plus the one I have now is the right size so it rarely slaps me in the sack when I’m riding fast over the sketchy stuff.Posted 7 years agobullheartMember
And as it stands, I quite fancy this:
Bargain! And super-niche!Posted 7 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
I’ve been riding my Carrera Kraken a lot lately… Cost me £200 used, rode it for a bit and it got me back into riding then it became a parts mule for my Scandal, and finally when I built the Soul the last of the bits was retired. Forks and cranks died. So, now it’s got Exotic rigid forks in it and it went 1×9. Total spend is probably around £350 and it’s a total blast to ride.
GW – Member
“£500 = great BMX or decent roadbike IMO.. if buying new you still can’t get a decent MTB that’s upto the job for £500”
With all due respect- balls. Carrera Furys often drop below £500 (£600 currently though). Boardman Sport too. Rockrider’s B’twin 8.1 is £500 and other than a fairly nasty wheelset is a solid performer. Not one of these that isn’t up to the task. And there’s plenty more.Posted 7 years ago
sorry, depends what job you want it to do I suppose. 😳
Northwind – just googled that rockrider you mentioned and yes it does seem to be a bargain, my biggest gripe with sub £500 mtbs is usually the cheap/weak/flexy cranksets they fit but that seems reasonably sorted with a deore HTII.. but it still wouldn’t be upto what I’d want to do with it without spending quite a bit more on it and switching parts (rims, bar/stem etc).Posted 7 years agoKunstlerMember
My XTC4 that I bought for £375 five years ago. It’s my only bike and it does quite nicely thanks. I’m told that I’m seriously underbiked by a riding pal (who I introduced to biking after I’d bought it and has owned about fifteen bikes in that time).
I have replaced all the weary-outy bits and fitted rebas but it’s still got original wheels and brakes, only replaced the pedals a year ago (in fairness, it would have been much improved had I done that sooner).
It’s seen a hell of a lot of use – even been up a few munros. It was end of year and I got a good deal on the bike – I think it was selling for about £500 a few months earlier and the forks are a major upgrade on the awful suntours that it came with but for a few years it was all I knew.Posted 7 years agoAndySubscriber
£90 for a mint ’98 Cinder cone off ebay. Was nicked though 😥
EDIT: Oh and a giant XTC fixie of ebay for £120. WI ENO rear wheel & cog, middleburn cranks, thomson seatpost and stem, pace RC31 forks, BB7 front brake 8) But that in no way was the BEST bike I have owned. Possibly the worst….Posted 7 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
GW – Member
“sorry, depends what job you want it to do I suppose.”
OK then, let’s say they’re fit for the mountain biking most people people do 😉 I don’t own a Fury but it’s a lovely bike, I’d happily stick better tyres and pedals on it and bigger rotors then take it up the gondola or sling it in the back of a cattle truck. Wouldn’t be fast on the way back down but it’d do it no bother.Posted 7 years agoKevevsMember
carera kraken is a fab bike for that cash and a grreat frame to build on. just ride it more and have fun. put better tyres/bits on it. forget about all the other bikes in the trail centre car park, just get fitter and kick their ass! make it lighter with nice bits as they wear out, then if you really care, get a nicer frame/fork. More than anything, enjoy yourself!
ok.. what really got me into it:Posted 7 years ago
1. £70 2nd hand rocky mountain vertex frame that fitted me perfectly light n strong no disc mounts
2. transferring all the bits from my stupidly large rockhopper to 1. with help from 3.
3. riding with someone that knows about this stuff.
4. enjoying myself and not getting too preoccupied with all this crap.
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