Best £300 hardtail?

Discussion in 'Bike buying advice' started by complience, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. complience

    complience New Member

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    hi im looking for the best £300 hardtail mountain bike people think is out in the market today.

    no real requirements other than it should be good.. I wouldn't mind having the ablity to lock out the front forks from the handle bars but its not a deal breaker

    recently bought a focus blackhills which is awesome, so somthing like that only cheaper would be great [​IMG]

    thanks for your input.
     
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    complience New Member

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    looking at these two bikes now.. what you think, ive got a focus already so know they are awesome bikes.. i don't really know Univega anyone got any experience of them?

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/ProductDeta...6024&N=Focus Medusa Ladies Mountain Bike 2007
    [​IMG]Focus Medusa Specifications Frames 26" MTB, alloy Forks SuntourXCT-MLO, Lockout Front Derailleur Shimano Deore Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore Shift Levers Shimano Deore STI Shifter Chain Wheel FSA Dynadrive Bottom Bracket Shimano Gear Ratio Front: 44/32/22, Rear: 11-32 Handlebars Riserbar, alloy Stem Black Comp, A-Head Saddle Velo VL-4055 Seat Post Black Comp, patent, alloy Brakes Black Comp Brake Lever Shimano STI Shifter Front Hub Sealed, alloy Rear Hub Sealed cassette, alloy Spokes Stainless Rims Exal ZX-19 Tyre Schwalbe Smart Sam, 54-559 Pedals Alloy cage



    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/ProductDeta...=5360026999&N=Univega Alpina HT 510 Bike 2007
    [​IMG]Frame 26" Aluminium 6061 PG Fork Suntour XCM, Lockout Speed 27 Speed Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore LX Shifters Shimano Deore Rapid Fire Bottom Bracket Shimano M443 Bearing Sealed cartridge Transmission Front: 44/32/22, Rear: 11-32 Handlebar Concept SL Lowriser Stem Black Comp A-Head Saddle Velo MTB Seatpost Black Comp Patent, aluminium Brakes Black Comp, V-Brake Brake Levers Avid FR-5 Front Hub Black Comp, sealed aluminium Rear Hub Black Comp, sealed cassette aluminium Rims Double Wall, aluminium Spokes Stainless Tyres Geax Barro Marathon, 54-559 Pedals Cage alloy Wheel Size 26"
     
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    alfeng Well-Known Member

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    The second seems to have better components ...

    While I am sure both bikes are "okay" ... I think that neither bike has a particularly good fork ... well, I guess it depends on the type of riding you will be doing.

    FWIW. I'd consider buying almost ANY used hardtail bike/frame & selecting/installing a Marzocchi OR Rock Shox fork ... there are OTHER brands, but those are probably the better values for the various performance levels.

    You should be able to get a used-or-NEW frame for under £100 ... perhaps, not much more for an entire, used bike! So, then, it's just a matter of upgrading the fork ... and, eventually any other components that you feel like changing in the future on an as-needed basis (depending on what the USED bike starts with AND the condition of those parts).

    I presume you are looking at a "new" bike because of the size of the frame on your current bike ...

    Otherwise, if your current bike fits, then I'd just change the components on it ... £200 buys a really, REALLY NICE fork & headset (if necessary).

    BTW. UNIVEGA has been around for a long time ...

    BTW2. JAMIS & FUJI make hardtails in the price range you are looking at. I know the frame on the JAMIS is steel, and I think that is what I would personally opt for.
     
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    complience New Member

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    univega are now owned by religh which i see as a worry cos religh were rubbish.. but maybe they are changing their ways.
     
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