Hoo KooE Koo

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  1. Kevinflint

    Kevinflint Guest

    Anyone have any opinions/reviews on this bike. Trying to get back in the saddle after an 8 yr
    absence..!

    What other piece of kit could I get for the same dosh (750GBP)?

    Also is it worth getting it imported from the US? I've seen the same bike for 750 us dollars (460
    GBP). Has anyone imported before?

    Cheers m' dears,

    Kev
     
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  2. Jim Price

    Jim Price Guest

    KevinFlint wrote:
    > Anyone have any opinions/reviews on this bike. Trying to get back in the saddle after an 8 yr
    > absence..!

    You'll wonder why you stopped after a while if you get a bike this good! I don't know what you used
    to ride, but things have improved dramatically in the last 8 years.

    > What other piece of kit could I get for the same dosh (750GBP)?

    I've just been on a trip round the usual suspects looking for a bike for a friend, and this is what
    I can remember. I've seen the Marin 2001 Pine Mountain for £750 at Bonthrone Bikes, and also the
    Gary Fisher Paragon (not sure which year, but 200x) for £750 at Pauls Cycles. The Paragon has about
    the same frame as the Hoo Koo E Koo, IIRC, but higher spec components. I have one, and its a very,
    very good bike. I have a related Marin (similar frame, lower spec components) which is very good
    too, but you have to not mind the strange section tubing as far as looks are concerned. Pauls bikes
    also have the Hoo Koo E Koo disc at £549. I'd buy the Marin, though, as I've had a bit of a steel
    fettish developing recently, and its even got a bit of XTR componentry on it. Oh, and its white!

    > Also is it worth getting it imported from the US? I've seen the same bike for 750 us dollars (460
    > GBP). Has anyone imported before?

    You will have to pay tax and carriage on top of this, and this may make it less of a saving
    (like less than £10 over the after tax price compared to one of the discounted prices above).
    Also, if something does go wrong, getting it fixed under warranty might be a b*gg*r, and when I
    got the Paragon, the free service after six weeks was a very good thing (not available mail
    order, of course).

    Jim Price
     
  3. Just Zis Guy

    Just Zis Guy Guest

    On Sun, 01 Jun 2003 16:08:12 +0100, Jim Price <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I've seen the Marin 2001 Pine Mountain for £750 at Bonthrone Bikes

    Is Bonthrone a good place? I used to work for his brother Alex, whom I hold in very high regard, so
    if they're a pukka shop I might send my plastic their way.

    Guy
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  4. Kevinflint

    Kevinflint Guest

    The old steed was a GT Avalanche from 1992. The white one with Deore DX/XT.

    "Jim Price" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > KevinFlint wrote:
    > > Anyone have any opinions/reviews on this bike. Trying to get back in
    the
    > > saddle after an 8 yr absence..!
    >
    > You'll wonder why you stopped after a while if you get a bike this good! I don't know what you
    > used to ride, but things have improved dramatically in the last 8 years.
    >
    > > What other piece of kit could I get for the same dosh (750GBP)?
    >
    > I've just been on a trip round the usual suspects looking for a bike for a friend, and this is
    > what I can remember. I've seen the Marin 2001 Pine Mountain for £750 at Bonthrone Bikes, and also
    > the Gary Fisher Paragon (not sure which year, but 200x) for £750 at Pauls Cycles. The Paragon has
    > about the same frame as the Hoo Koo E Koo, IIRC, but higher spec components. I have one, and its
    > a very, very good bike. I have a related Marin (similar frame, lower spec components) which is
    > very good too, but you have to not mind the strange section tubing as far as looks are concerned.
    > Pauls bikes also have the Hoo Koo E Koo disc at £549. I'd buy the Marin, though, as I've had a
    > bit of a steel fettish developing recently, and its even got a bit of XTR componentry on it. Oh,
    > and its white!
    >
    > > Also is it worth getting it imported from the US? I've seen the same
    bike
    > > for 750 us dollars (460 GBP). Has anyone imported before?
    >
    > You will have to pay tax and carriage on top of this, and this may make it less of a saving (like
    > less than £10 over the after tax price compared to one of the discounted prices above). Also, if
    > something does go wrong, getting it fixed under warranty might be a b*gg*r, and when I got the
    > Paragon, the free service after six weeks was a very good thing (not available mail order, of
    > course).
    >
    > Jim Price
     
  5. Jim Price

    Jim Price Guest

    Just zis Guy, you know? wrote:
    > On Sun, 01 Jun 2003 16:08:12 +0100, Jim Price <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >
    >>I've seen the Marin 2001 Pine Mountain for £750 at Bonthrone Bikes
    >
    >
    > Is Bonthrone a good place? I used to work for his brother Alex, whom I hold in very high regard,
    > so if they're a pukka shop I might send my plastic their way.

    I've not had any problems with them, and I've bought a number of bikes
    and bits from them in the last few years. They have done me proud on the
    free servicing - they could not stop the front brake squealing with the
    original pads on my Paragon, and replaced them for free with something
    which has not squealed since. I think they say on the web site that the
    Pine Mountain is a shop callers only deal, if that makes any difference.
    Their web site is pretty good too - I once ordered a chainset and
    bottom bracket on a thursday afternoon and it arrived the next morning.

    Jim Price
     
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