Re: Advice on MTB purchase

Discussion in 'UK and Europe' started by soup, Sep 3, 2004.

  1. soup

    soup Guest

    blackbat popped their head over the parapet saw what was going on and
    > Hi all,
    > I know this price range (£220-260) is small fry to you guys and the
    > group is probably plagued by similar questions but I'll ask anyway....
    > I'm 6'3" tall, 14 stone, 45 and am looking to get back into light
    > cycling after a mate lent me an old cheapo mtb. I live in Kent & I
    > have some meadows with gravel paths near my house and want a bike to
    > whizz around them to give me a bit of exercise.
    > Probably will do 2/3 light off-road and 1/3 road.
    > I know you'll probably advise me to try out various models but
    > anything I try is gonna seem better than the piece of junk I've been
    > using, and as I'm tall the demo cycles in the shop tend to be for
    > average height people.
    > Would appreciate any advice on following models, bearing in mind my
    > height. Not decided if front sus is necessary for me.
    > Specialized Hardrock Sport 2004 £249
    > Specialized Hardrock Rigid 2004 £239
    > Trek 4300 2004 £269
    > Trek 3700 £230
    > Claud Butler Ravana 2004 £229
    > Ridgeback Switch Series Cyclone
    > (1.5 tyres, no front sus but available in XL) £269
    > Ridgeback MX35 £249 ( available in large only)
    > My favourites on paper are the Ridgebacks, like the Cyclone but not
    > sure it isn't more oriented to road use.
    > Don't like neon paint jobs at my ripe old age.

    At this price point I would say no suss, would however say
    a road type bike with straight 'bars and non slick tyres (hybrid ?)
    Type of bike I mean is the EBC Contour (£214:95)

    and enter contour in the search box )

    or similar. Would not go for one of the dedicated off road types.
    Certainly not for the type of riding I think you do (light off road
    A 'proper' bike shop will measure you and see what size frame
    you should start with then it is 'simply' a case of trying lots of
    different bikes to see which you find most comfortable, after
    all you are spending what is potentialy a lot of money and you
    will spend a long time on this bike so a couple of days getting
    the right one is well worth it.

    yours S

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