Which bike to get? VIPER vs Focus

Discussion in 'Mountain Bikes' started by complience, Apr 29, 2007.

  1. complience

    complience New Member

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    My trusty 15year old Diamondback Sorrento has seen better days and so needs to be replaced.

    I have between £200 - £400 to spend and narrowed down my choices to these two fine looking bikes.

    One is a Viper which is a make ive never heard of;
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    Viper TR 1.0 Hardtail Bike 2007 £269

    and the other is a Focus which i have heard of
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    Focus Black Hills Mountain Bike 2007 £399


    Can anyone tell me if these are good choices?
    Does anyone have experience of either Black hills or Viper as a bike manufacture?

    Obviously one bike is quiet alot more expensive than the other, is it worth it?

    Im after a mountain bike that I can also use in the city, ill change the wheels around for slicks, thats why its a hard tail, does anyone know if you can get front suspension forks that you can completely turn off when you don't need them?


    Specs:
    Viper TR 1.0 Hardtail Bike 2007 £269
    Frame : 7005 series alloy. Hourglass chainstays, wishbone seatstays and custom CNC dropouts. Disc and V-Brake mounts.
    Fork : Suntour XCT 75mm Travel
    Hubs : Front : XTX Alloy QR, 32H
    Rims : DBM-1 Alloy, Silver 36H
    Spokes/Nipples : Stainless Silver, Brass Nipples 14g
    Tyres : Continental Leader 2.10
    Pedal : Wellgo
    Saddle : XTX
    Seatpost : XTX
    Handlebar : XTX XC Alloy
    Stem : XTX
    Grips : XTX
    Brakes : Tektro V-Brake
    Cranks : Shimano TX70 44/ 32/ 22T
    Bottom Bracket : CH-52 Cartridge Bearing
    Chain : KMC Z-72
    Cassette : Shimano CS-HG30-8, 11-32T,
    Front Derallieur : Shimano TY10
    Rear Derailleur : Shimano M340
    Shifters : Shimano ST-EF50-8

    Focus Black Hills Mountain Bike 2007 £399
    Specification
    Frame 26" wheel, MTB Alloy 6061, Zero Stack
    Fork Rock Shox Judy J3, Magnesium, Lockout preload, 100mm
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore LX RD-M580, 27 Speed
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore FD-M510
    Shift Levers Shimano Deore SL-M511, Rapidfire
    Sprockets Shiano Deore CSHG50, 9 Speed Cassette
    Chain Shimano CN-HG53
    Transmission Front: 44/32/22, Rear: 11-32
    Crankset Shimano Deore FC-M440
    Bottom Bracket Shimano BB-UN26
    Pedals MTB, Alloy-Cage, Silver
    Brakes Avid Single Digit 3, V-Brake, Black
    Brake Levers Avid FR5, V-Brake, Grey/Black
    Handlebars Ritchey OE Flatbar, AL 6061, 580mm, black
    Stem Ritchey OE 6#, 4-bolt, AL6061/T6, black
    Headset Integrated Aheadset, black
    Front Hub Shimano HB-M530 QR, Black
    Rear Hub Shimano FH-M530 QR, Black
    Spokes Stainless, Black
    Tyres Continental Leader, 54-599, Black
    Saddle Selle Italia X2 Eco, Black
    12.6kg (medium)
     
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  2. davebee

    davebee New Member

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    In a word yes. The more you can spend the better. The general concensus is that to get a bike that is worth taking off road you should be looking at getting something worth £500 minimum. The focus is pretty clsoe to that and for what you get is a pretty good deal. Comrpomises will have been amde on the fork (it is pretty cack) to get get the price down and you will probably want to upgrade it in the future. Same with the wheels. But it should be enough to get you started without having to break the bank.
     
  3. mattyb

    mattyb New Member

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    Out of those two the Focus wins hands down. Better components all round.

    The Viper, to me, looks like a total waste of money.
     
  4. Scotty_Dog

    Scotty_Dog New Member

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    Focus, because it has components I have actually heard of.
     
  5. complience

    complience New Member

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    my focus came today.. and its awesome.. just awesome.
     
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