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Afternoon all,

Looking for a bike for road use and light off road use, probably a hardtail I would think.

Criteria:
Under £400
Disc Brakes if possible
Nice comfy seat
No cheap and nasty makes with cheap components

Can anyone suggest a bike along with outlet?

Many thanks,

Ian
 

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Afternoon all,

Looking for a bike for road use and light off road use, probably a hardtail I would think.

Criteria:
Under £400
Disc Brakes if possible
Nice comfy seat
No cheap and nasty makes with cheap components

Can anyone suggest a bike along with outlet?

Many thanks,

Ian

MUDDY FOX :D:D:D:D:D

full suspension, Cable disc brakes, anodised frame in and its indestructible

i love mine and it gets some abuse and before Gary or sparky750 chips in not from my weight TW4TS

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Anything from the big manufacturers would probably be okay for that sort of use. So, Marin, Trek, Specialised, Giant...

I would question the need for disk brakes for light usage, though. V-Brakes are easy to maintain and have lots of stopping power. Pads are cheap, too...

I'd recommend Orange, but they have nothing in that price bracket (I love my '98 P7!)

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Yeah,

Went through the same thing at xmas, my old man has this one Evans Cycles: Product: GT Avalanche 2.0 Disc 2007 Mountain Bike Perfect for your price range. I have the next one up from this and have given it a total trashing and yet the bike hasnt falted once, only thing i have had to replace is the brake pads, twice. Gets my thumbs up over any other bike.

Chris Middleton
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if you get the next model up you can get it in matt black! Very dir!!!
 

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Yeah,

Went through the same thing at xmas, my old man has this one Evans Cycles: Product: GT Avalanche 2.0 Disc 2007 Mountain Bike Perfect for your price range. I have the next one up from this and have given it a total trashing and yet the bike hasnt falted once, only thing i have had to replace is the brake pads, twice. Gets my thumbs up over any other bike.

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if you get the next model up you can get it in matt black! Very dir!!!
Cheers for that Chris, a definate possibility.
 

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If you are approximately 5'11", what's the best size frame to go for or is it all subjective and just go to a bike shop and try the different sizes out?
 

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Ian - DanE's right about the brakes. Forget discs on a bike that cheap, they'll be crappy cable ones. You shouldn't consider discs unless they're hydraulic. V-brakes are fine, I have them on both my bikes (one is a Gary Fisher Sugar 1) and they're good enough on them.
 

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Cheers Graham.
What size frame have you got mate? 19, 21 or 23?
i took the 23 frame as the seat is on suspension and it's better to ride around town

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If you are approximately 5'11", what's the best size frame to go for or is it all subjective and just go to a bike shop and try the different sizes out?
Try them out in the shop, get a test ride too. My 15" Marin had the same size frame as my 17" Orange, so there's not a consistent way of measuring them! (And then there's my road bike, which is a 52cm...)

It's also worth test riding a couple of different makes. We're all different shapes and sizes and some bikes suit some, while others suit...err...others.

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Forget discs on a bike that cheap, they'll be crappy cable ones. You shouldn't consider discs unless they're hydraulic.
True, but like he said its only for light use though. The Avalanche 1.0 (the one up from the link i sent has hydraulic discs, and some how when its got 15 stone of lardy ass on it cainning it down a hill it still has the stopping force to pull your face off!! they are great!! If your only going to be using it for light off road stuff and mainly urban id say cable discs are ok.

Just my 2p


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If your only going to be using it for light off road stuff and mainly urban id say cable discs are ok.
Yeah, but what's the point? V-brakes are a lot easier to set up and maintain and stop every bit as good with the possible exception of cycling through deep mud/water.

As far as I can see, cable disc brakes only exist to satisfy marketing
 

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As far as I can see, cable disc brakes only exist to satisfy marketing
Well, they do look cooler :) Less rim wear in heavy conditions, but that doesn't sound like the sort of usage than JAG will be giving his new toy :)

I still remember the crash that happened when V-Brakes first came out. The guy at the front of the group hit the brakes in the normal place and the rest of us ended up laying in the road...

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As far as I can see, cable disc brakes only exist to satisfy marketing
Like i said its just my opinion (and every one is entitled to them, providing they are the same as mine!), and from the research i did it dosen't have to be going through knee deep mud or deep lakes for the discs to have better stopping than V's; but also heavy braking going down hills and the such the discs are much better at stopping you as they cool down a lot quicker and are a lot more effective when hot, unlike rubber brakes. But that is why i stumped up a little more money to get hydraulic ones, but would still recommend cable brakes as my old man has them and they do a pretty good job of stopping him!

again only my 4p worth


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