/ recommendations 1st disc brake mb

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woodsy - on 19 Nov 2012
I have recently caught the MB bug & have quickly found the limitations of v brakes on steep routes & trails.
I am looking at getting a bike with disc brakes but need a little help or some recommendations.
I am also torn between hardtail/ full suspension.
I want a bike for medium length routes(up to 4 hours) & suitable for use on purpose built red/black trails.
Maximum budget 1,000 but would be happier to spend 5-600 if I am not going to gain much more for the extra 400/500.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Woodsy
muppetfilter - on 19 Nov 2012
In reply to woodsy: There are loads of end of season bikes cropping up for sale in shops, also a lot of the trail centers are offloading their hire bikes to upgrade to new models for next year. It is definately worth spending time in a shop trying various models and frame sizes out.
Have a look at some of the bikes here...

http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/list/?region=5&countryid=193&category=2
woodsy - on 19 Nov 2012
In reply to muppetfilter:
cheers
999thAndy on 19 Nov 2012
In reply to woodsy:

For 500 http://www.decathlon.co.uk/81-2012-id_8168918.html is a good bet.

(Or go 2nd hand)
Dave Kerr - on 19 Nov 2012
In reply to woodsy:

A grand will buy you a pretty good hard tail but a compromised full susser. It's something of a truism but you will learn more about bike handling by sticking with a hard tail. Less to go wrong too and more versatile.

It's really hard to go wrong with the big names, trek, specialised, giant etc. Also Boardman are getting good reviews.

Although the normal advice is to make your choice on the quality of the frame and wheels a poor fork can really wreck a bike at the price points you are talking about and be expensive to replace.
woodsy - on 19 Nov 2012
In reply to Dave Kerr:
Thanks guys. Its all helpful stuff
MHutch - on 19 Nov 2012
In reply to woodsy:

What frame/forks have you got now? - I upgraded a frame with v-brakes with a decent secondhand wheelset and new forks/brakes for a lot less than your budget.

If you get decent components, if you upgrade to another frame they can be transferred.
JamButty - on 19 Nov 2012
In reply to muppetfilter: Thats a really interesting site - never seen it before. I'm after a second hand one, been struggling on Ebay and here there are already 4/5 I've got my eye on.
Has anyone got experience of this site? Presume you take the same precautions as Gumtree?
Ta


woodsy - on 22 Nov 2012
In reply to MHutch:
Thats an idea.
I m riding a cheapo full suspension rockrider which I got second-hand which I actually quite like.
just fed up with having to adjust/ replace brake blocks after almost every session
Bimble on 25 Nov 2012
In reply to woodsy:

The 2012 Marin range doesn't look too badly specced for the price http://www.marin.co.uk/2012/bikepage.php?ModNo=12BT.
I've got a 2008 Northside Trail & it's bomb-proof, despite my clumsy riding style & many unwitting attempts to destroy it.
geologist - on 25 Nov 2012
In reply to woodsy:

If I had 1000 to spend on a new bike right now it would be this - I cant believe the spec for the money.

http://www.canyon.com/_en/mountainbikes/bike.html?b=3013

Go 29, you wont regret it :)
geologist - on 25 Nov 2012
In reply to woodsy:

Forgot to mention, have a look in the for sale section of the Singletrackworld forums. If you dont know it, its the mountain bike communities equivalent of UKC.

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