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Old 08-06-2019, 03:31 PM   #11
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I would echo macc70 and recommend Evans as a good place to look. I was looking a few years ago and they pointed me a 29'ers, I'd been looking at a GT but they suggested I try a Pinnacle. Apparently this is their own brand, with the frames being built by the same company that Specialized use. I found that I could get a bike in the price range I wanted but with components which were 1 or 2 specs higher than on a big name brand.
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Old 08-06-2019, 03:57 PM   #12
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Just out of interest, what's a good full suspension XC bike these days, and how much £?
It’s all relative, do you want full suspension or hardtail? Ally or Carbon? 650B or 29’r?

It does make a difference, Evans or Chain Reaction Cycles is a good starting point to get an idea of what is available and what sort of price you might have to pay. But good quality hardtails are cheaper than the equivalent full sus and significantly cheaper than carbon.
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Old 10-06-2019, 10:17 AM   #13
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It’s all relative, do you want full suspension or hardtail? Ally or Carbon? 650B or 29’r?

It does make a difference, Evans or Chain Reaction Cycles is a good starting point to get an idea of what is available and what sort of price you might have to pay. But good quality hardtails are cheaper than the equivalent full sus and significantly cheaper than carbon.
I would go aluminium as I presume carbon would be murder expensive.

Wheel size wouldn't really bother me, I would never be a full time rider so probably just choose the easiest to work with.
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Old 10-06-2019, 10:47 AM   #14
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Hi, you’d be better off on a road bike if it’s just riding to work, be much easier going up a hill because of the weight difference.

A 50/34 up front and 11-32 on the back should take care of most hills.


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Old 10-06-2019, 03:26 PM   #15
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I would go aluminium as I presume carbon would be murder expensive.

Wheel size wouldn't really bother me, I would never be a full time rider so probably just choose the easiest to work with.
Have a look at Evans or Chain reaction cycles, ally is significantly cheaper than carbon and hardtails are cheaper than full sus. Then wheel size makes a difference, 650B/27.5 are cheaper than 29’s but the 29er rolls quicker. Spec plays a big part of cost, you can get a nice Trek all hardtail for just under 1k for example but the top end ally one is closer to 2.5k. Carbon equivalent is closer to 4k to give you an idea.

Me, i paid a shade under 400 at Halfords for my Voodoo Hoodoo which is an ally 27.5 with a decent spec brakes and gears wise, fork slightly lower spec and the cables are routed externally but it does the job of getting me to and from work, plus its a hoot through the woods.

Ultimately budget is the arbiter here, go cheaper and get full sus but with basic level kit or hardtail with higher spec.
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Thanks for all suggestions guys, after reading a couple of reviews and watched a few videos I have just purchased a 275 vr 2019 gets delivered next week can't wait !

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Good choice, Its been hardtail of the year 4yrs in a row. Its a very popular bike so will sell out soon!

Its big brother, the Sentier has also won the £1000 hardtail of the year award too.

Those awards are not easy to win!
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Arrived last week done 31 miles on it so far mostly off road, but it's a great bike fitness slowly coming back, just need one of them backpacks that carry water now so I don't have to stop for a drink, I am struggling with big inclines, also using Strava so trying to beat my times everytime I go out is fun.

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Good choice, Its been hardtail of the year 4yrs in a row. Its a very popular bike so will sell out soon!

Its big brother, the Sentier has also won the £1000 hardtail of the year award too.

Those awards are not easy to win!
Really wanted the Sentier but sold out on Chain Reaction so went with the Marin Nail Trail 7 instead. Haven't had a bike in years and hope it's a good one.
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Arrived last week done 31 miles on it so far mostly off road, but it's a great bike fitness slowly coming back, just need one of them backpacks that carry water now so I don't have to stop for a drink, I am struggling with big inclines, also using Strava so trying to beat my times everytime I go out is fun.

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Awesome, hoping for a similar result myself! Stick in.
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