Detailing World Forum banner
1 - 20 of 22 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
717 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hey everyone...

Until recently I'd not really been on a bike for years. At the start of the summer I dusted off my old Specialized P3 jump bike which to be fair wasn't really the best suited to the types of rides I was doing.

Cycle to work is available so I'm going to buy a functional bike and I've narrowed it down to three and I would appreciate your thoughts:

1. Trek X-Caliber 5 E - http://www.evanscycles.com/products/trek/x-caliber-5-e-2014-mountain-bike-ec053721



2. Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc 29er - http://www.evanscycles.com/products/specialized/hardrock-sport-disc-29er-2014-mountain-bike-ec053413



3. Cannondale Trail 6 29er - http://www.evanscycles.com/products/cannondale/trail-6-29er-2014-mountain-bike-ec053947



All feedback will be helpful.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,267 Posts
All good entry level bikes from the main brands. I'd also have a look at Evan's own brand Pinnacle bikes and the GT Avalanche below.

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/gt/avalanche-20-2013-mountain-bike-ec042840

The Boardman mountain bikes from Halfords are also very good value for money for the spec.

Have you had a chance to have a test ride on any of them yet, as that will be the best way to narrow it down?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,372 Posts
All three of those bikes are pretty much the same spec, and all are good bikes.

I have a 2012 Specilized Hardrock Sport Disc and it;s been nothing short of fantastic.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
717 Posts
Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Looking at a 29er for a few reasons. I've read they suit a taller person and at just shy of 6'4" I think that's me. They supposedly give a smoother more forgiving ride as well and the majority of my rides won't be that technical.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
208 Posts
Looking at a 29er for a few reasons. I've read they suit a taller person and at just shy of 6'4" I think that's me. They supposedly give a smoother more forgiving ride as well and the majority of my rides won't be that technical.
Ah right, Me being a short **** 5'8" i'll stick to 26".
29's are a new thing to me but seem to be talked about a lot lately, good luck in your purchase.
PS, Mines a Specialized, works well
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,137 Posts
I have a Specialized with 29ers - apparantly the market is moving more towards these rather than 26ers?

I have the same model as above but in the previous year's colour scheme (White w/Black & Red)

I got a really good deal otherwise I was going to go for the Cyclocross version.

If you are doing any road work then look at changing the tyres to the Specialized Trigger Sports - better on tarmac but with off road capability still :thumb:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,201 Posts
It would be the specialized for me but I'm biased. I bought the 2012 rockhopper expert after five years in a diamond back xc of a similar price bracket. The difference was amazing and the spesh feels so much more precise with the best brakes I have ever had. I am just about to order a specialised secteur road bike on the cycle to work to set the two wheeled fleet off nicely.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
717 Posts
Discussion Starter · #14 ·
Picked up my new bike on Saturday; I went with the Cannondale Trail 6 in the end. Been for a couple of rides already and it's great. Roll on next weekend when I'm going with a mate for a blast round Swinley forest.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
153 Posts
I would have gone for the cannondale, good choice, ive had a few specialized although really nice just something about the frames on cannondales that I really like, just bought a cannondale synapse for my winter road bike, its awesome for the money and really comfortable frame.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
11,620 Posts
I will be buying a new bike too and after looking in the shops, it is likely to be a Cannondale.

Their designs and frames look better than the competition. It does mean you do have sacrifice a little when it comes to components.

I had a Cannondale years ago. It was just the frame left from the original purchase and all aftermarket parts. Was a lovely bike.
 
1 - 20 of 22 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top