good advice. the more u pay the better frame u get. lost count of the amount of people who buy a 'cheap' bike then spend a fortune upgrading the parts but the frame and wheels weigh a ton!I would take a look at Merlin Cycles, they are pretty good with MTBs. Pay as much as you can afford, actually, push yourself and spend a little more. Spending more means you get a better quality bike, usually with a better quality groupset which will feel better to ride, and will last longer. Cheap bikes made to a price may boast Shimano gears, usually it is just the front, rear mech and shifters. They bikes are built to a price, what you usually get are cheap unbranded wheels bars, set post, bottom bracket, headset and tyres. If you buy a cheap bike, it won't be as enjoyable to ride. I'm not saying you must spend a fortune, (although I spend more on my bikes than my car!) but you really get what you pay for. If you buy a cheap bike, it'll be heavy, unwieldy, and if you use it often, it will probably last you 12-18 months. Pay a grand more and it'll last you years. But don't rush into it. Buy sensible, and you'll get more use and more pleasure out of it.
Agreed, lots of people think that used bikes can still command the crazy prices of 2020 - 2021There is a lot of lightly and unused bikes on Gumtree and eBay. They aren't selling very well either and keep getting relisted as unsold.
I've shortlisted a few 2021 bikes that are described as brand new condition. They'll be lucky to see 50-60% of the RRP. There wasn't such a big sale of last year's models as there used to be.
Poor supply I'm told. A couple of bike shops were telling me replacement parts and bikes are still hard to get.Agreed, lots of people think that used bikes can still command the crazy prices of 2020 - 2021
New bike stock is still very poor - not sure if its poor supply or high demand