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21-02-2012, 09:08   #1
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MTB Hardtail - help to choose

Hello every one.

I want to get the bike with bike4work scheme (meaning it has to be bought in Irish shop).

Any recommendation with up to €650 mark?

Thanks
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21-02-2012, 09:12   #2
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just got a Cube Attention and am well happy with it, was 756 euro after discount in cyclesuperestore.ie
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that's the one I was originally after but was sold out in my size and they weren't sure if they were getting any more in, think there was a few left in 20 inch frames but give them a call, they are sound to deal with
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any views on this? I could stretch it a bit probably. Better gears as far as I know

http://cyclesuperstore.ie/shop/pc/vi...dproduct=38252
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Stick with the CUBE, looks better and has all shimano gears...

You get €1000 on the BTW so why not go for something with better forks: http://cyclesuperstore.ie/shop/pc/vi...dproduct=47497
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The Analog is a nice bike, bit on the heavy side and the 11' model's forks are very heavy and they have rebound issues plus the pre-load on mine doesn't seem to work.
Other than that it rolls great, goes up hills and down them very admirably. There is no flex anywhere when pedalling hard up hills.
I use my analog mainly for commuting and the occasional Sunday spin on the Ticknock trails. Since I'm a bit heavy myself I had to swap the wheels for something hand built.
Just a side note, you might want to budget in also some SLX shifters later on. They seem to work far better with the rear mech than the Alivio's. The front is grand as is.
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Stick with the CUBE, looks better and has all shimano gears...

You get €1000 on the BTW so why not go for something with better forks: http://cyclesuperstore.ie/shop/pc/vi...dproduct=47497
I thought Geode is Shimano as well and a bit better than Alivio?


Thanks for help so far. Can't wait to get it and take it for test run. any nice easy mtb tracks around dublin?
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Stick to your budget. Unless you are in the upper tax band the B2W is pointless. The percentage you get off could easily be got by shopping around or shopping online.

Personally if I had a €650 budget I'd go for a Carrera Fury or a Carrera Kraken, huge value for money. You can pick up a secondhand set of forks at a later date. The Suntours will be grand for the moment unless you are riding really hard, then you'll be looking at a 2 grand bike anyway...
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I thought Geode is Shimano as well and a bit better than Alivio?


Thanks for help so far. Can't wait to get it and take it for test run. any nice easy mtb tracks around dublin?
You mean Deore, yes, its Shimano name for the parts...

I would recommend Ballinastoe, the lower trail is easy to find and not as up and down as Ticknock...
Or Phoenix park, whilst there are no trails as such you can find enough tracks to keep you entertained for an hour or so....
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Stick to your budget. Unless you are in the upper tax band the B2W is pointless. The percentage you get off could easily be got by shopping around or shopping online.

Personally if I had a €650 budget I'd go for a Carrera Fury or a Carrera Kraken, huge value for money. You can pick up a secondhand set of forks at a later date. The Suntours will be grand for the moment unless you are riding really hard, then you'll be looking at a 2 grand bike anyway...
Thanks,

What about Carrera Vulcan? any good?
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Adverts might be ideal for you, leaves a couple of quid spare for shoes etc too.
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Adverts might be ideal for you, leaves a couple of quid spare for shoes etc too.
Thanks, but I want to do it through bike4work
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Thanks,

What about Carrera Vulcan? any good?
Decent frame, same average forks.
The components make it heavy.
Clarkes hydraulic disc brakes would be grand, I guess.

SRAM X-4 gears could be better, chain-set looks heavy.

I'd probably go one up... I paid €470 for a Krakken I think, some of the Halfords have deals from time to time.
It's not a particularly sexy bike but it'll do the job for the money you want to spend. Others in the same bracket would be the GT avalanche, Kona Fire Mountain, Cube Analog, Trek 4500 etc. They are all much of a muchness IMO, Alu frame basic components...

I've ridden the Carrera on most of the trails around the country, unless you're looking to "go big" (man), it's ideal for starting out on.
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Stick to your budget. Unless you are in the upper tax band the B2W is pointless. The percentage you get off could easily be got by shopping around or shopping online.
Have to disagree, got a 1450 euro bike last month with a 30% BTW voucher plus a sales discount for just over 750 euro, pretty much a brand new bike for a second hand price... shop around...
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