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Mid-level hardtail wanted - any help appreciated!

Zara M.
zara.mt
Glasgow, GB
Post #: 1
Hello!

Have just moved up to Scotland and am wanting to get my hands on a bike asap!

This will be my first mountain bike but I've ridden a bit already - red trail level - so I don't want it to be toooo basic/entry level. If i was buying new I think the specs I'd want would take me to the £800+ mark, whereas I really only wanted to spend £500. Finding something second hand is the obvious solution, so if anyone knows of anything that would be suitable I'm keen to hear of it!

I'm looking at a small (16"-17.25") frame, and a wheel size of 26 or maybe even 650b (haven't ridden one yet but would consider it listening to the general chat).

Want to keep the bike under 13kg…will be riding cross country mainly.

Oh yea, please not pink :).
Kev
user 14991791
Group Organizer
Glasgow, GB
Post #: 96
Zara, welcome to the group. I'd suggest posting this on the facebook page too, link is on the left, that's where most general chat goes on
A former member
Post #: 6
It's worth having a look at the decathlon bikes in that price range. The get good reviews and are pretty well spec'd and built for the price..

http://www.decathlon....­

p.s. Also found this one for sale..
http://www.pinkbike.c...­
Kev
user 14991791
Group Organizer
Glasgow, GB
Post #: 97
this looks good value for a good spec… might be a tad big though
http://www.pinkbike.c...­
Paul A.
user 94837232
Shawsburn, GB
Post #: 1
Zara,

I am getting my new bike in Feb (full sus). My existing one is just 7 months old. Its a Giant XTC 2 (2011 model I believe) size is XS (so about 14" frame - I am just 5'2" tall, but would be OK for upto say 5'6"). Its in A1 condition - been used for about 10 days since new. It has a great spec also for the money. My pal Paul King is borrowing it at the moment to try a couple of beginner runs with the group, but I know that its a bit too small for him so I would recommend he gets a larger one rather than buying mine, so the Giant could be for sale very soon if interested? I would take £550 for it. it has 26" rims and I have changed the original Schwalbe Racing Ralph tyres for Kenda Blue Groove ones (bit more grippy). You could have the original tyres also if you wanted. I would need to wait until I get my new one in Feb before I let it go though. I don't have any pics here of it but I can paste a link here which will give you an idea of what it looks like and the spec etc. Also there is a geometry tab on there to detail the frame size etc to see if it might suit (this page from Giant details the exact model/year and image for my bike):

http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-in/bikes/model/xtc.2/7556/46924/#specifications­

Cheers, Paul A
Zara M.
zara.mt
Glasgow, GB
Post #: 2
Thanks everyone and cheers for all the links! The Ghost could be an option. Not sure about their rep? The Kona may be slightly big, but will get in touch anyways and see what 'only ship locally' entails. Your bike sounds great Paul… just too small! Have sat on my friend's bike of the same size and it didn't feel good at all. Don't think I can drop much below 16" :(.
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