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    Buying Bikes in NZ

    I thought I might get more help in here I'm looking to buy my first MTB here's the thread I just created over in Bike and Frame Discussion

    Also any good sales running at the moment or familiar with which shops are happy to bend the price a bit more to get a sale etc.

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    Can use links at last here's the said link.

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    Where in NZ are you? Might help for advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OFFcourse View Post
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    Where in NZ are you? Might help for advice.
    Auckland, I think I mentioned it in link above. Be nice to get some suggestions from some kiwis who talk in cm's, NZ$ and have a better idea of what we have available here. Cheers

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    Sorry. Must admit that I got a little lazy when scanning the link.

    As you are in Auckland, try R&R. Not sure of other bike stores.

    Anyway, bikes. I would try Giant (XTC) or Specialized (Hardrock/Rockhopper). The other brands you mentioned are lower end or do not work too well for me geometry wise.

    Specialized tend to keep their prices relatively static so that you can find the same thing wherever you go. R&R should be able to do something for you on a Giant - they would here in Dunedin anyway.

    For your price range, you should be able to find some good deals. Especially this time of year.

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    I'm kinda thinking about a GT Avalanche 1.0 looks like I can get one for $1000 it's RRP is $1500 but I've seen a few places dropping prices already.

    I didn't really enjoy the handling on the Giants and Specialized bikes I tried, tho a few laps around a carpark isn't really a fair test.

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    Great. The discounting should have started last month, as they prepare to make space for next year's models (October-ish). Take it for a ride, see how it feels. I recommend testing some others - any friends have any to get a trail test?

    Otherwise get what works for you.

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    I live in Timaru. I have a 2010 GT Avalanche 3.0, L size. Great bike, have upgraded bits and pieces as they have worn out. Have done the Otago Rail Trail last October and so hooked on cross country bikeing, am doing it all again this year. Been rideing consistently for the last 3 years after a break of 50 years. Love my GT bike.

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    I also bought an Avalanche for my first mtb, brilliantly fun bike. I still choose to ride it over my TranceX some days. $1k for a 1.0 spec is a good deal. Giant Talon is a decent option too, the XTC is a lot racier than most of the other options.
    A 29r GT Karokaram which can be had for the same price as an Avalanche too.

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    Ship it !!!
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    Any suggestions on tyres for trail/commute this time of year?

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    Not too sure that you will get both styles in the one tyre. I have been riding the Specialized Storm on my 26 SS/commuter. Fantastic mud clearance (which is needed on the trails at the moment) and has actually been surprisingly good for commuting.

    Otherwise try a Specialized Captain. Not quite as good for mud, but better rolling.

    Some of Maxxis offerings are tough to beat.

    But without more info on the types of trails you ride, I cannot be of more help. Sorry.

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