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    Decent Mountain bike choice for newb...

    Hello all,

    So I very recently got back into riding a bike- and I'm enjoying it a lot- however, due to the fact that I was absent from the scene for 3 years means that my Trek 3700 didn't fit me any more- I've been borrowing my father's 4400, but it's such an old bike (2004) it's very heavy, especially with the panniers that he insists on having on the bike- I recon around 16 kilo's is the current weight.

    Anyway, to cut a long story short- I need to get a new bike, and I'm looking around the £600-700 mark, but I might be able to stretch the budget right up to 750, tops, for the perfect bike- I'd prefer to get it from:
    bit.ly/1M2vuq
    Yesterday, I went to my 'Local' (12 miles away) Evans, and tried out a BMC SportElite SE01

    bit.ly/N1XGDl

    I loved the bike, how light it was and how fast it gained speed, and it's a good deal with £250 off, but I was offput by the salesman's attitude, which got to the point where he wouldn't let me try anything else because, and I quote 'Anything under that sort of price is going to be rubbish that old men buy to showoff on toepaths' Which annoyed me a bit. I don't think you can class all bikes below £700 as showoff bikes.

    I did have a shortlist in mind:

    Fuji Nevada 1
    bit.ly/M6Kdut

    Trek 6000D
    bit.ly/Rin8m5

    GT Avalanche 1
    bit.ly/OtoEOK

    Pinnacle Jarrah Four
    bit.ly/PpIY5f


    Mondraker Finalist
    bit.ly/NNm9Oz

    I had also considered a Boardman Comp;
    bit.ly/Ouim7o
    I can also get 10% off at halfords, which is a small bonus, allthough I'm not keen on not being able to test ride it first.

    I have also had an eye on a Cube Acid, but I'm again not sure, it's a bit over budget and not that well reviewed.

    Anyway, if there are any other suggestions in that price range, then I'm open to suggestions.

    Thanks for your help in advance.

    -Dodo

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    If I lived in the UK I would buy this-
    Canyon | Mountainbikes | Grand Canyon AL 29 7.9
    Here's some of the reasons.
    Eurobike 2011 Demo Day Report: Canyon "Grand Canyon AL 29"
    The frame design gives a ride more like carbon at half the price. No one else is offering that.

    It's not yet available to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    If I lived in the UK I would buy this-
    ....
    Here's some of the reasons.
    ....
    The frame design gives a ride more like carbon at half the price. No one else is offering that.

    It's not yet available to me.
    Thanks for the advice, now, I don't want to sound rude, but that's way out of the price range I mentioned, and is also not available on finance, which is a real clincher for me. Looks a good bike, though.

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    BMC Rock Shox XC32 usable offroad 5lb.coil
    Fuji Nevada 1 Suntour fork "punishing offroad"
    Trek 6000D Suntour fork same
    GT Avalanche 1 RockShox XC30 fork
    Pinnacle Jarrah Four-RockShox Dart 3(older model XC32)
    Mondraker Finalist RockShox XC32 good geo 29er
    Boardman Comp- Suntour Epicon air fork very good reviews of fork
    Cube Acid RockShox Recon air

    The Moonraker is a 29 with excellent geo and a good fork.
    The Boardman has the best fork on your list.
    The Canyon 29 has a 3.5lb tuneable Fox air fork and a new great frame.

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    See if Nashbar will ship this over to you..

    GT Avalanche X Mountain Bike - Hard Tail
    ~ 2011 GT Avalanche 2.0
    ~ 1993 Diamondback Topanga
    ~ 2012 Diamondback Overdrive Expert

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luclin999 View Post
    See if Nashbar will ship this over to you..
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    Wow, that looks a really good deal- Thanks, certainly something to consider.

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    Avalanche is nice

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