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  1. #1
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    what bike advice please

    hi folks

    i am looking to buy a new mountain bike and was wondering if you folks could advise on which is the better for the money

    mainly will be used for some roads, towpaths but want to try and get into the mtbing a bit more

    i am buying on the cycle2work scheme so am restricted to halfords

    these are the 2 bikes any advice on which is the better spec please

    not a lot of diff in price only 2 quid in it

    thanks for any guidence

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    Voodoo Bantu Mountain Bike 18" Price 521.99

    Frame Material: Aluminium
    Frame Size: 17-18
    Gears: 21+
    Gender: Mens
    Suspension: Front
    Alloy Rims: Yes
    Brake Type: Hydraulic Disc
    Chainset: Truvativ Blaze
    Exact Frame Size: 18"
    Fork travel: 100mm
    Forks: Suntour Epicon
    Forks - Adjustable damping : Yes
    Frame-: Voodoo 7005 butted aluminium frame with single speed compatible sliding dropouts
    Front Brake: Avid Juicy 3 hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotor
    Handle Bars: Raceface Ride XC
    Hubs: formula sealed super smooth bearing hubs
    Number of Gears: 27
    Pedals: Alloy platform pedals
    Quick Release Wheels: Yes
    Rear Brake: Avid Juicy 3 hydraulic disc brakes with 160 rotor
    Rear Mech: SRAM X5
    Rims: Mavic XM117
    Saddle: Raceface Ride XC
    Seatpost: Raceface Ride XC
    Stem: Raceface Ride XC
    Tyre size: 2.1
    Tyres: Geax Barro Mountain
    Wheel size: 26
    Fork Lock-out : Yes
    Front Mech: SRAM X5
    Gear Shifters: SRAM X5
    Approximate Weight (KG): 12.55

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    GT Aggressor XC 1 Mountain Bike 09 18" 519.99

    Frame Material: Aluminium
    Frame Size: 17-18
    Gender: Mens
    Suspension: Front
    Alloy Rims: Yes
    Brake Type: Hydraulic Disc
    Chainset: Truvativ Blaze 3.1 chainset with sealed bearing BB
    Exact Frame Size: 20"
    Forks: Marzocchi 33R, 120mm travel, 15mm axle, adj rebound
    Frame Colour: Black
    Frame-: Superlight hydro-formed Triple Triangle frame with butted tubing
    Front Brake: Avid Juicy 3 hydraulic disc brakes, 185rotors
    Front Mech: Shimano Deore
    Gear Shifters: Shimano Deore Rapid Fire
    Handle Bars: GT oversize
    Headset: GT Alloy
    Hubs: Formula Disc / Shimano M475
    Number of Gears: 27
    Pedals: Classic Cage with Toe Clips
    Quick Release Wheels: Yes
    Rear Brake: Avid Juicy 3 hydraulic disc brakes, 160mm rotors
    Rear Mech: Shimano SLX
    Rear Shock: NA
    Rims: Alex DP17 disc rims
    Saddle: SDG Bel Air saddle
    Seatpost: Alloy Black
    Stem: GT Oversized
    Tyre size: 2.3"
    Tyres: Maxxis Ignitor
    Wheel size: 26"
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    I haven't looked at the GT closely, but have been riding the Bantu for a month now. Great bike! and the price has just dropped another 50! It's light, rides well and looks great.
    Lots of good components, including the Juicy brakes which are great stoppers!
    It's due back for it's 6 week health check soon. A few adjustments to be done after bedding in, but no problems (haven't been too rough with it yet).
    I am going to make a few upgrade changes to it soon, but that's just personal choice.
    Whatever you get? Enjoy!!:

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