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Mollington



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:30 pm    Post subject: Advice welcome Reply with quote

Hi,

I'm looking for an upgrade on my current 'nail' with a limit of £500.

I live in the Massif Central region of central France so 'Cols' of up to 1200/1300m are kind of run of the mill.

I mainly cycle via the road but want to have the option of off-road with my youngest son.

I found two possible choices and was wondering if anybody could direct me to the better of the two OR suggest something else that would be more suitable.

I would appreciate your views as I am NOT, by any stretch of the imagination, an expert.

http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/mountain-bikes/carrera-vendetta- mens-mountain-bike

http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/calibre-two-two-v2-mountain-bike-p383858


Also, if I were to buy something 'used' off e-bay, for example, what would you suggest second hand for £500?

Many thanks in advance. Laughing
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Doomanic



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't like either of those...

The Carerra is only 3x8 and has mechanical disc brakes.
The Calibre is on 26" wheels, which is soooo 2011 dahling.

This is a better bet from Hellfrauds,
http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/mountain-bikes/carrera-kraken-mo untain-bike-white
But this much better if you can afford a bit more;
http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/mountain-bikes/boardman-mountain -bike-comp-650b
And how about this from Decathlon;
https://www.decathlon.co.uk/rockrider-560-mountain-bike-275-black-red- id_8364715.html

Fleabay can be a nightmare if you don't know what you're looking at, especially if you are buying on the strength of the advert.

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Mollington



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Doomanic and many thanks for your reply.

I can see the Rockrider on Decathlon, here in France, at €660 which I could just about manage.

Would ye rate that as the best of the three that ye have listed or is the Boardman a better buy for my requirements?

Kind regards,

M.
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Magnus



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your mostly hilly roads, wouldn't a gravel or adventure bike be best suited?

eg

https://www.rutlandcycling.com/bikes/road-bikes/marin-gestalt-1-2017-a dventure-road-bike-blue_375086?origin=pla&kwd=&currency=GBP&gclid=CjwK CAjwrO_MBRBxEiwAYJnDLM80gSFrAG3CoIxapAkyps-D9439_3O5WoJxoUtKn5ijTK6xwD odrhoCyUMQAvD_BwE

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Mollington



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Magnus,

I'll have a look to see if it's good for off-road as well as road.

Kind regards,

M.
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Magnus



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It all depends on the terrain you are going to ride on but basically gravel bikes are designed to be tough, go anywhere machines. I strongly recommend you try one out before committing though. read this.

http://road.cc/content/buyers-guide/217893-18-best-2017-gravel-adventu re-bikes-%E2%80%94-super-versatile-bikes-are-home

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