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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:30 pm 
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If you're looking for XL, you won't find one second hand. At least, I didn't this time last year.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:33 pm 
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Joe of Loath wrote:
If you're looking for XL, you won't find one second hand. At least, I didn't this time last year.



I think I could go large (19-20") not XL as despite my 6ft 4 ness I have a long torso and arms and more like a 32" leg!! so top tube length is more of a consideration although a long stem has got me outta that problem before!


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:35 pm 
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It's a case of what you can find, then.

Alternatively you could build up your favourite flavour of on-one with a mixture of new and used parts. Someone I know managed to make one for about £450 by cutting a few corners.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:36 pm 
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wookiee wrote:
Joe of Loath wrote:
If you're looking for XL, you won't find one second hand. At least, I didn't this time last year.



I think I could go large (19-20") not XL as despite my 6ft 4 ness I have a long torso and arms and more like a 32" leg!! so top tube length is more of a consideration although a long stem has got me outta that problem before!


...another reason why I have been called Wookiee for so many years! Even my wife says I am like a silver back gorilla!


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:43 pm 
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Joe of Loath wrote:
It's a case of what you can find, then.

Alternatively you could build up your favourite flavour of on-one with a mixture of new and used parts. Someone I know managed to make one for about £450 by cutting a few corners.



Impressive...I am focusing on a good frame and forks and wheels the lighter the better I can upgrade the mechs shifters as I get more cash

Would love a carbon frame but equally not sure about the weigh limits for riders of carbon bikes!! :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:46 pm 
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Joe of Loath wrote:
Trek Cobia and spend the change on a wheelset. Very capable bike, Gary Fisher did some magic with that geometry.


yeah i love my trek cobia, its the best thing i've ever purchased.

My budget was also 1k, after months of research my shortlist was these 3 29ers:

kona kahuna
giant talon
trek cobia

Check them out, i recently had a look at the kona kahuna on the chain reactions website, it does look a good bike too.

However from my experience with the trek cobia, its absolutely fantastic.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:52 pm 
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b_hazard@hotmail.com wrote:
Joe of Loath wrote:
Trek Cobia and spend the change on a wheelset. Very capable bike, Gary Fisher did some magic with that geometry.


yeah i love my trek cobia, its the best thing i've ever purchased.

My budget was also 1k, after months of research my shortlist was these 3 29ers:

kona kahuna
giant talon
trek cobia

Check them out, i recently had a look at the kona kahuna on the chain reactions website, it does look a good bike too.

However from my experience with the trek cobia, its absolutely fantastic.


hmm is that 1k new price?


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:53 pm 
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I got mine end of season for £765.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:58 pm 
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I have only ever bought a new bike back in 1991! Its been used since then and I have always got better value for money! So thats the way I think I will go with the 29er...a £1700 bike for more like £1200....


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 9:05 pm 
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Mine was new £850 from evans summer of 2011

Seen one go on ebay for £400'ish recently, small frame size tho.


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