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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:16 am 
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So - after some *&£! broken into my shed an stole my modern hardtail I now have £1100 insurance money to spend on a new bike - what are your thoughts? Looking for something reasonably "punchy" but open to all ideas. Currently looking at these:

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/fuji ... -prod93935

http://www.winstanleysbikes.co.uk/produ ... _2012_Bike

What do you guys think?


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:24 am 
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Of the two - Whyte 19 any day.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:25 pm 
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Do you have to spend the money all in one place?

For Carbon On One are offering a bundle with the Whippet and decent forks for £600. Some judicious cherry picking could see you on a super light XC setup with much better components than an off the shelf bike would typically exhibit.

And then there is this..
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http://www.evanscycles.com/products/jam ... e-ec041439
Slightly over your insurance payout, but worth it all day, every day.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 9:28 pm 
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Tweeks had a 17.5" cove handjob for about that price I think.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 6:15 pm 
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Over the moon with my Canyon... https://www.canyon.com/_en/mountainbike ... ab-reiter2
The 2014 26" range hasn't been released yet though :roll:


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:00 pm 
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Be interested to know how far that £1100 would go toward a 1 or 2-year-old bike?

Merlin XLM:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Merlin-XLM-mo ... 3cd4c37a25


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:28 am 
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That won't go for £1100 though, will it?


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:50 am 
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Giant XTC Carbon/Composite?

I've ridden one and was surprised by how well it rides, 2nd hand prices are well within your budget for a bike about a year or so old.

But of the 2 you have listed in your original post, I#'d go for the Whyte I think.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:19 am 
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lewisfoto wrote:
Be interested to know how far that £1100 would go toward a 1 or 2-year-old bike?

Merlin XLM:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Merlin-XLM-mo ... 3cd4c37a25


Crikey that went cheap!!!!


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:29 pm 
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Always worth looking at Pauls Cycles for a last years model with a substantial discount: http://www.paulscycles.co.uk/

In 2008 I bought a 2007 model Giant XTC Composite 3 with a £600 discount, with the exception of the paint job and the forks, which were Rock Shox on the 2007 model, rather than similar level of Fox forks on the 2008 model, it was identical.


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