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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:13 pm 
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im going to treat myself to a bew bike in the next month or so. So I was wondering what the best full suspension bike for £200-£300 :D


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:01 pm 
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Not the biggest budget...I'd go for an older Marin 1997-2000 Rift Zone or Mount Vision...


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:54 pm 
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When you say new you mean new to you and thus second hand. You'll only get BSO full sus for that money new.
I'd say what Wookie says is a good choice or anything from GT.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:57 pm 
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yes new to me not not brand new :D


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:04 pm 
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I concur with Mr Wookie too. I spotted 2 East Peaks that failed to raise £50 a piece earlier this year on eBay, both 100% complete and very underused judging by the pix. The frames are really light and strong, you might want to budget a bit for a fork upgrade and check the air shocks, I had one fail suddenly. If you buy just the frame, try to get the rear shock with it as it is a size that is becoming harder to find as a coil shock. Some of the air shocks cost your budget new.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:18 pm 
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Bit of patience should net you a decent quality bike for that budget, my favourite hunt would be Gumtree for a local pickup garage find that needs a little fettling.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:33 pm 
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I'd keep away from any GT XCR Idrive thing. They'll be within budget but are no fun at all. I got one in 1999 and it put me off bikes for 6 years!

I'd get the most modern bike you can as technology has moved on at pace. Don't know for sure but wouldn't be suprised to see a Boardman FS coming in around £300 second hand?


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:09 pm 
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Maybe a pre-disc Stumpy FSR?


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:48 pm 
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Tempted? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/321230481811? ... 1438.l2649

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:51 pm 
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i am tempted just got to find out a bit more about it as in size and group set :D


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