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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 10:57 am 
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Recommendation please, looking to spend around a grand ...

Going to be used for XC and enduro racing, so NOT a downhill machine..

I've been thinking Giant Anthem or similar ...

Anyone got a good experience of a new bike they'd care to share ??


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 11:43 am 
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Just building up a Yeti ASR-SL, will keep you informed, but switched from a 5-6" Turner-5 spot-ish Pipedream Full Sus. We'll see.. :D


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 12:11 pm 
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I'd say Turner Flux, but it's probably a bit out of the price range.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 2:44 pm 
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For that money, I think you're on the right lines with a Giant - the Scott range are good value but I haven't ridden one.

Keep an eye out for frames that haven't changed in a couple of years and see if you can get a deal on an old version.

Part of me thinks you might be better off buying 2nd hand if you can find one to fit in good nick.

You can have a spin on mine if you like :)

Oh, and What MTB has a review of up to £2K full sussers this month


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:12 pm 
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@ Woody

My worry is that if i try your bike i'll want one, and my proposed new garage might then lose it's roof !!

My LBS have all their range down at Bedgebury to hire so i might head down there and try a couple out, but they only have Giants so a bit limited.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:22 pm 
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See if you have a Haro distributor in your country...

Im riding one of their VL120's, the topmodel Werx 5 frameset. VPP system, works lovely and is great in terms of value....

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 6:42 pm 
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the giant anthem is very good, if a little short on travel, the trance has 4.2" which maybe better if you ever get to wales..

they both ride real good, due to a low centre of gravity, corner very well.

kona's are often underated (just cus' they dont use the latest tech.) but you dont get much for a grand..

trek are worth looking at..

you are limited with a grand, theres gona be a trade off somewhere, so look for a good frame & shock, not the best brakes/gears etc. you can always upgrade.

with giant being such a huge company, they can offer dam good value, & bloody good bikes, id always go for a descent frame design over anything else. I dont even sell them anymore! hows that for honesty!!??


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 7:40 pm 
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The halfords GT I-Drive XCR 5 got rave reviews in whatmtb.

Halfords buy direct from GT, so its got better running gear, brakes and fork.

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_241155_langId_-1_CarSelectorCatalogId__CarSelectorGroupId__varient__categoryId_55070_crumb_33980-33957_parentcategoryrn_55070


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 8:37 pm 
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pauls cycles was selling off trances for £500 not so long ago it might be worth asking them to see what they have


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:52 pm 
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2nd hand orange sub5 or patriot. go fairly cheap on ebay. single pivot so sod all maintenance. same for 2nd hand kona, trek etc.
flux, 5spot & ASR are all very nice, but rare to see them go cheap 2nd hand...


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