Beginners mountain bike - advice please!

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Bradfield23, 14 Apr 2019.

  1. Bradfield23

    Bradfield23 New Member

    Hi,

    I am looking to pick up a beginners mountain bike, predominantly for casual cycling on roads, in woodlands and along footpaths etc. My preferred budget is around £300 but I could stretch to £400 depending whether the extra money would be worth it. I'm really not looking for anything flashy at all. I'm 23, around 5"7 and 14 stone.

    I've found a few online - see links below. Are these decent beginner bikes? Struggling to decide as I know nothing about bikes so don't really understand the specs at all.

    https://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/calibre-saw-mountain-bike-p414114
    https://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/calibre-slab-mountain-bike-p446506
    https://www.cyclerepublic.com/carrera-vulcan-27-5-mens-mountain-bike-2019.html


    Any help would be much appreciated - feel free to post suggestions etc!
     
  2. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

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    Accra, Ghana
    Decathlon bikes are pretty decent value and you're bound n to have one near you.
    https://www.decathlon.co.uk/st-520-mountain-bike-black-275-id_8521013.html
    You really don't need a mountain bike the type of cycling you'll be doing, you might find a hybrid better.
    Entry level bikes with front suspension have poor quality forks which you really don't need anyway.
    At that price point a MTB will be about 4kg heavier than non sus hybrid which you'll real feel on the hills.
    What about this?
    https://www.cyclerepublic.com/voodoo-marasa-men-s-hybrid-bike-2018.html
     
    Last edited: 14 Apr 2019
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