Best hardtail C2W can buy?

Discussion in 'Mountain Biking, Trials and BMX' started by BrianD, 17 Aug 2012.

  1. BrianD

    BrianD New Member

    Location:
    Northumberland
    Morning all, looking to take advantage of the C2W scheme but looking for a little advice

    I'm looking for a hardtail mainly for trails like 7Stanes, Hamsterley forest. Love downhill, however to come down you have to go up and im a large lad!!

    Probably won't use it much for commuting as I've got a road bike

    Been looking at the Whyte 805 or paying a little extra for the 901, others such as the Focus black forest, educate me please!
     
  2. OP
    OP
    BrianD

    BrianD New Member

    Location:
    Northumberland
    No one?
     
  3. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry Here for rides.

    I'm a cross country boy not a trail centre addict so can't comment really.

    (Boardman HT Pro btw way)
     
  4. pubrunner

    pubrunner Guru

    We have a Rock Lobster Tig team SL, from Merlin Cycles; they sell very nice bikes at good prices - the advantage you get from buying from a good 'local' shop is that you get the after-sales service and often a nice discount on future purchases and servicing costs - you'll need to weigh up how important this is to you.

    We went up to Merlin Cycles near Preston and it was well worth the drive; must have tried have a dozen bikes. Being able to 'try before buying' was a great bonus ! They were very helpful and not at all 'pushy' - a genuinely 'first class' bike shop !

    Take a look at some reviews on both the bike & Merlin's (excellent) service :

    http://www.mtbr.com/cat/bikes/xc-hardtail/merlin/rock-lobster-tig-team-sl/prd_418780_1527crx.aspx

    http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=14894970

    The Tig Team SL, is built from Easton Elite tubing and as MTBs go, it is very light. We've had ours for 5 years and have not had a single problem with it.
     
  5. KenG

    KenG Well-Known Member

    On One do a good range of hardworking trail bikes, I have the Inbred,and they also do C2W scheme, they have a marmite following, you either love them or hate them,but the fact is you cant ignore them, have a look on their website.
     
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