Buying advice

SandraP

Senior Member
Location
Scotland
Hi folks, it's me again looking for some excellent advice from all you experience bikers.

I'm thinking of getting a mountain bike after a 12 year haitus. My little second hand shopper won't cut it off-road and I'd like to be able to explore further afield as I live near country paths and beaches. I reckon a hard tail is my best bet and I'm looking to spend around £300-500. Researching online is doing my head in, there are so many to choose from, so I'm looking for personal recommendations. In particular I wondered if anyone had any experience of these makes and models:

Specialised Mika Sport Disc Womens Hardtail XC
Felt QW6 Ladies - I notice Wiggle are selling them with a large discount at the moment but I can't find any reviews

Thanks for any advice.
 

billflat12

Über Member
Location
cheshire
recently spotted a 2011 myka , looks great spec @£285
http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Specialized...ens-Mountain-Bike-2011-Hardtail-MTB_38788.htm
seriously though a modern hybrid like the crosstrail may even suit you better , especially if you plan to venture further afield with a rear rack fitted. On mountain bikes the frame chainstays are shorter & lack heal clearance for panniers.
Here,s what they say about the crosstrail
http://www.cyclekingdom.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=53&Itemid=126
 
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SandraP

SandraP

Senior Member
Location
Scotland
Thanks Bill. I think that special offer is only size 19 otherwise I'd be seriously tempted. I'm a size 15/16. My last purchase was too big for me so I don't want to fall into that trap again. I'll have a look at the crosstrail.
 
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SandraP

SandraP

Senior Member
Location
Scotland
Thanks Cubist. I had already shortlisted the Cube Access. How does that compare?

I'm a bit confuzzled by the whole V brake/disc brake thing. Does it make much difference?
 

akb

Veteran
RE Brakes; i have found the Disc brakes (compared to my old V's) provide a much better stopping power, especially when trailing up and down off road hilly areas. Go disc if you can.
 

billflat12

Über Member
Location
cheshire
Discs are more reliable & efficient in wet muddy conditions as v brakes simply collect mud & grime from the wheel rims also making them wear out quicker , jamis has lesser known but better spec.rst forks with cable operated discs, giant has better known but basic spec suntour forks & steel bars etc. but more powerful Hydraulic disc brakes..
 

Cubist

Still wavin'
Location
Ovver 'thill
Thanks Cubist. I had already shortlisted the Cube Access. How does that compare?

I'm a bit confuzzled by the whole V brake/disc brake thing. Does it make much difference?
Cube Access is a more MTB oriented bike, designed for off road, with longer travel suspension fork. It will be less comfortable for distance, but more playful geometry. The Cube LTD I linked to has suspension for the sort of paths and gentle trails you mention, and will be better and more civilised over distance. Both will have rack mounts.

As for V brakes vs Disc, it depends on the sort of riding you want to do. Disc will always be better in wet weather or mud, V weigh a little less and are less intimidating, but they eventually wear your rims out, and discs simply won't!!
 
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SandraP

SandraP

Senior Member
Location
Scotland
Thanks all! If nothing else this has helped me focus, and I've ordered the Jamis Durango Sport - with disc brakes and a rack mount. (Blimey, isn't it funny how quickly you assimilate the lingo?)

I'll let you know how I get on with it.
 
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