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Hybrid 'V' Mountain Bike

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Mr Pig, 4 May 2008.

  1. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig New Member

    North Lanarkshire
    Hello, my first post. I've used forums for years but this is my first cycling one.

    I'm looking for some advice please? It's time to buy a new bike and I'm not sure what type to buy.

    Most of my cycling is done on the road, cycle track etc and for seven years I've used a Specialised A1 Hardrock which I've altered to better fit my needs. It has higher bars, Nimbus tyres, a larger front chainring etc. However I do sometimes batter down the odd feild or along very rough tracks.

    My problem is that I don't know whether to buy another mountain bike or a hybrid. I've looked at the Scott Sportster bikes and they seem very well suited to 90% of my cycling. What I don't know is if a bike like this will be tough enough to take the ocasional harsh tretment it might get.

    My buget is about four to five hundred pounds. Any advice would be welcome.

    Thank you in advance,

    Colin/Mr Pig.
  2. Renard

    Renard Guest

    Buy a road bike you already have a sort of hybrid.
  3. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig New Member

    North Lanarkshire
    No, I want to sell my old bike and don't have the room, or need, for two bikes anyway. Besides, many of the roads I use, bashed-up back roads, would kill a road bike! Double besides, I don't like them! ;0)
  4. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

    What exactly do you mean by "harsh treatment"?
  5. Renard

    Renard Guest

  6. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    From the type of riding you describe and the occassional off road trip, I'd go for the hybrid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  7. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    Everyone NEEDS at least two bikes.:angry:

  8. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig New Member

    North Lanarkshire
    That's a nice bike Renard, and looks like good spec for the money.

    By harsh treatment I mean going down rocky gravel tracks and the odd feild that's lumpy enough to bottom out your front suspension fork.
  9. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

    Sounds outside the abilities of a hybrid. Stick to an MTB.
  10. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    what gerry attrick says. The only advantage hybrids ever have over an MTB is sometimes they can be cheaper, but you get what you pay for.
    Unless you're doing 20 miles plus journeys and want to be doing it in reasonable time (e.g. commuting) then there's no reason not to just upgrade to a better MTB. A nice light XC bike will do the job nicely.
  11. Brock

    Brock Senior Member

    That Uncle John crosser is sweet, someone buy me one please.
  12. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    middle of Norfolk
    Someone forgot to tell my road bikes that, as I cycle along the potholed, flint-strewn, uneven, gravel-coated, broken-edged, thorn peppered back lanes of Norfolk that these bashed-up roads would kill them :angry:
  13. Tharg2007

    Tharg2007 Well-Known Member

    i second that!!!

    if you don't have room for two bikes its because there is something else taking up the space, maybe a setee, draws or wife/girlfriend.

  14. Or you can get a folder as well as keeping you wife:evil:
  15. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig New Member

    North Lanarkshire
    Well ok, maybe the roads wouldn't kill, them but you're not going to tell me that you can ride a road bike across a field are you? I also hate the riding position, narrow bars and high stance of road bikes. I've also noticed that when doing the Glasgow-Edinburgh bike ride it's really only road bikes that you pass at the side of the road not working any more! ;0) Man those tyres know how to burst.

    I thought a hybrid might be more comfortable, less agressive riding position, and faster along the flat stuff, bigger wheels and chain ring. I know I can change some of these things on a mountain bike but it's extra money. What is an XC bike?