looking for advice ??

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by sprog65, 2 Feb 2018.

  1. sprog65

    sprog65 New Member

    HI
    Im after some advice , im buying a new bike on the cycle to work scheme so budget is restricted to a grand .
    Having had a look round the local shops ( im in Sheffield ) I have narrowed to down to a choice of three although im open to recommendations on one s that are not on the list

    BMC Sportlite SLX

    Whyte 605

    Cube Acid 29er

    Not sure of the benefits of the 29er over 650b wheels but again open to advice .

    I am in my early 50s reasonably fit after heart trouble as in I can manage 20 to 25 miles in Derbyshire .
    Currently I have a roadbike and a GT mtb so I am looking to up grade .

    Cheers all help greatly accepted

    Dave
     
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  2. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    One or two good posters in this section who post loads of great links, so I'll leave that to them. A bag of sand is a not too shabby amount for getting a good bike but you should be able to add to it if you wish. The 29 inch wheels allow you to cover greater distance with less effort especially with road tyres but it depends on exactly what type of riding and which surfaces you are riding on.

    I just picked up my letter for my new bike as well. Great feeling.:cheers:
     
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  3. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Which would suit you best for commuting given the terrain?

    How tall are you as I think 29ers can feel big and unwieldy got shorter riders.

    Other than that, go try them out, that'll tell you what wheel size/bike to go for
     
  4. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    First off hello and welcome to the forum. I’d question the wisdom of getting a MTB unless you want to use it exclusively on very rough trails. Why not consider a cyclocross or adventure/ gravel bike as they’re now called so you can cover a few more options?
     
  5. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    He's upgrading his MTB?
     
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  6. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    My daughter bought a whyte a year ago, i was quite impressed with it.. That would be my choice, but best if you can ride them yourself and get the one that feels good to you. personally i would not go for the 29er. but your choice it may suit you.
     
  7. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    I have a Cube Acid. It is very high spec for the price and it’s a great bike which I have done some great off road touring and mucking about on single track and forest trails.

    It wouldn’t be my choice to commute to work though.
     
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  8. OP
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    sprog65

    sprog65 New Member

    Thanks for the reply , im waiting for my letter to arrive , im told that a 29er is good once your rolling but a little harder to get it moving
     
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  9. OP
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    sprog65

    sprog65 New Member

    Thanks for info , I don't do that much commuting < its more of a messing about in the countryside and maybe once a week when im a short shift commute , sort of leaning towards the BMC as its the lightest at just under 12kg with a spec equal ( I think ) to the cube
     
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  10. buzzy-beans

    buzzy-beans Well-Known Member

    Personally speaking, if your commute to work is all or mostly on roads then I wouldn't go for any kind of mountain bike as because of their tyres, they will always have a higher rolling resistance. If it were me I would plump for a half decent hybrid fitted with low rolling resistance tyres, low maintenance equipment and as you live in Sheffield with all of those hills disc brakes as well,, such as this https://www.evanscycles.com/cube-travel-sl-2018-hybrid-bike-EV319284.
     
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  11. OP
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    sprog65

    sprog65 New Member

    Thanks for the advice < ive never ridden a 29er , my current GT ison 27.5 and is ok , problem I have is that the BMC is not a stock item and would have to be ordered in at a cost and the local Whyte dealer doesn't have my size in stock so again would have to be ordered in , was just trying to get a feel for which bikes are the better ones to be looking at
     
  12. OP
    OP
    sprog65

    sprog65 New Member

    Im a tad under 6ft and id be tempted to put some reasonable smooth treaded tyres on with decent preasures to suit the varing options of routes in to work
     
  13. OP
    OP
    sprog65

    sprog65 New Member

    Hi ,All the bikes im looking at are disc braked and for general commuting I can always change the tyres which is what I do with my current bike , garage space is limited as motorbike my 2 cycles and the lad's cycle and wood store mean I cant have a cycle for every type of ride
     
  14. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    Location:
    Midlands
    I don't think the OP actually wants to commute on it, just a cheap way to buy it.
     
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  15. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    You could go to Evans and ride any 29er to see if one would work for you. At 6ft you should be ok
     
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