New bike for family use - circa £600-£700

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by BowlofPetunias, 14 Nov 2017.

  1. BowlofPetunias

    BowlofPetunias New Member

    Hi Everyone,

    I'm looking for a bike to use with my family at weekends, a mixture of road, tow path, woodland and a bit of mud but nothing excessive. I'd rather get something decent than buying cheap and buying twice when it falls to bits. Looking online and after a recent trip to Evans I reckon I'm budgeting between £600 and £700 max for a bike, although of course happy to spend less!

    I've seen a few models such as these:
    Sirrus Sport 2017

    Crosstrail Sport 2018

    Cannondale Quick 4 2018

    Crosstrail Disc 2018

    I've read lots of negative reviews online of the suspension forks on the cheaper Crosstrails such as the ones above, my concern is that a Sirrus or the Cannondale like the ones linked above with a fixed fork wouldn't be right for the type of terrain I indent to ride on - what are people's opinions? I'd prefer to buy from Evans as they're local and the service on my visit was good so please if you have any recommendations link there if possible.

    I'm just looking for something decent that will last and is good value for money, no preference on brand, I'm 6ft 3 so it would need to be in XL frame from the ones I tried in Evans the other day.

    Thanks in advance for all your help!
  2. OP

    BowlofPetunias New Member

    Thanks Liz, I'll take a look :-)
  3. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Look at Evans pinnacle range perhaps. Then test ride a few bikes. Rigid fork, 35mm tyre good for towpaths
  4. alicat

    alicat Guru

    Definitely fixed fork. Decathlon are good value if you are just starting out. They have branches in Uxbridge and Reading if you can get to one of them.
  5. Drago

    Drago Guru

    So, you're after a Ferrari that has the abilities of a Range Rover, with some amphibious capacity thrown in?

    May I also direct Sir to the Carrera Subway range?
  6. Bonefish Blues

    Bonefish Blues Banging donk

    52 Festive Road
    OP, you're on the right lines having visited Evans. Don't buy a suspension fork. Ride a few, select the one that fits you best.
  7. Soltydog

    Soltydog Guru

    near Hornsea
    Similar to the Cannondale you listed above, but 1 x 11 & better groupset
    No XL at Evans, but I just got one on C2W through Tredz & happy with it. Despite only 1 chainring there's a wide range of gears, my only gripe would be larger than ideal jumps between some gears. Shame you're so far away, you could have a blast on mine
    Got a few unexpected bits too from Tredz, pedal spanner, small multi tool & a small backpack :okay: Mail order bikes normally come with no tools for the minor assembly needed, in my experience.
  8. Sixmile

    Sixmile Über Member

    N Ireland
    I have a 2014 Crosstrail disc and I'm not sure what they've done to the model to have it up around the £700 mark. I think mine was £475 RRP from Tredz.

    It's heavy enough, the original wheels were crap and the brakes are cheap rubbish (edit: I see they have uprated the brakes). I'm on my 3rd set of wheels, new Mavics are great, and have changed the rotors and the pads as maintenance just. I would agree though with the above, don't bother with the front suspension. It may look better to the untrained eye but the forks are really stiff with little travel and of course add to the overall weight.
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