/ Best mountain bike for less than 300??

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browndog33 - on 24 Jun 2012
Can I have your opinions please folks of the best mountain bike available for upto 300 quid, please note that I'm probably only going to be following my stepson on bike rides on this (road/cycle paths)and that I'm not bothered about having suspension or disk brakes and having last years model is fine by me, but I would likea decentish frame and gear mechs please. (as a side note I'm strongly considering buying a 2011 specialised hardrock for 275 unless you guys/gals change my mind).
Thanks, Mark.
earlsdonwhu - on 24 Jun 2012
In reply to browndog33: I'm sure there are loads of options at this price point but the Hardrock will give you plenty of years entertainment and be suitably robust.
browndog33 - on 24 Jun 2012
In reply to earlsdonwhu: Yea thats what I thought- thanks.
M.
johnj on 24 Jun 2012 - 88-104-130-127.dynamic.dsl.as9105.com
In reply to browndog33:

The best mountain bike for less that 300 quid is going to be a second hand bike, what that would be is anybodies guess. All you can do when buying bikes is to buy something you like the look of, is functional, (bearing in mind the more you ride the more things wear out), and most importantly is a good fit for the type of riding you will mainly do. Sorry for the generic rather than specific answer but no doubt many recommendations of bike types will follow.
Big Steve - on 24 Jun 2012
In reply to browndog33: the Decathlon bikes are good value at this price range http://www.decathlon.co.uk/C-359112-mtb-_-mountain-bikes
IainFP on 24 Jun 2012
In reply to browndog33: Ex hire bike. Cyclewise at Whinlatter do some cracking deals on their Cubes. Have a look at any places that do bike hire.
David Hooper - on 24 Jun 2012
In reply to browndog33: there will be somevery very good ex hire bargains coming from Planet Fear in Betws y Coed soonish. Phone the shop and ask for Jock Andrews and say I told you about it. Good. Luck.
browndog33 - on 24 Jun 2012
In reply to browndog33: I've gone for the 2011 specialised hardrock. Thanks for the advice guys/ girls.
Mark.
Big Steve - on 24 Jun 2012
In reply to browndog33: Good choice
Dave Kerr - on 24 Jun 2012
In reply to browndog33:

At that price look for something fully rigid (if such a thing exists). Cheap suspension forks are worse than useless.
cezza - on 24 Jun 2012
Back in February I got a 15" 2011 Trek Marlin 29er for the Missus for 325 (reduced from 550) from Evans. It's not a bad bike and almost in the price range.

In reply to browndog33: A bit more than you want to pay now (was 300 when we bought it) but I part own one of these http://www.decathlon.co.uk/rockrider-53-2011-id_8168118.html with my dad, so I can ride it when I'm in the UK. I reckon it rides on proper single track as well as my Kona that cost almost double.
adsheff - on 25 Jun 2012
In reply to browndog33: Specialized Hardrock
highclimber - on 25 Jun 2012
In reply to browndog33: The Spesh Hardrock was my first MTB but I sold it soon after as it was ultimately a compromise. I'd go for either an ex-demo/hire or a secondhand one from Singletrackworld.com or Bikeradar.
Stone Muppet - on 25 Jun 2012
How good a bike's drivetrain is depends on how well you maintain it and it will need replacing from time to time.

If your primary requirement is good gears, set aside 100 to fix any and all problems with your drivetrain (if you do the work yourself). Now spend 200 on a second hand bike you like the feel of (probably rigid - and if you're on roads + cycle paths it doesn't really need to be a mountain bike either).
Stone Muppet - on 25 Jun 2012
That said, you won't go too far wrong with a new specialized hardrock either!

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