/ £1000 mtb

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coinneach - on 08 Aug 2017
After a couple of painful springs on the road bike, I've decided to invest in some winter entertainment.

I'll be using the Cycle to Work scheme, hence the £1k budget. Mainly trail centres and local rail tracks / coffin roads.

Recommendations please . . . .
PPP - on 08 Aug 2017
In reply to coinneach:

Can you choose the retailer? That could be the deciding factor what you can get.
Hard tail or full suss?
Did you try renting a bike?

I got a 29" hardtail with 100mm travel (Scott Scale 950 2016) and I am more than happy with it. Got a bit disappointed that £1k bike still has unsealed bearings, something I didn't know about and did't think of. A year later I upgraded the shifters to XT which seems like the best upgrade to the bike so far. I do long rides, so I feel like 2x10 gearing suits me better.

Keep in mind that some schemes let you go over the £1k mark, you just pay anything over £1k straight away.
coinneach - on 08 Aug 2017
In reply to PPP:

Can pretty much use anyone. Halfords are the companies partner but we don't have to use them.

15 + years since my last mtb ( Giant xtc ) but things have moved on a lot.

Hard tail would be my choice.
jethro kiernan - on 08 Aug 2017
In reply to coinneach:

a little over budget but alpkit sonder transmitter and broken road (just about in budget) tick a lot of boxes, I was all up for getting a transmitter as an insurance replacement but got tied down too my insurance companies bike supplier.
kermit_uk - on 08 Aug 2017
In reply to coinneach:

Go Outdoors own brand Calibre Bossnut is a grand and gets crazy good reviews just watch the videos of reviews etc.

Designed by riders in the Peak District.

Won plenty of bike of the year awards.
Kemics - on 08 Aug 2017
In reply to kermit_uk:

this.

I bought a bossnut through the cycle to work scheme. And I love it. I use it mostly for flat trails and the odd bit of downhill at somewhere like bike parkwales.

Comparably I used to rent a Trek Slash 7 when I would go to the bike parks. I feel they are equal in terms of ride quality and experience and it's a third/half the price.

To me it's the ultimate bike for the £1k mark. (although I know the boardman Fs pro gets hype too)

I would say ignore the people who say get a hard tail ... notice how they all ride full suss? ;)
ChrisJD on 09 Aug 2017
In reply to jethro kiernan:

> I was all up for getting a transmitter as an insurance replacement but got tied down too my insurance companies bike supplier.

If you keep pushing them, they normally give cash (from what I've heard from mates)
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ChrisJD on 09 Aug 2017
In reply to coinneach:

Been some good past UKC threads on this. Have a trawl
jethro kiernan - on 09 Aug 2017
In reply to ChrisJD:

They would give cash but as a suitable replacment in my size was available with their supplier, the cash option would have been at a 30% reduction on the Original replacement quote from the bike supplier (wheelies). I went for a Clockwork orange evo through them so not disapointed. M&S house Insurance with included bike cover is expensive but good when you need it.
ChrisJD on 09 Aug 2017
In reply to jethro kiernan:

OP - sorry for hijack!

30%! I've heard of 10%, but 30% sounds stupid.

We were with M&S for years for contents, bikes, cameras, but just swapped over to PedalCover (broker run by triathletes). They've negotiated better cover all round and halved our annual M&S Premium (due to specified bikes). With PedalCover get unlimited house contents, unspecified unlimited bike cover at home/garage and up to £12K of bikes away from home (max £6K per bike), including locked on bike rack and in car/van. Not so good for other stuff away from home like cameras (£1k max possessions). And you get to talk to a human.

... Hijack OVer

The Orange will be ace ;-)

ChrisJD on 09 Aug 2017
In reply to kermit_uk:

And the new improved Bossnut V2 is out (or due soon?) at £1300:

http://singletrackworld.com/2017/07/first-look-the-1300-calibre-bossnut-v2/
nutme - on 09 Aug 2017
I would recommend to rent a bike for a day before buying if it's possible. Fare on £1k bicycle would be like £20 - £30 and after a day in saddle you would know for sure if it's good for you.

Careful with 29 wheels. Unless you are tall it may be quite uncomfortable. 27.5 is a good alternative. But still depends on your leg length.
ChrisJD on 09 Aug 2017
In reply to coinneach:

> Hard tail would be my choice.

Lots of info here on JK's recent thread:

https://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?n=668708

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