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Postby Gavo
Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:16 pm

Rite ill keep this short as possible, Basically im looking for a bike next month, not a big budget say about £500, second hand is fine with me as i know ill get better better value for money, I live in the forest of dean so there is a mixture of trials etc around. Basically im stuck with what sort of bike i should be looking for, ill be wanting to ride everything, the down hill tracks and even some of the bike trails, Can anyone reccommend any bike that would be suitable for this sort of thing. Im confused to wethere i need an xc bike or a free ride etc as i know fod has some pretty steep tracks. Ideally id like a full suss, would a stinky be any good?
Any help and ideas would be very much apriciated.
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Postby lukeystrider
Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:25 pm

i would recomend something like this http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=72847 its more of a freeride rig but it should cope with xc
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Postby clarkee
Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:36 pm

lukeystrider wrote:i would recomend something like this http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=72847 its more of a freeride rig but it should cope with xc


it may cope with xc, his budget wont
pinkbike is good for second hand bikes here one..
http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/1014609/
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Postby bagedntageed
Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:53 pm

personally i'd go for this

http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/998564/

it won't be the quickest on the ups but it will pedall up em. and is very capable on the downs.
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Postby supersonic
Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:55 pm

What does your downhill involve? Riding down hills, or DH as in 10 feet drops and large jumps etc?
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Postby Gavo
Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:57 pm

Well cant really comment on that as i havent road the downhill tracks in the fod, im dont think they are that extreme. And thanks so far all, ive looked on pink bike and not seen any of these yet.
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Postby supersonic
Sun Feb 19, 2012 5:01 pm

You really need to work out what terrain you will be riding, as the differences in types of bikes is marked.
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Postby Gavo
Sun Feb 19, 2012 5:04 pm

well the trails around here are mostly gravel tracks but the center is all woodland.
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Postby supersonic
Sun Feb 19, 2012 5:11 pm

If the riding is only going to invlove some minor jumps and drops, ie a couple of feet at most, your average 'trail' bike will suffice. This is a great bike for the money:

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/81-2011-id_8168695.html
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Postby Baggieboy1
Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:51 pm

Hey mate see if u can find a specialized pitch full sus it's a good all round bike will handle all of wot u want
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Postby SingletrackMind
Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:11 pm

A Stinky would certainly be a good bike for the money and would certainly withstand everything you could ever want to throw at it in the FOD, or most other places for that matter. It's a bit on the heavy side for longer XC rides that involve too much climbing.
My advice is to decide how important the climbing ability is and make your decision around that. If you want to be able to do long XC rides and occasional DH/freeriding, then go for a shorter travel bike, which'll generally be lighter.......if you want to do more DH/freeriding but want a bike that's capable of being ridden all day, then go for a Stinky.
A good middle ground is an adjustable travel full-susser.
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Postby jinx547
Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:21 pm

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Postby pigman65
Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:31 pm

[quote="supersonic"]If the riding is only going to invlove some minor jumps and drops, ie a couple of feet at most, your average 'trail' bike will suffice. This is a great bike for the money:

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/81-2011-id_8168695.html[/quote

I went into Decathlon the other week,they do a carbon Rockrider xt/xtr bike for £1700,
seemed like a steal,although i wouldn't ride it ! :D :D :D
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Postby Vraky
Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:44 pm

clarkee wrote:
lukeystrider wrote:i would recomend something like this http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=72847 its more of a freeride rig but it should cope with xc


it may cope with xc, his budget wont
pinkbike is good for second hand bikes here one..
http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/1014609/


out of all so far i think this is the best one (much more XC but a very nice looking bike!)
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Postby carboz
Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:56 am

my stinky is the only bike i have and i ride it everywhere! yes its harder to ride on xc cause its heavier but that just means it keeps me fitter, a bike is a bike is a bike :) and why when anyone says they want a second hand bike do people put up links to £1000+ bikes? like money is no object and we all have thousands to spend, do they understand what second hand means?
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