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Re: Mountain bike for my bro

22 June 2014 - 6:29pm
Hey thanks for the replies, he would like to get into the sport but im pretty sure he knows very little about it. A decent entry level mountain bike is a suppose what i would like to get him but something decent. Thanks for the recommendations, ill check them out.

Re: Mountain bike for my bro

22 June 2014 - 9:13am
When you say he wants to get into the "sport" do you mean that he just wants to ride an MTB or he actually wants to race?
And what style of MTBing is he interested in - XC, enduro, DH, All-Mountain, etc etc?

If he just wants to have a go and isn't yet sure what style of MTBing he wants then probably best to go for a mid range hard-tail gentle XC type bike. Travel around 100-120mm on the fork, mech disc brakes (unless you can afford better), bars up at seat level or beyond (rather than a full on nose down XC), etc. As mentioned by MC, Boardman and OnOne both have good reps, but there are loads others that fit the bill.

Re: Mountain bike for my bro

21 June 2014 - 9:57pm
More than anything else....a correct fit. The wrong sized bike will always be a pig, no matter how fancy. I would prioritise:
Frame-most modern frames will take a lit of hammer, don't go for something heavy duty unless he's planning big jumps.
Forks-good rigid forks are better than cheap suspension. Yes, they may be harsh, but are more predictable than pogo forks.
Wheels-the best spec. you can get for the money.
I wouldn't get too hung up on running gear, most modern groupsets ride very well, and will all wear out.
Recommendations? Boardman for value, but variable levels of Halfords service. On-one bikes for decent specs and a very good ride, but a bit heavy.

Mountain bike for my bro

21 June 2014 - 9:59am
Hi all, I previously asked for advice on a bike purchase on these forums and was very happy with the response (thank you!).

I want to buy my brother a decent mountain bike as he'd like to get into the sport. I know very little about mountain bikes so what should I look out for when purchasing? Also, any specific recommendations would be amazing.


Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

14 June 2014 - 12:14pm
james-o wrote:Not very, or not as much as some would suggest, unless you define mountain biking by the speed across technically demanding trails.

Most (almost all?) MTBs are designed to use a sus fork so they may feel more jarring at the front than they need to when a rigid for is fitted.
http://www.jonesbikes.com/bike_design.html - An example of how to design a comfy rigid bike - these bikes may not be that readily available or a practical option for all, but from experience I'd say the ideas work and the design is sound. Better than sound really. Worth a read for perspective anyway.
Basically, get your weight back and away from the front wheel, use bigger width and diameter tyres and consider adjusting your hand/wrist angle by using different bars to help adapt to the different demands.
Suspension is great but it's not essential, I don't use it for most of my riding these days.

Seconded (if your pockets are deep enough)

I love mine with either it's skinny wheel on the front

Or it's fat wheel up front for more technical trails if speed isn't as important but fun is

I wouldn't do this on a full susser, but Jeff the builder doesn't seem to mind it being a rigid bike

Re: Singlespeed for a happy life on the hills

4 June 2014 - 9:33am
Farawayvisions wrote:I fear the hunger for a Rohlof will not go away. Deep pockets required. Try one: IME the hub is fine, but the shift quality (ie feel at the shifter) is an acquired taste due to the slack inherent in a twin cable layout.
YMMV, of course.

Re: Singlespeed for a happy life on the hills

3 June 2014 - 8:28pm
I just built a Trek 830 SS for the hills,loving the one gear scenario!

Re: Trail Manners?

3 June 2014 - 4:32pm
I can't believe that happened to your poor children. I would be shaking my fist in anger as I chased him down to make him apologize to my frightened kids if that happened to us. Mountain biking is a dangerous activity and I think all cyclists on trails should take diligent care when cycling down trails in-case of collisions with other cyclists


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