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Re: New to biking in the UK

23 June 2014 - 10:28am
Spares are fine here, so generally no problems. Kona in particular are very popular and well-suited to the UK, as they have details like the seat tube clamp slot on the front side.

Have a look at www.retrobike.co.uk for good secondhand deals, usually on older machines which sound very suitable for the use you have in mind.

New to biking in the UK

23 June 2014 - 7:18am
Hello everyone,
I've just completed the registration to the forum, as I'm looking for some advice on what bike to buy.
I'm looking for a mountain bike, mainly for commuting along a cycle path and to have fun on hills during the weekend.
I have no experience of the bicyle market here in the UK. Is there any brand you would suggest over the others for availability of spare parts? I'm from Italy and I'm used to riding since I was a wee kid, but other there the weather is...how to put this delicately...different so that the bike is not really subject to any corrosion of any sort.
What I'm saying is that, given I'm planing to use the bike all year around, I foresee a great deal of rust to deal with, so what brand offer a good availability of spare parts for when something will have to get replaced (and I'm sure it will...).

I'm looking for a hardtail bike, 26'' or 27.'55, not much fork travel, I'm not planning on doing big time off road. Budget is quite limited so I will be looking for a second hand bike



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


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