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Best £700 XC/Trail riding hardtail MTB?
#1
Any opinions on what the best bang for your buck £700 XC/Trail hardtail MTB is?

I've seen a Whyte 801 in the LBS which looks quite tasty, but I've been out of the bike buying scene for too long to know what's what these days.

Help! Undecided
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#2
a second hand one
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#3
[quote="]a second hand one[/quote"]

Yeah, not having much luck with that at the moment.
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#4
Carrera and Boardman and Voodoo at Halfords. And Canyon bikes online.
All of which would together give a wide selection i think. Sadly you wont get a test ride of any of these but reviews online and in mags are plentiful.
Also think about building something up. Get a 2nd hand frame and go bargain hunting for forks etc.
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#5
I kind of have a soft spot for Voodoo from when they first came to these shores, but got put off when it became a Halfords only brand. I know it's pathetic, but I think I would just throw it in the nearest canal the first time some one said, "oh look, he's riding one of those Halford bikes".  Big Grin

Brand snobbery at it's ugliest, I know.

I'm weak.  :'(
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#6
"SnappyJon" Wrote:Yeah, not having much luck with that at the moment.

What size?
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#7
I'm 5'10, so looking for 17" to 19" (depending on frame design of course).
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#8
Wasn't mashley selling his for 800 ? if so that would be perfect
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#9
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I'm biased (owning one of these), but fun handling, tough and well specced at a sensible price, replace the bits that break as and when necessary. Or something similar, local pickup gives the opportunity to view if you mail the seller and agree in advance. I bought my gf's bike on ebay, utter bargain. Here's another decent looking bike.

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Keep it foolish...
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#10
forget what I wrote above, buy Mashley's.
Keep it foolish...
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