Bike recommendations to replace my full susser

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Bike recommendations to replace my full susser

Postby BlueHornet » 28 Aug 2014, 3:19pm

I've had my Specialized Stumpjumper XC Pro now for thirteen years! Testament to it's build quality perhaps.
I mainly do road/bridleway/footpath riding with the occasional forest trail, so I need something light.
My current bike is full suspension with a lock-out, I don't often have to switch it on, so effectively my bike is mostly a hard-tail but it is nice to know it is there for when I hit the tough stuff.
I like Specialized but I am not partial to it so I wish to consider other makes of bike, my budget is £3000 which probably won't get me a carbon fibre?
I have always liked Trek and Marin but will consider all makes as I am now out of touch, my local shop is a Giant dealer but living so close to Cambridge, I can open this up but am willing to travel further for the right bike/service (most bike shop people I find pretentious and arrogant - so recommendation for friendly shop would be great!)

I'd prefer to get recommendations from people who do similar riding to me - so that's dirt trails, forest, bridleway - mostly flat stuff.

Many thanks in advance!

Blue Hornet.

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Re: Bike recommendations to replace my full susser

Postby al_yrpal » 28 Aug 2014, 3:50pm

Ask on the bikeradar forums, many more MTBers there than here.

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Re: Bike recommendations to replace my full susser

Postby hamster » 29 Aug 2014, 3:26pm

Frankly for that kind of riding I'd consider a cyclocross bike. If you want light then a rigid singlespeed should be around the 9kg / 20lb mark - and with no hills up or down in Cambs could be about ideal...

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Re: Bike recommendations to replace my full susser

Postby Dave W » 2 Sep 2014, 8:53pm

If you like the Marins then you'll probably like the Whyte bikes too. Quite pleased with my T129 - rarely switch the rear shock off as it works so well anyway when not needed. Quite often I'll lock the front when climbing on tarmac.

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Re: Bike recommendations to replace my full susser

Postby Wesh-Laurence » 5 Sep 2014, 8:56am

For the type of riding you are doing you could probably use a rigid or front suspension MTB.

Off the shelf makes I like are Lapierre and Whyte.

For the generous budget you have at your disposal I would be looking at a custom build. For a lot less I built my own lightweight trail bike based on a Kinesis Maxlight Pro 3 frame. I have 2 front forks for this frame a 100mm suspension and a carbon fibre rigid which I can swap in less than 30 minutes depending on the type of riding I'm going to do.

Another thing to consider is if you are going to have 26" wheels or a 29er.

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Re: Bike recommendations to replace my full susser

Postby Bikefayre » 10 Dec 2014, 3:08pm

Have a look at Whyte as these are made for UK mountain biking conditions and look to me well thought out and well sorted bikes!

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