The best full-suss mountain bike for £2000 . . . .

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The best full-suss mountain bike for £2000 . . . .

Postby Jimbob1000red » 26 Aug 2019, 4:53pm

Hi have not done a lot of mountain biking for 20 years but last weekend did a trail in betws y coed on my marlin 5 , first time in years I've felt alive , my problem is I want more of that feeling and don't think my marlin 5 will stand up to much more punishment . So I've decided on a full suspension with a maximum budget of £2000, I'm searching the internet and when I think I found one I like some where else says they are crap . Please could you point me in right direction of a bike that will last and best value for money . Any help is welcome

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Re: Help my heads spinning

Postby zenitb » 26 Aug 2019, 7:50pm

maybe hire a few current bikes first and see what works for you. Go to your nearest trail centre and see what they have??

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Re: The best full-suss mountain bike for £2000 . . . .

Postby Jimbob1000red » 29 Aug 2019, 7:42pm

Hi I'm looking at trek top fuel 8 , trek slash 8 or giant trance 2 , Any advice would be appreciated,
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Which bike

Postby Jimbob1000red » 29 Aug 2019, 8:53pm

Need to choose one of three bikes

Trek slash8
Trek top fuel 8
Giant trance 2
Which one is best for trail riding in north wales? Any help welcome
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Re: Which bike

Postby MarcusT » 30 Aug 2019, 5:24am

Those are some high end bikes. Perhaps going to a more specialized forum like MTBR would get you more results.
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Re: Which bike

Postby Vorpal » 30 Aug 2019, 8:27am

Try riding them and which one you like best?
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Re: The best full-suss mountain bike for £2000 . . . .

Postby drossall » 30 Aug 2019, 10:49am

I think that, as you've discovered, the problem is that different people have different opinions, and there is no "best bike". If there were, the other manufacturers would be out of business by now! There is only a best bike for your particular requirements, and your personal preferences, and we don't know anything about those.

Trying to get a test ride on some of them is really good advice. And try to read the reviews you've seen with an eye for why the reviewer likes, or doesn't, a particular bike, and whether that relates to what you want.

Or try joining a local mountain biking group, and talking to owners of various bikes.

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Re: The best full-suss mountain bike for £2000 . . . .

Postby rotavator » 30 Aug 2019, 3:29pm

I would try the STW forum because it is more MTB oriented than this one.
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Re: Help my heads spinning

Postby Paulatic » 30 Aug 2019, 4:20pm

zenitb wrote:maybe hire a few current bikes first and see what works for you. Go to your nearest trail centre and see what they have??


This is very good advice and something I did myself earlier this week.
I discovered they are totally different to those of the nineties. Slack head tube angles abound and getting an all day position to pedal in seems to be well down the list of priorities. As for weight I couldn’t believe how heavy they can be I couldn’t see myself lifting a lot of them over field gates.
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Re: The best full-suss mountain bike for £2000 . . . .

Postby Jimbob1000red » 30 Aug 2019, 5:49pm

I got so stressed reading good v bad reviews I just got a Trek slash 8 , had a quick ride around the headland and it feels really good , hopefully I stay happy with it , thanks for the comments

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Re: The best full-suss mountain bike for £2000 . . . .

Postby Jamesh » 31 Aug 2019, 7:12am

If your anywhere near Rutland cycles you can go and try / hire one round the reservoir to see which one you like.

Cheers James

Ps just seen he's brought one! Ops!!