Which bike for £1000

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Lio
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Which bike for £1000

Postby Lio » 18 Dec 2011, 12:34pm

I'm thinking of getting a new bike. I currently have a twelve year old cindercone and was thinking of replacing it. I want a hardtail for mainly singletrack riding, nothing massively technical. What would you recommend for a budget of £1000, could maybe go slighly over. I'm tempted towards a steel frame but doesn't have to be. I was thinking about an Orange Pure 7, Genesis latitude, specialised stump. I really like the geometry of the Kona, how do they stack up now? Anything else I should consider?

I know the obvious solution is to go out and try a few and I will but it would be good to hear other people's opinions.
Thanks
Lio

hamster
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Re: Which bike for £1000

Postby hamster » 19 Dec 2011, 11:21am

You'll find that modern bikes have heavier frames, due to new safety requirements.
They are certainly designed for longer-travel forks, but seem to me to be overkill for the majority of us. There are nice steel frames around now like the Cotic Soul

I'd consider re-furbing the Cindercone, unless there is something desperately wrong with it. £300 on some really, really nice suspension forks and also some new £200 wheels with a disc brake on the front would probably be better spent, I think.

The fall in the value of the GBP means that £1000 doesn't get so much these days on a bike and I suspect you'll end up with something little better than your Cindercone.

porky
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Re: Which bike for £1000

Postby porky » 21 Dec 2011, 12:48pm

+1 for refurbishing your existing bike

I stripped down and rebuilt my Rockhopper this summer. Had the frame powder coated and fitted new fork, wheels, brakes, chain, casette, BB and cables. I did this in stages as funds allowed. It now looks and feels better than new and is customised to my own tastes for much less outlay than a new bike.
My car does 40 miles on a gallon of petrol, my bike will do that on a mug of tea and a slice of cake.

travelling
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Re: Which bike for £1000

Postby travelling » 22 Dec 2011, 5:32pm

Refurb the Kona and spend the rest on a biking holiday in the mountains/forests
I have the lightest bike in the world....then I put my fattest body in the world on it...the only pounds that have been lost are from my bank account

Lio
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Re: Which bike for £1000

Postby Lio » 23 Dec 2011, 10:59am

Thanks for your replies. Originall I had thought of refurbishing the bike, getting powder coated etc as Porky suggested. I even enquired about this at a very reputable LBS who only repairs and so was obvioulsy not trying to push a bike, I was advised against it.
I should have added in my OP that it is an ally Cindercone, not steel and also I would buy a new bike under the cycle to work scheme.
So I'm still interested in recommendations, I would probably stretch to about £1200 adding the difference. I've been wondering about a Genesis Core 50 or Latitude 10 But have not been able to test ride yet. Or Whyte 901, Giant XTC or Specialized Stumpjer HT ? Any thoughts?

hamster
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Re: Which bike for £1000

Postby hamster » 6 Jan 2012, 2:07pm

I have a 1999 Cindercone, which I refurbed.
Powdercoat: £20 from a local industrial coater - he was doing some gates in a colour I liked and so added it to the job. Otherwise it might have been £40.
I rebuilt it as a singlespeed with seocndhand P2 forks, carbon bars and screw-on hubs. Adding trick brakes etc I have a 20.5lb rigid singlespeed which cost £300.