Rockrider 8.1 2012

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reohn2
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Rockrider 8.1 2012

Postby reohn2 » 15 Oct 2012, 7:26pm

I was in Decathlon at the w/end and was looking at these,they seems to be an aweful lot of MTB for the money and I believe got some good press when tested too.
Last/this :? years model was a bit garish with the red and white livery but the new grey and blue one is quite a good looking bike to boot:-
http://www.decathlon.co.uk/81-2012-id_8168918.html
Hmmm,my head has been turned,whether my pocket can follow suit I shall have to wait and see.............
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Re: Rockrider 8.1 2012

Postby Si » 16 Oct 2012, 9:22am

Looks none too bad for the money. Pity it looks like there're no rack mounts and it doesn't give an overall weight (although weights given by shops/catalogues are normally very optimistic anyway).

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Re: Rockrider 8.1 2012

Postby reohn2 » 16 Oct 2012, 9:48am

Si wrote:Looks none too bad for the money. Pity it looks like there're no rack mounts and it doesn't give an overall weight (although weights given by shops/catalogues are normally very optimistic anyway).


The lack of rack mounts is a bit disappointing but it could be overcome :)
I picked a large size one up in the store and was amazed how light it was TBH,if I had to guess I'd say around 24to25lb
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Re: Rockrider 8.1 2012

Postby dannybee » 11 May 2013, 7:28pm

EDIT : Sorry just seen date this was posted :shock:

I ride the 8.1 (garish colored one) had it a year now, Done loads of trail centre riding and got some good Strava times on the downhills in the peaks nothing has broken yet :D

The spec is excellent for the money if the frame said specialised etc on it the price would be nearer £800. The only weak point i found was the wheels although recently i changed the bars and converted it to fully rigid and singlespeed but thats becouse i cant help but mess with things.

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Re: Rockrider 8.1 2012

Postby andy753 » 13 Jul 2013, 1:58pm

I'd agree with everything that is said here. I had Triban 3 for a while and it was superb - good frame for the money and some excellent components. The wheels always seem to be a weak point with Decathlon bikes - B'Twin tyres are poor too. Factor in adding a new saddle and some tyres to the purchase price of any new B'Twin bike. The wheels will need to be replaced in roughly a year too.