Help with new mountain bike options

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Help with new mountain bike options

Postby CrazyDogLady » 17 May 2016, 4:03pm


After trawling the internet for quite some time, I've come up with a few options for a new bike.My old town bike is very heavy and has been better days. After building up my fitness level I am ready to move on to something else. My criteria is; I'd like it to be as light as possible. I'm using it for long distance leisure ride at the weekends and will be riding along river paths and forest areas.

Specialised Rockhopper Expert 29.
Specialised Rockhopper Sport 29.
Scott Contessa Scale 720.
Trek X-Caliber 9.
Cube Access WLS SL.
Cube Access WLS Race.
Cube Access SL 29er.

I just wondered if anyone has any of these or can help me whittle it down..."I wouldn't go for that one when you could have that one" kind of thing.

Thank you.

Trail Beater

Re: Help with new mountain bike options

Postby Trail Beater » 17 May 2016, 9:23pm

Don't get a 29er.
There,whittled it down quite a bit.
The Scott Contessa Scale 720 at 699 seems a reasonable buy to me

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Re: Help with new mountain bike options

Postby sbcoombs » 18 May 2016, 6:19pm

If you will ride mainly river paths and fire roads, a 29er should be your weapon of choice. As the tiding gets technical, I would agree a smaller wheel may be better.
In terms of your choices, I always go for the best frame, forks and wheels combination. The drivetrain will wear and need replacing quickly. In reality anything from Deore or X9 upwards is good enough to start with.

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