Bargain Tourer....

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Bargain Tourer....

Postby pete75 » 25 Sep 2014, 12:23pm

This seems impressive - a very well equipped tourer for 200 quid....
http://www.decathlon.co.uk/hoprider-500 ... 22609.html

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Re: Bargain Tourer....

Postby Spinners » 25 Sep 2014, 1:10pm

Agreed, for the money it's hard to beat.
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Re: Bargain Tourer....

Postby al_yrpal » 25 Sep 2014, 1:43pm

A cracking bargain. Dynamo too! An excellent inexpensive bike for commuting or someone who wants to try out cycle touring at minimum expense.

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Re: Bargain Tourer....

Postby foxyrider » 25 Sep 2014, 1:45pm

there has to be a catch
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Re: Bargain Tourer....

Postby Bonefishblues » 25 Sep 2014, 1:52pm

I must admit, when I saw that on another thread I wondered how it could be done. There's £40 vat, transport (I assume) halfway around the World, margin for the seller, decent componentry and frame to fabricate/buy.

Wonder who assembled it, and what they are getting paid?

Am I overthinking this one?

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Re: Bargain Tourer....

Postby Medic101 » 25 Sep 2014, 1:56pm

Chances are its been listed at the wrong price I know a major company who listed an item at hundreds of £££'s below what it should of been and it went on sale for months and was not until they where looking at the performance reports for it that the mistake was identified. That and its also not exactly a light bike, almost 20kgs.

Although on a side note I've never been effused to purchase from them have always felt their stuff is substandard but that could just be me.

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Re: Bargain Tourer....

Postby Vorpal » 25 Sep 2014, 3:46pm

They don't give any information about the geometry. The dropouts look short to me for a touring bike. Without a test ride (with panniers) I would worry about kicking the panniers.

Other than that, it looks like good value for money.
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Re: Bargain Tourer....

Postby karlt » 25 Sep 2014, 3:59pm

It's got an £80 reduction on it; probably new model on way. Noticeably sold as commuter rather than tourer.

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Re: Bargain Tourer....

Postby andrewk » 25 Sep 2014, 3:59pm

For £200 you shouldn't expect the same as for £1200. Compared to supermarket BSOs or cheap bikes from cycling chain stores it seems excellent value for money.
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Re: Bargain Tourer....

Postby pete75 » 25 Sep 2014, 5:16pm

Vorpal wrote:They don't give any information about the geometry. The dropouts look short to me for a touring bike. Without a test ride (with panniers) I would worry about kicking the panniers.

Other than that, it looks like good value for money.


Most modern bikes have short, vertical dropouts. Long horizontal dropouts are largely a thing of the past.

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Re: Bargain Tourer....

Postby iandriver » 25 Sep 2014, 7:19pm

Btwin look to be a global brand. This looks to me like a bike designed for the German market and brought over here. More of it IMHO. Might be wrong, pure speculation on my part.
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Re: Bargain Tourer....

Postby Vorpal » 25 Sep 2014, 7:20pm

pete75 wrote:
Vorpal wrote:They don't give any information about the geometry. The dropouts look short to me for a touring bike. Without a test ride (with panniers) I would worry about kicking the panniers.

Other than that, it looks like good value for money.


Most modern bikes have short, vertical dropouts. Long horizontal dropouts are largely a thing of the past.


I don't expect long dropouts. But I do expect enough space for my heels to clear the panniers on something intended for touring.
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Re: Bargain Tourer....

Postby pete75 » 25 Sep 2014, 7:51pm

Vorpal wrote:
pete75 wrote:
Vorpal wrote:They don't give any information about the geometry. The dropouts look short to me for a touring bike. Without a test ride (with panniers) I would worry about kicking the panniers.

Other than that, it looks like good value for money.


Most modern bikes have short, vertical dropouts. Long horizontal dropouts are largely a thing of the past.


I don't expect long dropouts. But I do expect enough space for my heels to clear the panniers on something intended for touring.


Just wondered why you said the Btwin drop outs look short for a touring bike. Heel clearance is a function of chain stay length and has nothing to do with drop out length or so I've always thought.

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Re: Bargain Tourer....

Postby Erudin » 25 Sep 2014, 7:57pm

I like the second video from the op's link showing them riding through pedestrian areas like loonies. The frame's a bit compact but if I was getting one I'd go a size up.
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Re: Bargain Tourer....

Postby Vorpal » 25 Sep 2014, 8:53pm

pete75 wrote:Just wondered why you said the Btwin drop outs look short for a touring bike. Heel clearance is a function of chain stay length and has nothing to do with drop out length or so I've always thought.

Sorry. That wasn't clear was it? I wrote dropouts, but I was thinking chain stay.
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