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Anyone on here a bike type?

Me and the girlfriend have decided we're up for getting back into cycling, bit of excercise and another way to see some scenery instead of the R. Sacrilege I know.

We're happy to spend £250 to £300 on each bike, problem is were really not 100% what is the best to buy. Any suggestions welcome??
 

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Hi, if you see the above post (hobbies) there is a little conversation on mounatin biking.

I am very biased towards specialized, have had 3 of them, and probably would never buy any other make. (although did have a Klein for a year).

For that sort of money, i would look at the Specialized hard rock range, there is usually some deals of them, so you will get a high spec bike cheap. Check online for discounts.

My missus has the hard rock, and she has been offroad with me several times, and it stands up to everything we have thrown at it.

There are many decent makes out there, just make sure you test ride them if you can. They do ride very different.

I wouldnt bother speccing up with disc's/ suspension etc etc as the component side of the bike will suffer. Best thing to find a specialist bike shop in your area, go and talk to them, test ride some and then order online..:)

hope this little intro helps.

Cheers
 
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im a specialized man as well, had a hardrock and now have a full suspension enduro best part of 2 grand.

the only thing i would say is, dont go to halfrauds, find a small local bike shop in your town and go there, overall they have better bikes and better staff who actually know a few things about bikes and can give you some sort of discount.
 

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unless you want the newest adn shinyest (sp) bike go for last years model, will get higher spec for the money. Try to test ride if you can.

Have a look at

www.evanscycles.com
www.leisurelakesbikes.com

will give you an idea of what you will get for your cash
 

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Thanks guys. Went and had a few test rides of Mongoose, GT and Specialized, both me and the girlfriend prefered the Specialized Hardrock.

Guy in the shop was trying to pitch me the £380 hydraulic disc 2008 version, just a little more than I'm really willing to part with! Later he is showing me on the computer various bikes they had, noticed the 2007 model was £60 off. Hit him with the so whats the difference between that and this one? Put it this way nothing I'll notice in an upgraded Derailleur or shift levers!

Quick search on the internet tonight found last years no hydaulic model with £100 of the list price drops it nicely into my price range and wants.
 

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good effort you are going the right way about it from the sounds of things. The hardrock would be hard to beat for the money. Go get a copy of what mtb or mbuk and check the deals in them. There is always a bargain out there
 
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