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I'm thinking about buying a new bike, although it wouldn't be for another 4 months at the soonest, but I've been having a browse over the last few days.

In simple terms, my requirements are:

Hardtail (I have no desire to do anything a full suspension bike would be needed for). Its use is 50/50 road/trails

As light as possible

As much bike (quality components) as I can get for my ££s

My budget is ~£750 however as I can get 24% off most bikes, I'm looking at bikes around the £1000 mark. The only exceptions to the 24% off are Specialized and Lapierre which I get 0% on :(

I looked at a few including Orange, GT, Giant, Saracen, Kona, Cannondale & Scott.

The problem is, at that level I don't know enough to make an informed decision on models/specs.

Does anyone have any recommendations please? I would need to have a play on a few if I can make a shortlist however any input would be much appreciated +++

I appreciate bikes, like cars, can be a very subjective but I'm open to suggestions.

Oh, and ideally, I'd like a white one :D

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Unfortunately, yes. The bike racks will move over though, so only roof bars to renew :grin:

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You don't seriously think he's ever used those poser rails he has on the roof of his car, do you? :roflmao:

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You know how touchy he is about the roof bars!

Out of those options in that price bracket you are spoilt for choice! Decide what spec components you want/need though as it is likely there will be a tradeoff, i.e. better brakes but worse mechs.

Taking Specialised and LaPierre out of the mix gets rid of some interesting choices, so decide whether you want something a bit different like a Cannondale or Kona or something more mainstream like a Giant or GT.

The more mainstream bikes will get you a better level of kit hence my earlier saying decide what you need and price your frame up around it.

Also, the problem with decent components is they're damn expensive to replace!

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Buy used and get it serviced for that budget. You could get a used Scott Scale 40 (only 11KG) for that kind of money. I've got three Scotts so I'm biased :)

If you can't buy used, then go Giant or Specialized (the gear mechs on the Scott Scale 60 is lower end Shimano)

Whatever you do, make sure you ride the bike for a good hour before you commit. If the bike shop won't let you try one, find another bike shop.

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I've looked at used bikes but it's a bit like cars - by the time you buy a 12-18 month old one and budget for a service, I'm tempted to stick a few hundred in the deal and buy new, especially with the discount I get.

The Cannondales I looked at impressed me, not had a look at Cube or Boardman though so need to take a peek.

What's the opinion on Orange?

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What's the opinion on Orange?

British made and tend to be very good, I've got an Orange, great bike.

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Orange build fantastic downhill bikes.

What you really need to be looking for is the running gear, so decent Fox or Rockshox front forks, with lockout if available within budget as well as rebound adjustment. Shimano gear mechs and Avid brakes. Hayes are also good.

Run a search on Evans Cycles within your budget and post a link up to the results +++

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Have you looked at Marin? They do the B17 I think. It's not super light but it gets rave reviews for XC and won't brake the first time you take it out. Theyve change the brakes recently aswell. Just a thought.

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Unfortunately, the best deals available to me are on the website I posted above and they don't usually stock Marin. They would get the bike in for me but I don't think I'd get my 24% off, hence I'm limited to the brands on the search +++

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Go British and get an Orange!! They are overpriced, but great at sorting any problems down the line. Best bet whatever you decide is sitting on the bikes at a local bike shop. Sizing and fit is very important.

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Go British and get an Orange!!

The Billy Britain in me very much agrees :D

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The Billy Britain in me very much agrees :D

Is he :eek:

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As mentioned, Orange do great DH or AM full sus bikes but even their XC bikes will be much heavier than the offerings of others. A nice lightweight Scott Scale would tick all your boxes and give a bit of exclusivity over the usual Specialized norm in this price range.

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I've just looked at the Scott Scale 60 on your list and it's not a bad spec. Go ride one and see what you think +++

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My local bike shop are a Scott dealer. They do some very nice bikes. Think I might go that route when I get a new one. Although the Internet is great for prices I'd still prefer to get it close to home for any warranty work and upgrades etc.

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Just go in with a printout of the web page and ask them to match or get as close as possible to the price +++

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We have an Evans near us and I know one of the staff there. She's said I can try out some bikes and if I tell her what I can get a prticular model for, she'll try to match it. I'm not sure if they'd discount a £1000 bike down to £760 but if they could, (or at least get it to £800), then I'd sooner use them. I found out yesterday I'm due £750 of retail vouchers from work as a bonus for recruiting someone so at this rate, the bike might be costing almost nothing!

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