Cycling Thread 3.0


#1161

I’m well over Canyon now, though that Ultimate CF SL I tried was fucking beautiful to ride.


#1162

Oi @grievoustim tempted by the darkside and wondering about getting a mtb on the old cycle 2 work. What’s good nowadays for £800-£1k?

NB: it’s the Halfords scheme I think so not the best choice


#1163

Funny. MTBers often call road cycling “the dark side”

Does the halfords scheme mean just bikes Halfords sell, or can they order stuff in?

If it’s just Halfords stuff, I hear the Boardman bikes are good value. Voodoo used to be a cool brand at one point (set up by Joe Murray who designed all the classic Kona bikes back in the day) but they’ve rather been dragged down in the kudos stakes by the fact they are Halfords only these days. I’m sure they are ok bikes though

I would just say, spend as much as you can and get a hardtail. Full suss bikes will be shit at that price point. Then upgrade the forks when you can afford it, and the wheels too (might need to do both at the same time thanks to axle standards and whatever)

And get a 29er


#1164

Order stuff in i think.

https://www.cycle2work.info

Used to have a gary fisher hard tail 10yrs ago or so. Nothing flash but loved it. What sort of forks and gearing will you get in that price range?


#1165

https://www.tredz.co.uk/mountain-bikes/xsrt/pricedesc/price/696-1000


#1166

How did it compare to last year’s route?


#1167

Forks will always be the weak link at that price point. If you can find one with a rock shox Reba then get it, but most likely it will be something not so good youll want to upgrade at some point. Gears will be Shimano deore with maybe an xt rear mech mixed in . If you can find a bike with any Shimano hydraulic break that’s a win cos they are excellent, even the cheaper ones. If you see something that catches your eye link me up and I’ll have a look


#1168

Oh and personally I prefer a 1x drivetrain for MTB. I find a 2x or 3x unusable since making the switch


#1169

Much, much harder. The heat may have been a factor, and I didn’t do as much climbing in preparation, but i spoke to lots of wizened old French mountain men who all said this was the toughest they’d known.


#1170

https://www.tredz.co.uk/.Lapierre-Prorace-229-29er-Mountain-Bike-2018-Hardtail-MTB_116245.htm

https://www.tredz.co.uk/.Orbea-Alma-H30-29er-Mountain-Bike-2018-Hardtail-MTB_109693.htm

Just an idea that the TV is trying to shoot down atm.


#1171

Out of those 2 the oreba. The recon is a decent fork, and tubeless ready rims is a plus


#1172

https://www.tredz.co.uk/.Boardman-MHT-8-9-Mountain-Bike-2019-Hardtail-MTB_128009.htm


#1173

That’s the one. A Reba for a grand is not to be sniffed at


#1174

Discretion required. Absolutely sickening


#1175

jesus


#1176

jesus fucking christ what a cunt


#1177

And what’s worse are the tweets underneath that tweet, asking why the cyclist drifted out further into the road. Fuck off m9.

obviously not worse than the accident, but it’s an awful attitude


#1178

Had to stop reading the comments

Found out the driver was 81 and it’s confirming my prejudice against old people. Still behind van and 4x4 drivers obvs


#1179

Oh my god that’s awful


#1180

And then, in The Times today, there’s a call for mandatory bike bells