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  1. Hi Guys, Looking for recommendations on a new bike. (Sold my hardtail and would love a dual suspension). My budget is less than 25k. Style:Cross Country and Trail Riding. Size: Large Possibilities i have come across 1) Scott Spark (Older models and Newer models are similar priced?) 2) Merida One Twenty or 96 3) Silverback Sido 4) Giant Anthem 5) Older Specialized models I have been using a 2013 Scott Spark 900 SL, bike is also available to buy at Bike Market, price is 23k. It has really nice components and is full carbon so it weighs nothing, but the frame is quite scratched and bike is 7 years old. Really appreciate the help.
  2. Hi all Looking to get a decent new bicycle to take up cycling more often. I previously cycled very rarely, using a Raleigh from Makro. After reading a thread here on how terrible those bikes are, I am seeking advice on a suitable replacement. Currently planning on cycling a few hours daily for most part of the week, probably on a road-path. I've given a few of the websites a look, but I'm overwhelmed with the different types. My main need is something comfortable and durable. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. -Nick
  3. Hey Everyone, I recently bought a brand new Santa Cruz Blur C. After every ride I clean the bike thoroughly, but it seems like water is getting into the frame. More recently, I went riding in the rain and noticed that there was quite a bit of water in the frame. To drain the water, I need to remove the bottom screw fastening the bash plate to the bottom bracket, otherwise the water won't drain. Is this a known issue with the Blur?
  4. Hi all Im new to Mountain Biking and have my first event in November (200KM) looking to purchase one of the below and would really appreciate some advice on what one to get: Merida Big Seven 500 or Liv Tempt 1 2019 any advice welcome!
  5. I am looking at buying a new bike and have narrowed it down to 3 options: 1.) Trek Fuel EX 8 2.) Momsen Vipa Trail 1 3.) Santa Cruz Tall Boy (Aluminium version, D) These are all within my price range of around R50k. Anyone care to give me some advice? Which one do I go with or rather something completely different? Look forward to your valued input! Later, Mark
  6. Hi fellow hubbers, I am looking at purchasing a "new" bike to be used predominantly enduro racing. Currently riding an old trance advanced 2 and finding new parts become an issue and the bike is becoming limiting. What bike would you buy and why? TIA
  7. Recently I found myself in the fortunate position to buy a new Mountain Bike. I’d cracked the frame on my beloved Enduro rig and the resulting insurance pay-out meant I was now in the market for something new. I decided to take some time and try test a few bikes on my dream bike list. The experience was a huge eye-opener and I can highly recommend it to anyone in the market for a new, potentially different type of bike. If I didn't test the bikes I would probably have bought a different bike and probably bought the wrong size. I decided I wanted a new bike or frame so at least if I broke something I might have a warranty. This ruled out my normal go-to of second hand bike purchase. This would be the fifth bike I'd be buying in about 6 years, but the first time I'd be buying a new bike for myself in nearly fifteen years. Step 0: What is available locally? I would have loved to test and buy some of the latest Enduro exotica, but some brands are just not that widely supported locally. Even if the brand is available locally, they may not focus on your type of bike which may result in poor sales advice, waiting for stock/parts and compromised service if they don't work on a particular type of bike that often. I would have loved to sample a Canyon Spectral, Mondraker Foxy or Yeti SB5.5, but this was just not on the cards. It may also be possible to buy something for cheaper while overseas, but again - check the warranty support. I know a guy who bought an incorrectly sized bike while on holiday because it was cheaper, but could not exchange it with the local agent for the correct size when he returned to South Africa due to the conditions of sale. Bleak... Step 1: What do you want? If you know a thing or two about the biking world, make a wishlist of bikes you might like to buy or may be interested in. If you don’t know much about bikes, try and describe the type of riding you do, the frequency of riding and your aspirations for the near future. For me I was looking for a decent climbing enduro bike or a brawny trail bike. My wife allows me to spend whatever I want on one do-it-all mountain bike so it better be a pretty versatile beast. There is some overlap in the trail and enduro categories and there has been some evolution in the biking world around geometry and suspension design which made the tests even more interesting. I basically selected about ten bikes which had reviewed well and which were available from local suppliers. It is worth mentioning that I actually just wanted a frame, but would consider a complete build if the price was right. Step 2: Make friends. It helped a lot that I was a customer at a few local bike shops affiliated with the brands I was interested in. If you are an unknown entity it is not always likely that a local bike shop will lend you a bike for testing. I reached out to each shop/brand and explained I was interested in testing and buying a new bike. I guess I have a trusting face because most of them were able to arrange me a test bike relatively quickly. Visiting a local bike shop will also allow you to do an initial size check – I sort of sit between a medium and a large for most brands so this was especially important. I had two negative experiences with pushy sales-people where these guys tried to either sell me something just because they had stock or something ill-suited to my needs> "all you need is our marathon rig with bigger tyres and a longer fork". Meh… Be careful of these overzealous sales types trying to force a solution on you. With the best sales people they offered useful advice for free and let me move at my own pace. Even if they don’t have the exact model you want, it is still worth testing something from the same family. One brand only had aluminium test bikes, but the fork and shock were similar enough to what I wanted for it to be comparable. Similarly, if you test the top end bike, but only plan on buying the entry level model things may not be rosy with your purchase if key components are very different. Step 3: What if you can't get a test bike from a shop? My local bike shop was affiliated with a brand who no longer had test bikes available. They were not very helpful when I explained what I was after which was a great disappointment since they’d been fantastic with service and my insurance claim. I went elsewhere to another bike shop who had their own fleet of test bikes. Moral of the story – don’t be afraid to walk away and find a bike shop with an awesome sales experience. I found more than a few so don’t settle for average. I wasn’t winning with another local bike shop so I emailed the brand directly. They pointed me in the direction of a “brand ambassador” who could arrange a test on their personal bike. How awesome is that! Step 4: Terms and Conditions Certain brands have shared test bikes for a few shops while others force individual shops to buy demo-bikes. In each case the conditions for a demo can be very different. Some brands have big demo days which are great, but often don’t align with your timeline for buying a new bike. Some places had me fill in a shared liability form saying I would pay a certain amount if I damaged the demo bike while others just let me take the bike out for a spin. Respect the terms and conditions. Stick to agreed test periods and give the bikes back in a good condition. If you can, hose off the bike before you return it and the let them know if there were any issues. Test bikes are also a serious cost so they are not there to be abused or for your mate to use as a spare bike for the weekend. I took one test bike on a shuttle day, but only after asking the owner. If you break something, be prepared to offer to pay for it or contribute to the repair. It is just the polite thing to do. Step 5: Take the time to set it up Initially this was my biggest mistake. I expected to do a car-park suspension bounce, set the saddle height and off I go. Listen to what the bike shop or sales-rep has to say about setting sag, rebound, compression and cockpit. Better yet, get them to set it up for you. If you prefer running wide bars for example, see if the demo bike has similarly wide bars to try and get you comfy as soon as possible. I found that I really needed to write off one ride to suspension set up – especially on suspension with many adjustments and a narrow “sweet spot”. My suggestion would be a short ride on a trail you know well to just get the feel of the base suspension settings. Tweak it as you need (or based on the advice of the sales rep) and then go into full trail-test mode. It also goes without saying that you should try and test bikes on the same trail as much as possible. I had three test tracks which allowed me to do a reasonable comparison over varied terrain. Some bikes might only be good on smooth, flowing trails while others excel at rough stuff – that is why you need some variety (or something representative for your riding style). This is not to say I rode every bike on all three trails, but I did get to expose each bike to an apples-with-apples comparison. Step 6: Give feedback and be honest There were no lemons, but there were some bikes I just did not like. This is not to say they were bad bikes, but just not well suited to what I wanted or the kind of riding I was used to. No big deal, the bike shop okes were glad to get the feedback and they understood when I told them it wasn’t for me. If you tell a sales rep you didn’t get on with the bike and they make you feel dumb, slow or guilty then be warned. Some guys suggested I try the bike again after some tweaking which is far more constructive. If you don’t think you will be interested in a bike, let the rep know and don’t keep them hanging on. Step 7: Make a shortlist and test again if you need to From my initial ten bike wishlist, I’d narrowed it down to three. Two of which I tested again before deciding on my final selection. All the time I was honest with the bike shops about my opinion and why I wanted to test the bikes again. In my case I’d thought the first new dream-bike I’d tested was the best thing since sliced bread. In reality, it was just so different to what I’d ridden before that it felt disproportionately good. When I tested it a second time it was still good, but not as amazing over different terrain as I’d initially thought. The second bike I retested was a strange beast that defied fitting into a certain box. Unfortunately as much as I liked it, the second test revealed it was just not enough bike for me and I wanted something with a bit more suspension. Step 8: Have some manners You should not feel like you owe the bikes shops anything other than a polite thank-you. Just as you are not expected to buy every car you test, you are not beholden to every bike shop that arranged a demo for you. That said, hopefully your parents raised you with some manners and you thank those that helped you. Similarly, it is a d!ck move to test a bike with one shop and then buy the same bike overseas. I had a situation where one shop that had been really helpful had a higher price than another less helpful shop. I gave the helpful guys a chance to improve their price which then resulted in a sale. If you don’t ask, you don’t get. Happy bike hunting and I am happy to answer private questions about my experience in more detail. I would also like to say a special thanks to following rockstars: Stirling Junior at Revolution CyclesMarc DeDecker at This Way OutBrenton Bowers at Trailtech CyclesThomas Rood at Giant Cape TownRoman Kumpers at YT Industries
  8. Hi there Looking to buy a reliable entry level mountain bike, purely for fitness reasons. Interested in getting a 29er for around R3000 - R5000. Any assistance would be appreciated. Thanks
  9. Hi I posted this question earlier and am posting here in the q & a space for a little help with my NEXT BIKE purchase ... Hi, I am Mel and I am looking for a bike ... I am new to this mtb story (3yrs) and get a little overawed by all the brands, slick lines and huge price tickets. Having said that I am trading up from my beloved 'Sabie mt slayer' Sliverback Sola 2 2015 for something ... faster and lighter. Some basics: R30K abso tops price - (bike finance will have to come into it) NO, donate a kidney, price tickets!Year model not a biggie. Happy with 2013/2014/2015 ...I am 176 tall (currently on a Large Merida Big Nine 5000 - just too big sadly - chiro says no!)I ride once a week or twice if I am luckyI enjoy a couple races a year: Ashburton series, Trailseeker Series, Fun Grabadoo and the one time only experience of the Magalies Monster.More control on tricky descents.I have no major bias for a brand but have been looking at the Silverback Storm 1/Merida Big Nine 5000... and a Scott or two, Nino performance wannabe. Bottom line for all the above: LIGHT BIKE that climbs like a breeze and doesn't buck me off on the drop-offs - and affordable. Oh yes ... and pretty! I am a designer and I don't do ugly - I will be looking at her for up to 5 odd hours some days! All advice welcome
  10. Hi all I was introduced to mountain biking by a work colleague about 8 months ago and fell in love with the sport. Around that time I went and bought myself a new 2015 Specialized Rockhopper and have been having a blast. As I've been gaining confidence I've been riding the bike increasingly harder. It has now reached a point where I feel I need to upgrade, especially due to the fork which is an entry level Suntour XCT. I really enjoy trail riding, bailing down rocky descents, the occasional jumping etc, but I do not currently have the budget to buy a Stump Jumper or equivalent that's probably more geared towards this. I am looking for some advice on 29er bikes I can look at in the 13/15K range that will at least provide as good a quality frame as the Rockhopper as well as a better fork (and hopefully some other hardware improvements as well). It looks like the next Specialized upgrade would be the Crave, but at 18K falls just out of my budget. I am quite happy with a hard-tail, so a rear suspension is not a requirement. I've considered upgrading the fork and wheels on my Rockhopper, but so far all advice points to selling it and buying a new bike. Regards Riaan
  11. Hi All, I am new to this GREAT forum, and looking to buy my first hardtail MTB, but with a twist… So I am overweight, but have lost around 30kgs over the last few months (thanks to Banting). I have started to stagnate recently and intend taking up cycling to assist with the additional weight loss. I have a further 20kg’s or so to loose. I have read through tons of information on these forums on choosing a new bike, but I have no idea which brands or equipment to check that will accommodate my extra weight. In fact, I am not sure if this is something that I need to pay attention to when choosing a bike? My budget is around R7k. So far, I am looking at a hardtail, 29er, Medium, Air Shock, Alivio/Deore or similar Groupset, etc. Any advise would be appreciated J
  12. A question...if you purchased a new bicycle from your lbs and agree on specific items...how long would you say is a reasonable period to wait for the parts to be supplied...2 months...3 months...4 months...money was paid up front in full. If they keep in contact with you and advise you there is no stock in the country so you need to wait...how long is an acceptable period of time?
  13. Hi Guys, I currently have a Giant Anthem X1 which I had for about 5 years (with a frame replacement in between) which I am generally still happy with, although the confidence going downhill is worse compared to my old Giant VT-2.What a bike - but got stolen. It is perfect for the Nissan Trailseeker series and most of the trails in and around Pta. I am playing with the idea of a trail/all-mountain/enduro bike for stage racing and when I go to Cape Town and trails with more technical downhill. I think the trail bike will be better and less punishing over 3 days in the saddle. Travel around 140mm, dropper seat and slr/xt (sram equivalents) is about the specs needed - nothing too fancy. It looks like my options if the budget is <30K is basically limited to the Giant Trance 2. (I will be very happy with another Giant and the bike gets good reviews). Any other options in the price range? (I prefer a 27.5 over the 29" which I don't like in terms of looks) Also it looks like a lot of the importers don't bring in the 27.5 trail bikes? I don't see them on websites. (GT Force, Trek Remedy, Scott Genius, Specialized Stumpy FSR etc...)
  15. Hi all I'm new to the forum and am new to mountain biking! I am looking to buy an entry level mountain bike within the R5000 to R8000 range - so any advice would be appreciated. I am currently considering four possible options: Silverback Sola 4 (R7000) Titan Sport (R6700) Momsen AL029 (R6000) Momsen AL129 (R7400) If you could recommend a bike and in a short sentence (or few sentences) explain why you would choose one bike over the others, that would be much appreciated. Here are some links for the bike specs: http://www.silverbacklab.com/upload/2011_website_SILVERBACK/sola4_14.htm http://www.titanracingbikes.com/29rsport.html http://www.momsenbikes.com/bikes/29-er/al029 http://www.momsenbikes.com/bikes/29-er/al129
  16. Hi Guys, thanks for all the advice, really makes things so much easier knowing you can test ideas out on an experience and knowledge base like the hub. A quick question- does anyone have any experience with this bike? The reviews all seem decent and the components great for an entry level road bike. I am looking to do the 94.7, a number of sprint distance traithlons in preparation for 70.3 in January next year. Unless i receive any vigorously negative feedback, would like to buy the bike, for 10k, new? Please let me know if you have any thoughts on this.
  17. Hi guys, Basically I have about 40k to spend on a new 29er. Ill be riding trails and hopefully get my skill set up for some decent enduro tracks and jumps. What bike will be better suited? I know the Stumpjumper has more travel than the PYGA and is a trail bike. The PYGA on the other hand is an 'aggressive' XC bike. I have tested the S WORKS stumpy and it felt amazing and have only heard good things about the PYGA. How does the PYGA make up for the lack of travel etc? Regards David
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