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I've got a friend interested in starting to mtb. Looking for a hardtail for him to start on with roughly 10k budget.

 

Wondering if it would be a worth while to add SLX 1x to a Trail 7 from Makro?

 

Any recommendations at this point?

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At that price he can look at something like a Silverback Spectra Sport or a Scott Aspect 940. All of them will be QR instead of Thru-Axle and the rest of the bike's components will be give or take here an there. Don't think there will be major differences between bikes at that price point.

 

I'd suggest he try pick get one with an air fork, shimano hydraulic discs etc.

 

The Silverback Spectra Sport is quite nice imo.

 

Secondhand he'll get a much better spec bike though.

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i can second the silverback mentioned above. my neighbor got one last week, for what you pay it's perfect. tip, negotiate tubeless setup into the deal.

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With a budget of 10K, don't forget to buy a decent helmet and some padded shorts.

 

Also check in the Hub classifieds as there are quite few Hardtail's always for sale and secondhand starting out might be a better option for now.

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At that price he can look at something like a Silverback Spectra Sport or a Scott Aspect 940. All of them will be QR instead of Thru-Axle and the rest of the bike's components will be give or take here an there. Don't think there will be major differences between bikes at that price point.

 

I'd suggest he try pick get one with an air fork, shimano hydraulic discs etc.

 

The Silverback Spectra Sport is quite nice imo.

 

Secondhand he'll get a much better spec bike though.

^^this. The Trail 7 comes with a horrific fork, and that'll be the crippling thing on the ride. Rather go for something with a better fork, or a 2nd hand hardtail with far better spec than he'd get on a new ride. 

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Thanks everyone.

 

Think the hit list would be...

 

Air Fork

Hydraulic Brakes

1x (this seems like the hardest to find on the entry level bikes)

 

1x just to make it easier to explain/make gear choice simpler for new riders.

 

Will keep my eyes on the classifieds. 

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Take your friend to Mark's Bicycle Workshop, 4 Karoo Street, Bellville

 

 

They are partnered with a bike rental company.  After a few months they sell the 2nd hand bikes.

 

 

 

 

Very good value for money !!!

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Thanks everyone.

 

Think the hit list would be...

 

Air Fork

Hydraulic Brakes

1x (this seems like the hardest to find on the entry level bikes)

 

1x just to make it easier to explain/make gear choice simpler for new riders.

 

Will keep my eyes on the classifieds. 

 

 

Yes, the 1x is easier to operate ....

 

 

BUT, a new rider may find the range of gears very limiting.

 

Is your friend a fit sportsperson moving to a new sport, or does he need to get in shape .... the latter really needs the wider range that a 2x of a 3x offers.

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Yes, the 1x is easier to operate ....

 

 

BUT, a new rider may find the range of gears very limiting.

 

Is your friend a fit sportsperson moving to a new sport, or does he need to get in shape .... the latter really needs the wider range that a 2x of a 3x offers.

 

He's fit. 1x should be a problem.

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