Brand new here, be gentle! I've recently become interested in taking up mountain biking, but am not too sure where to start.
I've had the same bike for a few years now, and use it mostly for getting around town. It is a Mountain Bike, so to speak, but it's seen better days.
Basically, I was wondering if I should go out on some beginner track with my oldish bike just to try it all out, or if I'm better off just splashing out on a new one. I have a small bit of experience in cycling on roads, but I gave it up as it was too dull for me. I also do the occasional cross country type cycling on a flat beaten track near me, nothing too intense about it.
And for a future buy, my budget is maxed at €500. I've been looking at a few bikes online that might suit me.
Halfords Ireland | VooDoo Hoodoo Mountain Bike
Halfords Ireland | Carrera Kraken Mountain Bike 2015
-Giant ATX 27.5:
ATX 27.5 2 (2015) | Giant bicycles / Giant bikes Ireland | Ireland
However, I'm seriously stretching the budget with the Voodoo Hoodoo, so I might scratch that off. I was also looking into the Decathlon bikes, but cant justify spending €700+ on one.
Which of the bikes would you advise me to buy?
Would I be better off buying a better, yet second hand bike? Like so: Trek 4900 MTB*For Sale in Limerick : ?400 - DoneDeal.ie
Also, if you have any other bike suggestions, I am based in Ireland so keep that in mind.
Sorry for the wall of text, and yes, I'm a fool who loves the flashy bikes!
Thanks in advance.