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Would this bike be any good?

Old 10-01-15, 01:12 PM
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Would this bike be any good?

Hey everyone. I'm new to the whole bike thing so please be nice! For the past couple of months I've been cycling to work (just 20 minutes, but up hill and down dale on rough and potholed Cornish roads) using my employers bike. I went and bought my own on Monday, a 100 model from Halfords, and boy did I regret that when I tried it out today! I only went 10 minutes down the road before giving up and turning round!

Anyway, so I took that one back and went to a proper bike shop, but I really didn't like the models they showed me - very masculine looking and just, well, ugly.

My employer's bike is a Carrera Kraken and I've got on with that one ok - it is hard work getting up the steep hills and very heavy for heaving in and out of the car but it is nice and shock absorbent on the potholes. I could just get the same model but I really would like a purple one as that expresses 'me'. Can you advise me if this one would be any good?

2015 Giant Liv Tempt 4 Ladies Hardtail Mountain Bike 299.99
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Old 10-01-15, 01:19 PM
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Hmm. Do ypu really want a mountain bike? If you're going to ride mainly on roads, they're heavy and you don't really need the suspension. The best strategy for potholes is to ride around them, not through them, and besides, cheap suspension forks tend to have a short life and/or be expensive to maintain.

What's your maximum budget?
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Old 10-01-15, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by chasm54 View Post
Hmm. Do ypu really want a mountain bike? If you're going to ride mainly on roads, they're heavy and you don't really need the suspension. The best strategy for potholes is to ride around them, not through them, and besides, cheap suspension forks tend to have a short life and/or be expensive to maintain.

What's your maximum budget?
Thanks for the quick reply. i think around 500, maybe 600 but that would have to be for something really special! I've been looking at hybrids too but reckon it should be leaning towards the mountain bike side. The country lanes where I'm riding are more pothole than not - they're like farm tracks.
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Originally Posted by Purplegrl View Post
Thanks for the quick reply. i think around 500, maybe 600 but that would have to be for something really special! I've been looking at hybrids too but reckon it should be leaning towards the mountain bike side. The country lanes where I'm riding are more pothole than not - they're like farm tracks.
OK. Well, MTBs aren't my field, but if you can spend a bit more I think you'd be wise to do so. You get what you pay for, and cheap can be hideous - as you've discovered at Halford's.

Something like this might be a better and, in the long run, cheaper buy. They do a Tempt 4, too, which is lower spec but about 50 less.
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If you find a mountain bike that you really like, it isn't much of a problem to change the tires. You have one of the largest mail order bike parts stores in the world at Chain Reaction Cycles and they offer free shipping on any order over 9 pounds in value. *Chain Reaction Cycles | MTB | Road | TRI | Run Something like this would grip the road but be faster and smoother riding Michelin City Bike Tyre | Chain Reaction Cycles I'd agree with chasm54 that suspension on an entry level bike is a waste of money. It makes the bike heavier and that money would be better spent on slightly better drive train parts.
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Originally Posted by Purplegrl View Post
Hey everyone. I'm new to the whole bike thing so please be nice! For the past couple of months I've been cycling to work (just 20 minutes, but up hill and down dale on rough and potholed Cornish roads) using my employers bike. I went and bought my own on Monday, a 100 model from Halfords, and boy did I regret that when I tried it out today! I only went 10 minutes down the road before giving up and turning round!

Anyway, so I took that one back and went to a proper bike shop, but I really didn't like the models they showed me - very masculine looking and just, well, ugly.
You went to a proper bike shop in the first place (Halford) and chose one of the cheapest models they sell, and your supplied it wasn't great!

Halfords sell plenty of decent bike, look at their Subway range, their good value for money bike like this Halfords | Carrera Subway 1 Womens Hybrid Bike 2015

If your looking at the Carrera Kraken, and your female, going by the Giant link, how about their womens models Halfords | Mountain Bikes | Mountain Bikes for Sale | Mountain Bike
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Perhaps a mountain bike without suspension ? The larger, softer tires will handle bumps pretty well.
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That's an smart looking purple. The 4 has the same fork as the 3. IDK who makes a mtn bike with no front suspension besides 1980's steel frame survivors. There may be some. Giants a good brand. For the large price difference the 3 is not that much better ($225 better) than the 4 but you'd likely find a sale price as the 4 you show is on sale. And the 3 may not come in the same colors.
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