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    Daughter wants a new MTB and we know nothing about them. Cross Country/Race type thing. Hardtail. I'm guessing a 29er is de rigeur these days?

    She's 172cm tall (5'8") and a very serious roadie, but dipping her toe in the MTB water.

    So what to buy, and what size? Budget 2500ish.

    Her favourite is Trek ProCaliber 9.6/9.7 but no mediums available until August (very uncertain).
    Specialized Epic (2250/2750) are available at Certini Bicycles and would be a good choice, but are there others she should be looking at?
    Orbea Almy, Foucus Raven, or some flavour of Whyte? Others?

    Help!!

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    Default Re: New MTB advice, please

    Proper off roading? or trail riding? If she wants to do technical stuff up or downhill then i'd suggest a full sussy mtb. If it's just trails, fire trails etc, then a hardtail is fine.

    My stuff (and I'm in no way a hardcore mtb'er) is mainly trail with a bit of technical stuff, but I went down the FS route as my thoughts were that I'd rather have it, and not use it, than not have it and need it.

    As for 27.5 or 29", 29" did seem like it was going to be the one to have, but not sure that's really the case? 27.5's iirc turn quicker etc but the 29" have better rolling speed etc

    There'll be people with FAR more knowledge etc than me coming along to give probably better advice soon, I'm sure

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    Default Re: New MTB advice, please

    Don't dismiss full suspension out of hand, a lot of the top riders use them.

    Something like a Scott Spark, may be out of price range but you might find an unsold last years bike.

    Something like this:


    https://www.hargrovescycles.co.uk/35...e-in-grey.aspx

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    Default Re: New MTB advice, please

    Weeksy seems to know a lot about those funny MTB things. I'm not sure if he frequents this place any more, you'll find him at https://revtothelimit.co.uk/.

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    Default Re: New MTB advice, please

    Thanks all. Seeks made her mind up and it’s a HT, full suspension is out.

    Looks like all race level HTs are 29”, so 29 it is!

    ill report back.

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    Default Re: New MTB advice, please

    TBH - most things are out of stock at the moment. The lockdown has lead to mega bike buying - so the good stuff as gone.

    If you are looking at XC race , things like the Scott Scale seem to be the go to bike
    https://www.mbr.co.uk/buyers_guide/best-xc-race-bikes-
    https://www.tredz.co.uk/help-advice/...at-to-look-for
    https://www.mbr.co.uk/buyers_guide/b...he-year-323484

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    Default Re: New MTB advice, please

    Re the sizing.

    Wifey is 5'8" and mostly legs. To get her onto an off the shelf MTB she rides a large (Specialized at the moment), with the shortest stem we can get, riser bars, etc. Manufacturers cut the fork steerers to something that looks good on the showroom floor, ie short with a couple of spacers. To get extra lift on the front she's running my forks at the moment, there's a bloke who presses in new steerers which is next on the list.

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