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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Synchronicity, May 19, 2005.

  1. Synchronicity

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    In the proccess of looking for a decent freeride mtb for about a grand,after much googling and forum scouring Ive got it whittled down to 1 of these:

    http://www.bansheebikes.com/bike-scirocco.html ,basically has to be a custom build and Im looking at about £1500,with some of the parts being a little basic.

    http://www.norco-uk.com/05_uk/bikes/shorehardtail_uk.php ,the Torrent is supposed to be a little heavy but the spec is all top notch and its supposed to be tough as nails.The middle of the 3 at £1275

    and finally:

    http://www.marin.co.uk/marin-2005/bikedetail.php?ModNo=2578 ,not as hardcore as the other 2,but seems a good allrounder with a decent spec and at £975 seems a pretty good buy.

    Has anyone got any other suggestions or had any experience with any of these bikes?

    I know this isnt a mountain bike forum but sometimes this place feels like the all knowing oracle so I thought I ask ;)
     
  2. maix27

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    havent rode any of those bikes, but i've got a norco sasquatch (couple models below the torrent) and it's a very nice, all round decent bike. The brakes are good and frame is good (both identical components to my bike) and the rest of the stuff is going to be better. Their wicked bikes, i cant comment on the others but i'd say you wont be dissapointed with the Norco.
     
  3. ~Kev H~

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    Hey Jason,

    A friend has recently bought a Norco Sasquatch and I have to say I think for the money he paid he's got a seriously well specced bike. The Hayes HFX-9 brakes may only be double piston designs but they do a seriously good job, I've got Hope brakes on my bike and after nearly a year I'm starting to find that they take some warming up before they really bite properly (this could be because I leave the bike indoors near a greasy kitchen environment.. but thats another debate)

    By the looks of it the frame for the Torrent is exactly the same as the Sasquatch, it just comes with better quality bits, like the XT rear mech, (but still a deore front mech?). The frame on the sasquatch feels increadibly stiff but the bike is a little bit heavy, the cheaper components could be the reason for this, but yes, it does feel "tough as nails" :)

    I dont have any experience with Banshee frames, nor with Marin frames, but when I was shopping around I did look at Marin bikes.

    If you're looking to spend that much on building a custom bike, I couldnt recommend the Cove Stiffee frame enough , Sinzer pointed me in the direction of this particular Hardtail frame when I was looking to upgrade last year, one test ride at my local bike shop (very luckily a Cove stockist) and I was sold.. and very soon after £1,800 worse off :rolleyes: You can usually pick up a Stiffee frame for about £450 if you look on Wiggle.com, I specced mine pretty high which is why I ended up paying so much but I use it every day and love it to bits :clap:

    From experience just make sure whatever you buy has a decent bottom bracket, at this sort of price range they should all use pretty good kit but just make sure. You dont mention your weight... but the heavier you are the more the bottom bracket has to deal with (obviously) and the bloke who bought the Norco previously had a MuddyFox on which the bottom bracket turned to mush in just 3 months! :eek:

    Anyway, hope that helps..

    Kev
     

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    Cheers lads,always good to hear other viewpoints.

    Kev you :censored: ,that looks like a pretty decent rig you have there,Im fully aware of the Cove Stiffee dont worry but seeing as Id be looking at about £1600 for a decent spec build I had to forget that evil thing:(

    TBH,Id never even heard of Norco till I started looking around this week,and the general consensus seems to be they are a very well made bike,the Torrent coming with very good spec parts for that price but as you said,a little heavy.

    Im not sure how heavy I am at th moment TBH,somewhere round the 13 stone mark I think so although Im no giant,Id need something that will stand up to a bit of punishment :devil:

    I havent seen one bad thing about the Banshee,and the only thing putting me off is the mediocre spec which they have used to keep the price down to £1450.I just feel that when your paying that much for a bike you shouldnt be concerned about cheap parts at all(deore),although I think I might just be being fussy as some of the spec also includes Race face,Easton,etc.

    I really am torn between those 3(the Stiffee really is too far over my budget :rolleyes: ) ,at this rate I can see it coming down to the flip of a coin,just leave it to fate ;)
     
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    Hi Jason

    For what it's worth, I've got a Marin Hawkhill (a good bit further down the range than Rocky Ridge, in fact light trail rather than heavy trail) but love it. I spent a lot of time looking into getting a bike and settled on Marin because I liked the light frame and the looks. Most importantly though they semed to give the most for the money you're willing to spend and everything on them is quality.

    I wanted to spend about £400 and got the Hawkhill for about £425 IIRC. If I had a budget of £1000 as you have I would definately buy the highest spec Marin Hard Tail I could (Indian Firetrail would be nice :D ).

    RDB :)
     
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    I cant talk, I'm still riding a 1992 GT Zaskar....
     
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    dosent all that extra stuff get in the way of pedalling?
     
  9. Synchronicity

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    :rotfl:

    Finally decided on the Marin Rocky Ridge,out of stock in both my localish bike shops though,but ordered online,so just a couple of days and Ill be breaking bones again :clap:
     
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    yueah...but makes the bike less prone to tople over at slow speeds!!
     
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    I have a Norco (forget model name :rolleyes: ) hardtail, had it for about 2 years and given a right good battering, still going strong. I understand the frames are made in Canada (origin of the bike), and designed for tghe canadian climate, so thats a good thumbs up.

    I know nothing of the bikes you listed.
     
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    I'm also in the market for a bike, but with a more modest budget of £300 tops.

    Will be used mainly on the road and maybe a bit of light off roading now and again.

    Haven't really a clue what to look for so would appreciate any pointers to stop me getting a dud.

    Thanks
     
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    I build specialist bikes for people, so if you are in the Cambs area, I may be able to sort you out.
     

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