So you’ve decided you’re ready to take the plunge and get into mountain biking, but you can’t do that without the most important piece of kit of all – the bike. So, how do you go about buying one?
Well first you’re going to have to make a decision, do you want to buy a new bike or are you going to risk the second hand market? This will largely be decided by your budget. If you can stretch to a new bike then we can’t see why you wouldn’t go for one as it takes a lot of the risk out of the purchase, however if you’re working with less than £1,500 then you can definitely pick up a quality piece of kit if you go second hand.
Bear in mind this isn’t like picking a tin of beans off the shelf at Tesco, mountain bikes are high value items with a niche audience that means they won’t always be readily stocked. Make sure you shop around and don’t just settle for the first thing you see, you may have to live with your bike for a few years so you want it to be right.