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  • returning to mountain biking

     nikity updated 6 months, 1 week ago 5 Members · 15 Posts
  • billyboy_1981

    Member
    8 May 2018 at 10:23 pm

    Hi all, ive been a member on here since 2011 but havent been active the last couple of years.

    I’m just getting back into mountain biking after about 4 years off.

    I’m still using my GT avalanche just now but might finish building the carerra Vulcan frame I bought a few years ago.

    looking for advice on whats changed. I’m used to 3×9 is this still ok?

    also what groupsets are good value 2nd hand and what tyres people would recommend for trail centres. closest one to me is carron valley.

    thanks Billy

  • Threevok

    Member
    9 May 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Welcome back

    Why are you building a Vulcan when you already have a very capable hardtail in the Avalanche ?

  • billyboy_1981

    Member
    9 May 2018 at 5:17 pm

    I’ve had the GT a while. It needs new front forks but I will keep it as a spare as well as the Vulcan.

    My plan has always been to build a half decent bike as cheap as I can. Bought the Vulcan frame got it powdercoated. Bought marzocchi forks and got them painted. Bought a few bits and pieces then stopped. Been sitting in the loft so I want to finish what I started.

    Wife has a carerra subway she doesn’t use so also have that for cyclepaths with the kids.

  • Threevok

    Member
    10 May 2018 at 8:52 am

    Oh I see 8)

  • billyboy_1981

    Member
    10 May 2018 at 4:11 pm

    That’s my GT

  • Threevok

    Member
    11 May 2018 at 8:11 am

    That’s a nice bike and well worth upgrading if you don’t sell it

    I’ve got a quite soft spot for AV’s and I have built two myself, (although I don’t currently own one at the moment.

  • billyboy_1981

    Member
    12 May 2018 at 12:38 pm

    I’ve been thinking about it. I’m going to build the carrera first to use for commuting and cycle paths etch to get my fitness up and rebuild/upgrade the GT for trails. Not fit enough to climb just now.

  • CarnaptiousBStard

    Member
    24 May 2018 at 6:03 am

    Swapping a capable bike with MTB heritage for a retail park Halfords branded bike ????? 😮

    It doesn’t matter what fancy trinkets you put on a Carrera it will still be a Carrera.

    For the sake of Sanity stick with the GT,far far far better and worthy of upgrades.

  • martini henrie

    Member
    27 May 2018 at 4:53 pm

    To be honest I’d put my money into the GT and forget the Carrera as the frame will be much more rewarding in the long run.

    Whatever you choose, enjoy your rides!

    8)

  • billyboy_1981

    Member
    28 May 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Too late I’ve stripped the GT for it’s parts.

    Waiting on a seat post and bottom bracket coming to finish the carrera.

    I’m thinking of powdercoating the GT frame and rebuilding with better parts for trail centre use and will put road tyres on the carrera

    So how do I find out if a 2 x 10 will fit the GT? What width is a rear wheel with a 10 gear cassette?

  • billyboy_1981

    Member
    28 May 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Tried to upload pic with last comment but file was too big

  • Threevok

    Member
    29 May 2018 at 9:10 am

    Is that a 26 on the back and a 27.5 on the front ??? 😯 😯 😯

  • billyboy_1981

    Member
    29 May 2018 at 11:34 am

    No, both 26″ front tyre is 2.3 rear 2.1 but the angle of the bike from wheel is closer to the camera

  • billyboy_1981

    Member
    1 June 2018 at 6:23 pm

    Finally got the carrera built

  • nikity

    Member
    21 December 2019 at 10:07 pm

    That’s my GT

    welcome back! cool bike, well equipped as far I can see!

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