It’s Hardtail Season!

Well with the absence of snow at the moment a lot of you may be stuck for something to pass the winter days and nights, why not get yourself a hardtail and take a blast around the forest tracks and trails this winter. Or maybe you don’t want to take your ‘good’ full suspension bike in the muddy winter conditions, hardtails tend to be half of the price of full suspension bikes so you don’t have to be quite so precious about keeping them clean and serviced… Either way it’s a great way to improve your fitness in time for summer, and anyway who said cycling was just for the summer?

Over the next few weeks we are going to post a few back to basics reviews of some of our favorite hardtail bikes and all different price points. As you will know our mountain bikes range from £400 to £8000 so there is something for everyone across our range of leading brands including Specialized, Lapierre and Trek Bikes.

Today we give you our top picks from £900 – £1100.

Trek Roscoe 7

£950 (range starts at £675 – £1100)

Wheel Size 27.5’’ Plus

Gearing SRAM Eagle 12 Speed

Fork Rockshox Judy Air, 120mm Travel

Why should I buy a Roscoe?

Great question! Have a think about the type of riding that you do or that you want to do. If trail centres, lots of singletrack and rocky trails spring to mind then the Roscoe is a great choice or if you want to have one bike to do everything then again the Roscoe is a great choice. It will soak up all the bumps, roots and rocks that you throw at it. Why’s that? All Trek Roscoe bikes are equipped with 27.5’’ plus tyres, these are the same diameter as a regular 27.5’’ wheel but with a 3 inch tyre – it’s not a fat bike but not a normal bike, somewhere in the middle. These wider tyres can be run at a lower pressure without the risk of puncturing meaning that they almost act like suspension. So for rough off road riding they absorb a lot more of the bumps leading to a smoother, faster and more confidence inspiring ride.

Out of the shop the Roscoe 7 is ready to hit the trails without any adaptations, along with the  plus tyres you get a dropper seatpost (result!!), a SRAM Eagle 12 Speed Drivetrain with an amazing gear for climbing the steepest of hills and a Rockshox Judy Air Fork. Air suspension will make a huge improvement to the ride feel of a bike, this type of suspension will be personally tuned to your weight when you collect your new bike from us which again leads to a smooth ride out on the trails. The Roscoe 7 is the middle model in the Roscoe Range and we think it offers fantastic bike for buck, but if you fancy spending a little more, then of course, check out the Roscoe 8!  The Trek Roscoe comes in a range of Womens and Mens colour ways.

Specialized Fuse

£1000 (range of 3 models up to £1600)

Wheel Size 27.5” / 29’’

Gearing Shimano Deore 10 Speed

Fork 130mm Rockshox Judy

Why should I buy a Fuse?

The all new Specialized Fuse is a flexible, trail ready bike, whether you fancy trying your local XC race or ripping up the local trail centre – it will do it all.  Why’s that? The entry level Fuse is equipped with 27.5 x 2.8” tyres which like the Trek Roscoe will tear up the rocky trails and offer you more control when the going gets tough, however if you look to the Fuse Comp at £1300 you will get a set of big rolling 29” wheels. Paired with the Fuses trail ready geometry, dropper seatpost and simple 1x gear set this 29” option will also let you enjoy long bike backing trips and fast XC loops alike! One of our favourite things about the entry level Fuse bike is the Shimano gearing, you may not get as many gears as you do on the Fuse comp that’s SRAM Equipped bike but the Shimano gears  on the entry level bike just work like a Swiss watch . They are smooth, reliable and easy to use, so if you’re planning to head out into the wilderness the Fuse is packed with reliable kit that wont let you down. 

Lapierre Edge 827+


Wheel Size 27.5 + 

Gearing Shimano XT 11 Speed

Fork Rockshox XC 30 Air

Why should I buy a Lapierre Edge 827 + ? If you are looking for a great value, do it all bike then look no further. So what’s on the bike? When you ride out of the shop you will instantly feel notice that the Lapierre  just feels ‘expensive’ that’s because it’s a great value for money package. Firstly you are getting a smooth and reliable Shimano XT Gearset, and with a simple 1 x 11 speed set up this bike will cruise up the steepest of hills with ease and the chain wont chatter about on the way down. The Rockshox  Air forks absorb any bumps you throw at them and coupled with the wide 27.5” x 2.8” tyres you’ll roll through even the toughest of rock gardens. All of these quality parts are placed on a nice looking turquoise coloured frame along with a dropper seatpost. Feeling tempted? We have a full size range of Lapierre Edge 827 + bikes for rental, so why not come and try before you buy, get a good feel for the bike and try out the awesome 27.5” + tyres! 

These are just some of our favourites, there are loads of bikes out there and plenty of others available here at Aviemore Bikes, if you have further questions of fancy checking out the bikes then you know where to find us!

All mountain bikes over £500.00 are available to purchase with interest free finance or you can use your CycletoWork voucher here at Aviemore Bikes.