$350 Reid MTB with discs any good?

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$350 Reid MTB with discs any good?

Postby b0ngripper » Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:44 pm

Hi everyone,
I want to get a bike that I can use for doing uber eats deliveries.
I have a single speed 42x16 but even a little ratio like that is too much of a ceebs when riding around hilly brissy in the hot sun.
I have been looking for a cheap but reliable MTB and this one meets all the requirements: https://www.reidcycles.com.au/mtb-pro-27-5-disc.html
However, for $350 is this too good to be true?
Thanks :wink:

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Re: $350 Reid MTB with discs any good?

Postby Tamiya » Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:52 am

yeah, Reids are decent value... $350 buys you alloy frame & cable discs.
(plus you'll get $50 worth of extras currently. Other times $50 off etc etc)

Down this way there's also iamfree
http://iamfree.com/bicycles/city-bicycl ... moly-frame

If you're not really MTBing, I'd rather lose the suspension fork & get better "faster" tyres, hydro discs

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Re: $350 Reid MTB with discs any good?

Postby MichaelB » Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:25 am

Agree with Tamiya (about the better bike rather than the lower spec suspension fork).

Reid's focus is on quality for good value. See my review on the Granite 3 - different budget, but I've beaten this bike pretty hard and it's come up trumps.

Their after sales service (at their Adelaide store) is great too from what I have experienced.

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Re: $350 Reid MTB with discs any good?

Postby Mububban » Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:22 pm

b0ngripper wrote:Hi everyone,
I want to get a bike that I can use for doing uber eats deliveries.
I have a single speed 42x16 but even a little ratio like that is too much of a ceebs when riding around hilly brissy in the hot sun.
I have been looking for a cheap but reliable MTB and this one meets all the requirements: https://www.reidcycles.com.au/mtb-pro-27-5-disc.html
However, for $350 is this too good to be true?
Thanks :wink:


If you can live with rim brakes, this is a good option for $379:
https://www.reidcycles.com.au/reid-city-1-0-bike.html

38c tyres, rear rack, mud guards. Rim brakes will be fine unless you're riding in rain regularly.

Either would be good bikes.
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Re: $350 Reid MTB with discs any good?

Postby 10speedsemiracer » Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:09 pm

One of the rigid steel-framed MTBs from the late 80s-early 90s would be ideal. Am sure there's something on Gumtree or even the fleabay, spend $100-$150 on a bike in good condition, maybe spend another $100 on road-friendly tyres and a rack, job done.

Example :

Shogun Metro (this one is quite small) :
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which has a cr-mo steel frame, indexed 3x7 (or maybe 3x8) Shimano gearing and V-brakes. Is tough, simple and easily serviced. https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/sunnybank-hills/men-s-bicycles/men-bike/1201025013

Or this Apollo :
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which appears to be in very good condition. A pair of Schwalbe Marathon Racers, maybe some cables and lube, all in for less than $200.
https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/chermside/men-s-bicycles/apollo-road-bike/1201020255
I would totally buy this if I was in Brisbane, and tune it up for someone.

These are just examples, I don't know your size, but you get the idea. Even using an LBS to tune/service the Apollo would see you stay well under your $350 budget, and I know which I'd rather ride (hint:the Apollo).
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Re: $350 Reid MTB with discs any good?

Postby 10speedsemiracer » Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:18 pm

Or this Trek :
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with 3x7 indexed Shimano, $60 for the bike, $70 for Schwalbes + $40 for cables and lube, all done for $170.

These were all on the first page and would be much better options than spending $350 on anything new
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Re: $350 Reid MTB with discs any good?

Postby Tamiya » Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:45 pm

I'd personally side with you classic/rebirth affionados :P but I suspect OP is less of a DIYer than the norm around this forum ;)

If one has to pay for labour (AT) shop rates, just a proper overhaul service with new rubber & cables would make the exercise uneconomic :(

Plus it's a tool of trade... not something to bomb about with for leisure.

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Re: $350 Reid MTB with discs any good?

Postby 10speedsemiracer » Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:17 pm

Tamiya wrote:I'd personally side with you classic/rebirth affionados :P but I suspect OP is less of a DIYer than the norm around this forum ;)

If one has to pay for labour (AT) shop rates, just a proper overhaul service with new rubber & cables would make the exercise uneconomic :(

Plus it's a tool of trade... not something to bomb about with for leisure.


If anything, a cr-mo steel 90s rigid MTB is more suited to the intended usage than something like the iamfree or Reid. Steel frame, simple brakes which Stevie Wonder could adjust (as opposed to cheapie discs), quality drivetrain components, albeit only 7/8sp.
$60 for the Apollo, $at worst $200 doing a freshen up and he's still $90 ahead. The best tools are those that perform their intended function and don't break.
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Re: $350 Reid MTB with discs any good?

Postby bychosis » Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:36 pm

It’s probably ok, but you’d get a great second hand bike for the same number of coins. I’ve been looking for a bike for my son and there seem to be quite a lot around $350.
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Re: $350 Reid MTB with discs any good?

Postby Eug1 » Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:24 pm

Go second hand for sure. Resale value alone.

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Re: $350 Reid MTB with discs any good?

Postby b0ngripper » Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:40 pm

10speedsemiracer wrote:One of the rigid steel-framed MTBs from the late 80s-early 90s would be ideal. Am sure there's something on Gumtree or even the fleabay, spend $100-$150 on a bike in good condition, maybe spend another $100 on road-friendly tyres and a rack, job done.

Example :

Shogun Metro (this one is quite small) :
Image
which has a cr-mo steel frame, indexed 3x7 (or maybe 3x8) Shimano gearing and V-brakes. Is tough, simple and easily serviced. https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/sunnybank-hills/men-s-bicycles/men-bike/1201025013

Or this Apollo :
Image
which appears to be in very good condition. A pair of Schwalbe Marathon Racers, maybe some cables and lube, all in for less than $200.
https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/chermside/men-s-bicycles/apollo-road-bike/1201020255
I would totally buy this if I was in Brisbane, and tune it up for someone.

These are just examples, I don't know your size, but you get the idea. Even using an LBS to tune/service the Apollo would see you stay well under your $350 budget, and I know which I'd rather ride (hint:the Apollo).


I was thinking about getting an old school rigid MTB and ill look into it more because it would be easier to fix an old school bike with rim breaks rather than something with discs and suspension, its just that it can be hard to find a decent used bike that fits. Thanks for your help

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Re: $350 Reid MTB with discs any good?

Postby b0ngripper » Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:43 pm

Tamiya wrote:I'd personally side with you classic/rebirth affionados :P but I suspect OP is less of a DIYer than the norm around this forum ;)

If one has to pay for labour (AT) shop rates, just a proper overhaul service with new rubber & cables would make the exercise uneconomic :(

Plus it's a tool of trade... not something to bomb about with for leisure.


What makes you think that im less of a DIYer than anyone else?
But yeah im gonna see if I can find something oldskool and get it done up

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Re: $350 Reid MTB with discs any good?

Postby 10speedsemiracer » Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:00 pm

b0ngripper wrote:....

But yeah im gonna see if I can find something oldskool and get it done up


How tall are you ? That Trek would be a good option for maybe up to 5'10 or so, however is hard to tell from a Gumtree pic.
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Here's the link (which I didn't paste earlier, sorry).
https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/fairfield/men-s-bicycles/adult-bike-26inch-trek/1200901921
If it fits, $60 for the bike, $50 for a set of Maxxis Overdrive 26x1.75
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https://www.pushys.com.au/maxxis-overdrive-26x1-75-hybrid-tyre.html
throw some fresh cables and brake pads on there, bit of lube, all done for around $160-ish. I've built up lots of commuters from older rigid MTBs for people, usually Shogun Trailbreakers if I can get them, and they always come up nicely. Just need road-friendly rubber and good brake pads. Never going to win any crits, but perfectly suited to zipping around the city.

Good luck with it, hope it works out.
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Re: $350 Reid MTB with discs any good?

Postby Tamiya » Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:24 am

b0ngripper wrote:What makes you think that im less of a DIYer than anyone else?
But yeah im gonna see if I can find something oldskool and get it done up


hey great! Welcome to the fold! :P
DIYer comment wasn't intended as a slight against your abilities, more a reminder that even though bikes are pretty simple machinery - to fix/service/rebuild them properly they do need a surprisingly many specialised TOOLS... if you're starting from scratch without any friend who has bike tools to borrow, it ain't cheap.

Don't know what's the old-bike scene up in brissy... down here in Melb we've got volunteer community bike sheds like Ceres. They get oldies donated, public can go there joinup and fix/build a bike from the donor bits using the Ceres workshop & tools, volunteer staff will advise if you're inexperienced. Great place to spend a weekend when the weather is good. 8)

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Re: $350 Reid MTB with discs any good?

Postby TeVoRo » Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:08 am

Point to note, if doing an Uber eats delivery, you probs want to get pannier racks installed too.
Or if going 2nd hand, you might find some with racks already there.

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Re: $350 Reid MTB with discs any good?

Postby Bunged Knee » Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:34 am

TeVoRo wrote:Point to note, if doing an Uber eats delivery, you probs want to get pannier racks installed too.


He will probably use the Uber Eats supplied backpack from the company.

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Re: $350 Reid MTB with discs any good?

Postby b0ngripper » Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:00 pm

Tamiya wrote:
b0ngripper wrote:What makes you think that im less of a DIYer than anyone else?
But yeah im gonna see if I can find something oldskool and get it done up


hey great! Welcome to the fold! :P
DIYer comment wasn't intended as a slight against your abilities, more a reminder that even though bikes are pretty simple machinery - to fix/service/rebuild them properly they do need a surprisingly many specialised TOOLS... if you're starting from scratch without any friend who has bike tools to borrow, it ain't cheap.

Don't know what's the old-bike scene up in brissy... down here in Melb we've got volunteer community bike sheds like Ceres. They get oldies donated, public can go there joinup and fix/build a bike from the donor bits using the Ceres workshop & tools, volunteer staff will advise if you're inexperienced. Great place to spend a weekend when the weather is good. 8)


Hahaha yeah all good I didn't think you were dissing me or anything. I think theres a used/refurbished bike shop in Brissy, so that will be worth checking out. Thanks for all the help you have given me I really appreciate it.

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Re: $350 Reid MTB with discs any good?

Postby b0ngripper » Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:02 pm

10speedsemiracer wrote:
b0ngripper wrote:....

But yeah im gonna see if I can find something oldskool and get it done up


How tall are you ? That Trek would be a good option for maybe up to 5'10 or so, however is hard to tell from a Gumtree pic.
Image

Here's the link (which I didn't paste earlier, sorry).
https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/fairfield/men-s-bicycles/adult-bike-26inch-trek/1200901921
If it fits, $60 for the bike, $50 for a set of Maxxis Overdrive 26x1.75
Image
https://www.pushys.com.au/maxxis-overdrive-26x1-75-hybrid-tyre.html
throw some fresh cables and brake pads on there, bit of lube, all done for around $160-ish. I've built up lots of commuters from older rigid MTBs for people, usually Shogun Trailbreakers if I can get them, and they always come up nicely. Just need road-friendly rubber and good brake pads. Never going to win any crits, but perfectly suited to zipping around the city.

Good luck with it, hope it works out.

Thank you that Trek on gummie looks great. Im 6 foot so I need a large or xl frame. I appreciate all the help you have given me you have gone above and beyond :D

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