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    Boardman fs pro

    I currently have a whyte 605 but am looking at upgrading to a full sus too.
    I ride bedgebury a bit but mainly ride tracks around the north Kent area, do the odd bit of road section and want to ride the odd aggressive trail/drop off sections.
    Has anyone had a pro fs or seen 1 in action?
    I've been looking at the giant trance but I can save about 1k if I bought the boardman .
    TIA

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    There's 2 of us on here I think that own the current versions. It's a good bike. I prefer it to my XC hardtail. Even I with my fat ar*e can get up the hills around Wiltshire. It strikes the right chords with me anyway. Good stiff fork with plenty of travel in it, it doesn't bob around excessively when climbing. Good spec sheet on it. Only issues for me are the saddle got swapped out after a couple of rides as the Prologo one was uncomfortable- cost 20 for a Charge Spoon. I 've heard the seatpost scratches up easily but I am not dropping it all the time anyway. It doesn't come with a dropper so allow 100ish for one if you want one. I've had one since March and still not fitted it...And the Pike doesn't have a lockout on it but i've not found that to be anything of an issue.

    It climbs well, descends well, it's a damn good bike.
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    And they look good too!
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    Ok thanks guys, very very tempted

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    Very difficult to better the spec of the Team FS, but my local Halfords is hopeless, I didn't like the colour (sorry, tis true though!) and I prefer to support a LBS. I therefore went with the Marin Hawk Hill 2; it has a better frame, dropper and wider bars, but a slightly inferior fork, brakes and drivetrain.

    The only real competitors to the Team FS at that price point are the Vitus Escarpe, Calibre Bossnut or Marin Hawk Hill 1. All look pretty good to me; I suspect it is difficult to make a bad choice from a technical perspective (all are very capable), but some are likely to be better supported than others - you pays your money and all that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattyB View Post
    it has a better frame, dropper and wider bars, but a slightly inferior fork, brakes and drivetrain.
    How do you compare frames to decide which one is better, always been interested as everyone says get the best frame and upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxynjr View Post
    How do you compare frames to decide which one is better, always been interested as everyone says get the best frame and upgrade.
    Best question i`ve seen on here probably ever!
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    Why not get a whyte full sus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nick16 View Post
    Why not get a whyte full sus?
    Because you can't get one for the price of a Pro FS, certainly not with a similar spec.

    The Boardman is a great bike. There is an issue with the rear seat stay snapping, but they've modified the frame so make sure you get a newer one. Groupset, brakes, fork are all really great in my opinion. Wheels are fine, if a little narrow, but you can fit a nice 2.3 tyre in there. I have ridden a Hawk Hill and really enjoyed it, but the Boardman wins of spec by a mile so that's what I went for. If you top budget is 1500 (and you can get them for less) then you can't beat it. A 20 British Cycling membership will also get you a further 10% off. Enjoy.
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    you can 2nd hand.

    My whyte G160S cost less than 1500 last year and was less than 6 months old. Its worth a look.

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