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For those cyclists curious about the world of off-road biking and considering trying it out for the first time, there are a number of affordable mountain bikes on the market.

Ideal for playing around on whilst you work out if technical riding really is for you, mid-range hardtails are reliable, lightweight and stylish.

Ranging from £500 to just £299, here are ten great choices for the novice or recreational rider.

specialized myka sport

Complete as standard with Shimano trigger shifters and Tektro hydraulic disc brakes with women's levers, you know this is going to be a reliable bike too.

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GT women's avalanche sport

The GT's lower top tube improves female rider fit making for a comfier ride with easier dismounts. The Promax Decipher hydraulic disc brakes mean you can be confident of stopping quickly no matter what the weather.

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cube access

With an elegant, well-thought out design, the Cube Access WLS Pro 26 Ladies Hardtail Bike 2014 is a terrific mid-range mountain bike.

The Aluminium Lite frame paired with a shorter top tube creates a more upright than standard riding position which in turn relieves the pelvis of pressure, making for a more comfortable all-round ride.

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felt krystal

An ideal hard tail for tackling dirt tracks, challenging single tracks and even entering in beginners and intermediate races; the Krystal is a trail ready XC. Available in four sizes, the lightweight specific women's frame will fit almost any female figure.

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norco storm 7.1

One of the least girly bikes on the female market, the Norco Storm 7.1 Forma 2014 Women's Mountain Bike is available in charcoal grey in three sizes.

Ideal for recreational riders, it is a great bike for hitting some adventurous trails and the smooth shifting, reliable braking and responsive handling means you will always feel confident riding this bike.

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An ideal choice for both beginner and casual riders, the Contessa features Shimano disk brakes and a Suntour lockout fork providing smooth, reliable riding.

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cheaper cube access

A cheaper alternative to the Pro featured at number three on our list, the Cube Access WLS 26 Ladies Hardtail Bike 2014 in berry and neon red is a comfortable female specific bike.

With high durability thanks to the sturdy frame and Cubes Advanced Mechanical forming processes, the WLS can handle technical features and challenging rides.

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The 24-speed drivetrain, Suntour suspension fork and powerful v-brakes make this a reliable bike suitable for taking on challenging single tracks and tackling steep uphills and winding descents. Made especially for women, the Krystal is available in four sizes.

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GT laguna

Perfect for cycling down country lanes and trails, the Laguna has a step-thru frame for easy mounts and dismounts and Suntour front suspension forks for protecting you from bumpy roads and pot holes.

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