A newbie is asking for advice again So I'm a beginner with bikes but I'm very intrested in them and of course riding in various conditions. I have learned a lot of bikes in the last few weeks thanks to the bike brochures and internet.
Now I'm intrested in buying a new bike. I have a few options that I'm interested in. I would be very pleased if you could help me with these few questions.
I would use the bike mostly on the road but also on not so smooth surfaces like gravel roads, potholes etc. I'm not sure but I might be intrested in the off-road section too in the future. Now I'm planning to use the bike also for the daily transportation. The main point to me is that bike should be light-weigth and have a reliable gearing. My budget is about 800-950 €.
In the first place I was considering Kona Nunu. specs But then I thought do I really need a hardtail because most of the use would be the road type. And there are these mechanical Shimano BR-M475 cable disc brakes that I'm not sure of, do I really need them at this point? And Shimano isn't considered the most reliable on those disc brakes if I have understood right.
Now I have found Marin Novato . It has double butted 7005 alloy frame like Nunu and Shimano Deore as gearing system. Now I would like to know if anyone has this Marin Novato? How has it been?
Then I would be intrested if someone knows is there a possibility to change discs brakes to this Novato frame and discs? If I consider off-road in the near future could someone tell me also is it hard to change the bike into a hardtail model by chancing the fork.
I would be very delighted if you would answer at least some of my questions. Thanks a lot already in advance.