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Old 06-14-13, 06:28 AM   #1
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Advice for a new bike

Hello!
I m looking for new bike. My old one just broke and the cost to fix it is too high so ...a new bike!
I m living in Munich and I looked for every mountain bike for ladies on internet . The problem is that I can't decide and I would need some good advices
In particular I found this one that I like : http://www.evanscycles.com/products/...-bike-ec042252

What do you think about that one?

My budget is from 300 to 500 . Would you suggest me instead another bike?

Thanks a lot for your help!


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Old 06-14-13, 10:06 AM   #2
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Don't limit yourself to women's bikes. I, for one, hate how Specialized women's mountain bikes fit. Specialized's women's roads bikes, great. Specialized's women's mountain bikes, on the other hand, fit me like crap. All my mountain bikes are unisex/men's bikes. But everyone is different. Try as many out as you can. Also, I was always under the impression that Specialized doesn't ship bikes (you have to buy in store), but maybe that varies outside the States.
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SCOTT bikes is popular in Europe and has the Contessa like of bikes aimed towards women. BUT as Zephyr points out, ride a number and see what fits you best. Biking, especially in the early days is finding a bike that fits your eye, feels good and goes where you like to ride.
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Old 06-15-13, 01:28 AM   #4
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Thanks guys for your help.
I will go and try every bike here in Munich today Hope to find it! Wish me luck
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Old 06-15-13, 03:49 PM   #5
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Huge doubt! I did try some bikes today and the most comfortable one , the one that really fit me well was this one in 26' and frame 17'
http://www.marinbikes.com/2012/bike_...serialnum=2145

The problem is that the bike doesn t have proper Disc breaks, but the mechanical ones.

My bf has this bike http://www.marinbikes.com/2013/bike_...dge_29er_Hydro . I tried it and it feels really well except that is too high for me (29') so I have to put the seat all the way down. Besides I think that the handlebars is lower than the first marin bike.

I was wondering if I order the same one but 26 (http://www.marinbikes.com/2013/bike_...dge_Hydro_Disc ) will it be the same fit as the wildcat wfg one? The reason I ask is because in the store they were not so keen to order a bike in case i won't buy it so I kinda need to know what are the geometry differences as some of the bikes I tried in the store, for example, had the handlebars too low and it wasnt really comfortable but this marin wildcat wfg was perfect so I was hoping that if i get the bolinas 26 it would be the same feeling (I like my bf's one except the size and height)
Could you please help me out as I can't find a geometry diagram that would show me if the frame and handlebars will be almost the same on the bolinas as on the wildcat.

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ps I found this one on internet that looks the same to me to the first marin ( I didn t try that yet) but the brand is quite unknown http://www.fahrrad-zimmermann.de/fah...ife-rx-26-2013 Would it be good ?

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Old 06-16-13, 04:10 AM   #6
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Also, when one compares the components between bolinas vs wildcat is bolinas better or are they the same? (I know that bolinas has better brakes but how about the rest?)

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Haha, you said only hydros are proper disc brakes. My kinda gal. In all seriousness though, mechs are fine...I have them on one bike. They're not quite as nice as hydros, but they're still fine, especially if they're quality mechs. And sometimes good mechs are better than cheap hydros.

The Wildcat and Bolinas components are...pretty much the same. Go look at the website, they both have the same parts aside from the brakes.

The 26" and 29er Bolinas will absolutely ride and fit differently. The Wildcat and 26" Bolinas have a few subtle geometry differences, but most likely will ride pretty similarly.

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Old 06-17-13, 06:49 AM   #8
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Haha, you said only hydros are proper disc brakes. My kinda gal. In all seriousness though, mechs are fine...I have them on one bike. They're not quite as nice as hydros, but they're still fine, especially if they're quality mechs (for some reason that page isn't loading properly for me, so I can't see what they are). And sometimes good mechs are better than cheap hydros.

The Wildcat and Bolinas components are...pretty much the same. Go look at the website, they both have the same parts aside from the brakes.

The 26" and 29er Bolinas will absolutely ride and fit differently. The Wildcat and 26" Bolinas have a few subtle geometry differences, but most likely will ride pretty similarly.

Thanks for the explanation
Today i tried another bike that looks fantastic to me http://www.cube.eu/hard/cross-country/aim-disc-26/
But I m still not sure which one between the Cube one and the Bolinas (http://www.marinbikes.de/bikes/#ht//bolinas_ridge_disc) got the better components. Would you help me to choose, please?

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Old 06-19-13, 12:08 PM   #9
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They have the same fork, which unfortunately is a very basic model that you will probably dislike once you really get into singletrack trails. In your price range, though, this can't be helped.

The Marin has a slightly better drivetrain. It's a 3x9. I also like the tires on the Marin better, Geax Saguaro.
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They have the same fork, which unfortunately is a very basic model that you will probably dislike once you really get into singletrack trails. In your price range, though, this can't be helped.

The Marin has a slightly better drivetrain. It's a 3x9. I also like the tires on the Marin better, Geax Saguaro.

Thanks a lot . I also read Marin has a better frame. Is it right?
I ll try the Marin one next week. Let s see how it ll fit me
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I run a Saguaro on the back of my bike and have been more than impressed. It climbs and corners as good as any tire I've tried. I think you will enjoy the Marin, keep us posted.
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I run a Saguaro on the back of my bike and have been more than impressed. It climbs and corners as good as any tire I've tried. I think you will enjoy the Marin, keep us posted.
Wow can t wait to try it!!!
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I use them front and rear. I've also ran the tire on the other bike, Schwalbe Smart Sam, on the front. The Sam is inferior in every way except for weight, which is marginally lower than the Saguaro (both are fairly heavy). One of the things I liked least about the Smart Sam is cornering traction. The Saguaro leans in much more confidently.
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Old 07-10-13, 11:39 PM   #14
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Finally I got my MARIN one

Perfect bike! I love it
The only doubt is that I didn t have the Saguaro but another tire. They said these ones are great...but Is that normal to order a bike in a bike store and then having another kind of tire?
I mean I wouldn t mind if they are a good quality tire but I have no idea about it.
May I ask you what do you think ? Shall I rather ask for the Saguaro ones or I keep these ones?

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I would get the Saguaro. That is pretty weird, I think they goofed on the Saguaro order in some way such as not ordering it, or accidentally selling it to a different customer, and they wanted to give you something.

You can read about the Black Jack here: http://www.schwalbetires.com/bike_tires/off-road_tires

I have never known anyone to use it and it's worrying to me that it lists winter as one of the recommended uses. It's also a very cheap tire, which in my experience is not a good thing. (I hated the cheapo Schwalbe Lugano that were on my road bike when new.)
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I asked to the Bike store . They said They received the bike and the tires like that from the Marin. The guy said he thought Marin didn t have the saguaro ready to be sent so they gave me another kind. I asked them that i want the original one as in the picture, so they ll order them . Let's hope I don t have to pay any extra
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I asked to the Bike store . They said They received the bike and the tires like that from the Marin. The guy said he thought Marin didn t have the saguaro ready to be sent so they gave me another kind. I asked them that i want the original one as in the picture, so they ll order them . Let's hope I don t have to pay any extra
It happens sometimes. Manufacturers run low on the parts that are spec'd and substitute a different brand/model. A lot of times, the company will put "*subject to change" on the bike spec page. Hopefully, they will just swap them out for you. Enjoy your new ride!
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