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Old 04-28-16, 11:52 AM
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Need an opinion

Hi guys, have been reading sometimes this forum but have not had time to register early.

So I actually have a Carrera Astro 300 city bike but I find it to be a bit small with my body (1.90m tall). Have seen some bikes in the market and want an opinion on what would be more suitable for me.

Ideal megisto 28" L (2013 model) vs Ideal strobe 26" XL mtb (2009 model) are the two models I am thinking between. These models are in the price range I can afford. Both bikes bodies are almost the same size but one having 26" and the other 28" wheels. Most of the time I'll be riding it in the city and once in 2-3 weekends going offroad.

Is it the 28" with slim wheels suitable or the 26" wheel bike will do fine for the city?

If you had to choose, which one would you take?

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Old 04-28-16, 12:07 PM
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I like the one with thinner wheels...those MTB Knobbies are great for dirt or mud, but I wouldn't want to ride them on the road.

Also, it depends on what you'll be doing mostly...if you're city riding and will be putting some mileage in (like any longer than 10 miles or so in my opinion), you may want drop bars to offer more hand positions, etc...

Either way, I think those mud tires on roads would get really old really quick -- not that you can't replace them...just my thoughts though.
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You can always add thinner 26" tires and take off the Knobbies (or selling bike shop can do that.. )

a Hybrid is like a 29er with out the wide tires .. street or knobby are also tire options. in the34mm width

Which one fits you Best .?
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I do roughly like 5-6Km a day and on weekends go to trips around city which include some trails (not mud or dirt). Also want to add that both bikes I saw had slick wire bead tires (Kenda brand) but the 26" had more wide ones. They were so similar from the parts they had, the mtb could say it was used before as a city bike.
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I personally dont require a suspension fork Trek FX is a line made around Not having a suspension Fork

their Dual Sport 'DS' Is ... with a Sus fork ..
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Good points have been brought up...

Does one fit you better? L vs XL (that's pretty major IMO -- I rode an MTB that was too big for me a few years ago as my first year back to cycling, and it wasn't fun).
Does one have a lockout on the front suspension?

Also, just to clarify, since you said mostly city and some trails (not mud or dirt) I definitely say to avoid a gnarly tire...a 32mm would be the minimum and you'd be happy with a decent non-aggressive tire bigger than that as well. Not sure what the "translation" to a 26er is for a 32mm tire, but 25.4 mm is one inch.

In the end, fit wins out above anything else...there's just not much you can do if a bike is too big for you. Too small, that's arguable...because technically you can probably make a little too small work.
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Originally Posted by deapee View Post
Good points have been brought up...

Does one fit you better? L vs XL (that's pretty major IMO -- I rode an MTB that was too big for me a few years ago as my first year back to cycling, and it wasn't fun).
Does one have a lockout on the front suspension?

Also, just to clarify, since you said mostly city and some trails (not mud or dirt) I definitely say to avoid a gnarly tire...a 32mm would be the minimum and you'd be happy with a decent non-aggressive tire bigger than that as well. Not sure what the "translation" to a 26er is for a 32mm tire, but 25.4 mm is one inch.

In the end, fit wins out above anything else...there's just not much you can do if a bike is too big for you. Too small, that's arguable...because technically you can probably make a little too small work.
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their size where almost identical and the ride was a bit more comfortable on the city bike (but none of them was adjusted to my preferences).
The Ideal megisto have a lockout fork, is it better or does not make a difference? At the moment the bike I have feels too small to me that is why I am looking to purchase a bigger one. Rode these two models today and it was such a different feeling compared to the one I have.
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Don't confuse wheel size with frame size. At 1.9 meters you are at the upper end of the human height scale so you need a bike with a large frame. The Megisto 28 comes in the following frame sizes 42/46/50/54/58cm and the Strobe is 38/41/46/51/56 cm The former is a road bike and the latter is a mountain bike. If you are buying used, ask the seller to measure the distance between the center of the crank and the top of the seat tube (place where the seatpost is inserted). That way you will not waste your time looking at a bike that is too small just like your current bike. You are probably going to need the 58cm Megisto or the 56cm Strobe. That would be an educated guess based upon what you have told us.
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Originally Posted by VegasTriker View Post
Don't confuse wheel size with frame size. At 1.9 meters you are at the upper end of the human height scale so you need a bike with a large frame. The Megisto 28 comes in the following frame sizes 42/46/50/54/58cm and the Strobe is 38/41/46/51/56 cm The former is a road bike and the latter is a mountain bike. If you are buying used, ask the seller to measure the distance between the center of the crank and the top of the seat tube (place where the seatpost is inserted). That way you will not waste your time looking at a bike that is too small just like your current bike. You are probably going to need the 58cm Megisto or the 56cm Strobe. That would be an educated guess based upon what you have told us.
Thanks for your reply, I checked them both and they are the largest size 58cm for Megisto and 56cm for the Strobe. I guess next time have to spend a bit more time riding them to decide which one is the best for my needs.

Thanks guys, appreciate
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