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Old 08-11-14, 05:40 AM
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Help Pls :)

If you were to choose between those 4 bikes what would be your suggestion? I m going to use the bike 70%-30% in city. Dont link other bikes pls. Stay on those i linked

Specialized Bicycle Components

SCOTT Sports - SCOTT Atacama Sport X60 Men Bike

https://www.merida.com/en_int/bikes/c...-20-d-402.html

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Another general question pls. Should i choose considering the better brand (if there is one) of them, or take mind of the peripherals?

Thank you very much.

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Old 08-11-14, 05:50 AM
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Cheers and welcome to Bike Forums.

More info is needed. How much are you planning to ride, do you need carry a lot of stuff, will you be riding in all kinds of weather, at night etc. Depending on all that you need to budget for accessories and basic tools/spare parts too. Even with all that info one of the most important points is, can you find a comfortable riding position on any given bike. Nobody else can answer that, you will have to go and test ride the bikes yourself.

One specific question that I would consider carefully is front suspension. Do you really need it for city riding? It's heavier than rigid fork, it needs maintenance and good front suspension forks are expensive. At the price range of the bikes you linked to, and for city riding, I'd seriously consider a bike without any kind of suspension.

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Old 08-11-14, 06:00 AM
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A few kms every day (work + rides alongside my kids). I m not going to carry any stuff and i ll use it mostly when the weather is fine (at least when its not raining). 90% will use it in daylight.

I dont know about the front suspension tbh. I have heard many opinions and most of them are against it if i m going to use it 70-30 in city. But i think its better to have a bike with a suspension locked when dont need it, than not having at all. I dont know.

As for the above bikes? Do you have any suggestion pls?
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Originally Posted by papardelios View Post
I dont know about the front suspension tbh. I have heard many opinions and most of them are against it if i m going to use it 70-30 in city. But i think its better to have a bike with a suspension locked when dont need it, than not having at all. I dont know.
You're probably mistaken there. Yes, you can minimise the disadvantage by locking out the suspension when on-road, but there's still a weight and cost penalty, and suspension forks need maintenance, which is another cost.
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You're probably mistaken there. Yes, you can minimise the disadvantage by locking out the suspension when on-road, but there's still a weight and cost penalty, and suspension forks need maintenance, which is another cost.
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bike brands are mostly fictional, from the same factories, draped in the same components.
Sometimes you are inbeween sizes in one brand and can get the precise size in another brand
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They are all pretty much the same bike... I would be willing to wager that the frames are all built in the same factory. If this is the bike you want, pick the one with the best components for the final price. I will assume you are going to buy it from a shop? If so choose the shop that will give you the best service after the sale, even it if isn't the lowest price.

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So, following your suggestions i found some bikes i can get from a shop near i live. Those are:

SCOTT Sports - SCOTT Sub Speed 40 Men Bike

SCOTT Sports - Metrix 40

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Fitness & Lifestyle - Fitness - Speeder T1 - Merida Bikes International

Imho Merida has the best peripherals like the Shimano Claris but its 12-25, while all the others are 11-32. Specialized is the only one with Steel Fork instead of aluminum but it has the worst Shimano (Altus). So, any thoughts? Thank you again

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Old 08-11-14, 08:08 AM
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the component parts pick is part of hitting the target price ... want nicer ones ?, dealer can do point of sale upgrade ..
saddles are common substitutions .. the gearing change can also be done before you take it home

seems Specialized has the Merida Corporation making the bikes for them under contract .

Its very common these days ... contract manufacturing of many brands for other importing distributors ..



using computer jargon you understand outsourcing manufacturers for the known brands ..

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