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Old 07-01-18, 10:59 AM
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Merida Crossway 20MD vs Felt QX60 vs Bergamont helix 3.5i

Hi all,


Need Help...! I am looking for a hybrid bike and have shortlisted the following three:


1. Merida Crossway 20MD (Mechanical disk breaks)

2. Felt QX 60 (v breaks)

3. Bergamont helix 3.5i (Mechanical disk breaks)


I took Felt QX 60, Bergamont helix 3.5i and Merida Crossway 10-v (they did not have a 20MD demo bike and the vendor said that the frame and ride quality of this is almost the same as 20MD).

I now find it difficult to choose one of these as I found the ride quality almost similar, with Felt QX60 slightly better.


But, Merida comes with better spec in terms of a suspension seat post, an adjustable-angle quill stem, front suspension lockout (all these 3 features are not available with Felt or Bergamont) & 8-speed acera rear derailleur (while Felt has 7 speed altus and helix 3.5i comes with 8 speed altus).


I have read that the frame quality is very important when compared to replaceable components and did not find much information about the frame quality of Felt and Bergamont.


All three bikes are available at literally the same price from a local vendor.


Please help me out with this.


Thanks in advance,

Teja
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Old 07-02-18, 05:04 PM
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Welcome, Teja. Many of us are from the United States or North America, and these bikes are not local to our market, so I presume that most here do not have direct experience with any of these. Links for convenience:With that said, these are very similar to bikes that are very popular here, and indeed around the world. In America, these are called "dual sport" bikes, and are extremely common. Features that typically define the class are an aluminum frame, a 60-100mm coil suspension fork, a 3x8/3x9/3x10 drivetrain, and, with increasing popularity, disc brakes. These are bikes like the Giant Roam, Trek DS, and Specialized Crosstrail, just to name a few. Regarding the components on your three choices, they all are fairly similar. You probably would prefer the 8-speed drivetrain on the Merida or the Bergamont. Both of those have mechanical disc brakes, so that is a wash. I don't see many specs on the Merida on their website, but I'm sure the rest of their components are quality components. Merida is actually one of the world's leading bicycle manufacturers to my understanding, and they produce the frames for their brand and under contract to a number of other brands. I think they own part of Specialized and make all of the Specialized frames for them. I would have zero worries buying a Merida. I don't know anything about the Bergamont. It may well be a very nice bike; I just don't know anything, good or bad, about their company.

That the Merida also includes some other features that are appealing to you, and that you feel that they all ride about the same, I'd probably go with that one, especially if you like the dealer and the color choices. I do like adjustable quill stems.
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More on Merida here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merida_Bikes

It looks like they do own 49% of Specialized, and they do make frames under contract for global bike brands. I'm sure one could scare up some detailed numbers from the internet.

More on Bergamont here: https://www.bergamont.com/in_en/about-us

Their website doesn't say who actually builds their bikes...who casts the frames, who assembles them, etc. I'd guess, if they did that themselves, that they'd advertise it heavily on their website. I'd guess that their bikes are made and assembled under contract from another provider, such as Giant, Merida, or even someone like Pacific Cycle. It looks like they're owned by BMC (large Swiss bicycle brand), so maybe they're made by BMC.
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