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Old 06-25-14, 07:55 AM
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Advise on potential choices please :)

Ok, this is my first time here so please have some patience if I do anything wrong...

I'm in the market to buy a mountain bike.
- Price category $750-$1500 (Australian Dollar).
- As I'm relatively new into mountain biking it does not have to be the most technical bike ever.
- No preference between 26" and 29"

Looking at local offers at the moment for my length (1.93, with long long legs) I have come up with the options mentioned underneath.

Some basic questions go through my mind:
- Buying last years components is probably roughly identical to this years, but buying 3-4-5 years old components might make a big difference. Clearly in electronics as soon as you buy it, it is old, but how fast does technology progress in Mountain Biking?

- How important is the "brand" of the bicycle compared to the brands of all the components? As you can see there is a fairly unknown brand included, but it has great components for the price .

I would greatly appreciate some expert thoughts on the bikes mentioned below, potential warnings are also more than welcome .

Buy HASA Hard Tail Mountain Bike SLX 30 Speed | CD - More Products

Apollo Xpert291 | Apollo | 29er Mountain Bikes for sale in Ashburton | 102157680

Merida Matts Lite XT-D

Rocky Mountain Element 30 | Rocky Mountain | 26" Dual Suspension Mountain Bikes for sale in Strathpine | 102398145
(please find components here on page 20: https://www.bikes.com/sites/default/f...13_Can_MTB.pdf)

Thanks for the help!
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