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Best Spec'd Hardtail from selection?


munkyboyZA
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I'm looking at buying a hardtail buy the end of the month, but can't make up my mind between the following bikes...

 

 

GIANT REVEL 0 - [ http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-za/bikes/model/revel.0/8004/46817/ ]

 

SCHWINN MOAB COMP - [ http://www.bicycling.co.za/bikes-gear/guide/moab-comp-0 ]

 

MERIDA MATTS TFS 100 (2011) - [ http://www.cyclelab.com/products/MERIDA%20MATTS%20TFS%20100%20(2011).aspx ]

 

TREK 4300 Disc - [ http://www.trekbikes.com/za/en/bikes/mountain/sport/4_series/4300_disc/ ]

 

GT Avalanche 3.0 D - [ http://www.gtbicycles.com/zaf/bikes/mountain/endurance/2011-avalanche-3-0-disc-equipe-black-green ]

 

 

I was leaning towards the Schwinn Moab due to the editorial review on bicycling.co.za, but from what I have read in these posts, they rank quite low on popularity. I have very little knowledge of the tech specs of these bikes and how to compare them, so your help would be valued...

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check www.obike.co.za. They have some Moabs at really good prices. It might just make up your mind.

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Look for a bike where you get the best quality base components from the start - that is the frame, shocks and wheels.

After that the drive train but be careful - fancier and lighter means easier to brake and expensive to service and replace e..g SRAM X7 is good enough

After that look at stem, handlebar, sea tpost - these components can be replaced over months if you want

You are probably going to replace the saddle in any case so that does not go to the top of considerations

 

Whatever tyres it comes with you probably going to replace so ignore that

 

....Get the basics and get that right, rather buy a bike good good base components and heavy aux components, than going for a 70 % fit overall

 

Unless of course money is tight and you only have a once buy chance

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Look for a bike where you get the best quality base components from the start - that is the frame, shocks and wheels.

After that the drive train but be careful - fancier and lighter means easier to brake and expensive to service and replace e..g SRAM X7 is good enough

After that look at stem, handlebar, sea tpost - these components can be replaced over months if you want

You are probably going to replace the saddle in any case so that does not go to the top of considerations

 

Whatever tyres it comes with you probably going to replace so ignore that

 

....Get the basics and get that right, rather buy a bike good good base components and heavy aux components, than going for a 70 % fit overall

 

Unless of course money is tight and you only have a once buy chance

 

 

Sound advice and explanation bud! I normally lean towards the bike with the best component combination. Like you said, fork and wheels very important. You decided on alu so my guess is any of those frames will do. Down to a component choice. Good luck and happy riding

 

PS: I would take the moab

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Thanks for the advise guys!

 

From all the feedback I have received on this form and on MTBiker, the Moab seems like a decent frame with ok components (considering my initial budget) so it seems like a logic choice as a starter bike and to start saving for component upgrades thereafter.

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