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    Merida Matts Trail 300 vs Giant Talon 27.5 2

    Hi everyone,

    I'm new to mountain biking but a few mates have gotten into it over the last few years. I had a go of one of their old bikes (10yr old hardtail kmart thing) going around manly dam and i'm considering getting into it as it was so much fun. I figure i'm prepared to spend about 1k but not much more.

    Considering this i've short listed the Merida Matts Trail 300 and Giant Talon 27.5 2. Having no experience in mountain biking myself, would somebody please compared these two bikes for me? Which one is better value? I'll mainly be riding the manly dam circuit in sydney, which is i guess considered cross country, with maybe a few steeper drops. I've tried both a 29er and 26er and enjoyed the latter so probably not all that interested in 29ers. Any help is much appreciated, thanks.

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    Giant Sydney - Ride Sydney. Ride Giant.

    Merida:
    2013 Matts Trail 300 Specifications | 2013 Bike Range | MERIDA Australia

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    This question belongs in the Beginner or Bikes and Frames forum. But it's not like the Internets are getting full so meh.

    The Talon has a better drivetrain, better brakes and possibly a better fork if it's the XC 30 TK. You'll have a little more trouble finding tyres for it but that'll probably change by the time you want to buy some.

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