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    GT Timberline 1.0 vs Merida Big Nine 20-D

    Need help deciding between these 2 bikes. Both cost the same. The Merida has a lot more discount than the GT.

    The Merida will apparently have entry level shimano hydraulic disc brakes and entry level shimano shifters (not in stock).

    The GT has entry level 8 speed Microshift shifters (http://goo.gl/lxEGsQ) (never heard of them before) and Promax Decipher hydraulics.

    Both have suntour forks.

    GT: 2013 GT Timberline 1.0 2013 GT Timberline 1.0 - The one bike that does it all. - Evolutioncycles.co.nz | Online Mountain Bike Shop NZ - Buy Mountain Bikes Online NZ
    Merida: 2014 MERIDA BIG NINE 20-D

    (Not exact components as listed)


    What would you pick?

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    Re: GT Timberline 1.0 vs Merida Big Nine 20-D

    Neither. I buy local. I was buying used until recently, when I took a deep breath and plunked down a lot more for a shiny new bike.

    From what you say, the Merida sounds less bad. So that's something.

    What kind of riding do you do? What do you have now?
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    Can you increase your budget? There is a Kona on that Bike Barn site for $975 that has a Rockshox fork and Alivio /Deore front/rear deraileur. There is also a Merida for $1150 that has a R fork and a mix of Deore and Deore XT components. That's as good as it gets at this price point. I understand that that is about twice the price of the two bikes you mentioned but depending on what you intend to use it for you will be getting a much better bike in the long run.

    I have also been browsing the Bike Barn site as I am in the market for a full suspension bike. I'm often amazed at the specs offered on some of those Merida bikes. Almost seems too good to be true.

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    The bike will be used for mostly commuting and the occasional light trail ride.

    I will be buying directly from the shop, not online.

    I already have my own bike with rockshox which rides much nicer than crappy suntours .. This is for someone else who doesn't really ride often and I think suntours will be fine for commuting.

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    Does this person not have Internet?

    Seriously, for primarily commuting, suspension is overkill. And cheap forks ride worse than just slapping a rigid on the front.

    A few brands are doing pavement-going mountain bikes that come out of the box with a rigid fork. Kona and Surly spring to mind. That's where I'd start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeman1 View Post
    The bike will be used for mostly commuting and the occasional light trail ride.

    I will be buying directly from the shop, not online.

    I already have my own bike with rockshox which rides much nicer than crappy suntours .. This is for someone else who doesn't really ride often and I think suntours will be fine for commuting.
    In that case just get the one with the nicest colour! That's how my wife chose hers. LOL

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