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    New question here. New and need some advice

    I am just about to make my first foray into MTB and I am struggling to understand what bike offers the best overall package. There are a few choices that I am limited to and would like some input on components and general thoughts on the models I'm considering. The three I'm looking at are:


    EXPERT 27.5er 7.3 | BH Expert 27.5er | Official Online store of BH bikes

    MTB Hardtails - Sport - Matts TFS 900 - Merida Bikes South Africa

    I will generally be riding easy to intermediate cross country trails.

    Thanks in advance for any help,


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    Either the Scott or the Merida (though I've not heard of Merida bikes before now) would work fine for your stated usages. Scratch the BH though as it's component spec is very bottom tier all around. The Scott and Merida both have much better, and pretty much equal, forks, brakes, and drivetrain. Some folks will I'm sure chime in with their preferences on Shimano vs Avid brakes and Rock Shox vs Manitou forks, but realistically, at the entry level, each brand of both items are very good for the price. Go with the one you like the looks of the best and can get the best deal on.
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