1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
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    Which one to buy?

    So I am thinking about getting bike and those 2 are my choices based on price:
    Merida Matts 20-MD
    Which one to buy?-large-bike-picture-e0bc54fe2a59106a6ee4dad2c5135457.jpg
    FRAME NAME Matts OV-D
    FORK SR Suntour XCT MLO 100
    DERAILLEUR REAR Shimano Acera-X
    SHIFTER FRONT Shimano ST-EF51 3
    BRAKE LEVER attached
    BRAKE FRONT Tektro Novela Mechanical Disc 160 mm
    CHAINWHEEL Shimano M131 42-34-24 CG
    BBSET Cartridge Bearing
    CHAIN KMC Z51 8s
    HUB FRONT Alloy Disc QR
    RIM Matts D
    FREEWHEEL Shimano CS-HG31-8 11-32
    TIRES Merida 2.1 / Merida 2.1
    HANDLEBAR STEM Merida Speed OS 10
    HEADSET A-Head OS
    SEAT POST Merida Speed 27.2 mm
    SADDLE Merida Sport
    PEDAL XC Steel
    WEIGHT 13.90

    vs
    Reebok Solo 26:
    Which one to buy?-bicikl-xplorer-reebok-solo-26-635151383562868125-1_999_563.jpeg
    Some more pictures of this one:MTB Reebok Solo 26...............NOVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Frame : 21
    Frame:aluminum6061
    Fork:HLW-995, 60 mm
    Shimano Revo-shift
    Shimano TZ-30
    Shimano TX- 35
    Prowheel
    SADDLE:Cionilli
    HL SP-223
    Brakes:CLARKS
    TIRES:
    Excel 26x2.10

    First one costs $380,second one is $345 but apparently first one is at 35% discount and is usually $580.

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    Maybe used would be an option. They're both outdated frame designs but the first is the best of the two. The Suntour fork is bike path level and would need an upgrade for trail riding. It will pogo and the internal bushings will not last when riding rocks, roots and bumps.

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    Agree with eb1888, you will get a whole lot more bike if you get a used bike. Much better specs and a lot nicer to ride. Good luck and keep us posted.

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    Reebok!!! HA. Go with the Meridia unless you can find a Trek 3500 disk.
    What is your budget?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CannondaleF9 View Post
    Reebok!!! HA. Go with the Meridia unless you can find a Trek 3500 disk.
    What is your budget?
    Budget is around $350,those 2 I posted are around that price but I don't know if first one is really 35% discounted or they just put fake higher price and pretend like it is on big discount just to make me buy.

    I found 2012. Trek 3500 DISC: It is supposedly on 20% discount from $532 to $426

    Frame: WSD Alpha Silver Aluminum w / externally relieved head tube, bi-axial down tube, disc compatible dropouts, replaceable derailleur hanger

    Fork: SR Suntour XCT w / coil spring & preload, 80mm travel

    Wheels: Formula DC20 alloy front hub, DC25 alloy rear hub; Bontrager 550 36-hole rims w / brushed sidewalls

    Tires: Bontrager LT3, 26x2.0 "

    Shifters: Shimano EF51, 7 speed

    Front derailleur: Shimano TX

    Rear derailleur: Shimano TX35

    Drive: Shimano TX M131, 42/34/24

    Pedals: Wellgo nylon platform

    Saddle: Bontrager SSR

    Seatpost: Bontrager SSR, 31.6mm, 20mm offset

    Handlebars: Bontrager Riser, 25.4mm, 30mm rise

    Stem : Bontrager Forged, 25.4mm

    Set of forks: 1-1/8 "threadless

    Brakes: HL 280 mechanical disc brakes w / Shimano EF51 levers

    Covers wheel: Bontrager SSR

    Cassette: SRAM PG-730 12-32, 7 speed

    Shaft Drive: Standard

    This one costs $426,is it better then my first posted Merida one(390$)?

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    They are also selling 2013. TREK 3500 for same price as 2012. posted above with these specs:

    Frame: Alpha Aluminium Silver, w / disc compatible dropouts, replaceable derailleur hanger

    Fork: SR Suntour XCT w / coil spring, preload adjustment, 80mm travel

    Wheels: Formula DC20 aluminum front hub; Formula DC27 aluminum rear hub w / Bontrager AT-550 36-hole rims

    Tires: Bontrager LT3, 26x2.0 "

    Shifters: Shimano Tourney, 7 speed

    Front derailleur: Shimano Tourney

    Rear derailleur: Shimano Tourney

    Drive: Shimano M131, 48/38/28

    Saddle: Bontrager SSR

    Seatpost: Bontrager SSR, 31.6mm, 20mm offset

    Handlebars: Bontrager Riser, 25.4mm, 30mm rise

    Stem: Bontrager Approved, 25.4mm, 25 degree

    Set of forks: 1-1/8 "threadless

    Brakes: HL 280 mechanical disc w / Shimano Tourney levers

    Covers wheel: Bontrager SSR

    Cassette: SRAM PG-730 12-32, 7 speed

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    I wouldn't be surprised if the Merida costs $600 new, it has a nice build, better than the Trek's.
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    So merida one is best of all 4?

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    Don't even begin to consider the reebok. From this point onward, the reebok does not exist to you. Among the other options, the Merida has the best build. HOWEVER, you should strongly consider buying a used bike. At this price-point, especially if you want to get into some more serious mountain biking and not just cruising around on bike paths and the occasional dirt road (Which is what the above bikes are built for), look at used bikes. Hunt around your local craigslist or similar classified section, look for mid-late 2000's hardtails, something from a name-brand manufacturer (Trek, Giant, Cannondale, Kona, GT), see what you can find, Report back to here, and ask for people's advice. Don't look for any full-suspension bikes (They are NOT worth your time or money at your budget level!), do NOT bother with anything carbon fiber, and remember that you can ALWAYS bargain people down on their price, always.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zokiran View Post
    So merida one is best of all 4?
    Yes.
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