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    Best Bike... Miele / Oryx

    I posted this in the new bike section, but these are Canadian made bikes, so I'm not sure if it should have been in here. Plus, I think I'll get a better response here, as it pertains to Canadian bikes specifically.

    Anyway, right now it's a toss up between the Miele UA 300, TT 450, and the Oryx Equipe 50. I'm not sure exactly which one I should go with. All are priced very similar.. around 600 bucks.

    Here are the specs.

    UA 300 - 600 $

    SPEED
    >24 speed FRAME
    >OS2T Aluminium w/replaceable drop-out

    FORK
    >Suntour XC-60 90mm travel
    RIMS
    >Double wall, black spokes
    FRONT HUB
    >Alloy, Quick Release TIRE
    >26" x 2.35
    HANDLEBARS
    >Steel 65mm Rise STEM
    >A-Head 10
    BRAKE LEVERS
    >Shimano EZ-Fire + CRANK SET
    >Suntour XCC150 24/34/42 Sealed BB
    FRONT DERAILLEUR
    >Shimano C050 REAR DERAILLEUR
    >Shimano Acera
    SHIFT LEVER
    >Shimano EZ-Fire + FREE WHEEL
    >Shimano HG30 11-32
    BRAKES
    >Alloy Linear Type PEDALS
    >Alloy W/pins

    TT 450 - 600 $

    SPEED
    >24 speed FRAME
    >6061 T6 Alumiminum disk brake mount

    FORK
    >Rock Shox Judy TT 100 mm travel
    RIMS
    >Double wall, stainless spokes
    FRONT HUB
    >Alloy, Quick Release TIRE
    >26" x 2.10 black
    HANDLEBARS
    >Alloy 30mm Rise STEM
    >A-Head Alloy 6
    BRAKE LEVERS
    >Shimano EZ-Fire + CRANK SET
    >Shimano M340 22/32/42, sealed BB
    FRONT DERAILLEUR
    >Shimano Acera REAR DERAILLEUR
    >Shimano Alivio
    SHIFT LEVER
    >Shimano EZ-Fire + FREE WHEEL
    >Shimano HG30 11-30
    BRAKES
    >Alloy Linear Type PEDALS
    >Resin, Steel cage

    TT 550 - 700 $

    SPEED
    >27 speed FRAME
    >6061 T6 Alumiminum disk brake mount

    FORK
    >Marzocchi MZ Comp. 105 mm travel
    RIMS
    >Double wall, stainless spokes
    FRONT HUB
    >Alloy, Quick Release TIRE
    >26" x 2.10 black
    HANDLEBARS
    >Alloy 30mm Rise STEM
    >A-Head Alloy 6
    BRAKE LEVERS
    >Shimano Deore CRANK SET
    >Truvativ Iso Flow 22/32/44, Sealed BB
    FRONT DERAILLEUR
    >Shimano Deore REAR DERAILLEUR
    >Shimano Deore LX
    SHIFT LEVER
    >Shimano Deore Rapid-Fire + FREE WHEEL
    >SRAM 7.0 11-32
    BRAKES
    >Alloy Linear Type PEDALS
    >Resin, steel cage

    Oryx Equipe 50 - 600 $

    SPEED
    >24 Speeds Ez Fire + FRAME
    >Equipe series

    FORK
    >Suntour XC60, 90 mm
    RIMS
    >4ROX double wall
    FRONT / REAR HUB
    >4ROX sealed SPOKE
    >600 mm alloy raiser
    TIRE
    >MTB 26 x 2.10" BRAKE LEVERS
    >Shimano EF29
    CHAIN
    >KMC Z72 BOTTOM BRAKET
    >Power Pro sealed
    STEM
    >4ROX 6 Power Steering FRONT/REAR DERRAILLEUR
    >Shimano Acera / Alivio
    HEAD SET
    >Cane Creek A-Head FREE WHEEL
    >Shimano, 11-30
    CHAIN WHEEL
    >Shimano Mc-08, 22/32/42 PEDALS
    >Resin body, steel cage
    SHIFT LEVER
    >Shimano Ef29 SEAT POST
    >Alloy 27.2 mm
    BRAKES
    >Tektro 832A Aluminium SIZES
    >37-43-46-50-54



    I realise the TT 450 is going to be the best bet as the Judy's are much better than the Suntour's, but over all, which is the best one? I like the Oryx's looks more than the TT 450. Although the UA 300 looks very similar to the Oryx.

    Any ideas as to which would be best? I'm a modest trail rider, nothing too serious.

    Note, I broke my last three bikes, with the most recent from suspension troubles.. the forks just fell out one day (RST 381's).

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    Oh, ignore the TT 550, it's out of my budget pretty much. And I don't like the styling.. it just seem too plain for my liking.

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    Go for the Oryx

    Both are from the same company : Procycle, Oryx are the high end bikes from miele. Or if you prefer, miele are the chaep bikes from Oryx ;-).

    If you look stricly the components i must admit the tt450 is better, BUT the oryx have a much nicer frame. The equipe 50 have hydroformed tubing wich meen better rigidity (rigidity = less flex not necesary more solid ) around the headtube AND around the crank. For real mountain biking this is the kind of frame you should look at. Now, if you plan to use it on bike path the rigidity of the frame is not so important. But hey this mountainbike review so i hope you plan to use it ase a mtb.

    So the oryx have a better frame and THIS is the most important thing on any bike. The frame is by far the most expensive part of a bike this is the part you dont want to change. So go for the Oryx and in a year or two if you become serious about riding upgrade the fork for something like a Mx comp or a Mx pro from marzocchi. For the rest of the components upgrade them only when they are broken.

    another good option is the Norco storm 2004 with components similar to the 550 but with a frame very similar to the Oryx

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    Canadian made is actually only canadian assembled...

    Procycle doesn't actually make ANY frames out of aluminium. They only have a direct-brazing operation for doing steel alloy frames in quebec. Anything Al or Carbon comes from another country. Taiwan for the most part (out of the Giant factory no less) but many of the miele models come out of mexico according to the procycle rep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambler
    ...Anyway, right now it's a toss up between the Miele UA 300, TT 450, and the Oryx Equipe 50. I'm not sure exactly which one I should go with. All are priced very similar.. around 600 bucks...
    If it is just between those two, get the Oryx. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD get the Oryx!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SSteel
    If it is just between those two, get the Oryx. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD get the Oryx!
    Miele are the worst bikes know to man!
    Miele are bikes for peoples on a budget the quaility is honest i've seen worst bikes. The frame is solid but simplist no tube manibulation here but the components are OK

    At least procycle give good service.

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