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    Beginner Bike Questions!

    Hi there!

    Looking to get into mountain bike riding and have come to a few bike options.

    Since I'm here in Australia I'm finding it hard to source certain brands of bikes but this could be due to coronavirus

    Have come to the conclusion on the following bikes to consider purchasing:
    Trek Roscoe 7
    Marin San Quentin 2 (or SQ1 and upgrade parts when needed to save $$?)
    Vitus Nucleus VRS (Deore 1x10)

    I'm considering the Roscoe 7 over the others due to the dropper post from factory and 1x12.

    I keep reading forums and videos saying to go for the SQ2 because of the frame and the geometry being a lot better/fun and due to the 148mm boost it will be more future proof. Does the 148mm seriously matter that much?
    If I will be doing road riding and working my way up to trails to progress further, will it make a difference or would the geometry of the Roscoe suite more overall?
    Also, is it worth losing the dropper post from factory to add it later? The amount is about $200 difference here. Honestly wasn't interested in going up to $1800 for a first bike if I can avoid it so the Roscoe seemed like a complete package to an extent.

    Appreciate any assistance and if anything above doesn't make sense or is incorrect please correct me. Researching can be a blessing and a curse, especially when trying to learn all the new terminology and coming into this blind! I feel like I've confused myself and just need to try them first. That's hard to do though with most places not stocking the bikes in store

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    The Roscoe is the only one you've listed with 27.5+ 2.8 tires and wheels.
    For your uses a 29 Vitus with 30mm wide inner dimension rims capable of 2.6 tires would be a better choice from that manufacturer.
    Marin Pine Mt would be a choice from Marin.
    Specialized has the Fuse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    The Roscoe is the only one you've listed with 27.5+ 2.8 tires and wheels.
    For your uses a 29 Vitus with 30mm wide inner dimension rims capable of 2.6 tires would be a better choice from that manufacturer.
    Marin Pine Mt would be a choice from Marin.
    Specialized has the Fuse.
    Yeah looking over them I can see there's a mix/match between tyre size.
    I didn't pick one category of tyre because I can't say I've ever gotten on a bike that has 27.5 or 29mm tyres and assumed I would be happy with either provided I get the right bike size.
    Last time I used a bike would have been at least 12+ years (properly anyway).
    Trying to at least decide based on future proofing the bike a bit.

    Thanks, will look into those bikes too!

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    I'm not too familiar with Australian trails but you may want to get a bike that is recommended for your local trails. A 1x12 is nice but it could be overkill in some areas. Same with plus tires!

    I recommend asking in your local forum to see if anyone can advise you on what you should look for: https://forums.mtbr.com/australia-new-zealand/
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