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    Selecting 1st bike from a shortlist

    Hello,

    after a couple of posts on this forum to help gather opinions and and knowledge to help me select a bike and what to look for, I have now got a shortlist.

    Just for background this is to help me get back into shape after 10 years of being out of shape and as have not been on a bike for 15 years not sure what I will end up doing so needs to be a good all rounder.

    That said I definitely plan to hit some trails once I build a little fitness.

    all of the below are 2014 models.

    My current shortlist is



    I appreciate most of the spec's are similar but could do some help with deciding thinks like brand, reliability, personal preference can all be taken into account.

    any comments on spec differences and which is better also welcome especially around the forks as they seem to be different and I don't know which are generally better.

    thanks in advance.

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    My choice of your four picks would be the Trek, second the Rockhopper. While the Trek doesn't have the 15mm axle on the front like the Rockhopper, the other components make up for it I think. Some prefer SRAM shifting, I prefer Shimano. The brakes, I think you would be hard pressed to find somebody that thinks Elixir3/Draco2's are better than the Shimano brakes on the Trek.
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    Have you ridden them?

    For me, the biggest drivers would be fit and feel, and the fork. Single most expensive part to replace, after the frame.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Thanks. No not yet but have arranged to test ride a couple with an LBS.
    On the fork point any idea which is the better option

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    What fork is on each?
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    Personally, I would go with the Whyte 901. I want a bike that is built for fun and is capable in multiple conditions. The 901 has newer geometry including a super slack head angle, 130mm travel fork, Great components, and would be able to ride anywhere. It has the best fork out of the group.

    If you are more focused on XC, racing, or super lightweight, then the Trek would be my choice.


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    Trek Superfly 9.6 2014 Mountain Bike | Evans Cycles
    This bike has rear compliance you will want for a bit more money. But you won't need to upgrade anytime in the future.
    Test ride it and the others in and out of ditches and on the grass if trails aren't an option.

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    Thanks,

    although the superfly 9.6 looks an outstanding bike, I think 1700 is a bit excessive for a 1st bike.

    was hoping to keep it under 1200 and a separate accessories budget.

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    It is a second bike. Skip the first and save that expense. You come out way ahead.

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