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    Good day All,

    I am in need of your assistance, as I am pretty clueless!!
    I want/need to start mountain biking, nothing to extreme yet, maybe groenkloof or similar. first is to lose some extra kg's I am caring around.

    I have found a couple of bikes on gumtree and olx that seams to be good,
    I have confirmed my bike frame size is a large.
    any advice will be appreciated.
    please see the bikes below and give a opinion please:

    Merida 26 mountain bike


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    MERIDA Matts sub 60 26" mountain bike in excellent condition with: Cleat pedals Shimano Deore XT rear derailleur Large (20") frame size 27 Speed Shimano Deore shifters Shimano hydraulic disc brakes Merida lockout shocks Price: R5 500

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    Merida Matts TFS 500 XC Comp Series 26er Mountain Bike





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    Merida Matts TFS 500 XC Comp Series 26er Mountain Bike Frame : 20" Techno Forming System AL 6061 Robot Welded MTB XC Series Matts TFS Comp Series Brakes : Stroker Ryder Hydrolic Disc Brakes, Hayes Disk Cables Gears : Shimano Deore Speedometer : O Synce Bike Computer Rear Derailuer : Shimano Deore XT Front Derailuer : Shimano Deore XT Tyres : MAXXIS UST Tubeless (LUST) Lightweight Ultimate Sidewall Technology 26X2.10 Cross Mark Drive Train : Shimano Mega Front Axil : Rock Shox DART 2 Lockout + Preload


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    Momsen 26 Large





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    Shimano crank, Slx jokey, Tecktro Draco disc brakes, Suntour shocks & Race Face handlebar with WTB Wolverine tubeless tire and Schwalbe Hans Dampf tubeless tire at front! Saddle bag included....


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    MTB / Mountain bike - Scott ASPECT 20 - Large Frame - 26er

    R 5,000








    Hi
    I am selling Scott aspect 20
    Frame - Large
    Wheel size - 26 inch
    Components - Shimano gears and Hydraulic Brakes
    Suspension - Hard tail with adjustable front suspension

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    Titan Elite 29er

    R 6,000






    Titan elite 29er for sale. Shimano 27speed. Hydraulic disc brakes. Rock Shox. Tubeless tyres with new slime. Wireless trip computer. Egg beater peddles. Just serviced @ Cycle House Pretoria.

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    Too little info on most adds to compare components.

    I prefer 26" wheels while my friend 29" - Apparently 29" rolls easier, but I like more technical riding and the 26" feels better for me on that.

    All of the above not bad buys, negotiate and try pay a bit less.

    I would suggest the Titan Elite 29 or the scott aspect 26"

    However Titan seems best value for money with the extras included.

    Hope that helps.

    Edited to add : Im not a big Merida fan...
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    Quote Originally Posted by blind View Post

    I would suggest the Titan Elite 29 or the scott aspect 26"

    However Titan seems best value for money with the extras included.
    Agree, probably the 29er.

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    I used to have a Merida TFS500,

    honestly I would chose the Titan 29' first and the Scott second.
    a 29' is much nicer over rough terrain. but the 26' wheel is easier on the hills.
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    Thanks for the info, it helps a lot.

    Still looking but at least I have narrowed my choices.

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    My 2cw . .
    I will go for the Scott.
    My first entry level bike was a Scott - it came loose from my, then cheap, bike rack at 60km/h and only the saddle was damaged. Thus really strong frames. The gears also changed smooth - if I can cal it that.
    My second bike was a Titan and we could never get the gears to change smooth
    Have a second hand Scott Aspect 30 at the moment and enjoy every km I'm on it.

    This is my personal experience and I'm only an average cyclist that do maybe 4 races a year and average 60km a week.

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    The Titan is best value for money IMHO


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    In honesty you wont go wrong buying a 29er. This year I am doing my 5th Sani2c and have done it on both 26er and 29er. 29er is alot more comfortable the wheels roll alot easier. I am actually riding faster through single track, downhills and picked up alot more confidence.29er is like the next step half way to a full suspension.

    Try and look for something with a air shock, the others run on a elastama system ( spring ). The air shocks is alot more comfortable and friendlier to your upper body.

    Get a mtb its alot of fun, I am training now between 4 and 5 days in the week and clocking up to 250km a week. You dont need to do so much, but if you gonna do sani2c believe me you need to be fit.

    Enjoy and keep rubber side down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blind View Post
    Too little info on most adds to compare components.

    I prefer 26" wheels while my friend 29" - Apparently 29" rolls easier, but I like more technical riding and the 26" feels better for me on that.

    All of the above not bad buys, negotiate and try pay a bit less.

    I would suggest the Titan Elite 29 or the scott aspect 26"

    However Titan seems best value for money with the extras included.

    Hope that helps.

    Edited to add : Im not a big Merida fan...
    I fully agree with the above comments, and I am a biiiiig Scott fan, I have the Scott Aspect 29'er, had the Scott Spark Team 29'er before that. The Titan Elite 29 is also a good second choice.
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    Morning Raymond

    YES Titan Elite is the best buy , I have a 2015 Titan Sport , and don't look back
    Just one thing I have the 650B...so I have best of both worlds.

    You must PVT me so we can meet up and do some riding together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lammie View Post
    My 2cw . .
    I will go for the Scott.
    My first entry level bike was a Scott - it came loose from my, then cheap, bike rack at 60km/h and only the saddle was damaged. Thus really strong frames. The gears also changed smooth - if I can cal it that.
    My second bike was a Titan and we could never get the gears to change smooth
    Have a second hand Scott Aspect 30 at the moment and enjoy every km I'm on it.

    This is my personal experience and I'm only an average cyclist that do maybe 4 races a year and average 60km a week.
    The shifting is more likely a result of the drive train (gear rings, chain, derailleurs and shifters). The frame has little to do with shifting.
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    Given your size, I think you'll be comfortable on a 29'r. If possible, test ride the bike on a steep uphill to see if you run out of gears - a problem more common on 29r's than 26". Keep in mind though that you will get stronger as your ride more.
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    Hi Captain,

    Will do that, first have to get the bike, tried to contact the owner of the titan but no luck as yet.



    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Jero View Post
    Morning Raymond

    YES Titan Elite is the best buy , I have a 2015 Titan Sport , and don't look back
    Just one thing I have the 650B...so I have best of both worlds.

    You must PVT me so we can meet up and do some riding together.

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    Hi all

    I have found these: whats your opinions since I cant get hold of the titan;s owner:

    Cannondale Mountain Bike (R10500)




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    Selling a Cannondale mountain Bike, in very good condition. 29" Cannondale Scalpel. Good condition. Sram X9/X7 group set ZTR Archer wheel set Carbon Lefty Fox rear suspension.Brake Levers Shimano Deore,Chain KMC X10, 10-speed. Contact Chris

    SCOTT SCALE 960 29 ' LARGE HARDTAIL (R10999)


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    • Faerie Glen, Pretoria, Gauteng



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    SCOTT SCALE 960 - 29 ' LARGE HARDTAIL -BEAUTIFUL BIKE -MAXXIS TUBELESS TYRES -XT DERAILER - DEORE SHIFTERS





    2014 Scott Scale 910 (Negotiable)


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    Very neat and well looked after,was my baby!! No more time to ride and she can't stand here looking pretty,must get her in the mud and over water crossing like she's used too!! Full XT System incl XT Cleets and Garmen edge gps unit,with Scott helmet and GarneruHRS-80 shoes

    What would a fair offer be for this bike??
    Last edited by Raymondh; 2015/03/26 at 01:38 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymondh View Post
    Hi all

    I have found these: whats your opions since I cant get hold of the titan;s owner:

    Cannondale Mountain Bike




    Ad details (i have emailed to get the frame size)


    Selling a Cannondale mountain Bike, in very good condition. 29" Cannondale Scalpel. Good condition. Sram X9/X7 group set ZTR Archer wheel set Carbon Lefty Fox rear suspension.Brake Levers Shimano Deore,Chain KMC X10, 10-speed. Contact Chris

    SCOTT SCALE 960 29 ' LARGE HARDTAIL


    • Posted Yesterday,16:45
    • Faerie Glen, Pretoria, Gauteng


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    SCOTT SCALE 960 - 29 ' LARGE HARDTAIL -BEAUTIFUL BIKE -MAXXIS TUBELESS TYRES -XT DERAILER - DEORE SHIFTERS





    2014 Scott Scale 910


    • Posted Yesterday,19:04
    • Brakpan, Gauteng





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    Very neat and well looked after,was my baby!! No more time to ride and she can't stand here looking pretty,must get her in the mud and over water crossing like she's used too!! Full XT System incl XT Cleets and Garmen edge gps unit,with Scott helmet and GarneruHRS-80 shoes

    What would a fair offer be for this bike??
    Cannondale is the best in this one......just a funny feeling with the one shock system
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    add the prices...
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    Quote Originally Posted by blind View Post
    add the prices...

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    All are good bikes with reasonable prices (check condition), But they are a bit different for use though.
    The cannondale with the rear shock will handle a bit lazier and use more power to pedal.

    I would suggest a hard tail for an absolute beginner due to the ease of use.

    Ive got a Spez Epic , but with the "brain" rear suspension that makes it handle and peddle more like a hardtail, but I can also use the rear suspension when required.
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    Maybe look at the silverback bikes as a beginner, I have a stride 10 as a first bike, bought it brand new for R5,500

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