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Offline butjam

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Looking at bikes
« on: September 10, 2017, 05:53:22 PM »
Hey guys in looking to buy an entry level mtb and honestly not really sure what in looking at when trying to compare specs so it would be appropriated if you could give me your opinions rather than me taking the advice of a sales clerk. These are some of the bikes I have found, it will manly be used to ride to work and some trails at lysterfield so opinions would be greatly appreciated I am on a budget too thanks

http://www.99bikes.com.au/bike17-norco-storm-7-2-org-blk-grn

https://www.trekbikes.com/au/en_AU/bikes/mountain-bikes/cross-country-mountain-bikes/marlin/marlin-6/p/2016600-2018/?colorCode=orange

https://ivanhoecycles.com.au/bicycle-bikes/Cannondale/Cannondale-Trail-4-2016/7295

https://www.trekbikes.com/au/en_AU/bikes/mountain-bikes/cross-country-mountain-bikes/marlin/marlin-7/p/2021600-2018/?colorCode=black

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Re: Looking at bikes
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2017, 06:02:59 PM »
If you have facebook, search for a couple of groups called "Mtb buy, swap, sell australia" and "Australian MTB and offroad cycling buy swap and sell".

Some great deals on there that are good for entry level bikes.

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Offline Andrew

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Re: Looking at bikes
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2017, 04:55:58 PM »
My best advice is... get the one that will get you out riding the most...


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Re: Looking at bikes
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2017, 05:11:46 PM »
Yeah these are kinda the bikes that I would honestly love to own so in trying to work out what would handle everyday riding and  then trails at lysterfield, I use to ride bmx so in worried I might be a bit rough on them

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Re: Looking at bikes
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2017, 05:35:42 PM »
Each of those bikes will be totallt fine for you with commuting and hitting up Lysty. The specs are not too important for you just now but as you get more confident in your riding, you'll need to look at a better spec bike.
The guys at Life of Bikes in Pakenham are great supporters of the club, so give them a call and they well give you great advice.
Also, look for and 2016/17 bikes around. Shops are keen to get rid of old stock so you can get a good deal on a higher spec bike under $1k.
Try to find a bike with Rockshox  or Fox forks. Also 2x9 or 2x10 gears (shimano or Sram).
Also, at minimum, test ride the bike out front of the shop. Make sure you feel comfortable on the bike.
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Re: Looking at bikes
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2017, 05:44:11 PM »
Thanks I'll defiantly got them up, this was exactly the kind of advice I was after, just wanted to make sure I wasn't going to blow out my front forks at lysty if I bought any of these

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Re: Looking at bikes
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2017, 09:00:48 PM »
So I have finally decided to dig into my pockets a little deeper and get this , got it at a better price.

https://www.bikeexchange.com.au/a/hardtail-mountain-bikes/giant/nsw/north-manly/2017-fathom-29er-1-medium-only/102935897

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Re: Looking at bikes
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2017, 10:22:49 PM »
Great choice. Thats a great bike for starting out at lysty.

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Re: Looking at bikes
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2017, 01:19:43 PM »
The 29r format is great for commute/social trails. Tims advice, that you followed, to buy a bike that has a serviceable fork is critical. They cost too much to swap out, and have a big impact on how the bike feels in 'all' conditions. Ie - you can 'tune' them to conditions, and they work. Tyres will make the next biggest difference to how the bike is adapted to your needs. There is no hurry to swap these, see how you use the bike and where it's performance most needs adjusting - then choose wisely when you need to replace what is on it. If it has the same tyre front and back, you may find you like it at one end and not the other. Update the one you don't like and save the spare to replace the tyre on the end where it works well when the time comes.

Hope to see you out there enjoying your new bike.


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