Thinking about this bike for trails on a budget

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Posted: Jun 12, 2021 at 2:29 Quote
Hey all, I'm new to the mountain bike scene but not new to bikes.

I have been into bmx for 10 years, dirt bikes too.

Im looking into adding a new toy to be able to hit my local trails, do some semi decent jumps and just mess around on being a goon. Not like 20 foot jumps but still decent sized as my background is bmx and dirt bikes.

I have done a fair bit of research and come across the Merida big 7 60 2x

From what I have researched and compared, this bike seems the best bang for my buck at 1000 dollars plus the colour scheme is great.

The other thing is I do like a nimble bike, at 430mm chainstay length and a 69 degree headtube angle is this considered average-on the short side?

Also I cant find much info on the rims, are these double walled? I would assume so but not sure.
Also, is the rear hub a cassette and not a free wheel? cheers.

I would be looking at getting the 27.5 inch wheels and large frame combo as I am 6'2

I appreciate any help! keen to get on the bike and shred!

Posted: Jun 13, 2021 at 19:07 Quote
It's a bit more at $1500 but the lower model of the Specialized Fuse would honestly be a better option if you're able to find one. That bike seems like a good deal at first but trust me that it is more of a commuter and gravel paths style of the bike than one that will have a solid ride down trails.

Some more bikes that are a better bang for the buck:

Specialized Fuse: https://www.specialized.com/us/en/fuse-27-5/p/184387?color=293063-184387&searchText=96021-7001

Trek Roscoe 7: https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/bikes/mountain-bikes/trail-mountain-bikes/roscoe/roscoe-7/p/28499/?colorCode=tealdark_bluedark

Giant Fathom 2: https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/fathom-2-2021

If you see any others online (just look up "Best hardtails under (your budget here)" post them here and I or any other user could be of help to your decision.

Posted: Jun 13, 2021 at 19:20 Quote
take a look at bikesonline. https://www.bikesonline.com/2021-polygon-xtrada-7-hardtail-mountain-bike comes with a shimano 1x12 and a suntour air fork

Posted: Jun 14, 2021 at 12:57 Quote
Might be able to get more bang for your buck with something used on the BuySell page.

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