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New to the hobby, Please help me decide on a Bike

Old 08-09-22, 04:18 PM
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New to the hobby, Please help me decide on a Bike

I am a novice looking to get into cycling again.

Which bike should I choose?

Cube aim Sl

cube.eu/en/2022/bikes/mountainbike/hardtail/aim/cube-aim-sl-graphitenmetal/
bikestore.cc/cube-aim-sl-1-2.html

Kilimanjaro X-Fact 29

hervis.ro/shop/Echipamente/Biciclete/Mountainbike/X-Fact/MTB-PRO/p/COLOR-2719207



The killimanjaro bike - has some better parts and a slightly better gear ratio.

- The suspension seems a bit springy

The CUBE bike - has braking and shifting that seems snappier (maybe it was better assembled?)

- The suspension seems more rigid. It requires more force for it to activate

Im not sure which to buy since both are the same price. The killimanjaro bike seems to have better parts (but im not an expert), but the cube one seems snappier

Kilimanjaro X-Fact 29

Aluminium, Double Butted, Internal Cable Routing, Tapered Head Tube

Alu 6061; 14.78 kg

Shift lever : Shimano SL-M6000

Tyres : Schwalbe Rapid Rob

Front/Back brake Tektro HD-M275

Rims: Shining CB-29P

Rear/Front derraileur: Shimano XT RD-M781; Shimano Deore FD-M6000

Fork: Suntour SF-18-XCT30-HLO-DS

Brake levers: Tektro BL-M275

Crankset: FC-MT500-3 22-30-40

Cassette : 11-32 (forgot which)

Cube aim Sl

Aluminium, Double Butted, Internal Cable Routing, Tapered Head Tube

weight 13,8 kg

Fork: RockShox Judy Silver TK Coil, 100mm, Lockout

brake system: Clarks Clout 1, Hydr. Disc Brake (160/160)

rear derailleur: Shimano RD-M3100-SGS, 9-Speed

front derailleur: Shimano FD-M2020, Top Swing, 31.8mm Clamp

shifters: Shimano SL-M2010-9R, Rapidfire-Plus

bottom bracket: Thun Paso-ML, 73mm BSA

crankset: Shimano FC-MT101, 36x22T

cassette: Shimano CS-HG201, 11-36T

chain: KMC X9

front hub: CUBE Alloy Light, QR, 6-Bolt

rear hub: CUBE Alloy Light, QR, 6-Bolt

rims: CUBE ZX20, 32H, Disc

tyres: Schwalbe Smart Sam, Active, 2.25

Stem: CUBE Performance Stem Pro, 31.8mm

Handlebar: CUBE Rise Trail Bar, 680mm

Grips: ACID React

seat post: CUBE Performance Post, 27.2mm

seatclamp: CUBE Varioclose, 31.8mm

saddle: Natural Fit Venec Lite

headset: CUBE FPH868, Top 1 1/8", Bottom 1 1/2", Semi-Integrated

pedals: ACID PP MTB
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The Cube is a mountain bike. It's not very fancy, but it will work. The suspension is slower because it has an oil damper in the right leg.

The X-fact is a commuter bike with mountain bike styling. The suspension seems springy because it's literally just a spring. Yes the shifting components are higher spec. But where they found any M785 derailleurs in 2022, who knows. Those are from eleven years ago.
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Old 08-18-22, 04:54 PM
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I would start by deciding whether you want a hardtail bike or the heavier but more compliant full suspension ones. Another consideration is whether to get a mountain bike or a gravel bike. A dropper post adds a lot but these can be installed as a retrofit on most mountain and gravel bikes.

There are many great deals on Craigslist for used mountain bikes so unless you need a very large or very small frame a used carbon frame bike will cost roughly the same as a new aluminum frame bike.
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