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First bike: Same priced bike which offers best value for money please help for choice

Old 08-08-21, 10:49 AM
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First bike: Same priced bike which offers best value for money please help for choice

Hi guys and girls I need help for my choice buying first mountain bike I will use mostly for commuting and stuff like uber eats. First of all I must tell that I feel comfortable in both so that is not issue here. I am new to bike world so I want to detail 2 bikes I will call A and B here please let me choose. Both are same prices. In regards of specs which has better value ? I have 5.4 height. I tried both I felt comfortable in both. I have smaller torso so both frames are small and good for me.

Bike A: 27.5 inch wheels, Casette, shimano Altus transmission, much better seat, Old type V brakes (I think this is the reason this deal is so cheap), metallic pedals !, older design (cables outside the frame which is not a big deal perhaps) 15.5 inch frame (slightly lighter)

Bike B: 26 inch wheels, freewheel, lowest end shimano tourney transmission, worse seat(hurts bottom), mechanical disc brakes, better design (cables going inside the frame) 16 inch frame (slightyly heavier) and plastic bike pedals.

My country is very flat but we get a lot of mud rain and snow... I feel bike A has everything better than bike B except brakes. But since my country is flat I don't know.... Please help me choose..

Excuse English I am not native
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Old 08-08-21, 11:01 AM
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If the fit is right for you then I'd go Bike A as well.
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Easy choice... Bike A. Cheap mechanical discs might be worse than decent linear/V brakes with Kool Stop pads.

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Originally Posted by 70sSanO View Post
Easy choice... Bike A. Cheap mechanical discs might be worse than decent linear/V brakes with Kool Stop pads.

John
Thanks this information is crucial for my choice. I am assuming the disc brakes are cheaper versions most probably !
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Old 08-08-21, 12:49 PM
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Choose Bike A. For Bike B, either the 26" wheels or the freewheel would be enough to eliminate it.
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Choose Bike A. For Bike B, either the 26" wheels or the freewheel would be enough to eliminate it.
That's what I think too but don't underestimate the value of the better seat. Actually, for me the decision isn't even close.
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Another vote for bike A. For all of the reasons mentioned above. And externally routed cables are easier to replace, whenever you may find it necessary. And when your tires wear out, you should find a better selection in 27.5" tires. Pedals and saddle are not a consideration, as those are things most often replaced anyway.
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Old 08-09-21, 12:53 PM
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27.5 wheels.
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Both bikes seem to be entry level but the one with internal cables may be newer. Only the cheapest newer bikes have a freewheel. Manufacturers stopped using freewheels on better bikes years ago. I would go with bike A. Since you are going to use this bike as a substitute for a road bike, you might use slick or semi-slick tires rather than knobby mountain bike tires. It will give you a faster, quieter, more comfortable ride. This type of tire in the size you need is easily found in the US online.

BTW, congratulations on your ability to translate. It was easy to understand.
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