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Thread: What mountain bike for a beginner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rouxenator View Post
    For real? I knew they were partnered with Schwinn back in the 90's but that partnership split up long time ago. Someone told me Titan was the in house brand for Merida.
    Yup. I worked in a bike shop some years ago, it was around that time that Merida made a return, or rather its debut, as a competitor to international markets.
    Merida's been around since the 70's, they made their own bikes back then, but small-scale and mainly for the local market.
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    Why is everyone going ape **** over this car, it looks like junk and the performance must be too.
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    Impressive! Seems they know a thing or two about making good frames then, I see on their wikipedia page they also made DiamondBack bikes which I still remember from my school years. I guess their is some truth behind them making frames for Titan then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by froot View Post
    Where are you situated?
    I am in Pretoria.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iWish View Post
    I am in Pretoria.
    Go to:
    Hot Spot Cycles (Atterbury Value Mart) for GT/Merida
    Bruce Reyneke Cycles (Hatfield) for Giant
    Cycle Lab has a store on the corner of Lynnwood and Lois. They also sell Merida and GT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rouxenator View Post
    The bike I currently have is a 2012 GT Karakoram 3.0 - its a 29er and it has excellent disc brakes. They go for about R5000 new and I can highly recommend them. I have done 2000km on mine and it has never let me down. The triple-triangle-design does help a bit as this bike feels a lot more stable on rocky downhills than my previous bike felt. SR Suntour XCM is a pretty good shock, mine is still working like new.

    Complete specs on the bike is here : http://www.gtbicycles.com/2012/bikes...-karakoram-3-0
    Where did you purchase your GT?

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    Even though they do not normally stock them I got mine at Flandria (next to Pick'n'Pay in Stellenbosch). They sold it to me for R4900 back in September when the 2012 model came out. Aweeks before that my dad bought the same model GT at Masons for R5500 and they are actually a GT shop. I know Helderberg Cycle World at Somerset Mall also sells this GT for R5500. Maybe check with Flandria if they can get you a good price on it.

    I'm not sure you are going to get any other 29er that is as good equipped as this one for the money.
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    Is serfas a decent brand?

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    Serfas as in the tyres?
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    I've got the mountain bike fever so found a serfas xc3 for R800 on gumtree.

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    Currently at the wild coast with a R600 mountain bike and enjoying it immensely but it's hard on the bike and the body so after something up to 2k for wild coast type riding and farm type riding

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    At that price it's a steal. Make sure it was not stolen. Otherwise I say buy it.
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    I like Giant. I have a Giant. It's cool.

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    Giant was first brand I thought of when looking
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    Wish I could stick go pro on my bike at the moment , covering some awesome looking locations here at Mazeppa bay.

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