Choosing between CUBE and MERIDA

PumkinButter

New Member
Hey, new guy here. Basically, I live in Ukraine so quality wise the choise is somehat narrow here. I have a tight budget of 500-600 dollars and I found the best two models for my needs (casual mt, mostly crappy city roads and forest/mountain terrain sometimes).
https://www.cube.eu/en/2021/bikes/mountainbike/hardtail/aim/cube-aim-pro-blacknblue/
https://www.merida-bikes.com/en/bike/1945/bignine-20
In my case the merida is slightly more expensive, but also has what I heard is a better fork than the cube. Any recomendations?
(Suggestions of good models available in europe and in my budget range are very welcome)
 

si_c

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The merida is slightly better specified overall - slightly better gears, but I think that the cube gives you better scope for doing upgrades later, specifically the brakes and shifters are separate units rather than one, which makes upgrading cheaper and easier.

Also the difference in the forks is basically marketing, the XCT on the Merida has 30mm uppers vs 28mm on the XCE, but otherwise essentially the same unit, but the 30mm forks weigh more than the 28mm (about 200g) - both are quite heavy but will do the job acceptably well.

Most bikes at that price point are likely to be similarly equipped so it comes down to what you think looks to be a better bike. If you can stretch your budget a little further then something like the Romet Mustang m3 is starting to reach the point where you are getting much better quality components.
 
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PumkinButter

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The merida is slightly better specified overall - slightly better gears, but I think that the cube gives you better scope for doing upgrades later, specifically the brakes and shifters are separate units rather than one, which makes upgrading cheaper and easier.

Also the difference in the forks is basically marketing, the XCT on the Merida has 30mm uppers vs 28mm on the XCE, but otherwise essentially the same unit, but the 30mm forks weigh more than the 28mm (about 200g) - both are quite heavy but will do the job acceptably well.

Most bikes at that price point are likely to be similarly equipped so it comes down to what you think looks to be a better bike. If you can stretch your budget a little further then something like the Romet Mustang m3 is starting to reach the point where you are getting much better quality components.
This Romet one seems like a good deal. It's a shame its only available in one store in whole Ukraine (at a whooping $1000!). Anyway, thanks for help, considering Im not looking forward to changing my bike in approx 7-8 years, I think ill go with the cube.
 
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