Help me choose a bike for a beginner from several options

papamama

New Member
Good afternoon, dear forum members.
Forgive me for my English, because I am from Ukraine)
I set a goal to buy a mountain bike. I’m not looking for the first day, so I gained some knowledge that, for example, a fork is the most important part of a bicycle, and that rockshox is better than a suntour. That shimano tourney is the lowest class of body kit, but the deore xt is already normal, well, etc. Why do I need this info, I do not know))
Actually the question is the following, I stopped at 5 models of bicycles. This bicycles is used, so I ask from experience to also evaluate the option of cheating, because It is difficult for a beginner to understand if a part is worn out or “in excellent condition, I have ridden a couple of times".

Model 1 - Norco Charger 7.1 frame 18.5, wheel 27.5 2015 year
Sells a woman / girl
Price: 650$
Description:
Frame
Charger Alloy 650B XC W / Formed Tubing

Fork
Rock Shox 30 Gold Solo Air 100mm

Wheels
Rim
WTB SX19 27.5
Tire covers
WTB Nano 27.5 "x2.1", replaced with top Continental Race King Protection
Cameras
WTB 27.5 x1.9 / 2.2 Inner Tube, Presta Valve, rims are prepared for tubeless use (nipple included).
Front hub
SRAM MTH-406
Rear hub
SRAM MTH-406
Spokes / Nipples
Black Stainless w / brass nipples

Transmission
Front SHIFTER
Shimano Deore 2spd
Rear SHIFTER
Shimano Deore 10spd
Shirts
Jagwire
Front derailleur
Shimano Deore 2spd
Rear Derailleur
Shimano SLX 10spd Shadow
Cassette
Sram PG1020 11/36
Connecting rods
Shimano Deore 38/24, installed "1 by system" with NW star Fireeye 36t
Carriage
Shimano GXP
Pedals
Wellgo Alloy Pedals, replaced with FireEye Propeller platforms
Chain
Sram PG1031 10spd

Components
Seatpost
Norco Alloy 31.6
Clamp
Norco Alloy QR 34.9
Saddle
Norco XC Saddle
Steering wheel
FSA No. 10 w / 16mm conical spacer
Spacers
FSA PC Spacers 10mm
TOP CAP
FSA Alloy Top Cap
Takeaway
Norco alloy
Steering wheel
Norco Lite DB 15mm 720mm
GRIPS
Norco grip
Front brake
Shimano M445 Hydraulic 160mm
Rear brake
Shimano M445 Hydraulic 160mm
Brake handles
Shimano Deore M445
Hydroline
Shimano Hydraulic Hose

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Model 2 - Norco Charger 7.3. frame 18,5. wheel 27.5
Price: 550$
Description:
Fork: RockShox XC 30 TK, 100 mm
System: Shimano Acera 44/32 / 22T
Slider: Shimano Octalink
Pedals: Wellgo Resin
Front derailleur: Shimano Altus
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Alivio Shadow, 9 sp
Shifters: Shimano Alivio
Cassette: Shimano CS-HG20 11/34, 9 sp
Chain: Sram PG951, 9 sp
Rims: WTB SX19, 27.7er
Tires: WTB Nano 27.5 x 2.1 "
Front hub: Sram MTH-306
Rear hub: Sram MTH-306
Spokes: Stainless steel black
Nipples: not available
Front brake: Shimano M355, disc, hydraulic, rotor - 160 mm
Rear brake: Shimano M355, disc, hydraulic, rotor - 160 mm
Brake handles: Shimano Deore
Steering wheel: Norco Alloy, lift - 10 mm, width - 720 mm
Steering wheel: Norco Alloy
Grips: Norco
Steering column: FSA No. 10 w / 16 mm conical spacer
Saddle: Norco XC
Seatpost: Norco alloy, 31.6 mm

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Model 3 - Cube Acid 18" frame, wheel 26
This is a sale from Germany, the owner is unknown.
Price: 480$
Description:
rear XT
front deore
Deore shifters
shimano brakes
RockShox fork

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Model 4 - Trek X-Caliber 9 frame Virtual: 17.5/ Actual:16.5, wheel 29
This is a sale from Germany too, the owner is unknown.
Price: 700$
Description:
Switches - Sram X7, rear - XT DEORE
Shifters - Deore 2/10
Bushings - Bontrager, on the bearings.
Rods - Race Face Ride, 36/22
Rims: Bontrager Mustang Elite Tubeless Ready, 28 holes
Air fork- RockShox Recon Silver RL, Solo Air, TurnKey damper, G2 Geometry with offset 51 mm for 29th, stroke 100 mm (13.5 ": stroke 80 mm)
Fork stroke - 100 mm.
Lockout - there is.
Wheel diameter - 29
Tires - Bontrager 2.00 × 2.20 antiprokolnye
Takeaway - bontrager Elite, 31.8 mm
Frame - Aluminum Alpha Gold
Weight - 13 kg

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Last model 5 - CUBE ACID CMPT frame, wheel 26
Sells girl junk seller. I do not know where she took the bike, because she is not aware of what is happening.
From the description only:
Bike new, ride 3 times, no time to ride it. Aluminum frame, very light, rear cassette 10 stars, disc brakes. All questions by phone.
But what managed to see this RockShox Recon Silver TK fork.
But he is either dirty, or worn out decently, says he has been standing in the garage for 2 years already. Well, judging by the seat bought for comfort)).
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That's all. Please help decide. All firms seem to be good. More inclined to the latest model, because If this is really an unused CUBE ACID CMPT, then for such money it is a good option.
Sorry that a lot of text)
Thank you for all!
 

Pale Rider

Legendary Member
They all look reasonable.

I would pick model two, it's the best value, has mostly Shimano kit, and 650b is probably more popular now than 26", so you will have a wider choice of tyres when they need replacing.

Fair bit of surface rust on the 'unused' Cube, so it probably has been sitting around in the owner's garage for a year or two.

Bicycles don't like lying unused, stuff seizes, so that bike might need some work to get everything working smoothly again.
 
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papamama

papamama

New Member
Fair bit of surface rust on the 'unused' Cube, so it probably has been sitting around in the owner's garage for a year or two.

Bicycles don't like lying unused, stuff seizes, so that bike might need some work to get everything working smoothly again.
Is the bike good? I think I can still reduce the price.

And a few minutes ago I saw this bike:
GT AVALANCHE ELITE 18" frame, wheel 27.5
Price: 380$ OMG
Description:
Frame: Triple-Triangle ™ 6061-T6 aluminum frame, hydroformed tubes, front (upper and lower) tubes battirovana, steering glass standard 1.125 "Zerostack.
Plug: SR Suntour XCR 32 RL DS, 100 mm stroke, remote lock, rebound adjustment
System: All-Terra T-651, 42/32 / 24T
Carriage: Closed cartridge bearings
Pedals: GT Slim Line Flat
Front derailleur: Shimano Deore, 3-skr.
Rear derailleur: Shimano Deore Shadow, 10-sc.
Shag: Shimano Deore, 3/10-scr.
Cassette: Sunrace CS-MS1 11-36T
Chain: KMC X10
Rims: All Terra DW, 32H
Tires: Schwalbe Rapid Ron 27.5x2.25 ", K-Guard
Front hub: All Terra C-Lock, QR
Rear hub: All Terra Cassetta, C-Lock, QR
Front brake: Shimano Hydraulic, 160 mm rotor
Rear brake: Shimano Hydraulic, 160 mm rotor
Brake handles: Shimano
Steering wheel: All Terra Lift Bar, Double Butted, 710 mm Width, 15 mm Lift, 31.8 mm Clamp
Steering wheel: All Terra, 3D forged, 7 ° lift, CNC-machining of the front.
Grips: GT Statement
Steering column: Int. sealed bearings, 1.125-1.5 "
Saddle: All Terra MTB
Seatpost: All Terra, 30.9 mm
Notes: All Terra Alloy QR
Weight (kg): 14.06

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What do you think? Good option or weak?
 

Pale Rider

Legendary Member
GT are well thought of.

My local bike shop has sold them for years as their budget offering.

Spending a bit more would get you a lighter bike, but probably not a much better one in terms of equipment.
 

Pale Rider

Legendary Member
Could you please explain? Thanks.
Around this price the main benefit of spending more money is lighter weight, but the equipment is similar.

The GT is 14kg, a bike for £200 or so more might be a kilo or two lighter, but similar in other respects.

It's good fun looking around, but you need to be careful not to drown in a sea of options.

Any of the bikes you've listed would suit, they are all decent bikes.

There's not really such a thing as bad bike in your price range.

All you need to be wary of when buying second hand is faults or poor maintenance.
 
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papamama

papamama

New Member
I'm confused now((
They write that gt avalanche very hard and weak frame (what???)
If he has a weak frame, then others are generally cardboard?)))

Is it true that need to look for a bike with a 1-1/8 steering column?
 
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