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Merida Speeder 100 2018 - Hybrid Sports Bike Your thoughts ?

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Hodgey1968, 7 Dec 2017.

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  1. Hodgey1968

    Hodgey1968 Member

    [Mod edit: First thread asking for advice https://www.cyclechat.net/threads/hybrid-recommendations.227314/ ]

    I am due to get my Halfords cycle to work loc in next couple of weeks and am after a good hybrid bike to mainly do road work but is able to do tow paths and off road (nothing very uneven surface). Main thing I wanted was a fast, light and easy to ride hybrid to mainly get myself fit but also for commute & fun riding off road.

    I have seen the above bike but have never heard of Merida as a make before, seen Cannondale , cube, Specialized etc but Merida is a new one on me. Are they any good ?
     
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  2. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

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    They are a big Taiwan based company who build bikes for Specialized ( even own a large stake), just not especially well marketed in the UK. Get a test ride

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merida_Bikes

    Given your needs, also look at the Whyte R7 range. You can also use Halfords vouchers at loads of LBSs
     
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  3. Rooster1

    Rooster1 May the Porg Be With You

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    They are a very respected Taiwan based (German Engineered) outfit who make really decent bikes. I actually thought they were British until today. Shows how much I know.
     
  4. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Location:
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    Hodgey1968

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  6. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

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    Spec looks good. Triple will get you up hills well

    Go try it out to make sure you get the right size

    Make sure you get a good d lock and that it’s fully insured as it’s not yours until all paid off
     
  7. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    Merida are a good manufacturer and make a range of mid price bikes, not as well known as the big name brands perhaps but this can translate into better value sometimes.
    There’s lots of competition at this price point so look around and compare spec and prices. You did well to chose a model with a rigid fork, you don’t need a suspension set up. The bike could cope well with tracks and off road paths with its wider 32c tyres. Some hybrids at this level are kitted out with wider tyres emulating a MTB set up like this: https://www.tredz.co.uk/.Kona-Big-Dew-2018-Hybrid-Sports-Bike_111478.htm some however have narrower tyres for a faster feel on the road like this https://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-520-flat-bar-road-bike-sora-id_8322799.html under 10 kg, so light and with narrow tyres. Don’t know if they take C2w but you can find similar models elsewhere.

    You could also consider https://www.tredz.co.uk/.Giant-Escape-1-Disc-2018-Hybrid-Sports-Bike_113639.htm

    https://www.tredz.co.uk/.Marin-Fairfax-SC-3-2018-Hybrid-Sports-Bike_109972.htm

    https://www.tredz.co.uk/.Kona-Dew-Plus-2018-Hybrid-Sports-Bike_111483.htm

    There are so many you really need to go and check them out.
     
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  9. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

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    Lots of £600 bikes should have those saving a few grams

    If that’s the one you want, try it and buy it. You’ll be riding it, no one else
     
  10. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

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    You may also see forks described as ‘composite’ this usually means carbon with a aluminium steerer. They are also favoured for damping out road vibrations which many dispute.
     
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    Hodgey1968

    Hodgey1968 Member

    Thanks for all your help guys appreciate it
     
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  12. Spambotbot

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    I think Merida are like Raleigh, good bikes but seam heavier than other brands of similar price spec
     
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  14. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

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    Looks pretty similar but the trek is 9 speed rather than 8 (x3)
     
  15. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Location:
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    Looks good to me. I can vouch for the slick shifting of the alivio mech.