Merida Matts 20-MD Bike 2011 Model 18'' Frame for £249.95 @ merlincycles.com
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Merida Matts 20-MD Bike 2011 Model 18'' Frame for £249.95 @ merlincycles.com

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Found 6th May 2012
Merida Matts 20-MD mountain bike, super value entry bike with disc brakes
Specification:
Frame: Matts aluminium
Fork: RST Gila ML100
Hubs: Alloy Q/R
Rims: Matts Disc
Tyres: Merida 2.1"
Cassette: Shimano HG40 11-32
Chainset: Shimano 24/34/42
Front & Rear Derailleurs; Shimano Acera-X
Brakes: Tektro Novella mechanical discs
Bars, stem & seatpost: X Mission
Saddle: X Mission Cross comfort
Pedals: XC pedals included
European model, RRP based on Euro Equivalent value

34 Comments

Nice. Hot.

I've been told by the missus I should buy a bike, would only really use it on flat roads though. Would this be a good choice? I'm clueless about these and have even considered the cheap tesco ones, £250 would be about my max.
Edited by: "delusion" 6th May 2012

even cheaper if you read the offer "save another £25 at the checkout", better change your thread. HOT

delusion

I've been told by the missus I should buy a bike, would only really use … I've been told by the missus I should buy a bike, would only really use it on flat roads though. Would this be a good choice? I'm clueless about these and have even considered the cheap tesco ones, £250 would be about my max.



If your cluless then get yourself a chaep bike from Decathalon, Halfords or Toys R US, sub £100 range. Also it doesn't matter if you are going to use it on flats MTB can be used on both road and off road, just change the tyres over to slicks, you cant really do that if you buy a road bike, unless you get cyclocross bike, but lve yet to see a sub £100 one. Another option if you are going to spend more is to go one of specialist bike shops, e.g Evans where you can take any bike out for a trial run, to see if you like it.

If you want to spend max £250 for an on road bike look at hybrids, lighter and better position.

Thanks guys, will look at what you suggested. But in other words this isn't the bike to get..

Yes, 10% off on bank holiday too but then £29.95 postage, so works out at £254.90 (I couldn't see an option to collect).
I can't see a better bike around for the same money.

delusion - I wouldn't necessarily say don't buy this bike. It's built out of better bits than most bikes at this price and that can be important at this end of the range.
Quality-wise I honestly can't recommend any sub-£100 bikes apart from a single-speed in Decathlon which seemed ok.

A hybrid/city bike does sound better for you though. I would spend as much as you can afford on something from a previous year. A quick look around the usual big sites doesn't suggest an obvious one for <£250 though.

thingswelike

delusion - I wouldn't necessarily say don't buy this bike. It's built out … delusion - I wouldn't necessarily say don't buy this bike. It's built out of better bits than most bikes at this price and that can be important at this end of the range.Quality-wise I honestly can't recommend any sub-£100 bikes apart from a single-speed in Decathlon which seemed ok.A hybrid/city bike does sound better for you though. I would spend as much as you can afford on something from a previous year. A quick look around the usual big sites doesn't suggest an obvious one for <£250 though.



Thanks, I'm not in a rush to buy one, but if this is considered a decent bike for the price and I won't find better quality wise perhaps I should go for this. Decisions!

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delusion

Thanks, I'm not in a rush to buy one, but if this is considered a decent … Thanks, I'm not in a rush to buy one, but if this is considered a decent bike for the price and I won't find better quality wise perhaps I should go for this. Decisions!



I would consider this road bike instead, Raleigh are a good brand and its a little cheaper : wiggle.co.uk/ral…10/
Edited by: "xela333" 7th May 2012

888eyeball

If your cluless then get yourself a chaep bike from Decathalon, Halfords … If your cluless then get yourself a chaep bike from Decathalon, Halfords or Toys R US, sub £100 range. Also it doesn't matter if you are going to use it on flats MTB can be used on both road and off road, just change the tyres over to slicks, you cant really do that if you buy a road bike, unless you get cyclocross bike, but lve yet to see a sub £100 one. Another option if you are going to spend more is to go one of specialist bike shops, e.g Evans where you can take any bike out for a trial run, to see if you like it.



That is terrible advice. Buy a decent bike not a supermarket special, it will make worlds of difference.
If you are looking for something cheap ask a friend who is into bikes to sort you out with something decent from eBay, fitnsome slicks and you're away.

888eyeball

If your cluless then get yourself a chaep bike from Decathalon, Halfords … If your cluless then get yourself a chaep bike from Decathalon, Halfords or Toys R US, sub £100 range. Also it doesn't matter if you are going to use it on flats MTB can be used on both road and off road, just change the tyres over to slicks, you cant really do that if you buy a road bike, unless you get cyclocross bike, but lve yet to see a sub £100 one. Another option if you are going to spend more is to go one of specialist bike shops, e.g Evans where you can take any bike out for a trial run, to see if you like it.

I know very little about bikes, but when I bought mine about 4 years ago I researched into buying quite thoroughly and *every* enthusiast gave the same advice - DO NOT buy the cheap Halfords/etc. specials.

The general impression was you could get a decent bike for around £300, but struggling below that. And that was then.

Anyone on a lower budget should maybe consider a second hand before the cheapies.

delusion

I've been told by the missus I should buy a bike, would only really use … I've been told by the missus I should buy a bike, would only really use it on flat roads though. Would this be a good choice? I'm clueless about these and have even considered the cheap tesco ones, £250 would be about my max.



If you are riding mainly on the roads I would look at maybe a second hand Trek 7300fx really good bikes and should pick up a very good condition one for around £160 ish. Also it has 29" wheels which make a huge difference when riding on the road :-)

You could get a quality road bike from Gumtree. gumtree.com/spo…don

I you are prepared to wait for the right cycle to come along, you could get a good deal.

If you are buying a bike for the first time, Halfords is not a bad a bard place to start. Although Halfords service is shocking the carrera range is good for a budget of around £250. The pro’s are you can touch and feel and see what takes your fancy. After your first 1000 miles, justifying a bigger budget is easy! Stay away from sub £100 steel monsters
My advice would be only to buy 2nd hand if you are an experienced biker (or can be guided by one), ebay / gumtree can produce a bargain but imo are of minefield of pup’s.
On tyres I would fully recommend Schwalbe Land Cruisers, good for everything except the real rough stuff.

Good deal but another vote for eBay as I've had a couple of right bargains on there for pretty high spec bikes for around £100 but it is a case of waiting for the right one local enough.

delusion

I've been told by the missus I should buy a bike, would only really use … I've been told by the missus I should buy a bike, would only really use it on flat roads though. Would this be a good choice? I'm clueless about these and have even considered the cheap tesco ones, £250 would be about my max.


You will be better off with a hybrid bike. A few years ago it was so cool to have a mountain bike (it probably still is) that almost every bike on the market was a MTB. However, unless you are spending a significant percentage of time 'off-road', a MTB isn't the best option. The right hybrid bike will give you one or more of: slicker tyres, mudguards, rack, chain guard etc. As I said, some of these accessories are not 'cool' but will give you a much better and certainly cleaner cycling experience if you are mainly using it on a road. For me the chain guard is a godsend. Not the ugly metal thing of old, but an almost invisible perspex.

Here is a link to a good bike similar to the one I have: bikesandprams.co.uk/pro…102

It's slightly more than your £250, but does come with an accessory pack (lights, helmet, pump, lights) none of which normally come with a bike, so would cost extra. I'm sure that there are other shops selling this or similar bikes, but I have highlighted this one because it is a real bike shop as they used to be in the good old days. Though it is local to me (Orrell, near Wigan) which means I can visit if I have any issues, the shop will I'm sure give equally good service to it's mail order customers. I've visited a few times for minor repairs and I'm never charged, so it deserves a little free plug.

Edited by: "spock1958" 7th May 2012

This is out of stock in all sizes btw. Edit; Oops, no it isn't, my mistake.

(+1 for ebay, can get a decent bike for 150ish)
Edited by: "fluffy-k" 7th May 2012

decathlon.co.uk/ori…tml

I bought it yesterday as am planning on cycling from London to Paris with some stuff. Haven't been cycling for years other than in the gym but the bike is pretty good, light weight and so much faster than the boris bikes. Can recommend it!

A road style bike/hybrid with flat bars is a better option if you really are never going to go proper off road. No need to carry heavy suspension forks (which when pedaling move up and down further reducing your efficiency, unless you can lock them out) have thick frame and big heavy wheels and nobblys.

Something like the decathlon Fitness 3 which is currently £199 is a nice option for anyone.

only 18" left and the final price is £254.90

Looks like a pretty good deal, I'm looking for a similar kind of thing after my last bike got stolen. Anybody dealt with Merlin Cycles before?

This is a very good value for your money, and bear in mind it is a Top brand, I have a Merida bike myself and would recommend this to anyone. They also give Lifetime warranty on their bikes.
I have been told they are just as good as Giant and Specialized bike brands, good luck and I hope you enjoy the bike for those who have purchased this bike.

Have ordered bit and bobs off Merlin in the past, had no problems with them.

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in Stock only 18'' , im 6'' tall , is this will be fine for me ?

Merida bikes are great quality, they made lots of bikes for specialized and carrera.

Looks like a good deal and I do want a MB for this price range £200-£250 but I am concerned about the size.

Going by my height of 5'10 an 18" frame is good but going by my inseam 32" then a 20" would fit me.

According to this anyway bicycling.about.com/od/…htm

oskarito32

in Stock only 18'' , im 6'' tall , is this will be fine for me ?


Are you a leprechaun?

oskarito32

in Stock only 18'' , im 6'' tall , is this will be fine for me ?


A 19inch will probably be best for you. But it is always best to try a few different sizes on yourself to see how they feel.

I like the look of this but really need the bike for the the daily comute to work (4 miles). I was on the verge of buying the carerra subway at £279 with a bit of discount about £250. Would this be better and adding some more suitable tyres ? cheers

I bought this bike several months ago and am very happy with it - out and about offroading with it today actually. Front suspension is indeed lockable, and one small part which appeared to have been damaged in transit was re-sent with no fuss or question whatsoever. I've also got a Merida road bike and consider the brand to be excellent value for money.

I'm sure i bought this bike a few years ago but in white. I paid £420! I've only used it a few times. Great deals have some heat!

stonebear

Going by my height of 5'10 an 18" frame is good but going by my inseam … Going by my height of 5'10 an 18" frame is good but going by my inseam 32" then a 20" would fit me.According to this anyway http://bicycling.about.com/od/howtoride/a/MTB_sizing.htm



On mountain bikes, 5'10" with 32" inseam is considered medium. Which is also 17" or 18". I wouldn't go for the 20" unless Merida have a reputation for being unusually small.

how much does it weigh?
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