MERLIN CYCLES Merida Matts Pro-D Bike 2011 Model 18" Only £247.50 (poss 2% Quidco))
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MERLIN CYCLES Merida Matts Pro-D Bike 2011 Model 18" Only £247.50 (poss 2% Quidco))

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Found 22nd Jun 2012
All 2011 Merida bikes are reduced, but this is the pick.

You'll want to upgrade the forks I daresay further down the line, but otherwise great entry level MTB.

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A superb value for money XC mountain bike, Upgraded model on the Matts 40-D - Save £250 on RRP

Specification:
Frame: Matts Alloy
Forks:RST Gila ML 100mm
Front & Rear Derailleurs: Alivio 27 speed
Gear levers: Alivio SL-M430
Chainset: Alivio M430
Brakes: Tektro Draco hydraulic discs 180/160mm
Cassette: HG50 11-34
Chain: HG53
Hubs: Disc Alloy
Rims: Matts Disc
Spokes: Stainless
Tyes: Merida Race 2.1"
Bars, stem & Setapost: XM Speed
Saddle: XM Cross Comfort
Pedals: XC Alloy/Steel
Size: 18" Only
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Seems it's plus postage???
Sorry guys - didn't see that. The giant "FREE UK SHIPPING" made me think shipping in the UK was free. I didn't see the tiny "excludes bikes". Seems they charge £29.95 although free collect from store.
shipping to new zealand only £5
It's still a good price to be honest, at well under £300. It seems ridiculously well spec'd, but I can't help but think there's a catch somewhere...
Excellent bike for the money, i picked one up for £315 a couple of months ago for my lad and when i saw this offer yesterday i bought another 2 for the wife and daughter. I agree you would have to change the forks if you want to do mountain bike trial centre red or black runs but for general XC use its a lot of bike for the money.
how much does it weigh?
Excuse my ignorance but what makes this such a good bike for the price? Anything else from the other players in this market that gets near?
V6ALFISTI

Excuse my ignorance but what makes this such a good bike for the price? … Excuse my ignorance but what makes this such a good bike for the price? Anything else from the other players in this market that gets near?



probably is the cheapest price for what it is. it's a light cross country bike. if you're wondering around the town and sometimes accidentaly get on the lawn or something - get a hybrid. if you want to go crazy - get a proper bike from chainreactions.
V6ALFISTI

Excuse my ignorance but what makes this such a good bike for the price? … Excuse my ignorance but what makes this such a good bike for the price? Anything else from the other players in this market that gets near?



How many other bikes do you see at this price point that have Hydraulic brakes? If only it was the same spec on a merlin malt 1 frame ...
dstarastins

probably is the cheapest price for what it is. it's a light cross country … probably is the cheapest price for what it is. it's a light cross country bike. if you're wondering around the town and sometimes accidentaly get on the lawn or something - get a hybrid. if you want to go crazy - get a proper bike from chainreactions.



It it more for the French place, as I tend to cycle to the beach and go around the cycling trails around there, so it needs to be able to go on the bumpy stuff but certainly not hard core!

I have read the forks on these are a bit poor but on a forum post I read someone said Rockshox XC30TK were a good budget option?

Oh and given I am in France at the moment, if I was to go ahead I would be having the bike delivered to France which should be free over £100 but it keeps trying to charge me about 46 euros! (The free shipping outside the UK doesnt make the same stipulations around frames being excluded from free shipping :/)
fantastic spec for the price
these brakes are quite ok I think ! frame, fork, seat - not so much :P

3% Quidco as well
redondo5

how much does it weigh?


For something in this price bracket you're probably looking at about 14 kilos all in, which is a 'reasonable' weight for a casual cyclists steed (i.e. still extremely heavy, but not even remotely as heavy as a supermarket special).
I bought this bike a couple of weeks back and love it!!! Build quality imo is fantastic. Not used on any trails yet but have thrown it about on the beach, stones and the road and its been great
Thanks, purchased
How would this compare to a specialized hard rock disk 2010? I have that bike in a 19" size and wondered if this will still be an ok size (for someone who is 6ft 2)
I've owned one since January, have used it at sherwood pines and dalby with no probs! cant beat it for the £!!
V6ALFISTI

It it more for the French place, as I tend to cycle to the beach and go … It it more for the French place, as I tend to cycle to the beach and go around the cycling trails around there, so it needs to be able to go on the bumpy stuff but certainly not hard core!I have read the forks on these are a bit poor but on a forum post I read someone said Rockshox XC30TK were a good budget option?Oh and given I am in France at the moment, if I was to go ahead I would be having the bike delivered to France which should be free over £100 but it keeps trying to charge me about 46 euros! (The free shipping outside the UK doesnt make the same stipulations around frames being excluded from free shipping :/)



Sounds like it would be ideal for you TBH. There is always a compromise at this price point - usually the brakes or the fork. If you have never ridden better forks you will not find these offensive. Upgrading forks is an easier thing to do than going from non disc brakes to disc brakes. I would buy this then if you get hooked you can pick up some better forks in the sales and get your LBS to swap them over.
geforce

How would this compare to a specialized hard rock disk 2010? I have that … How would this compare to a specialized hard rock disk 2010? I have that bike in a 19" size and wondered if this will still be an ok size (for someone who is 6ft 2)



Maybe I've misunderstood, but if you have a Spec HR and are happy with the size you'd be better of spending the £250 upgrading it.
graemeakajimmy

Maybe I've misunderstood, but if you have a Spec HR and are happy with … Maybe I've misunderstood, but if you have a Spec HR and are happy with the size you'd be better of spending the £250 upgrading it.



Im not great with the mechanics side of things and would sell the hr if i got this, just wondered if this is a worthwhile upgrade?

the rock

geforce

Im not great with the mechanics side of things and would sell the hr if i … Im not great with the mechanics side of things and would sell the hr if i got this, just wondered if this is a worthwhile upgrade?





I think hardrock disk and this one is almost the same spec. although - this one is newer + brand new as well. If you don't mind packing you could probably get 250+ for the specialized on the bay easily (although I'm not an expert on hardrock prices)
and get this one. personally I would probably keep the hardrock. this wouldn't be an upgrade. a real upgrade would be 1000+ bike , some of them have really nice discounts now as well.
p.s. just had a look on the specs of hardrock - this merida is definitely better but not by miles e.g. nothing crucial.
Any rough size guides? I'd probably normally take a 17" but I like my bike a little "small" 18" could very well fit, but it's hard if you can't try. Thinking of getting it to play around on so I can mess with one bike whilst riding the other...
ok thanks, will probably keep the hr, although this does look like a very nice bike especially with the hydraulic brakes , defiantly prefer the white colour scheme of the specialised though!
this is amazing for the money. and merlin are a good reliable company to deal with.
im 6ft , 183cm . will this bike will be ok for me ?
oskarito32

im 6ft , 183cm . will this bike will be ok for me ?



I'm 6ft and this bike fits me fine
geforce

ok thanks, will probably keep the hr, although this does look like a very … ok thanks, will probably keep the hr, although this does look like a very nice bike especially with the hydraulic brakes


If you're not that good with the mechanics, remember that hydraulic brakes add an increased layer of complexity to your cycle. For most people V or U brakes are not only just fine, but usually more preferable because they are so much simpler, and generally more controllable.

The main advantage for hydraulics is not that it's more powerful, as that isn't always the case - especially with budget offerings (although the Tektro are dual piston iirc). It's the fact that the braking area has moved away from the rim. This means that your brakes are less likely to get clogged up, and will still function properly if you manage to buckle your wheel on a ride (this is why racing bikes do not, as a rule, have hydraulics - it's just unnecessary as they aren't going to get sludged up on muddy tracks).

The only reason the brakes are really needed to be hydraulic in that location is because you need much more power to counteract the fact that they have moved away from the rim - which has made your braking circle much smaller (a normal V-brake applies force at a radius of just over 13", whereas a disc brake applies force typically on a 3.5" radius).

Basically, hydraulic doesn't always mean good. At the lower end of the spectrum a good set of V-Brakes can be a much better option to a budget set of disc brakes imo.
Tempted to get this, but would Matt be annoyed I bought his bike? Does he know it's for sale?
There's a bike on chain reactions half price a NS brave machine 404 http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=48318

Is this a decent spec. I'm after a mountain bike and this seems a ridiculous price if the rrp is right. It says it's a dirt bike. What's the actual difference between a dirt bike and a mountain bike. I was looking at the voodoo hoodoo if any sales came on at Halford as people have got them for just under £400 and this bike in the post seems decent and so does the brave machine. The what's the main difference between the 3?

I've come from bmx. Well 6 years ago so don't know much about suspension and gears kit.. Cheers
Does the suspension lockout on this bike?
morty1984

There's a bike on chain reactions half price a NS brave machine 404 … There's a bike on chain reactions half price a NS brave machine 404 http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=48318Is this a decent spec. I'm after a mountain bike and this seems a ridiculous price if the rrp is right. It says it's a dirt bike. What's the actual difference between a dirt bike and a mountain bike.


Geometry, comfort levels, and usually about 15 to 20 years difference in the age of the rider

A dirt bike will usually be much smaller frame and wheels because it's designed to be thrown around. Think of a dirt bike as being a BMX for off-road instead of tarmac. Obviously it's not "cool" to say BMX these days though, so it has to be called something different.

The most important difference is probably that you aren't going to want to ride a dirt bike down any trails you would normally do on a mountain bike...

morty1984

Does the suspension lockout on this bike?


At this price level, it probably will after a few months use
Edited by: "SanToki" 22nd Jul 2012
SanToki

At this price level, it probably will after a few months use



So this is what it's roughly worth? I want a bike that's not going to rattle to bits. I aint a hardcore mountain biker but when I get a bike and fide my feet ill want a bike that can take some beating.
morty1984

Does the suspension lockout on this bike?



Yep it does. Switch all the time when changing surfaces
morty1984

So this is what it's roughly worth? I want a bike that's not going to … So this is what it's roughly worth? I want a bike that's not going to rattle to bits. I aint a hardcore mountain biker but when I get a bike and fide my feet ill want a bike that can take some beating.


Merida is a good brand, you'll be hard pushed to get anything better for this money.
SanToki

Merida is a good brand, you'll be hard pushed to get anything better for … Merida is a good brand, you'll be hard pushed to get anything better for this money.



So is he voodoo hoodoo by far better than this. What's the difference in forks on the 2? I've read the forks aren't too good on this so if I got it I'd probably want to change them if there as bad as people say.

Cheers for your advice
i've been really pleased with this bike. Im no pro rider but so far I am very impressed and I know a lot of my mates who.are keen cyclists have been. Merida are one of the leading frame makers and make a lot of frames for other companies and also part own a number of more recognised brands
morty1984

So is he voodoo hoodoo by far better than this. What's the difference in … So is he voodoo hoodoo by far better than this. What's the difference in forks on the 2? I've read the forks aren't too good on this so if I got it I'd probably want to change them if there as bad as people say.



You seem to keep asking about the Voodoo Hodoo and I don't know it you're getting a better deal than Halfords have on right now (bike to work maybe?) but AFAICS Halfords are selling the Hoodoo for £500. If its this price for the Merida or £500 for the Hoodoo the Merida is a no brainer. There's not a whole lot of difference spec wise between the bikes and I think you'd be fine with either. You are always going to get a budget fork at this price so don't get hung up on that. If the hoodoo and the Merida were the same price and you lived near a Halfords then I would say the chance to go in and try the sizing out would swing it in favour of the Voodoo.

Don't fret about guys like me talking about upgrading the fork. There is a thing you do once you buy a bike called upgrading which is basically spending money on new 'better' stuff to replace things already on your bike that work fine. I'm mainly a road cyclist, but bought an mtb to take the kids out off road ie away from cars and actually really enjoyed it. I got a GT in the sales for about this price point and yes I upgraded the forks, but that's part of the hobby. I got a set of Rockshox Dart 3 for about £60 which is a major reduction. Afterwards I remember thinking the new forks were so much better, but its not like I hated the predecessor budget forks or they ever actually let me down. Most people buy bikes at this price and never upgrade them - that only comes if you get hooked on the sport and are a tinkerer by nature.
Edited by: "graemeakajimmy" 23rd Jul 2012
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