Hi everyone. So I’m looking into getting a new bike under $1000. I have my eye on two, Vitus Sentier Deore $770 or Ragley Marley 1.0 $880. Both bikes have almost the exact geometry. Im just wondering is the Marley worth the extra $110.
The Marley has Manitou Minute and SRAM NX11. Are those really worth spending the extra $100?
These are the specs on both.
Frame: Triple-Butted 6061-T6 Alloy
Forks: RockShox Recon Silver RL 27.5″, Solo Air with Motion Control Damping, Low Speed Compression Adjustment, 15mm Maxle Thru Axle
Chainset: RaceFace Ride, 175mm, 36tx24t
Bottom Bracket: RaceFace Ride
Shifters: Shimano Deore SL-M610 Rapid Fire Plus, 10-Speed
Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore FD-M618, 34.9mm Band
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore RD-M615 Shadow Plus
Cassette: Shimano CS-HG50, 11t-36t, 10-Speed
Chain: KMC X10, 10-Speed
Rims: WTB STP i23, TCS (tubeless ready), 27.5″
Front Hub: Novatec D811 – 6 Bolt, 100mm x 15mm
Rear Hub: Novatec D882 – 6 Bolt, 142mm x 12mm
Spokes: Stainless Double Butted
Tyres: Front – WTB Vigilante Comp, High Grip Compound, 27.5″ x 2.3″ Rear – WTB Trail Boss Comp, 27.5″ x 2.25″
Front Brake: Shimano BR-M355 Hydraulic Disc, 180mm Rotor
Rear Brake: Shimano BR-M355 Hydraulic Disc, 160mm Rotor
Handlebars: Vitus Riser Bar, 6061 Double Butted Alloy, 15mm Rise, 740mm Wide
Headset: FSA Orbit 1.5E Zero Stack (NO.57E/62 (I/E)) 1.1/8″ – 1.5″
I’m new to MTB but I always had bikes so I know how to ride I just don’t know what’s worth spending money on when it comes to a decent hardtail. I made the mistake of buying a $500 felt that I then found out had pretty much Walmart quality components. Not bashing the brand just the Dispatch 990. Luckily I was able to return it as I rode it once and derailleur already had problems. But I decided I should spend more for a better bike.
Have you checked Chain reaction website, it looks like they have reviews on both those bikes, The Ragley gets a 4.7 rating (only 3 reviews), and the Vitus gets a 4.4 rating (13 reviews). I did not read the reviews. It also looks like they both may be cheaper there than what you quoted.
I think one of the reasons for the difference in price are the brakes, the M355 brakes are an older, cheaper model that has fixed levers that cannot be changed or adjusted. I have them on my bike and love them, they are excellent brakes for the price, if they fit your hands. M506s are like halfway bettween the m355s and M516s and I am not sure they are worth the extra. Now M516s would probably be worth the extra.
It is a better fork but I would be more concerned with the drivetrain difference. Also, unless your short get the 29er version of either bike. I have a friend that was new to mtb this year and I recommended the Vitus to him; it has worked out great so far.