Buying a new bike

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    • #229908

      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.

      Vitus Specs

      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″


      Ragley Marley Specs

      Frame: Custom butted 6061-T6 Heat Treated Aluminium
      Forks: Manitou Minute Comp, 130mm Travel, 15mm Thru-Axle, Tapered Steerer
      Chainset: FSA Comet Modular 175mm 1x Direct Mount Mega Exo 32T
      Shift Levers: SRAM NX 11 Speed
      Rear Derailleur: SRAM NX 11 Speed Long Cage
      Cassette: SRAM 1130 11 Speed 11-42T
      Chain: FSA – 11 Speed CN-1102N
      Rims: WTB STP I23, TCS, 27.5″, 32 Hole
      Front Hub: Novatec D811SB-15 Disc 100mm x 15mm
      Rear Hub: Novatec D812SB-A4S Disc Rear 135mm QR
      Front Tyre: WTB Vigilante TCS 2.3 – 27.5″ – Light/High Grip Compound (Tubeless Ready)
      Rear Tyre: WTB Trail Boss TCS 2.25 – 27.5″ – Light/Fast Compound (Tubeless Ready)
      Front brake: Shimano M506 Deore 180mm
      Rear Brake: Shimano M506 Deore 160mm
      Handlebars: Ragley – 740mm Wide, 15mm Rise
      Grips: Ragley Single Lock On
      Headset: FSA NO. 57e

      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.

      Thanks everyone!

    • #229909

      The Marley has Manitou Minute and SRAM NX11. Are those really worth spending the extra $100?

      Yes and yes. I love the Manitou Minute and I’m bummed they don’t make it anymore. I’m also a big fan of 1×11 drivetrains, so much so that I can’t imagine riding a bike without one.

    • #229920

      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.

    • #229963

      Hey yeah that’s what site I’m looking on. I am in the USA so shipping is $95.

      I guess a better question would be how much better are the Manitou over the Rockshox?

    • #230035

      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.

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