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To Merida or not?

I have Merida Matts 5, a recreational level mountain bike that cost me almost RM1500. For the past 3 weeks I have been cycling almost everyday. Most of the time with my wife and neighborhood friends. Recently I followed few friends to Jabor estate for an offroad experience. And this very morning I managed to cycled up the 200m Bukit Pelindung (of course with great difficulty).

Now I am hooked to be more serious in biking and has decided to upgrade to a full suspension mountain bike. The problem is…which brand? I was initially offered another Merida, Merida TFS One-Twenty 700. A good bike actually but not as impressive as Giant Anthem X3 or Trek Fuel EX 5. Many friends said that Merida produce a mediocre frame, and the brand is just a hype rather than a true good brand. I went to see one cycling coach who told me that if I were to buy a Merida, buy Ninety-Six model. But he said the price is circa RM12K. Erk!!

So Merida was out of the question……but after few readings, I realized that Merida is a second biggest bike manufacturer in the world after Giant. And it owns Specialized. They also have their winning team, the Multivan Merida Biking Team. And…I believe one most important consideration is after sale support. For the last factor, a stable big shop is preferred, hence finally I decided to buy another Merida. Ann, the boss, offered to buy back my old Matts at a good price. And it is way below RM10K. So now I am a proud owner of Merida Ninety-Six HFS 100 1000D.

My attempt at serious cycling

I love sports. I used to play volley ball for my school & faculty. Even for the hospital I worked. Then I started playing tennis. But after the recent knee injury plus few more reasons (or excuses) , I find it difficult to play tennis regularly.

Recently I realized that I was gaining weight. My previous weight was also not good…..so I need to burn the extra calories. My wife has started walking. From 5000 steps to 10,000 steps daily at least. So yesterday, me & my wife went to the nearby bike shop & got ourselves 2 Merida Matts 5 D. Not sure the detail spec. But I failed to find the picture in the net, so I reckon this model has been discontinued. This bike is no where near the pro level spec but for the time being let me focus on weight & fitness.

We bought the bikes after office hour on Thursday, and on the same night we tried the bike. With few friends we rode for 19.6 km.

(Thanks to Azraie aka Big for the photos & for the guide of cycling)

Stamina wise, we were OK but we suffered the famous saddle sore or better known as butt sore!

Yesterday we did another 13km and the info for our ride is available here.

We love this new hobby. My aim is to maintain my body weight & to keep a health active lifestyle. When life reaching 40, our BMR is low….and we easily become fat.