Merax Finiss Mountain Bike Review and First Trail Ride

The Merax Finiss Aluminum 21-speed Mountain Bike is available online for around $200. After many requests, I purchased one from Walmart for $186 on sale.

The bike has a 6061 aluminum frame, aluminum alloy components to save weight, and disc brakes. The 26″ wheels are double wall and ship with somewhat generic Kenda (no model given) tires that have more of a hybrid bicycle tread than what is needed on a proper mountain bike.

This mountain bike is overbranded. Meaning there are Merax, Finiss, or combination of other logos and names all over the bicycle. This gives an otherwise beautiful bike a look that seems too busy for the MTB style. On top of that, some of the stickers and labels have broken english, just don’t make sense, or are poor quality knockoffs of popular brand components.

Looks aside, the components seem to be very nice for this price range mountain bicycle. The only questionable component choices are the 26×1.95 Kenda hybrid tires and the low quality appearance of the stem. It seems durable, but does have mold and/or manufacturing marks and indentations.

On the trail this bike is initially rough riding due to the overly stiff suspension and thin tires, but it quickly settles in and rides very well. I believe that with proper mountain bike tires this bike will be an excellent trail bike for beginners. It climbs better than any mountain bike i’ve ever ridden. Everyone that rode the bike said the same thing.

Overall I think this is a great bike for the price, but potential buyers need to consider the additional assembly and adjustment, and also that they will likely need other tires for trail riding.

Merax Finiss MX307 Passion Men’s mountain bicycle.

Comments

Nate Dawg says:

Please make a new video on the Raleigh Tokul 1

Rolando Vera says:

You know something, I’ve been watching these vids for a while and I have to say I really enjoy them. I’ve been mtb riding and racing a really long time and I’m fortunate at this point in my life to ride some very nice ($$$) gear. But what these vids do is take me back to when I first started riding in the mid-90’s when I couldn’t afford the big name Bikes. This channel does very well to inform the average cyclist and validate anyone who rides a bike that isn’t big brand or $$$. If you ask me, channels like this do more to promote cycling than some of the others that focus on race level reviews. Keep up the good work.

NovusHampshire says:

Another great video! You mentioned that it had a bolt on rear wheel, the Boundary has that too.

PS. If you ever look at fat bikes, Mongoose has some $300 ones that would be cool to look at, and even some $600-$1,800 fat bike options. I was actually looking at a $2,600 Mongoose haha

jak p says:

Are the sticker removable or are they under the clear Coat?

MJM Productions says:

get maxxis ardent race tyres bc they are light but good for mtb

Aric Roy says:

He could’ve gotten a beast ful sus with all the money he’s spent on Walmart bikes.

Winston Villanueva says:

Hey man how many bike you have?

Brian Grilli says:

Do you anticipate this bike lasting an entire centliry?

jaakko200987654321 says:

wtf cartridge bearings on the hubs???

the tech byte says:

First

Michael Smith says:

I recently discovered your channel, and I’m really enjoying these budget bike reviews. It’s funny, when I first got into mtb back in the 90’s when I was a kid, most mtbs had 1.95 tires. Anything over a 2.0 was huge, lol.

Tommy Cuthbert says:

nice

Jogie Glen Mait says:

those stem spacers are…generous.

hawkshot2001 says:

How hard is it to put on a solid fork, remove the middle sprockets/derailleur and make a Redux clone out of a bike?

Jason Grimm says:

That, actually looks like a surprisingly good bike for under $200. Still should be careful and don’t do any real hard riding/jump things with it but that is far better than pretty much anything Pacific is crapping out.

DerFreakXD says:

Take a look at the Galano INFINITY if it’s available in the USA. I found it on Amazon for 349€ and it has way better specs than the xr pro.

PhantomRider86 says:

Great video, Kev !
When I was first getting into mountain biking I went with the dept. store bike first (Royce Union from Sports Authority). Bought it in a box, built it up, rode off a curb and the rear wheel bearing went. Even on a later bike, Schwinn Rocket 1 “full-sus” while riding a rough trail I broke the rear shock mount. So I only buy higher end MTB’s now because they can put up with the punishment dept. store bikes just can’t.
I like the video format with the bike build up, on the trail and post-ride thoughts. It packs a lot of information into a short video. Weirdly enough, they are also very relaxing…your the Bob Ross (painter) of MTB !!!! (this is meant to be a compliment).
Keep up the great work, Kev !!

Footballfan16 says:

Save up your money to buy a nice bike

J B says:

You should Frankenstein that bike put some cheap suntour forks and fatter tires

nitrous07me says:

Great video, luv the cheap bike reviews

yoshidude 52 says:

Review the haro flight line

Steven Tracy says:

The reason it climbs hills easier is because of the thinner tires.

Jacques Farine says:

Sealed bearings wheel front I noticed on your fotage of the bike , and the back hub is sealed bearings or not?

Thiosemicarbizide Benzoyl Alcohol says:

Your hitting it out of the park kev with consumer report level videos without a doubt. Professional caliber high quality reviews. Thanks, the public appreciates your efforts.

Curtis Garnsworthy says:

if someone needs to visit a bike shop to install a brake rotor they need to be euthanized

Durrant Miller says:

I love that paint job. Seems like a really good frame for the money if you bought better components that bike could be really good

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