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I was just wondering because I saw this bike in amazon.com for $300. I don't know if this is a department store bike.
What is your opinion on this bike?
If you have owned this bike, please say how it performed.
*I am reconsidering getting a $500-600 bike. I'd really rather spend around $300.
Guess I'll start buying stock in companies such as Bayer Aspirin, Excedrin and/or Tylenol. You're gonna need one of those buying a cheap full suspension bike.
Front Derailleur: Falcon MF 31 T – Falcon derailleurs are ONLY used on cheap bikes.
Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD-TZ30GS SIS – So low, it's not even listed on the Shimano website.
Etc., etc., etc……
The bike on Amazon…http://www.amazon.com/GMC-Topkick-Dual-Suspension-Mountain-Bike/dp/B000BT4W2C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366024457&sr=8-1&keywords=gmc+topkick+bicycle
Giant full suspension bike – lowest priced one…http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/bikes/model/yukon.fx/11520/55885/
Gee, now I wonder why there's a $700 price difference? (he said sarcastically)
Amazon.com sells ONE and ONLY one good brand of bicycles – Diamondback. Still want a full squish bike? Here ya go…$1,000 – Http://www.amazon.com/Diamondback-Suspen…
And then YOU assemble & tune-up the bike on top of that.
Giant makes a good bike and they have offerings in almost all price cateogies. Compare them against bikes from Trek and Specialized. They all have comparable models.
So I have some questions…
I'd like to buy a 29'er that will take whatever I throw at it (city-wise, that is: curbs, broken pavement).
So far, the cheapest I've found is a Cannondale that goes for $1000, even; others like Konas and Giants go for $1300 and up (though even the dealer recommended against the $4800 racer from jesus).
The same places that I've checked offer equally high-quality bikes with 26" wheels; but for much lower prices ($500-$800).
Would an XL (about 22") frame compensate for the smaller wheels, or do I need a frame that large (or larger) in addition to the 29'ers?
Again, I'm 6'6 (198cm), about 190lbs (86.5kg), and will be commuting at least 10 miles a day on moderately well-kept to shame-on-the-city'ly unkempt roads.
Lots of good answers; thank you, everyone.
I bought an entry-level 26" Cannondale F7 with bar-extenders and discs.
The reason I was adamant about mountain tires is because, not only are many of the inner-city paths here hardly ever maintained, I live in Alaska, so there are always more woodsy shortcuts to take.
I have noticed, as many of you noted, that it feels more at home on the dirt and hills, but nonetheless I am very happy with it.
Thank you, all.
Oh, yeah, the frame is huge–XL, or about 22"-24".
For most manufacturers, frame size is independent of wheel size. In other words, a medium is usually built to fit a person up to about 5-10 whether it has 26" or 29" wheels. Likewise, a large usually fits people from about 5-10 to 6-2, or so. You are going to need an XL for sure.
Regardless of the wheel size you need to be sure your bike shop is willing to work with you to get the bike fit properly. The bike may need a longer seatpost or possibly a setback seatpost and a longer handlebar stem.
Also, be careful they don't attempt to sell you a bike on which the steering tube has been cut too short. If the steering tube is cut too short, they won't be able to put enough spacers under the handlebar stem to lift it high enough to reach comfortably. (You can safely put about an inch, or so, of spacers underneath the stem.) If you need the handlebars higher, they'll need to get you a riser stem.
The bike shop should be willing to swap these items for free. Be prepared to pay if you want exotic materials, though.
At the present time, most people looking for a 29" bike are somewhat more experienced riders who want somewhat better components. Thus, the entry level end of 29" products have better components and cost more than entry level 26" bikes.
If you are riding on city streets you might also want the bike shop to put slick tires on your bike. Knobbies create lots of rolling resistance on pavement.
Hope this helps.