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Thoughts on this bike?
« on: November 18, 2008, 04:34:49 PM »
Been searching...came across this.  I believe it might be another Wally-world bike, but not sure...need some advice please

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Re: Thoughts on this bike?
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2008, 04:36:15 PM »
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Re: Thoughts on this bike?
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2008, 04:55:03 PM »
Just my opinion, but ride the one you got until you are really into the sport. Once you are deep into the sport, you will begin to know what you want and how you want it done. Again my opinion, save your money until you know exactly what you want from the components to the frame and then buy it. I like to say to people, do it right the first time and save yourself some money in the long run. I try to do this, but the more versatile my style gets, the more fine tuned I want things.

To add to my post: Do lots of research. If you are serious about the sport, you will know everything there is to know about the components and the frames. I research bicycling daily. There aren't many parts I don't know intimately.
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Re: Thoughts on this bike?
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2008, 04:57:57 PM »
yeah, i am definitely going to wait before i buy something else...i am just trying to figure out which bikes are quality and which ones are junk.  sometimes just looking at them i can't tell the difference.
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Re: Thoughts on this bike?
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2008, 05:06:16 PM »
OR, just go ahead and buy one of these  ;)

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Re: Thoughts on this bike?
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2008, 05:12:37 PM »
I know I am probably setting myself up here, but what is that?
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Re: Thoughts on this bike?
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2008, 05:16:04 PM »
yeah, i am definitely going to wait before i buy something else...i am just trying to figure out which bikes are quality and which ones are junk.  sometimes just looking at them i can't tell the difference.

Stay away from newer Schwinns. They were bought out by Pacific about 10 years ago and are no different than the wall mart special you have now. In fact, Wal Mart might even sell them now.

Giant is till a good company.

Try to stay away from any bike that is sold at a department store. They might look cooler than the one you can get at your LBS for the same price but the quality just isn't there.


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Re: Thoughts on this bike?
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2008, 05:51:19 PM »
I know I am probably setting myself up here, but what is that?


It's an Engin Single Speed Rigid 29er.  Fully built that bike is probably around 3000-4500 depending on the components.  The frame itself is around 1500 alone.  Nice bike though.  I prefer this.



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Re: Thoughts on this bike?
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2008, 06:25:07 PM »
yeah, i am definitely going to wait before i buy something else...i am just trying to figure out which bikes are quality and which ones are junk.  sometimes just looking at them i can't tell the difference.

Stay away from newer Schwinns. They were bought out by Pacific about 10 years ago and are no different than the wall mart special you have now. In fact, Wal Mart might even sell them now.

Giant is till a good company.

Try to stay away from any bike that is sold at a department store. They might look cooler than the one you can get at your LBS for the same price but the quality just isn't there.


There is a big difference between department store schwinn`s and bike shop schwinn`s

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Re: Thoughts on this bike?
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2008, 06:26:17 PM »
I know I am probably setting myself up here, but what is that?


It's an Engin Single Speed Rigid 29er.  Fully built that bike is probably around 3000-4500 depending on the components.  The frame itself is around 1500 alone.  Nice bike though.  I prefer this.




Aren't these bikes known for making one crash resulting in the rider becoming entangled in the frame? LOL

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Re: Thoughts on this bike?
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2008, 06:37:50 PM »
another: http://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/bik/924180145.html


Handlebars rotated a bit far forward for such a large bike; front wheel on backwards; seat post clamp on incorrectly; drivetrain dirty and rusted.  They sell new for a round $250/$300.  Put $125 aside, add to it every week or two and when your ready hit your favorite bike shop. Meanwhile go look at what's out there.  Ask questions, test ride a few.  21" is an extra large frame.  How tall are you?

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Re: Thoughts on this bike?
« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2008, 06:41:21 PM »
Research, research and more research!  Check out www.mtbr.com any questions or info is all there!  I have only been riding since roughly May of this year.  I started out on a Trek Hardtail and quickly became an addict! I still ride the Trek but saving for a FS build.  You can never ask too many questions!
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Re: Thoughts on this bike?
« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2008, 06:44:12 PM »
Johnny don't those guys prices scare you too much.  You can get a good quality entry level MTB brand new starting at about $500.  You get more options and adjustability for a couple hundred more, and a really nice ride for $1200 and up.

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Re: Thoughts on this bike?
« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2008, 07:31:39 PM »
Garry:  Yeah, I suppose, but I had/have no real intention of buying this bike.  I'm only inquiring to see which bike models are better than others. 

It's not easy to figure out with so many different brands and models...and then on top of that...some of the brands have a low end cheapo bike but still produce high end quality bikes.  It's kind of confusing for me.

So far from all of my questioning, I am coming to the conclusion that I need to buy: C-dale, Kona, Trek, Giant, or something of the like.
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Re: Thoughts on this bike?
« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2008, 07:33:13 PM »
another: http://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/bik/924180145.html


Handlebars rotated a bit far forward for such a large bike; front wheel on backwards; seat post clamp on incorrectly; drivetrain dirty and rusted.  They sell new for a round $250/$300.  Put $125 aside, add to it every week or two and when your ready hit your favorite bike shop. Meanwhile go look at what's out there.  Ask questions, test ride a few.  21" is an extra large frame.  How tall are you?


I cannot actually see the pics of the bike in this add.  I saw that it was a Giant and looked it up on ebay to see what one would look like.
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