I bought a Huffy Black Widow online. It's a full suspension Mountain Bike, and very very nice. It had all the features I was looking for except one.....comfort. It didn't fit me, and was very uncomfortable. I have another Mountain Bike that isn't full suspension, and just decided to keep it and exchange the Black Widow for this Avalon. I went to 7 different Wal-Mart stores until I found one with a single Avalon in stock. I returned the Huffy, and left with the Avalon. I rode it in the parking lot, and found the handlebars were slightly out of alignment with the frame, the brakes were assembled too loosely with too much play, the seat post quick disconnect was loose, and the gears were completely out of adjustment. The front tire was improperly installed in the fork and was leaning a bit. After 45 minutes of adjusting and test riding in the parking lot, the bike was ready! I took it home and rode along with a friend for 45 minutes or so. Her bike is a very nice name brand Hybrid with 21 speeds and she was unable to keep up during a little sprint. I might add, she is very athletic and competitive. At any rate, the bike performs well. It rides well, with great handling and braking and the comfy suspension takes out the hard bumps. I was skeptical about ONLY 7 speeds, but some thought was put into the ratios, and they are more than adequate. The Aluminum frame makes the bike very light weight and manageable. I see other reviewers complaining about failures and non-working features. This is a production item, hastily assembled and shipped. The Wal-Mart bike builder is merely an associate who takes the parts out of the box and assembles them at no extra charge. Some other stores charge a fee. The bike builder does not tune and align the bike! It's the purchaser's responsibility to fine tune the mechanics. One of the reasons bike stores charge so much more than Wal-Mart for bicycles is the time they spend setting up each and every bike. If you're incapable of setting up a bike, then please do yourself a favor and spend the extra money to have someone do it for you, or buy it from a competitor that offers this service. To set up the bike you only need a couple of metric box wrenches, a few Allen wrenches and a phillips screwdriver. This is an attractive bicycle (the paint scheme is really nice, but this is subjective) with good features and performance, and in my opinion....a great value!
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