I recently gained interest in Biking and decided to buy something cheap before plopping down big bucks for a more advanced model (trek, Scott, etc). This bike exceeds my expectations given the price of $80 - It has a sturdy steel frame and all major components are made of metal - even the pedals. I agree that the seat is a bit uncomfortable, but it is a bike seat - even $1000 bikes have uncomfortable factory bike seats. Overall assembly was easy (need allen wrenches, socket set, pliers), but the fine tuning takes time. Also, make sure you go through the entire assembly and make sure that every bolt is tightened, as some of the pre-assembled factory work seemed to be just finger tight. I've owned this bike for a few weeks and am just starting to get the brakes to have the right sensitivity for my tastes. I have taken it on several 5 mile bike trips thus far. Clearly, the real test will be how this bike functions a year from now. But, given its steel construction and basic components, I don't think reliability will be a major issue. Gear shifting is this bikes weakest point as gears skip or take a while to catch. In one instance, the chain fell off of the gear while I was riding it, but it was easy to put it back on. I think this bike would be better if it had less gears that just worked better. I have found a few sweet spots that seems to work well, such as gears 1 and 6. Overall this is a fantastic entry level bike . This bike is well suited for streets, sidewalks and light trails. If you budget is under $200, I think this is your best bet. I would avoid the "name brands" under $200 as they are really just slapping a respected brand onto a similar quality bike as this. You will need to spend much more to get something worth paying for - like a Trek, Specialized, or Scott.
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