first off, i almost missed seeing this bike as it was quite new and i had done research before going to the stores, but hadn't encountered this model. but i was pleasantly surprised when it was brought down from the rack. (at this point i have to compliment the extremely helpful and patient associate that helped me with a great attitude, kudos to him!) this seems to be a sturdy yet versatile framed bike with lots of potential. i know i can safely ride trails and dirt roads and ditch-banks with ease and still have a quick, smooth ride on pavement as well. 21 speeds seems plenty for me, as i know i will find about 5- 7 favorites to use. the shifting system worked great off the rack. the tires are a nice hybrid being somewhat thin for a mountain bike, yet much more rugged and adept than most hybrid or cruiser types. i attached all my accessories and was still astonished at how light this bike was. i am still on the fence about the brakes on this bike, but as i learn more about them and tune them, they may suffice nicely, or i may look into switching over to a disk brake system in the future. the seat seemed adequate in the store, however for any length of riding i'm sure it would begin to develop resentment, so i grabbed a cushioned seat cover to help out and it is quite comfortable. for the money i spent on this bike and the accessories, i expect that i will get a lot of value from this bike, first things getting upgraded will be the inner tubes and the brake system, but aside from that, i may not need to do much more to it. you would have a hard time beating the value of this bike if it fits your style of riding. can be bought with confidence, i believe.
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