The Good :
At $249 this bike is a steal for what it offers. While some bike enthusiasts would argue that buying a "retail store" bike is a waste of time & money, I say it depends on what you plan to use it for. If you want to get into hard-core racing, be completely comfortable on your bike like a hand to a glove, & find a bike that is under 20 lbs., then yeah, this bike would be a waste of your time. However, if you want a 700c road-bike that can reasonably accommodate a rider up to about 180-200 lbs., (without worrying about the need to get sturdier pedals)... one that is built to fit riders between 5'-10" to 6'-4" (this bike's frame is 59 cm), while still being able to provide riders that are shorter or taller than the 5'-10" to 6'-4" range a fairly comfortable ride... & a bike that weighs in at right about 26 lbs., for under $400, then this bike is a good choice. As a regular cyclist of 10+ years, owning a Cannondale road bike & Giant mountain bike, I'd have to say that I really enjoy this bike for just general riding ~ As a fitness & nutrition coach, I would DEF. recommend this bike to anyone who wants to either consider getting into moderate cycling, or someone who doesn't want to spend the big $$ for a bike that they expect to ride less than 3000 mi. per year. The Bad :
Like I mentioned above, this is a good -starter- bike... which means if you plan to regularly ride, (3000+ mi. per year), or are trying to get into professional cycling, then you might want to consider getting a bike that is specifically sized to your height, frame & weight. From what I've been able to tell so far, this bike seems to have a pretty good frame, but like any "budget" bike, it's components just can't hold up very well. Shortly after my computer rolled over the 178 mi. mark, I started hearing a "ticking" sound coming from the rear wheel... it was the rear freewheel hub. The hub isn't too difficult to replace, nor expensive (depending on the quality that is used), but simply the fact that I had to replace the freewheel hub at less than 200 mi. showed me the "quality" of this bike's components ; though it is possible that I just got "lucky" & found a bike with a flawed freewheel. Summary :
No more than this bike costs, I'd say that with a couple of component upgrades, (i.e. the components that receive the most wear-&-tear), & regular maintenance, this bike could endure for many years & provide it's rider with a decent experience, for a good price. Depending on how much a person enjoys their time with this bike, I'd even say that they could upgrade some of the other components, (like the cassette, the drop bars, or the wheels), to reduce the bike's weight down a few pounds, bringing it closer to the weight of a semi-profession bike, for a fraction of the cost. For those who are unsure about the size bike they need, here is a link to a Bike Sizing Calculator : http://www.ebicycles.com/bicycle-tools/frame-sizer/road-bike?clear=1
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