Ok. I have read the reviews for this bike and I must say they are somewhat true. This bike is by all means not for heavy mountain biking unless you upgrade it extensively, but it has some very good aspects to it.
First off, having upgraded to this bike from other poor bikes ( Mt.Fury Roadmaster, DXR-AL) this bike rides like a dream. Especially if you consider what I do, which is use it for riding around town, and to deliver my papers, It holds up very well.
One note about this bike, is that you should try to replace the Rear Derailleur as soon as you get it. The derailleur is a Shimano Tourney, which is a very bad part. Upgrading to a Shimano Altus would probably be a good investment.
Next is the fork. My forks dust caps blew out after hitting a couple of large bumps in the sidewalk. This made no effect on the quality it gave, as the fork has still held up for me, and still gives suspension. I am replacing it for a bit better of a fork though.
Shocks are next. I have heard people say the shocks on this bike are the worst thing you can ever use sometimes. Far from it. They hold up great under the pressure I have put them under, and I am not replacing them anytime soon.
Gear Shifters next. They work great! Now, I bought my bike from the walmart around here, and the gear shifter and derailleurs were actually tuned correctly. I have had no problems except a little bit of jolts. Easily fixable.
Finally, Brakes. The disc brakes are a dream. I dont even use the back brake anymore. once you get these brakes set up, they work perfectly.
Overall - This bike is, as once said, not by any means for the heavy mountain biker. but if you use it, like i do, for just getting around town, riding with friends, or doing an early morning job, its perfect in almost every aspect.
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