Remember that it's a $100 - $120 wal mart bike, not a Trek or Specialized, etc. It's not a bad bike at all, and for such a low price, you can't beat it. Remember, it's not the top of the line, just like not every car is top of the line. But it does what it is meant to do, and that is to go off road on moderate trails and dirt roads - it's not meant for jumps, or BMX, or even speed for that matter. Just as an offroad vehicle is not made for speed, neither is the Mongoose XR-75. If those who are interested in this bike primarily want speed, consider a road bike, urban bike, or hybrid. I bought this bike as an occasional alternative to my road bike (Trek 1000). Having owned a road bike for several years, I know a few things about bikes. I was skeptical at first, but then realized the most I could lose is the cheap cost of the bike! So I tried it out. I've been very satisfied with it, and it's held up with no problems, except for a couple of flats caused by thorns. Slime tubes seem to do the trick. Wal Mart, and other dept stors do in fact have some poor quality bikes, so use your judgement. I was sold on the fact that it feels decently durable, and also the Shimano and Sram components, as well as what I assume to be aluminum pedals (not plastic). The brakes are cheap, and a couple gears slip. Easy fixes with an adjustment. This bike will likely not last as long as a Trek, or Specialized, but for $100 it's worth it. But hey, it's made in China as is Trek and probably Specialized too. For my purposes of riding on moderate trails and dirt roads, I'm very happy with it.
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