I bought this bike about 5 years ago. I never really used it and it just sat in the basement. Finally I got to a point in my life where I was massively overweight (417 lbs, no that's NOT a typo) and I desperately wanted to loose weight. I turned to this bike. Let me just say that this bike can take a beating. I rode this bike every single day for nine miles in slush, rain, and the heat of sun. In this time not a single thing has ever failed me. The shocks have been true, the seat sturdy, and the ride has been smooth. I have never even had to change a tire. Through riding this bike alone I have lost over 170lbs. People have complained in previous reviews about the seat and it riding oddly to unmentionable places - listen, you can switch seats out on ANY bike you buy, also, if you ride this bike (any bike) a lot you will get saddle sore. Being sore there is a good thing, you're exercising muscles. :) As far as bike specs, the bike itself has two brakes actually. The right hand brake controls your front brake caliper and the left hand brake controls your rear brake caliper. The front tire comes on and off with a latch system which is EXTREMELY nice if you have to unload/load it into a car or a cramped space. You won't need to have a tool to unscrew the wheel which is a total pain in my opinion. The gears are SPECTACULAR. I cannot say enough about it being a 21 speed. You may not feel that you need that many gears but I have honestly used them all even on flat roads. It's nice being able to downshift to cruise or upshift if you want to push yourself harder. You won't regret the different speeds. This is a little heavy in weight but as far as quality this bike is tried and true and more than earned its stripes.
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