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    GMC Topkick, opinions?

    Im looking into a new bike. I have only been riding for a couple of months, so im only looking for a newbie bike, or maybe a mid level bike so that it can last for a long time. Recently i have gotten really into the sport, and i cant stop.

    I usually ride at Markham Park, Florida, lots of offroading and a great ride. I recently rode in alaska (on their "expert" trails) as well, so i have a little experience with real mountains.

    I was looking at the GMC Topkick Dual-Suspension Mountain bike (Found it on amazon.com, it has all the specs there if you want to see them)

    It looks great, with the accessories and all. But the weight says 45 pounds. That seems impossible. And the frame is apparently 26". I am 6 feet tall, i thought 19" would be an ideal frame size. Anybody have any thoughts or experience with the bike?

    Im visiting a bike store tomorrow to see if they have any upgradable bikes that will last me for a while. Maybe ill buy a real mountain bike and upgrade it as i get better at the sport.

    Thanks for the help.

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    Stay away from the GMC. It is what is called a bike shaped object (BSO). It looks like a mountain bike, but it is basically useless for anything other than riding on the sidewalk. And yes that bike could easily be 45 pounds. The bare minimum you can spend and get a good full suspension bike is $1000. If your budget is more around $300, get a hardtail from a bike store.
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    There is no way it is 26". That is the wheel/tire size, not the frame. I would avoid it, and get a hardtail, that you can upgrade later.

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    I always thought that the GMC Topkick was a truck... If you are truly interested in getting into mountain biking, invest in a bike other than from a department store. You will thank yourself many times over.
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    You'd be better off looking for a lightly used garage queen at a yard sale.... Or just getting a bike at a bike shop. If you're interested in the sport, a basic Trek or Giant mountain bike should provide a stable, upgradeable platform to use. Plus, if you don't end up really getting into mountain biking, they can serve as practical transportation much better than the "GMC Topkick" will.

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    Thanks a bunch guys. Im really happy i came to you guys first and got out of that GMC trainwreck.

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    not really a bad back for a beginner

    it's really not that bad of a bike....not everyone has to drop $1500-$2500 on a bike...we are all not going into the PRO circuit...

    I have one of these GMC bikes (and GMC has nothing to do with making them, they are just licensed under them) and i have over 700 miles on it, the only thing i have changed are the pedals and crank derailer.

    the frame is made very well and the welds are very nice (i'm a licensed Level 2 CWI)
    mine only came with disc brakes, although it still has to posts on the fork and rear arm to mount linear pull rim brakes.

    keeping in mind that the only thing unique to a particular named brand bike is the frame....everything else on it is made by someone else and bolted to it.

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    Is it just me or does it sound like berealistic is upset his bike came with disc brakes and not v-brakes. I can't wait to get ride of my shitty v-brakes on my rockhopper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flippedr6 View Post
    Is it just me or does it sound like berealistic is upset his bike came with disc brakes and not v-brakes. I can't wait to get ride of my shitty v-brakes on my rockhopper.
    Shitty brakes are shitty brakes, regardless of whether they are V or Disc.

    Full provisions for disc brakes (hubs, frame tabs, etc) do allow you to upgrade to something really nice if you choose though.
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    i prefer disc brakes...i thought i had read where someone said it had front disc brakes and rim brakes...

    basically, i was trying to get across that you can find a good beginner bike and upgrade the components as one's budget allows....

    until recently, i had one of those Shogun full suspensions things...nice frame, a little heavy, but over time, the only thing left that was original was the frame...i changed everything else out for better components...(and then it got stolen...lol)

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    I remember when i first got into the market for a mountain bike and I was shopping around all the box stores and finding bikes I was interested in for a good price around the 250$-400$ range. Then one day I found this site started getting more knowledgeable and couldn't be more thankful for talking me out of buying from the box store an hating myself. I saved a few more $$ went to a REAL Bikeshop and just bought a 2012 Giant Revel 1 and couldn't be more happier for a entry level mountain bike, frame is light, bike looks nice, has decent components. Your best bet is to visit your LBS and talked to them and to find a better bike than the one your looking at you'll thank yourself later.

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