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    I'm a Costco employee, and those bikes come in mostly assembled. They are in large boxes, and really require the wheels, seat, and handlebars be put on. While not idiot-proof, people in the stores are not doing any technical work. Cables are pre-ran, brakes are assembled, etc. They are coming that poorly tuned from the factory.
    They seem like they would be o.k., but I've been skeptical. We had some DB's that looked alright as well. I thought they seemed like decent started bikes, but not much beyond that.

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    YIKES grip shift
    Nothing wrong with Gripshift.

    They are in large boxes, and really require the wheels, seat, and handlebars be put on.
    And pedals right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kona0197
    Nothing wrong with Gripshift.

    If there was nothing wrong with it where did it go ???
    1.. 2.. 3... 4...........FIFFFFFFF !!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by clintrosser
    I'm a Costco employee, and those bikes come in mostly assembled. They are in large boxes, and really require the wheels, seat, and handlebars be put on. While not idiot-proof, people in the stores are not doing any technical work. Cables are pre-ran, brakes are assembled, etc. They are coming that poorly tuned from the factory.
    They seem like they would be o.k., but I've been skeptical. We had some DB's that looked alright as well. I thought they seemed like decent started bikes, but not much beyond that.
    All bikes come like that. I worked a shop for a while and that is the reality. It is Costco's or whomever's responsibility to tune the bike correctly (adjust the brakes, derailer,s check torque, etc). You can't pre-assemble a bike, tune it, then disassemble it, and have it work correctly when you reassemble it. Things shift around, the housing ends don't bed in or go to the exact same position as when everything was conected/tightented, etc.
    "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hellrazor666
    If there was nothing wrong with it where did it go ???
    What do you mean? Gripshift is still sold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem
    All bikes come like that. I worked a shop for a while and that is the reality. It is Costco's or whomever's responsibility to tune the bike correctly (adjust the brakes, derailer,s check torque, etc). You can't pre-assemble a bike, tune it, then disassemble it, and have it work correctly when you reassemble it. Things shift around, the housing ends don't bed in or go to the exact same position as when everything was conected/tightented, etc.
    You are correct, unfortunately Costco (or whoever) does not employ trained bike mechanics to tune them correctly. Frankly, it bothers me; but I guess that is why it's a better idea to buy from a bike shop.

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    i didnt take the time to read the thread completely but ive seen a lot of posts about the target brand bikes... i think its called the forge sawback.. if i remember correctly it was 3-400 range and was a pretty legit bike.. can anyone help me out wiht a link?

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    Here let me google that for you :

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&s...=&oq=&gs_rfai=

    http://www.target.com/Men%E2%80%99s-.../dp/B000LWH8KC


    DescriptionThe Forge Sawback 5xx hard-tail mountain bike has been recognized by mountain bikers countrywide as a bike with an exceptional value. This bike offers brand name components and is awesome on dirt trails and single tracks. Shimano Deore drivetrain and shifters with a Truvativ ISOflow crankset, RockShox Dart 1, dual AVID BB-5 mechanical disc brakes and a lightweight aluminum double-butted frame provide superb stability, control, power and responsiveness. Sawback 5xx uses well-recognized WTB products such as: WTB SpeedDisc XC Rims, a Pure V Sport saddle and grips. 19" frame stands over 31.7H" fits most riders 59" to 61". Note: Frame size is determined by measuring the distance from the center of the bottom bracket (the bolt that locks in the crank) to the top of the seat tube. Stand-over height is determined by measuring the distance from the ground to the top tube. A bike that you ride only on paved surfaces and never take off road should give you a minimum stand-over height clearance of 2", a bike that you ride on unpaved surfaces should give you a minimum of 3" of stand-over height clearance and a bike that you ride off road should give you a minimum of 4" of stand-over height clearance.
    FeaturesAll-aluminum, double-butted lightweight frame with WTB SpeedDisc XC rims, saddle and grips for real quality
    Shimano Deore 27-speed derailleur and Shimano Deore shifters
    AVID BB-5 mechanical disc brakeset for ultimate stopping
    RockShox Dart 1: 100mm travel with preload front suspension
    Truvativ ISOflow aluminum triple crankset
    Bicycle Frame Height: 19"
    Bicycle Frame Material: Aluminum
    Wheel Features: Puncture Resistant
    Rim Material: Metal Alloy
    Brake System: Disc
    Used For: All Mountain
    Manufacturer Suggested Age: 18 Years and Up
    Care and Cleaning: Wipe Clean With Soap and Water
    Additional InformationDPCI: 242-04-1627
    ASIN: B000LWH8KC
    Catalog #: 10476138
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    Estimated Ship Dimensions : 53 inches length x 28 inches width x 8 inches height
    Estimated Ship Weight: 39.00 pounds.
    This item can only be shipped to the 50 states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, or Puerto Rico.
    This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. A separate shipping charge will also apply.
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    yup thats the one, check out reviews on here..i think there was a thread on either general or beginners not too long ago either

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    Hmmm, I may have to return the Northrock after all.... .

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    Why?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kona0197
    Why?
    To buy the sawback...for $41 you get a 1.5 lb lighter bike, better components, 27 speeds instead of 24, 100mm travel fork instead of 80mm, AVID BB5 brakes instead of Tektro IO, etc.

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    I see. Nevermind that I asked. How much does the Sawback weigh?
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    Hmm, what about putting it together tho, i dont think it will come pre-assembled right? I have no idea how to build a bike.

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    Usually just put the pedals on and the handlebar.
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    Sweet, im returning my northrock today and ordering the sawback

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    To bad the sawback only comes in Red. They have other colors but those are other sizes as well.
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    They come in other colors... blue and grey, which are both 19", the red one is 17" i think. The northrock is also 19" so it would be the same.

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    I can't ride a 19 inch. Too big.
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    Hmm, so should I do it? My LBS said it would cost 58 bucks for a tune up, which i will definately need, so the question is... is the sawback worth 100 bucks more than the northrock?

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    Just pickup the Northrock SC7 from Costco, the price ($259) was reasonable since I plan to use it for recreational riding with the wife. The two assembled bikes on display were damaged from customer mishandling so I had Costco get a boxed one down for me. I rather assemble something myself rather than depend on someone else to get it right. Assembly was fairly simple although I still need to adjust brakes and shifter. Took it on a three mile tour around the town (Punta Gorda, FL) and was happy with the performance and handling. very comfortable bike. I'm 6'3" 250 lbs. not many bikes ride as good as this one did. The only change I made was to take off the small butt seat and put on a wider one for my big butt.

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    Upset Northrock bike sucks

    I return 2 Northrock bike back to Costco. They were terrible assembled. The biggest problem: They don't shift properly. My friends $150 bike he purchased at Toysrus works a lot better than the $300 bike I purchased at Costco.

    I think I just going to stay away from Costco.

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    Yep. Red is the 17 inch and blue and silver are the 19 inch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by officerchuck
    I return 2 Northrock bike back to Costco. They were terrible assembled. The biggest problem: They don't shift properly. My friends $150 bike he purchased at Toysrus works a lot better than the $300 bike I purchased at Costco.

    I think I just going to stay away from Costco.
    This very well could be the first time a Toys R Us bike has ever been mentioned on this forum!

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    disc brake pad replacements for this

    I bought one of these and had it in the north country of AZ this weekend and it performed well. I used to ride KHS and Klein and have to say I was surprised that this bike, once adjusted, felt very very similar to what I remember $1500 bikes riding like 20 years ago. My question is about getting some replacement brake pads/discs. it's been more than 15 years since riding seriously and I'm getting back slowly, but the one thing I remember is to get a few spares in case the mfg changes or goes under. Where do you guys get your replacement parts? Who is good? My LBS went away about two years ago, I'm in Phoenix, az but not allergic to using online stores if they're working better.
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