I am a beginner and would definitely appreciate your expertise.
I just purchased a Mongoose XR-Comp from Walmart.
- I was looking for a full suspension bike
- I was looking for dual disc brakes
- Can't really afford the LBS ones
What are your thoughts on this bike? My main goal is to ride around my town, go to the trails a couple times a year and just have fun without breaking the bank while getting a good workout.
Also looking for the accessory that lifts the rear wheel so that I can ride it as an exercise bike. Any links would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
if you are going to ride around town almost all the time and only a couple times a year hit the trail...why full suspension and why disc brakes?
i think your best bet as far as retail store bikes go is to get a fully rigid bike with rim brakes. then you can use the money you saved on a fully rigid bike with rim brakes on a tune-up at the LBS (remember, the same guy that assembles furnature is the guy who assembles bikes at retail stores). this way you will get a bike that is lighter than a full suspension w/ disc brakes bike and one that operates smoother.
Seriously? There have been plenty of threads about this before. In fact, there is a XR-Comp thread only six down from this one.
The accessory to lift the wheel is called a trainer. You can find them at nearly any online bikes/parts site. Check out jensonusa.com, nashbar.com, performancebike.com, and use google. I don't know prices on them, cause I've never looked for one, but I don't think they're too expensive. My uncle bought an XR-Comp a little over a year ago and it's still going strong. He hasn't replaced anything on it, nor has he had any problems with it. He rides it hard too. Usually about 100 miles a week on pretty rough trails, so you shouldn't have any problems.
I would like to know something. Why must everyone talk down about assemblers at Walmart? Ever stop to think that there might be a Walmart assembler on the forum. It's a little offending. I've been an assembler for going on 3 years, and I can't speak for other stores, but I know I can build or repair a bike just as well as a LBS tech. Sure, there might be things here and there I don't know, but I can easily find answers to whatever I need. Is knowing how to build more than just bikes supposed to be a bad thing? I work with my hands, whether that be with a bike, tv stand, or grill. I build them all RIGHT. So just keep in mind that not all assemblers are idiots. I KNOW how to do my job well.
Did you really need to resurrect a 5 month old thread?
Originally Posted by bones72751
We talk down about Walmart assemblers because we've never seen a properly assembled Walmart bike. In fact, most of the bikes I've seen have been assembled in a dangerous fashion, with no regard for the safety of the customer. While you might be an exception, Walmart assemblers should continue to not be trusted.