November 4, 2008
For the price you cant beat this bike. It has held up very well on some Intermediate/Difficult trails.
The Tektro brakes SUCK! They work well when tuned but are in constant need of tuning which can be a problem. I would recomend to upgrade the brakes to BB7s ASAP. The front fork is a little weak but it works. The 8 speed drive train makes upgrading a little difficult without having to buy a whole new drive train.
The stock grips could not be more uncomfortable.
It sounds like there are alot of cons and that I am bagging on the bike. Truth be told there are many better bikes available.
I gave it such a high rating because it is a quality bike, very affordable, and allowed me to explore this sport with out breaking the bank or upsetting the wife. and I can upgrade the bike as I need to.
This is THE perfect introductory bike for those on a tight budget.