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  • DaHumanSponge
    ****

    This was my second mountain bike and held up well over the years with little frame damage but at 15,000-20,000 miles it is starting to show its age.
    In 2015 this became my daily ride because road bikes suck if you ride as hard as I like to in the streets!

    Pros
    Strong frame, well built, very nimble

    Cons
    Heavy, bad front fork

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  • joserivera
    ****

    I say for entry level riding you can't go wrong I have had for 5 years and it's done the job. I'm looking to upgrade now. This bike has never left me stranded

    Pros
    Affordable, very reliable takes a beating

    Cons
    Low end shifting parts and junk forks

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  • NYRangers34
    ****

    I've been riding since 2007 and unfortunately had to get a new bike recently. Got this used for $175 and had it tuned up and put a bash guard on it removed the big ring. This is absolutely fine for the aggressive riding I do on my local trails. Takes a lot of abuse and keeps on ticking. Down the road will probably replace the plastic petals when they break soon and the shifters and derailleur when they go.

    Pros
    Sturdy, affordable, kenda tires ok

    Cons
    Cheaper components, derailleur, shifters

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  • luv2mtb
    ****

    Bought this December of '07 from Dicks. Hardly nothing left on it of the original components. I like the bomb-proof frame but it is heavy. The original fork was terrible, rockshox tora air fork was a huge upgrade. I added disk brakes, an XL bottom bracket and other goodies so its a whole different animal than when I plucked it off the shelf. 3500 miles all over the US and more soon in the DominicanRepublic...still ove it. But if you don't wanna go through the trouble of upgrading all the cheap parts, pony up $500 or a grand and get something nicer.ProsStrong frame, good geometryConsHeavy, stock components were cheap.

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  • CleMTB
    ****

    Overall I love the bike, first bike I have had with disc breaks and they are great. I ride about everyday and it has mostly held up, over all it is a great beginners bike.

    Pros
    Light frame, good handle bars and breaks, handles well in mud and water

    Cons
    Plastic pedals and single clamp shifter and breaks

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  • ***

    Good starter bike

    Pros
    Great handler bars and shifters. Wheels have great grip. Suspension does great on the trail!

    Cons
    Pedals

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  • JakePfiz
    **

    If you plan to, or do ride aggressively, I would not recommend this bike. If you are looking for a budget bike, and you are not concerned with becoming an aggressive rider, then this bike will probably work fine for you.

    Pros
    Seems to be a great frame. Strong, and nice lines. Price point is there for sure.Good for an entry level rider who does not plan on getting to aggressive, or even a seasoned rider, who doesn't get real aggressive.

    Cons
    The jury is still out, but I will say that on my first "real" ride... 3 hours...15 miles...single track...some technical stuff...one of the pedals completely stripped from the crank, and came off while turning into a chute. Not cool. The components seem to be of lesser quality fr sure. Most are saying it's a good value, entry level bike, and that if you replace the parts with better ones as they break, you will eventually have a really nice bike. I might be returning mine. tough I am technically a beginner, I am more aggressive by nature, and I pick things up fast... I believe I need more bike right from the start.

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  • steve.camarillo
    ****

    Bought this bike when I decided to get back into MTBing and didn't want to spend too much $$. Got this one for about $350 and have rode the crap out of it since. Love the bike and am very pleased with the puchase. the front shock is garbarge, but gets the job done. when it breaks I'll replace it. Would recommend if anyone asked.

    Pros
    brakes, frame, handlebars, crankset, seat, price

    Cons
    gears slip, front shock (terrible - wish it would break)

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  • monkeyluva8469
    ****

    So far I'm very pleased with my bike. Once I get more experience I will probably invest in a better bike. But for now it's a great bike and it's taking care of me

    Pros
    Great ride so far, had for about a 2 weeks. Considering i'm a beginner this seems to be a great beginner bike so far

    Cons
    I had some issues with the shifter that eventually corrected itself

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  • mallonation
    ***

    Considering the fork and some other items were destined for quick replacement from the get-go, the bike was at a solid place to start as a beginner. The value is excellent and I hadn't busted my wallet getting the right components rigged for hard and frequent rides, and for the last year it has been perfect as my rigid 69er 1x9 city bike. The frame is cheaper aluminum and pretty clunky, but it's a great platform for entry level upgrades, and if you can get rid of that fork youll have a healthy bike by the time you need one. and put a chain stay guard on that thing because itll tonk like a cowbell.

    Pros
    It turns out the BB, rims/tires, rotors and calipers have pulled through the last 4-5 years with little fuss. The frame is the real value here, however, even though it has that crappy tonk sound to it.

    Cons
    Well, it's a department store bike. The stock fork was trash and is long gone, basically anything that will break has broken a long time ago.

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  • DMbBiker6
    *****

    if you have the chance to buy this bike. DO IT! probably one of the best bikes in its price range and is not cheap feeling, looking, or performance wise. overall a good bike!

    Pros
    feels sturdy, light, looks sharp

    Cons
    my handlebars are a little creaky probably just loose

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  • BenChanco
    ***

    For the price it is pretty good, but you might as well save a few more bucks and get the sport or comp version... but if your into spending that much then you might as well get a specialized hard rock.

    Pros
    The frame is brilliant, love it.

    Cons
    I broke the rear hub in under two months of owning. V-brakes leave allot to be desired, but there are disc mounts. All the gear on it is basic entry level.

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  • gjyagy
    *****

    Buy this for a first-time mountain biker. Great value, great features.

    Pros
    Great bike and features for the price. The XE model that I bought has disk brakes. Needed the larger frame size (20") and it feels perfect so far.

    Cons
    Nothing so far

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  • Dagair002
    ****

    Great bike for the money. Good for camp grounds and light XC riding. Leaves plenty of room for upgrades, and is good enough to get someone interested in trail riding.

    Pros
    Light weight. Robust frame. Great beginner specs.

    Cons
    plastic pedals. linear brakes vs. disc brakes.

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  • Dagair002
    ****

    Overall, this makes for a great first bike. The frame is a tank, and the overall component spec is enough to get someone started on begginer to intermediate cross country trails.

    Pros
    Great set up for the price. Good for someone to get started into mountain biking.

    Cons
    The fork can bottom out easy for heavy riders, or aggressive riders. The SRAM X4 drivetrain is only 24 gears

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  • Dagair002
    ****

    I have upgraded everything on this bike, aside from the fork and original shifters, and in general it holds up to the abuse of heavy XC, all mountain, and even some light free ride riding. Other then the fact that I basically had to upgrade every bit on this bike to get it to where I wanted it to be, it's been good to me.

    Pros
    Great bike for the price. I put it through it's motions with some heavy XC riding, all mountain, and some light free riding. It does well in pretty much every condition I've been able to ride it in here in Ohio.

    Cons
    The general description for the 2010 version states that this bike is an "all mountain hardtail". Well... after talking with some customer service reps at DB, they seem to agree that it's not really built well enough for all mountain riding with factory specs, and one even said "it's a XC bike, and you may run into problems riding it for all mountain." I sell the response series at my place of employment, and was somewhat surprised to hear this. My bike does have a slight creek that you can hear every once in a while when you're really cranking uphill, but not a performance issue.

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  • mfattah
    ****

    you get what you pay for,if your a rough rider on trails may not be bike for you...entry level urban rider may be good fit

    Pros
    light aluminum frame, feels fast, smooth shifting, large frame sizes available

    Cons
    didn't like fork, no options..weak travel & lock out, squeaky brakes

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