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Old July 28th 03, 04:06 PM
Pat
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I have a relatively inexpensive Mountain Bike I bought several years ago

for
pleasure riding.
Question is, could a cheap mountain bike handle real mountains and tough
terrain? The last thing I want to do is be stuck carrying my bike home

when
I'm far from it.

Cheers,

Remo Rosati, author



I think you answered your own question. Consider that cheap bikes have
cheap components and those components are likely to fail much faster than
more expensive components. The thing to do is examine your bike parts
critically with an eye to durability and quality. ..and take plenty of tools
with you.

And stop all the cross-posting.

Pat in TX


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Old July 28th 03, 04:34 PM
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I have a Giant Rincon which I paid around 600$ CAN and I do Cross Country
mountain biking with it.
You can check on Giant website to see what it looks like and compare with
yours.
I wouldn't go where I go without a a good reinforced frame and a front
suspension.
I wouldn't take this bike for downhill neither, I would rent one instead.

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I have a relatively inexpensive Mountain Bike I bought several years ago

for
pleasure riding.
Question is, could a cheap mountain bike handle real mountains and tough
terrain? The last thing I want to do is be stuck carrying my bike home

when
I'm far from it.

Cheers,

Remo Rosati, author



I think you answered your own question. Consider that cheap bikes have
cheap components and those components are likely to fail much faster than
more expensive components. The thing to do is examine your bike parts
critically with an eye to durability and quality. ..and take plenty of

tools
with you.

And stop all the cross-posting.

Pat in TX




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Old July 28th 03, 04:50 PM
Pete
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"R R" wrote
I have a relatively inexpensive Mountain Bike I bought several years ago

for
pleasure riding.
Question is, could a cheap mountain bike handle real mountains and tough
terrain? The last thing I want to do is be stuck carrying my bike home

when
I'm far from it.


Define cheap.

Dept store cheap, or bike shop cheap?

I have a '99 Specialized HardRock, $350(?), that has served well for many
thousand miles, on and off road.

Pete

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Old August 2nd 03, 03:00 AM
James Messick
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"Pete" wrote in message
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Dept store cheap, or bike shop cheap?

I have a '99 Specialized HardRock, $350(?), that has served well for many
thousand miles, on and off road.


Really. My theory is that cheap bike-store bikes are actually more durable
than the more expensive ones. That's because the cheaper gruppos are heavier
so should be pretty strong, right?

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Old August 2nd 03, 03:35 PM
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On 2 Aug 2003 02:00:22 GMT, James Messick wrote:
Really. My theory is that cheap bike-store bikes are actually more
durable
than the more expensive ones. That's because the cheaper gruppos are
heavier so should be pretty strong, right?


No such luck. When you get that cheap, they're made out of very
cheap alloys that break easier.

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Old August 2nd 03, 06:52 PM
Dennis P. Harris
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On 2 Aug 2003 02:00:22 GMT in rec.bicycles.misc, "James Messick"
wrote:

Really. My theory is that cheap bike-store bikes are actually more durable
than the more expensive ones. That's because the cheaper gruppos are heavier
so should be pretty strong, right?

uh, no. cheap gruppos are not as well finished, require more
lubrication, and wear out faster.


 




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