Followups set to poster, as I do not read this group — but of course you are welcome to crosspost replies, too. I am looking to buy a basic mountain bike. I don’t require anything terribly fancy, and the main criterion is that the bike be durable (i.e., not shoddily made). I would anticipate spending about $250-$300. The problem is that I don’t know a lot about mountain bikes, and therefore I am looking for advice as to which brand to buy so that I don’t appear completely clueless when I go to the bicycle shop. I’d appreciate it if someone out there could drop me a note as to what kind of mountain bike might be appropriate.
Hi there, whatever you do – please avoid Huffy. You should probably have a look at Specialized, Trek, KHS or bikes like them. The first things you should make sure of is the brand of the tubes. Make sure that they are Tange, True Temper, or Columbus and that they are of a reasonable quality (at least chrome-molybdenum alloys). Also check the components.
The higher prize, the better quality. The better quality are of cause also the easiest to work with and adjust. Shimano STX is probably the cheepest you can liva with for a longer period. Try evt. to find a last years bike on sale. You often gets a good bargain on an older model and you don’t compromize the quality as much as by buing a brandnew with cheeper components.I’m shopping for some friends who are looking to get some mountain bikes. I’m the resident expert around here, so I’ll be the one making the purchasing decision — in other words, please reply directly to me. One of my friends is looking for a medium sized (18 to 20) inch mountain bike with Deore componants (something like a RockHopper Comp or a StumpJumper Comp).