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    39yo w/Cruiser Darin's Avatar
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    Ok, ready to upgrade my Cruiser. Ideas?

    I'm ready to buy a new/used Cruiser. My daugter wants one, so I'm giving her mine and getting a better one. My Haro new was about $250. It's been a good tough bike. I'm not unhappy with it, just wanting something lighter, better. My current bike does not have sealed cranks or headset. So I think that will be part of the upgrade. I know nothing really of whats available. But I'm thinking of spending about $400, not any more. I've been looking on ebay, and seeing bikes in this range with listed components. But I don't know what they are, so they could be anything and I wouldn't know. One bike that caught my interest was a Huffy Primus. Mainly because of the look. Which is a lame reason to buy a bike. But the component seem good, I think. I'd like to stay toward light and racey. I do use it for jumping, but not crazy jumps onto flat landings, I like to hit the downhill as much as possible. So I'm not really concerned about cromo. I dig alum as much as I can get. Except the cranks, I will need pretty strong cranks. I've seen cruisers with alum cranks, but I'm pretty sure I'd trash them. Compontent suggestions would be helpful. I'm not against building a bike over the winter. But not looking forward to it either. Remember. $400 is pretty much my limit. Fast, light, pretty strong.

    Thanks.

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    Huffy? Are you smoking crack? Check the Felt Sector 24. Sweet bike. I kind of liked it better than the Haro, but I kept the Haro, sold the Felt.

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    I have no idea of the prices, but I always liked Redlines race bikes.

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    pshhh


    go to www.shadowconspiracy.com

    there making a limited edition cruiser....like 500 or something of em...

    its really nice...

    if not go with a DK General Lee in 24"

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    Quote Originally Posted by KinetikBiker04
    go to www.shadowconspiracy.com

    there making a limited edition cruiser....like 500 or something of em...
    That's the wrong URL for The Shadow Conspiracy's website, but here are the details on that cruiser, which is pretty nice.

    On the other hand, though, it's still a cruiser. Personally, I'd just get the 24" S&M RV.

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    uhh my bad on the link..must have spelled it wrong or somthing..

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    Not smokin crack. The frame is alum. I trust the welds. The name on the frame is just a sticker if the components are all as good as what you'd find on another bike. Where not talking about a Walmart huffy here.

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    I saw an awesome K2 Maintime 24" bike on eBay. Aluminum frame.

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    No one over the age of 8 should ride a Huffy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    No one over the age of 8 should ride a Huffy.
    Nobody under, either!

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    what about Corey Nastio?

    he rides a huffy...
    and Todd Lyons a few years back..

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    *nastazio

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    If you honestly believe that Cory Nastazio or Todd Lyons would have been riding Huffys (Huffies?) if they weren't being paid to do so, than you clearly have some sort of mental handicap.

    And Nastazio hasn't been on Huffy for at least a year now; they dropped their entire BMX program a while ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prozakk
    Nobody under, either!

    Based on what? Sure Huffy makes junk. Dodge makes a Caviler, but they also make a Viper. If Huffy makes a good Alum race frame, then stuffs it full of the same high end components you find on other high end race bikes, then what's the difference. At that point, you may argue frame geometry. But what else?

    Take a look at this bike. Tell me what you think is good and bad about it. I'm not too proud to ride a Huffy Race bike. Anyone that passes me on the track can laugh if they want.

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    Let's see:
    You've got a sh1tty aluminum frame, probably ordered straight out of the Taiwan Bicycle Guide.
    You've got an Answer aluminum single-crown fork (not bad, but not even remotely strong).
    There's 185mm Redline cranks, which are far from most people's choice for that part.
    It has an Odyssey Intac seatpost, which is nice; hell, it's what I use.
    It has crappy Redline hubs, and Sun rims that are light, but not even remotely strong.
    It claims to have an Odyssey stem, but looking at the picture, it most definitely is not, and appears to be an old POS Fishbone Big Bone stem.
    There's an incredibly heavy-looking pair of 6-piece bars from an unknown brand.
    It has some crappy Tektro v-brakes.
    It has a light THE seat, which is fine if you're racing on it.
    It has Fishbone pedals, which, like every other product released by that now-out-of-business company, is a piece of crap.
    He doesn't say what sprocket, chain, lever, grips, tires, and brake cable it has, so I can't really judge those.

    But I will say this: for $400 bucks, that's a ripoff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darin
    Based on what? Sure Huffy makes junk. Dodge makes a Caviler, but they also make a Viper. If Huffy makes a good Alum race frame, then stuffs it full of the same high end components you find on other high end race bikes, then what's the difference. At that point, you may argue frame geometry. But what else?
    Ok, so you think you're buying a decent frame for $400, but Beerman has explained the rest is junk. Chevy made the Cavalier, Dodge makes the Neon. If you can find a Huffy race bike that's 5 times the cost of the standard production one, it may be something special.

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    That's why I'm asking. Thanks for the input. I don't know much about the components.

    Any other ideas in the $400 range?
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    Actually, I'd say that the frame is garbage, too. There's a reason why you're seeing more and more racers switching back to lightweight 4130 frames, and it's not only because they don't have goofy-looking monocoque designs.

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    Whilst that bike may not be bargain of the year, it's still a respectable bike. Hufy did make some highish quality bmxs. And seeing as huffy bought that frame from the people who made lots of other companies bikes there's absolutely no reason to let the Huffy name put you off.
    Redline cranks are perfectly good 3 pc cranks.
    Fishbone pedals were most likely made by the same people who make all the other ****ing pedals out there.
    Redline have good hubs, and **** hubs. From that distance I don't know what they are.
    Lots of riders run Rhynolites.
    Oh yeah, it's a 7005 series al frame. Cheap frames are typically 6061.
    Personally I wouldn't buy it, I don't trust al frames let alone forks.

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    I play guitar in a country band, this is my page on the band website.
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    I'm no expert, but that looks like a really nice bike! I drooled a little while viewing it (lol).

    Being you're tall, you might want some taller bars. Also being tall you probably have large hands. PM me if you want some links to good taller bars & larger diameter grips if you buy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prozakk
    I'm no expert, but that looks like a really nice bike! I drooled a little while viewing it (lol).

    Being you're tall, you might want some taller bars. Also being tall you probably have large hands. PM me if you want some links to good taller bars & larger diameter grips if you buy it.
    Here on bikeforums we encourage good hygiene. Don't drool. And don't say "lol", this isn't AIM.

    [edit - If you use AOLese, the moderator will strike you down]

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    I like the "this frame has never been crashed" disclaimer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mude
    Here on bikeforums we encourage good hygiene. Don't drool. And don't say "lol", this isn't AIM.

    [edit - If you use AOLese, the moderator will strike you down]
    Yeah I know, this is the most anal retentive forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prozakk
    Yeah I know, this is the most anal retentive forum.
    thats the best way to describe it

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