Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Chicago, the leafy NW side
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^ +1. They are a very common basic mountain bike, I think Specialized still has the model name going though the bike has changed. We've had five or six of them through the family collection in the last two years. The most I've paid for one was $80 and it was a later, aluminum framed version with new 1.5" wide city-style tires. Mostly they've been $20-30, needing work, and I have cleaned and fixed them up and sold them on or given them away. Many of them have Shimano Altus cantilever brakes, with a plastic bushing that often breaks.
Performance Bike has a 26x1.5" tire called the 'Metro' which can be found on sale for $9-10 apiece; that would be a good step up for city riding as frantik notes.
And +1 proper size is crucial!
I never think I have hit hard, unless it rebounds.
- Dr Samuel Johnson