Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Minneapolis, MN, USA
Bikes: 1990 Burley Bossa Nova, 1992 Paramount PDG-70, 1993 Specialized Stumpjumper, 2005 Jamis Dakar XC Pro, 2007 Rivendell Bleriot
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To be honest, that bike is crap. The frame, whether hi-ten steel or cheap aluminum, will be heavy and weak. The components will suck. The brakes will be weak and difficult to adjust and therefore dangerous. If it has steel rims (check with a magnet.. if it's magnetic, it's steel), it will lose virtually all braking power if they get wet, turning the bike into a potential deathtrap.
If you jump, the fork may break off, and you will break your face and other body parts.
Don't ride it offroad. Please. I had a bike like that a long time ago and I know. I thought 'well, i know it's junk, but i have it already so i'll ride it until it breaks'. Well, it broke, and 12 years later i still have scars to prove it.
Magna and brands like it are designed so that cheap stores like Walmart can make money selling these things that _resemble_ bicycles to ill-informed consumers. They are designed not so much to work properly or be safe as they are to _look_ like real bikes.
It's not worth it. Even a $200 bike from a real bike store will be a world of difference.