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    Ever regretted a bike purchase?

    I did a google search for: epionions.com mountain bike, and it came up with a huge list of reviews people have done, and was surprised to see that every single person who did a review gave at least a 4 out of 5 for their satisfaction rating. I would think SOMEONE would be disappointed by a bike they've bought.

    So has anyone here ever bought a bike and, after awhile, said: "This thing is a piece of crap! I wish I'd bought that other one I was thinking about!"?

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    Not so far. I just ordered a new road bike and it sould be here in a couple of days. I hope I won't have anything else to add to this post since I won't be able to afford a new bike for a long time.

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    Yep,04 Hardrock SS. It was the frame, just not comfy to me. Not to mention I got tired of the chain skip(vertical drops and a tensioner). I wrote it off because it was a year end close out. I ordered a frame built for singlespeed, and used the Hardrock as a cheap build kit. I figured it has so far saved me at least 150 compared to if I had put a build kit together. I joked with the wife about turning the Hardrock frame into a peice of furniture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiderMike
    Yep,04 Hardrock SS. It was the frame, just not comfy to me. Not to mention I got tired of the chain skip(vertical drops and a tensioner). I wrote it off because it was a year end close out. I ordered a frame built for singlespeed, and used the Hardrock as a cheap build kit. I figured it has so far saved me at least 150 compared to if I had put a build kit together. I joked with the wife about turning the Hardrock frame into a peice of furniture.
    I somewhat regret an 04 Kona Shred for the same reason, just not the right geometry for the type of riding I am doing, and plus now I wish I had bought a road bike insted anyhow. Ah well, live and learn.

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    Yep - I bought a Cannondale 400 road bike via e-Bay from someone. The frame (as I later found out is typical of Cannondales) ran "large for the size" in terms of standover height. Not only was the frame marginally too large, but in my excitement to try the bike, I didn't check the drive train before I rode it. The first time I tried for the lagre cog on the rear, the derailleur went into the spokes, ruining the rear wheel and sending parts of the derailleur in glittering arcs over my head! The derailleur hanger cracked off the frame completely. I finally got it fixed with a fresh hanger, but it was an expensive lesson. I wish I'd never even bought that bike...

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    My very first bike was a Diamondback Ascent. Didn't know anything about frame size, etc. I just liked the look of it, and the bikeshop people took advantage of my stupidity! The bike was too big on me and ended up with me in an accident for loss of control. Ended up selling it afterwards. I learned!

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    I regretted my very first (mtb) purchase, a 1991 Rockhopper, it was at least a size and a half too big (a 22" frame, I now ride an 18" Stumpy), and the bike shop I bought it from gave me no direction in sizing it. Since then I've been pleased with every purchase (I'm on my third mtb, and have a road bike in the mix now). That loss-leader of a purchase what back when really taught me to be meticulous and take my time.

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    an 04 Hardrock Comp I only rode it on the streets and couldn't go very fast because of the knobbies and climbing hills sucked because of the front suspension. I went back to the LBS and exchanged it for my Allez. My regret is gone

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    Novara! took it back got my money back and purchased a Fuji Newest, been happy since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaye
    I somewhat regret an 04 Kona Shred for the same reason, just not the right geometry for the type of riding I am doing, and plus now I wish I had bought a road bike insted anyhow. Ah well, live and learn.
    - you might still be able to get the bike to work for you (stem, handlebar, seat adjustment, etc.)... then get a road bike and use both for rides, versatility in workout, and so on?

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    i'm regretting I sold my Allez about 6 mo. ago.
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    I allowed myself to be talked into a comfort bike when I first returned to riding. I was fat and slow and old. It was wonderful for its intended purpose. I just found out that I wanted to ride the road. So I sold it and bought my first road bike. I wasn't disappointed in the quality or performance of the bike. I was disappointed in my decision.
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    I'm somewhat disappointed with my first bike (not counting the bikes I had when I was a kid) I bought last year.
    It's not awful or anything, it's just that it's a bit heavy, has less than optimal geometry, is a bit too large, has pretty low quality components (Shimano Altus to Acera levels) and an ugly paint.
    But, it has given me around 1250 km of nice riding over 5-6 months, and it's been fun to work with when upgrading components, so it's not that bad!

    Now, however, it's sitting back at the place I bought it, as the BB cracked after a long ride last week. At the same time, I'm building up a Surly LHT frame with much better components. Finished it to test ride completion today, but there's still some tweaking to do.

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    Yep, when I bought a Schwinn Powermatic (I believe was the name) I swear it weighed 50 pounds.

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    Let's see:
    I bought a new Mercury Grand Marquis that went down the road sideways because the frame was longer on one side than the other. I really wished I'd bought the white one instead of the black one. Ford bought it back.
    I bought a new Honda Accord that shortly after purchase I'd discovered had been in a shipping accident. Honda made good on the car.
    I bought a new luxury motor home, no cheapie Winnabego, that broke down everytime I drove it. You haven't lived until you've anted up $1500 to have a bus flat bed towed 100 miles. The manufacturer tried to shirk their responsibility. A good lawyer and the threat of triple damages(3x purchase price) got them to make me whole and take back the demon mobile.
    I bought a new BMW K1200LT motorcycle that blew out it's entire lower end less than 60 days after the ink dried on my purchase check. Worse still it stranded me in the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel. It took some arm twisting but BMW finally agreed to buy back the bike. They really are a**holes when it comes to customer service.
    I bought a new Boston Whaler Boat. Boston Whalers are good boats. They aught to be for what they cost. Turns out that my model boat was Whaler's first attempt at a fuel system redesign since the inception of the company. They didn't get it right. I now own the one and only model power boat that you can't get gas into the tank. Which presents a problem because it needs gas to run. I kinda regret this purchase.
    But bikes, everyone of them has been great. No problems, which as you can see from my track record, is why I ride them.

    I'm thinking of buying an airplane, anyone want to go for a ride?
    I'm just trying to be the person my dog thinks I am.

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    Yep, about 15-18 years ago, I bought a Schwinn Criterion (I think that's what it was called) just because it was greatly reduced in price. Big mistake. That bike and I never fell in love. I left it for another.

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    I regret my mother buying me that POS Columbia 12-speed when my Scrambler was stolen in 7th grade. We lived on a GRAVEL road, and she bought me a 12-speed? WTF?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tom cotter
    Let's see:
    I bought a new Mercury Grand Marquis that went down the road sideways because the frame was longer on one side than the other. I really wished I'd bought the white one instead of the black one. Ford bought it back.
    I bought a new Honda Accord that shortly after purchase I'd discovered had been in a shipping accident. Honda made good on the car.
    I bought a new luxury motor home, no cheapie Winnabego, that broke down everytime I drove it. You haven't lived until you've anted up $1500 to have a bus flat bed towed 100 miles. The manufacturer tried to shirk their responsibility. A good lawyer and the threat of triple damages(3x purchase price) got them to make me whole and take back the demon mobile.
    I bought a new BMW K1200LT motorcycle that blew out it's entire lower end less than 60 days after the ink dried on my purchase check. Worse still it stranded me in the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel. It took some arm twisting but BMW finally agreed to buy back the bike. They really are a**holes when it comes to customer service.
    I bought a new Boston Whaler Boat. Boston Whalers are good boats. They aught to be for what they cost. Turns out that my model boat was Whaler's first attempt at a fuel system redesign since the inception of the company. They didn't get it right. I now own the one and only model power boat that you can't get gas into the tank. Which presents a problem because it needs gas to run. I kinda regret this purchase.
    But bikes, everyone of them has been great. No problems, which as you can see from my track record, is why I ride them.

    I'm thinking of buying an airplane, anyone want to go for a ride?
    Made of money are we?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom cotter
    Let's see:
    I bought a new Mercury Grand Marquis that went down the road sideways because the frame was longer on one side than the other. I really wished I'd bought the white one instead of the black one. Ford bought it back.
    I bought a new Honda Accord that shortly after purchase I'd discovered had been in a shipping accident. Honda made good on the car.
    I bought a new luxury motor home, no cheapie Winnabego, that broke down everytime I drove it. You haven't lived until you've anted up $1500 to have a bus flat bed towed 100 miles. The manufacturer tried to shirk their responsibility. A good lawyer and the threat of triple damages(3x purchase price) got them to make me whole and take back the demon mobile.
    I bought a new BMW K1200LT motorcycle that blew out it's entire lower end less than 60 days after the ink dried on my purchase check. Worse still it stranded me in the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel. It took some arm twisting but BMW finally agreed to buy back the bike. They really are a**holes when it comes to customer service.
    I bought a new Boston Whaler Boat. Boston Whalers are good boats. They aught to be for what they cost. Turns out that my model boat was Whaler's first attempt at a fuel system redesign since the inception of the company. They didn't get it right. I now own the one and only model power boat that you can't get gas into the tank. Which presents a problem because it needs gas to run. I kinda regret this purchase.
    But bikes, everyone of them has been great. No problems, which as you can see from my track record, is why I ride them.

    I'm thinking of buying an airplane, anyone want to go for a ride?

    I got some property and a bridge for sale. You can just send the check. LOL


    Good grief man, hope things get better on your purchases.
    KWITCHER*****IN!

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    Yeah, I bought an older (ca. 1995) carbon-fiber bike online. Imagine my surprise when I found out it weighed about as much as a modern steel bike: 22 pounds. I'm sure replacing the handlebars and seatpost could help, but still...

    Moral of the story: carbon fiber is not always lighter. First-generation carbon bikes can be pretty dang heavy.

    I can't complain too much as I got a really good deal on it, but it wasn't what I had in mind. :/

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    I purchased a Cannondale T800 to do a cross America tour. From day 2 this 27 speed had chain suck. I wish I had known that AAA offered road service for bikes. It ate 6 chains on the tour so I became very quick at replacing chains. I sold it for less than half price at 6000 miles. I even threw in the extra chain.
    I now a 27 speed Bacchetta Giro, great bike, no chain suck.

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    yep. trek 8500. POS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle90
    Made of money are we?
    Not really, we've got the bases covered. The result of a lot of hard work.

    Many years ago with a wife and baby to support, and no money in the bank, I got fired from my job. I made up my mind that I was never going to be put in that position again.
    I'm just trying to be the person my dog thinks I am.

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    I did a tour in Thailand on my Marin Point Reyes, a very nice hybred bike. Rather then bringing it back I left it over there and decided that I wanted a MTB. After lots of research I bought a SOMA Groove. It was exactly the bike I wanted, steel, with a rigid fork. I had it done up with all XT componets, what a sweet bike it is. But I learned that I am always riding on the street. I would just ride in the dirt a little and on the street it did not ride as well as my Marin. Then as luck would have it an overtime settlement came through and provided me the resources to by a Rivendell Atlantis, which it turns out is the nicest ride I have ever experienced and is what I should have got from the get go. If anyone is interested in a SOMA Groovelet me know, it is a nice bike for a mtb, just not my cup of tea.

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