Join Date: Sep 2003
Bikes: Surley LHT, Cannondale R1000, IBEX Ignition, Bianchi Boardwalk, KHS Milano Tandem
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I saw a $800 "Wal-mart" bike!!!
The Mongoose sold in WM and the like are in fact Pacific bikes branded Mongoose since they bought them a few years ago. This killed Mongoose as a reputable brand and LBS don't want anything to do with them anymore.
WM have sold a huge amount of their XR-100 and 150, a dual susp mtb that isn't bad for the price ($100-$150), still I wouldn't trust them for basic safety sake. I recently checked a brand new bike owned by a kid in the neighborhood, (am not an LBS) seat posts and handle bars were loose as well as the BB, and advised the parents to get it checked (I meant in fact return it for money back and buy a real bike, but didn't want to be so abrupt).
It's a tough sale for LBS because the majority of buyers do not know how to make the difference and think a bike is a bike.