I've been doing my best to research a bunch of bikes before buying a new one - not that I've even decided I will definitely get a new one. I've come across some funky similarities that make me uncomfortable.
I've been looking at bikes in my price range like the Kona Dew, Fuji Absolute, Giant Sedona, and Jamis Coda. I've been looking at reviews for their components; they use Shimano C-Series, Altus, Acera and a lucky few have Allivio for derailleurs. The Fuji uses SunSeries.
For the Shimano C-Series, I can't find anything at all. Can someone tell me what this is?
For the Shimano Altus, the reviews are from people with Walmart bikes! My $400 bike is going to have the parts of a Walmart bike? Agh! Why not just pay $200 less in that case?
For the Shimano Acera, I can't find it listed on the Shimano website; that makes me suspicious. I did find it on a bike website for only $24 though.
My mountain bike has SRAM 5.0 for most of the drivetrain, and so far it's so-so. It has a Shimano Altus on the front derailleur, and I have to say it is extremely hard to adjust - much harder than the SRAM.
I'm just not sure what to think. If anyone has an recommendations on any of these models, I would greatly appreciate it. I'm not really understanding what these bikes have so much more of than the cheapies at Walmart, except of course being put together correctly. Any ideas or recommendations?