I've been reading more reviews:
I don't get it. Do people go out and spend $700 to $800 on a bike and then spend another several hundred dollars just to get it to function properly? Before I bought this bike the most I ever spent on an mtb was $300 new. None of my other bikes had funtional problems. I've had things wear out, but I've never had a bike not function properly from the start. For some reason people don't seem to mind having to upgrade components on these Rockhoppers in order to get them to work. At least that's what I get from reading the reviews.
more cops have been killed by donuts than guns in chicago it is a medical fact ask any doctor.
There was another thread going recently where a guy asked what it took to become a bicycle mechanic, and I replied that it didn't take much ... but to become a really good one, he should take some courses and put some effort into it. I listed some courses as examples. He didn't seem all that interested, but anyone can take those courses whether you want to work in a bicycle shop or not, and I strongly recommend taking bicycle maintenance and repair courses so you can fix your own bicycles.