I had my 95 Moab stole last year and have used a POS loaner since...
Needs: financially strapped, but still want a capable bike
Usage: lesure, trails, and some fire roads
I saw and ad for a Schwinn Aluminum Comp 26-inch Mountain Bike $200 (GI Joes)
I started researching yesterday and found this forum.
It seeems that schwinns current quality at this price range is lacking,
But searching the forum has given a list of affordable and capable bikes....
Gianat Boulder SE
Trek 820 (steel) *
Trek 3700 (aluminium) *
Specialized Hardrock XC
Store A (Bike Gallery) had the Trek 820 was $239 (saw monday, in and out, didn't have time to test ride)
Store B didnt have any Raleigh M20 $239 in my size, and all M40's were out of stock and my price range
Store C (small LBS) had a Trek 3700 $269 Love this Bike!
their 820 wasn't assembled but was $229
Anyone have experience between these?
Store D (GI Joes- had the Schwinn that was on ad) they also had Diamond Back, and Iron Horse...
I liked the Trek's over the Diamondback's
..They did have an Iron Horse Maverick Comp $269 ?? Anyone have any experience with this model ??
It was raining pretty good and I didn't really put it to much of a test...
So far, I like the Trek 3700, but also the Trek 820's price... which I haven't riden..
Is there a must try before I buy bike out there?
Finding the right size available seems to be an issue, and there are models listed I haven't seen....
Any input and suggestions would be greatly appreciated...thanks