Well my search for a bike has ended. I do mostly recreational riding on fire roads. My goal was to get a decent starter mountain bike with the best components I could find in my low price range. I came across a good deal on sierratradingpost.com and picked up this bike for $290 delivered, plus 3% cash back from fatwallet.com. I test rode a similar marin at REI and liked the feel.
It was delivered last night, partially assembled: I felt like a 12 year old kid again opening the box!
Here's what it looked like unpacked:
Finished assembly! Don't worry, I already took off the reflectors
Deore rear derailer
Stock V brakes
OK here's the deal. I've had a set of Avid BB7's laying around begging to be installed. Since this frame, fork and hubs are all disc ready, I figure what the heck, even though its complete overkill for the kind of riding I do. Anyway, my question has to do with cables. The original cables appear to be too short to reach the caliper locations. I could easily replace the cables with aftermarket, BUT I noticed this on the frame:
Cable holders on the frame.
My question is, how do I get aftermarket cables installed the same way?
Also, I gave the bike a quick test run last night, and it shifts ok. I'm wondering if I should take it to a LBS and have it adjusted.
Its going to be a fun weekend!