I'm a newbie so hope it's ok to post this here!
I am in Beijing, about to return to my home in Sydney, and considering buying a half-decent but cheap bike here.
BUT...not sure whether what I'm looking at is a good deal or not! And I am only an amateur when it comes to looking at them.
I am thinking of buying a Giant ATX 680. This seems to be a model only available in China so there are no reviews to go by in English. In China they call it an ATB Cross Country bike, so that's why I'm hoping someone from this forum might know about it!
The specs (that I could find out in my not-so-fluent-Chinese) are as follows:
Gears: Shimano Altus 21 / C050
Frame: Giant aluminium
It's very basic info, I know. I couldn't find out anything else. It's priced at about $220 Australian dollars, so very cheap.
I'm going to use the bike to cycle to and from work in Sydney (I'll put slicks on it), and just around the city suburbs. So I probably won't be doing many mountain-biking tricks on it!
So, any comments or suggestions would be very much appreciated! What else do I need to check for before buying? Should I ask to swap some of the parts, or upgrade? Or would I be better off buying a similar priced bike in Sydney? Has anyone looked over one of these bikes?