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Old 05-15-06, 05:06 AM   #1
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Columbia anyone

WEll now im looking at yet another bike.
http://www.sportmart.ca/store/2produ...999LL40TB74CA9
The columbia XCO.
I went down to sportmart yesterday and i was pretty surprised because the weight of this bike was seriously light compared to other aluminum bikes.

1.Has anyone ever dealt with columbia bikes and will they last long?
2.Oh and how much do you think used deore(or anything like it) shifters would be?
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Oh yeah!! Get that bad boy.
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Well it looks better than your previous choices. It's nothing special though and comes with low quality components but they will work. Don't worry about upgrading the shifters or anything until they break. Then finding eight speed deore could be a little tricky. I'm sure there out there somewhere though. The only thing I would think about changing right away would be the fork. Of course by the time you do that you could have bought a much nicer bike.
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Actually i would go with the

http://www.sportmart.ca/store/2produ...V27UK98S2D7H32
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I went down to sportmart yesterday and i was pretty surprised because the weight of this bike was seriously light compared to other aluminum bikes.
So, about 20 to 22lbs?
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Old 05-15-06, 01:11 PM   #6
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yeah Maybe even less. i could fully lift the bike and im a pretty weak (in the arms, not the legs)guy.
for 300 what could i possibly get
and uae if you wont give some advice why post?

also there was this Diamondback. The handle bars didnt suit me but it seemed pretty decent.
i cant find a link. but here are some of the components from what i can remember.
rst fork(pretty crappy thogu)
Stratus rear suspension
acera or atlus derailleurs
and easy fire shifters
7005(or somthign like that) aluminum frame.
Its called the coil if anyone can find a link of it(4 bar link suspension)
price-269.
would this be a better choice?
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yeah Maybe even less. i could fully lift the bike and im a pretty weak (in the arms, not the legs)guy.
I think you are a little stronger than you think you are if that is the case.

If it weighs less than 20 pounds I'm going to buy 20 of them and sell them for about $4,000 each.
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^

anyway... that fork looks like it has 1 inch travel
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yeah it says 80mm and it is . in the picture it looks a little crappy.
thats one of the things that i dont like on that bike. the other thing are the shifters.
But it is really light soo i could always change the parts and keep the frame.
Also what kind of riding do you guys think itll be good for?(besides cross country {its in the name so....**)

and no im pretty weak. phys-ed , we had one of those machines where you have push up. i couldnt do 5kg in my left arm and i could barly do 10 in my right arm.i could do curls ok but that pushing up crap pissed me off so i quit it. so i trained my legs, for soccer and biking.. =) im at 150 right now.
Well thats ends my life story.
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yeah it says 80mm and it is . in the picture it looks a little crappy.

Don't sell it short. it looks more than just a little crappy.
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but i could do with a little heavier bike right. i just dont like the shifter on this one and the fork, and on the other bike(The McKinley.. i know you guys dont like it but i rode it and it felt like an $800 ironhorse,) the only set back would be that its a little heavier.

what should i doi. go with the name.. or go with the feel?
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Normally I would say feel but this is X-Mart brands we are talking about.

And at 300$ why haven´t you still considered a cheap bike from a well known brand, I think the Trek 3700 is 300$ as well as the Giant Boulder.
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Canadian or american. also my brother knows ppl working at both of the sotres, and they could give some discount so itll be easier on the wallet.i have enough of money its just that my parents wont let me use it to get some thing from a well known brand.
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On any of those bikes check the little sticker that says "Not for offroad use"...also before buying make sure the company will warranty it if it breaks during off road use. Not being a smart ass but if you intend to ride any of those make sure the company will back their product when push comes to shove.
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ok will do..thanks for notifying me.
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also out of these two bikes what would be the better choice(besides neither)
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Here's a link to a very capable Gary Fisher Mako that will be safer and probably last a lot longer than anything you'll find at any megastore. The components probably aren't much better than the Sportmart bike, but it's a Fisher frame, and that alone should make a big difference. It's $260.00 US, so I think that comes out to about $290 Canadian.

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I hate to say it but you are never going to get the answer on here that you want so just go with which ever one it is that "you" like better. Just when / if it breaks please don't come on here complaining about it.
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Man, do you not listen? There are better bikes at that price range! GO TO YOUR NEAREST BIKE SHOP! There ARE bikes that will be near $300. I'm pretty sure the base model of the Specialized Hardrock is about that. Just stop wasting your time trying to figure out which of these X-mart bikes is best, they're all garbage compared to what you'd get for about the same price at a bike shop!
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Man, do you not listen? There are better bikes at that price range! GO TO YOUR NEAREST BIKE SHOP! There ARE bikes that will be near $300. I'm pretty sure the base model of the Specialized Hardrock is about that. Just stop wasting your time trying to figure out which of these X-mart bikes is best, they're all garbage compared to what you'd get for about the same price at a bike shop!
Yep, Hardrock Sport is $360 I think. Probably worth it to spend 60 or 70 more to get something that's quality rather than spend 250-300 on junk that will break immediately. If you don't have the money just save a bit more, it'll be worth it.
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http://cyclepathmississauga.ca/prices2006.htm

390 i wish. it would be nice though. and remember in canada we have 15% tax so total comes to 450... not gonna happen =(.

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360 i wish. it would be nice though. and remember in canada we have 15% tax.
you pay tax in other countries too. And you are going to have to pay tax on the x-mart bike too.
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yes i know , but as mentioned previously, my brother knows people working there so 15 % discount
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Dude, I think you pretty much solved your own problem. Look on that pricing list for any bikes in your price range of about $300 CDN. Any of them are better than a Sportmart bike.

Gary Fisher Mako
Norco Scorcher
Norco Pinnacle
Haro VSE

The answer is simple. I don't know much about Canadian geography, but aks your parents to take you to the nearest Cyclepath bike shop, and test ride those 4 bikes. Problem solved.
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i have enough of money its just that my parents wont let me use it to get some thing from a well known brand.

What kind of parents are gonna say, "don't buy something quality, we want you to have to fork out more money and buy a second low end bike down the road" even if they didn't say that that's whats going to happen because low end doesn't last if you use like you're planning to, and secondly if you're dead set on buying a bike from "SportMart" stick with a hard tail, nothing good ever became of a $269 full suspension bike. That boggles my mind that your parents won't let you use YOUR MONEY to buy yourself a decent bike, they'd rather see you buy brand x, completely boggling, and as an answer why you shouldn't buy a full suspension bike for $269, its more or less a general rule that you shouldn't spend much under $1000 for a full suspension bike.

Its nice to see more people interested in this great sport of mountain biking, but going about it in the wrong way (i.e. buying a shotty bike) is going to discourage the would be enthusiast by having to deal with mechanical problems and equipment failure. in this case spending that extra 60 or 70 to get the Specialized would probably be the best thing you could do for yourself getting into this sport.

thats just my 2 cents.
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