Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Alabama, boy !
Bikes: FUJI Nevada 1.0 2009
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What to look for when doing a test ride ?
I did my first test ride ever a couple of days ago. It was a new Giant Yukon, listed at $650 but the LBS owner would work it down to $575. I know in theory this is supposed to be a very good bike, but when I got up on it for a test ride it was a disaster. I heard noises coming from the drivetrain, and the Hayes MX4 disc brakes didn't feel any more powerful than the V-brakes I currently use. I guess it also didn't help that the bike was not fitted for me, I had to ride standing up all the time. Overall it felt like it needed some adjustments.
So I'm looking for some tips to help me assess bikes on future test rides. I mean, how can I overlook the problems that arise from the bike not being fitted for me and really determine if you like how the bike feels ?
What are the crucial points you check on your test rides ?
Also, if you were on my position, would you still consider that Giant Yukon, or would you have discarded it already ?