Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Grid Reference, SK
Bikes: I never learned to ride a bike. It is my deepest shame.
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THe Diamondback Response XE is probably the one I would chose too. However, I got queasy looking at the picture on the website of the XE... If Dick's has one guy that can assemble a bike properly perhaps they should let him do the bikes for the website photos. Judging by the photo - particularly the way the bars are set up - I think they must not have one guy who can assemble a bike properly.
As for your criteria - something cheap that won't break, well... if they were assembled properly these would likely hold up OK. But you can get the same quality from a real bike shop that knows how to assemble and service bikes and the price difference, if there is one, will be saved the first time you don't have to pay the shop to fix the botched assembly on a Dick's bike. You normally get a year of free service from a bike shop to cover the break-in period whereas Dick's makes you pay $45 for their substandard help.
FWIW - I have never set foot in a Dick's Sporting Goods, but judging by their reputation and my experience as a customer and staff member in similar multi-sport stores in Canada, don't assume they know any more about building or fixing bikes than you do.