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Old 04-04-12, 03:25 PM   #1
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First bike after childhood

So I have not ridden or owned a bike in atleast 10-12 years. I went around a few LBS finding the price range far too high for me $300+ so I settled on a CCM 24-in Alpine Full Suspension Bike due to the fact im mostly going to be riding on dirt roads or up in the mountains. For a big box store bike what do you guys think?

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On a scale of utter crap to total crap, I'd rate it as complete crap.
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I think it will fall apart in short order. Can you check around to see if there is a bike club close by. A good 2004-06 used bike can be found for around $300. Better components and frame. Bikes like you are looking at have some nice paint and say Shimano like the name itself is magic. Dirt roads and some real mountain trails might shake that bike apart.
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Old 04-04-12, 04:25 PM   #4
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That is a bicycle shaped object, meant for riding on smoothly paved roads for about a month before it breaks.
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I just want to ride on dirt roads around the lake, thanks for the positive feedback cryp, chump.
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thanks for the positive feedback cryp, chump.
Just because I think it's crap doesn't mean you can't ride it and have fun. I would love for you to update this thread in 6 months detailing how you rode that thing 100 miles a week, all summer long, how it performed flawlessly during that time period, and the only additional money you've had to spend was for tires and brake pads 'cause you wore the original ones out.

Prove me wrong!
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Well from a long distance it almost looks somewhat similar to a solid FS bike...so I guess that means it's a good bike?

Well no. Not really.

You're welcome in advance

Seriously though, as 01 said, I hope you prove us all wrong.
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It's not for jumps and **** obviously I just want it to take on paths and trails around the lake.
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Side note im 108 pounds I doubt my weight will break anything
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Well let us know how it rides & snap some pics if you get a chance! Any biking is good biking, no matter what kind of bike you ride
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For a big box store bike what do you guys think?

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On a scale of utter crap to total crap, I'd rate it as complete crap.
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I just want to ride on dirt roads around the lake, thanks for the positive feedback cryp, chump.
Uh, you asked what people thought. That's what people think. You should have bought used. You said you didn't want to spend over 300? Well, guess what, you more than likely threw away 200, because you'll never resell that for what you paid, and that's IF it actually stays together. Consider that those bikes aren't even assembled by bike store employees. The workers that assemble those bikes at the big box stores are not trained at all to work with bicycles like actual LBS employees are.

So, having said that. Good luck!
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^I already went over the whole bike with a friend and refitted everything wrong/loose on it.
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Side note im 108 pounds I doubt my weight will break anything
it's not your weight that will break it. it's the craftmanship of the actual object, combined with the jarring of bumps and such on even the smoothest of dirt roads.

doesn't it make you wonder how you can get all that technology, a rear shock and a front shock, for less than a hardtail? it's because the rear shock and fork are made with the cheapest materials, to hardly any specs, and are more for looks than actual function.

i'm not trying to be mean or make fun of your bike, i'm just trying to help you understand why we aren't all super excited about it.

now you have it, it's yours, i hope it serves you well and you get thousands of happy miles on it.

and seriously, congratulations on getting a bike, and welcome back to cycling. i hope you stick with it.

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I have a feeling I will be mostly riding alone or with friends it seems most of the bikers highfalutin. I mean what am I suppose to do, I can't afford one of the high brand name bikes $400-500 + bucks. Im 99% sure this bike is all I need as like I said I was only lookin for something to ride around the like and easy trails.
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if you sure this bike is all you need, why you ask other people? decision, good guys
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OP, don't let this bunch scare you, beneath all the noob-eating bluster they're really pretty nice guys (well, except for cryptid, I think his mama used to beat him when he was a child )

Ride your new bike and have fun, it's not going to fall apart on you as long as you don't jump/drop it. Worst things about it is the weight and that the shocks are pretty useless, but it'll still get you around.
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I mean what am I suppose to do, I can't afford one of the high brand name bikes $400-500 + bucks. Im 99% sure this bike is all I need as like I said I was only lookin for something to ride around the like and easy trails.
To further elaborate on why some of us feel as though you may not have made the best choice, let me first say that scyclops is correct in that the suspension on that bike is pretty much useless. It's a poorly made additional moving part that will offer few advantages (as it's more of a dual-pogo-stick than suspension). Secondly, the bike is unnecessarily heavy. Thirdly, the derailleurs & brakes are cheap & will probably not shift/brake properly for very long without requiring frequent adjustments. The wheels are also undoubtedly cheap & will likely go out of true from large roots/rocks, if not just from the stress of rolling.

The general consensus around here is that if you only have $200 for a mountain bike, get a used older hardtail or rigid bike, because they're generally made better, you can get a much better deal for the price, & if you end up riding it once & never touching it again you can probably sell it back for what you paid because it was already used in the first place.

Also, don't you think it's a little silly to buy first, ask questions later, & then get mad at the answers?

But all the same, we all hope you enjoy the bike for a long time to come.

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One month is an exaggeration. Mine made it two months.
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And for all those with similar ideas...

If you're going to buy a BBS bike, don't buy one with any type of suspension at all. Also try not to buy one with a bunch of gears too!

In other words, never buy a BBS MTB!


BBS = Big Box Store

MTB = Mountain bike
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And for all those with similar ideas...

If you're going to buy a BBS bike, don't buy one with any type of suspension at all. Also try not to buy one with a bunch of gears too!

In other words, never buy a BBS MTB!
And remember kids, if you are considering such a bike, never ever ever start a thread on a forum like this and say "so tell me fellas, what do ya think?".
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