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    CCM Descent - Big box but how bad?

    Hello all! First time poster here. A little about myself: 28, Canadian, 5'11, 240-50 lbs. I haven't been on a bike in say 11 or 12 years, but I am looking to get back into the scene to try and bring my fitness/health back up to where it should be. I'll be doing bit of riding on paved roads, and a bit on rocky/muddy/ungroomed trails in the woods around my area.

    My question is about this bike:
    CCM Descent 26-in Full-Suspension Mountain Bike | Canadian Tire

    I realize this is a big box store bike, but I was wondering just how bad of a bike this would be for me? I have an opportunity to pick one of these up for 350$, taxes in. I haven't heard much about CCM bikes around the forums in my creeping, but I thought that might be because they are a Canadian based company. I'm still shopping around, and I have yet to take a trip to my local bike shop to check out what offers they can toss my way.

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    Bikes from Canadian Tire have been discussed before. For $350 CAN, I'd look into a Trek 820 before a I bought a big box bike. I don't like ads that say "rear derailer-Shimano'. I assume it's the lowest level, "tourney" level derailer and that's not good. I'd look at the best price you could get at a LBS before I'd buy the CCM. Just my $.02
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    Thanks for the quick reply!

    My local shop doesn't seem to carry Trek.

    http://frameworkfitness.com/wp-conte...r-Bicycles.pdf

    This is a list of the brands of bikes they carry. Would I be best off avoiding any of these brands or are they all better then a big box store brand?

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    The list shows some Giants under $400 for example. Nothing too special about these, but certainly recommended over any Canadian Tire CCM. Getting back into shape can be rough. A basic hybrid for road riding is a good pick at this stage.

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    Don't get the Descent. Especially if you're going to be spending a fair amount of time on the road, the rear suspension is the last thing you want. Go into Framework and talk to them. Anything hardtail from a bike store will be tonnes better than a Canadian Tire dual suspension.
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    yeah
    there are some reasonable bikes at Canadian tire
    and that isn't one of them

    as a general rule of tumb
    avoid any full suspension bike that sells for less than $1500 new
    as it will just not be reliable
    both the suspension mechanism
    and the components
    will wear out and develop slop
    which will make the bike way less fun to ride

    if the bike is used I would expect
    the few months of reasonable performance
    you might get from a bike like that
    are already used up

    it is not a big deal riding a rigid bike with worn out drivetrain components
    but a suspension bike with worn out pivots is basically garbage
    unless you can get replacement bearings
    and for those ccm full susp bikes
    you can not

    there are loads of good bikes on the bike shop link
    that would be much much better choices
    for instance
    the giant revel
    or Norco storm
    in the large or extra large size
    would be great for the riding you describe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilfred Laurier View Post
    yeah
    there are some reasonable bikes at Canadian tire
    and that isn't one of them

    as a general rule of tumb
    avoid any full suspension bike that sells for less than $1500 new
    as it will just not be reliable
    both the suspension mechanism
    and the components
    will wear out and develop slop
    which will make the bike way less fun to ride

    if the bike is used I would expect
    the few months of reasonable performance
    you might get from a bike like that
    are already used up

    it is not a big deal riding a rigid bike with worn out drivetrain components
    but a suspension bike with worn out pivots is basically garbage
    unless you can get replacement bearings
    and for those ccm full susp bikes
    you can not

    there are loads of good bikes on the bike shop link
    that would be much much better choices
    for instance
    the giant revel
    or Norco storm
    in the large or extra large size
    would be great for the riding you describe
    I really like this poem.
    Quote Originally Posted by sp00ki View Post
    Using a nicer sealed bearing headset vs a $10 set is like throwing a frisbee vs a dodgeball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimlock View Post
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    You could always search local used listings in your area. You can get a much better used bike most the time for that price. that or follow scrap collectors around. youd be supprised what people throw out. lol offten nice high end older mountain bikes that give a delightful ride better then that CCm ever would.
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