Iron Horse Quantum from Sportmart
I went into a Sportmart store and they had a few 2004 model Iron Horse Quantum's on sale for $299 regularly $499. Seemed nice with Dual Disc brakes, 24 speed, EZ Fire shifters, Shimano Deore Rear Derailleur and 100mm forks. Does this seem to be a good bike for the money or should I stick with a Specialized Hardrock?
The salesperson also said that the Quantum is marketed specifically for Sportmart.
Sportmart is a chain under forzani Group and the little crappier brother of sportcheck. They are given rebadged oem bikes. The Quantum is not a special made bike for sportmart, it is a bike that exists that Forzani Group changed the name of. More than likely it is an ironhorse maveric or something similar (one of the top selling sportcheck bikes)...it is simply a cruiser and not a real mountain bike.
Without knowing your intentions I can't tell you if it is enough bike...but guessing I would say the hardrock is superior...
Does it kind of look like this
If could even be the previous year, so it might not be that exactly..
It does look the same so I would say that probably is the same one. To answer your other question. I will be using the bike for both on road (around the neighborhood) and going to some tracks or trails. So anything that is in the $300 price range is what I want for now. I have tried a Trek 3700, Fuji Sunfire, and Specialized Hardrock so far. There seems to be alot of manufactures out there, so It is hard to decide.
300$ cdn isnt really very much value. But looking long term, if you but the hardrock the frame itself will hold enough value to make it worthwhile upgrading.