His Brain is Gone!
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Paoli, Wisconsin
Bikes: RANS Stratus, Bridgestone CB-1, Trek 7600, Sun EZ-Rider AX, Fuji Absolute 1.0, Cayne Rambler 3
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First of all, don't believe the list prices on that site. They are grossly inflated. No one charges $1195 for a 16-spd Sora/2200 aluminum-frame, steel-fork bike. I'm not saying it isn't worth $450, because that isn't a bad price.
Second, those are no-name import bikes. That company bought out the naming rights of some bankrupt old companies and can now slap those decals on them. They tend to be pretty run of the mill designs, but that doesn't mean they wouldn't do okay by you.
I would be concerned about its low-end no-name wheel hubs, as well as the 2200-level components, as that is Shimano's lowest level gear.
I don't think Bikes Direct ever rips anyone off. You get a decent deal for what you pay. You just don't get quite the deal that they imply. And you are on your own to determine if you are buying the right size.
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