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Old 03-31-18, 12:51 PM   #1
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Anyone know anything about Infinity Boss Three Hybrid bikes?

Was just at my local Costco and saw this for sale for $169.99 and was wondering if anyone has one & would recommend it or not? I'm looking for an inexpensive bike for my husband that will have to be dragged kicking & screaming away from his computer to go cycling with me.

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Old 03-31-18, 01:20 PM   #2
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Id raise the budget a little and shop at an actual LBS. that bike will probably break down quickly and hurt to ride - both disincentives for new riders.
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Old 03-31-18, 09:00 PM   #3
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While I too would suggest an LBS or even other online bikes, I will have to admit after doing a quick look at this bike....It's simple with no crazy pretense of being a mountain bike or fast road bike, inexpensive and seems like an ok bike for simple neighborhood rides to hopefully get the husband away from the computer with.

But, this may be a case you want to have LBS check it out. I see some really strange things on how these bikes are put together at retail stores like WalMart, Dicks and Target. Some cases it simply isn't safe to ride.

I say try it, if you and husband some how get the bug to ride more and more, then save up money for the LBS bikes. Have fun!!!
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Thanks for the replies. If the bike were for me I would definitely go to a LBS & buy something in the upwards of $400 range. Whatever bike we get will probably be taken to an LBS for them to put together anyway since I've never put a bike together myself. The cost for a LBS to put together a bike will be in the $50-100 range. I just know that it will be difficult to get my husband to go riding enough to be worth spending more on a bike for him.
Although, we are around the same height (5'5"). So if I can convince him to go with a bike I'd like to ride too, then I could justify spending more since I'm ready for a full size bike for myself after riding a folder for the past few years. If that's the case I like this one at REI: https://www.rei.com/product/131752/p...ssic-bike-2017 Otherwise, it seems a waste to spend over $200 on a bike he'll very rarely ride.
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Thanks for the replies. If the bike were for me I would definitely go to a LBS & buy something in the upwards of $400 range. Whatever bike we get will probably be taken to an LBS for them to put together anyway since I've never put a bike together myself. The cost for a LBS to put together a bike will be in the $50-100 range. I just know that it will be difficult to get my husband to go riding enough to be worth spending more on a bike for him.
Although, we are around the same height (5'5"). So if I can convince him to go with a bike I'd like to ride too, then I could justify spending more since I'm ready for a full size bike for myself after riding a folder for the past few years. If that's the case I like this one at REI: https://www.rei.com/product/131752/p...ssic-bike-2017 Otherwise, it seems a waste to spend over $200 on a bike he'll very rarely ride.
You should check with an LBs upfront what they charge. You can also ask LBs if they have used ones in your size. If you don't assemble yourself i don't see much saving buying a big box store bike. Keep also in mind some things may not be able to adjust correctly, may just be bad. For example cables fray easily etc. the LBS will charge you extra to replace.

One good thing about that particular bike is that it has a rigid fork and not a pretend suspension fork that does nothing but cost $ and act as an anchor. So hope they put that fork money towards some better quality.

Do they have assembled bikes in the store for him to test-ride and see the fit? If it doesn't fit it doesn't matter how good or bad it is. If it doesn't fit you already know he won't ride it a lot.....
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@Casbah.

I just bought this bike from Costco and it works great. It is what the descriptions says, simple hybrid bike.
This won me over the price, quality and looks. There was quite some thought given to this before I could make my sub $200 purchase. I can say it is definitely worth it. I bought this just for joy rides during the summer along with some travel to simple bike paths, nothing more.

Shifts super smooth and brakes perfect. No adjustments needed.

The assembly is straight forward and simple. Built quality is indeed very good. It is Aluminium frame so needs a little care like you would take care of your car, however it is strong and sturdy.

Quick disconnect wheel is awesome. My front wheel needed a tru so I took it a to a LBS and got it checked out. They were amazed at the bike quality and got other things checked out on my bike. They said the bike was similar to the $250 -300 range entry level bikes.

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The bike looks decent enough to me. Pro set-up/tune would ensure proper performance.
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They said the bike was similar to the $250 -300 range entry level bikes.
Having looked at these myself at my local Costco, I'd say that's accurate. Local assembly practices will shape your get-on-it-and-ride experience. The one at my local store had the stem/fork backwards, so that the stem was facing forward when the arrows on the fork were clearly facing the rear. The front brake cable was wrapped about the head tube once or twice -- there's no way it could have been ridden in that condition.

But, build quality appeared to be just fine...even impressive for the price point. The wheels are probably inexpensive wheels, but they have pinned alloy rims and seemed to be of decent quality. The tires are fine -- about like what you'd find at a Target Schwinn or a Diamondback hybrid at Richard's. The rear derailleur (and maybe even freewheel also; I don't remember) are Shimano branded. Brakes are standard shiny chrome V-brakes, but they use alloy arms as I recall, rather than stamped steel like other budget bikes. I think it compares extremely well for anything you can get for well less than 200 dollars.
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