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Old 06-17-15, 03:55 PM
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Advices for a newbie on buying the right bike

Hi everyone. I'm new here and this is my first post.

Two week ago, a hiking buddy of mine introduced me to riding mountain bike. We went to Whistler (I live in Vancouver, Canada). We took the ski lift up the mountain and we rode all the way down. Last week, we rode around some local forest and lake trails. I enjoyed these experience very much. Now I'm thinking about getting my own bike so I can ride all summer long.

I was looking on the net. I found a this: Conquer the Road

Specifically, the SAVA M8. You will have to scroll down a bit to see it. At $800, it seems to be every bit as good as what I can find in my local bike shop for double or triple the amount. Do you guys think this is a good value? I read else where that I should be getting a bike with full suspension for riding down hill, is this the right kind of bike for me to buy? What should I be watching out for on something like this?

I appreciate any advise you can offer.
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Old 06-18-15, 01:50 AM
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Originally Posted by andrewsun View Post
Specifically, the SAVA M8. You will have to scroll down a bit to see it. At $800, it seems to be every bit as good as what I can find in my local bike shop for double or triple the amount. Do you guys think this is a good value? I read else where that I should be getting a bike with full suspension for riding down hill, is this the right kind of bike for me to buy? What should I be watching out for on something like this?
The orginal price looks like it was picked out of thin air, would look at the local options, the Sava M8 has unbranded forks (disposable) the spec list is a mess, what is the wheel size 26" or 27.5?, the photos show 2 totally different forks, thinking you local options will at least be clear on what you get.

If you are looking for a 'downhill' bike, this isn't it, you need to be specific in what you mean by the type of riding, do some research on this to get the idea of what bike is for what purpose.
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Old 06-18-15, 02:17 PM
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jimc is right. The SAVA site almost looks like a scam. On the first page, it says the MTB frame is aluminum, when you click for the next page, it says the frame material is carbon fiber. On their road bike section they boldly show a picture of a seven speed Shimano freewheel and a Tourney level derailer. These are very low end components. Other brands use these components, but never post them in an ad as a feature. They claim the retail on their MTB is over $2000 but for a limited time you can get the bike at 65% off for around $800. Without a clear description of the components, I wouldn't even consider this bike. IMHO, looks more like a $200 big box store bike relabeled.
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Originally Posted by roccobike View Post
jimc is right. The SAVA site almost looks like a scam. On the first page, it says the MTB frame is aluminum, when you click for the next page, it says the frame material is carbon fiber. On their road bike section they boldly show a picture of a seven speed Shimano freewheel and a Tourney level derailer. These are very low end components. Other brands use these components, but never post them in an ad as a feature. They claim the retail on their MTB is over $2000 but for a limited time you can get the bike at 65% off for around $800. Without a clear description of the components, I wouldn't even consider this bike. IMHO, looks more like a $200 big box store bike relabeled.
This AliExpress site is part of the Alibaba site that they sell you anything you can think of and it all comes from China. I would not buy anything from that site unless you want a department store bike which you are better off going into a department store and picking it up yourself. I would say either look for an affordable used bike like on CL or Pinkbike.
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Old 06-19-15, 10:21 PM
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Wow, thank you all for spotting the problems with that advertising. At the moment, I don't know enough to tell the good from the bad. I appreciate very much what you guys have pointed out. I will stay away from them.

Jimc101, the kind of riding I was referring to are mostly on dirt roads, some rocks, and lots of tree roots. What you would find going up (or down) an alpine hiking trial.

Budget wise, I'm okay spending $2K or $3K or a bit more. I figured the higher price tag will just get me a more durable bike. I neither drink nor smoke. It won't be too difficult for me to save up the money for a bike. Or would you guys say that my approach is wrong? I should go get a inexpensive second hand one, try it out, learn more about biking, riding environment, and my own likes (or dislikes). Then get a good bike after I have gained some knowledge.
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Join Mountain Equipment Co-op and get in to their store in North Van and start asking questions. They have great prices, information, fittings and options. Avoid these out of the blue deals.
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I have no idea if there is some rule against this or not, and I am only doing this because the OP is asking about bikes. This craigslist add is to my stumpjumper. It shows what kind of bike you can get used for the 2-3k range, and it is in Excellent condition with two sets of wheels.

2014 Specialized Stumpjumper
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Old 06-20-15, 04:32 PM
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Thank you Mountain Mitch. I will head to a Mountain Equipment Co-Op near by this or next weekend.

Thank you Kindaslow, I now have an idea on what a $2K mountain bike should look like :-)
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