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MTB hardtail vs rear shock (department store price range)

Old 05-13-21, 11:21 AM
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MTB hardtail vs rear shock (department store price range)

I used to have department store (Target) MTB that i used for 2 years until it got stolen, i used to ride casually in the city no complaints as of reliability.


Want to buy same because we have very bad roads here where i live and i am tired of going over bumps on the city bicycle.

Where i live its tough to find used MTB with built in rear shock, would i get equivalent suspension if i buy hard tail MTB and upgrade to seat post with shock compared with bicycle on picture?

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Bikes like that really don't have any good suspension it is designed to look cool and perform like a rotted potato. If you are finding rougher roads you probably want to add a Kinekt seatpost and get a bike made of quality materials and design and good reliable parts. Unless I am mountain biking or on some serious gravel or traveling quite fast like say on an E-bike I really don't want suspension front or rear. It will slow me down quite a bit bobbing up and down and a steel or titanium bike will give me enough comfort generally and if I need more Kinekt would add enough comfort for me or I could do a suspension stem instead or go with something from Specialized with FutureShock.
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Bikes like that really don't have any good suspension it is designed to look cool and perform like a rotted potato.
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Originally Posted by PimpMan View Post
I used to have department store (Target) MTB that i used for 2 years until it got stolen, i used to ride casually in the city no complaints as of reliability.


Want to buy same because we have very bad roads here where i live and i am tired of going over bumps on the city bicycle.

Where i live its tough to find used MTB with built in rear shock, would i get equivalent suspension if i buy hard tail MTB and upgrade to seat post with shock compared with bicycle on picture?
even the most entry level hardtail (even like a Cannondale trail 8)will feel better than that. The suspension on that bike is purely for looks. However, if you are just riding on the roads, I would really recommend a road bike. It is going to be a lot faster. Maybe just get out of the saddle a bit on the bumpy parts.
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Check out the Kevcentral channel on YouTube. He gives reviews on big box store bikes:
https://www.youtube.com/c/KevCentral/videos
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In a department store bike you want the fewest moving parts possible. No suspension at all. Either no gears or just rear gears.
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Old 05-21-21, 08:45 AM
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Originally Posted by c_m_shooter View Post
In a department store bike you want the fewest moving parts possible. No suspension at all. Either no gears or just rear gears.
Department store bikes make a good boat anchor.
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