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Old 06-18-07, 11:31 AM
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Schwinn Mesa GS

Anyone have one of these/familiar with it? The 2006, "gold" label frame model (2007 is "silver"). It's looking like a good choice for my wife, she's got to test ride it again, but I wanted to check if anyone has one and what they think of it.

btw- we're aware schwinn is a chinese-made bike. For $350 (money is tight right now) it looks pretty unbeatable though: sx-5 derailleurs, rim brakes instead of cheap discs, an entry-leve fork that people don't seem to completely hate (rockshox j1), and I'm sure the frame is plenty strong. It's a bit heavy, but I think a lot of that is the wheels and we can just swap her current wheels over to it anyway.
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Old 06-18-07, 11:53 AM
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I had a mesa. Nice bike but seems more like a BMX type layout (low). Have you considered an Iron Horse? I had a Maverick 5.5 and liked it a lot. They (IH) can go on sale down to $360 out the door at Performance Bicycle every now and then.

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She rode the 5 or 5.5 ironhorse too. The 15.5" ironhorse fit her while the 17" schwinn fit her. She really didn't notice a huge difference so the schwinn wins for the v-brakes and better derailleurs. We're trying to avoid cheap disc brakes but she'll probably test ride a couple more models still.
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I liked those "cheap" disk brakes! Hayes isn't bad. I also liked the Alivo rear derailleur but it did go out of adjustment a bit. But maybe I didn't know enough at the time on how to adjust it correctly.
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Well, if we get a disc bike then we're stuck with discs, and here in so cal they're pretty unnecessary.
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I have an 05 Mesa GS with the Manitou Six fork and the Deore derailers and I love it. It's a great bike for the money. You may want to check though, I believe that the 06 had the J1 and the 07 has the Suntour XCR.
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Old 06-19-07, 09:46 AM
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We found a brand new, full warranty '05 on eBay for $239 last night. Two hundred and thirty-nine bucks. So naturally we bought it because... $239. I like the sram derailleurs on the '06 a little better but the crankset on the '05 apparently has replaceable chainrings, unlike the '06 with its cheap steel-sandwich stuff. It's just about perfect for her first suspended mountain bike, and if the wheels are a bit heavy or the v-brakes kinda dumpy, she has better v-brakes and better wheels on her rigid mtb that we can just swap right over.

Also, I wanted to point this out for any short person who may be looking for a bike:

https://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...5085&rd=1&rd=1

That's a Soma Groove and the starting bid is crazy low. I asked the guy what the deal is and he said he owns a bike shop and is pretty pissed because he had someone list some bikes for him, but that person screwed up on a few listings, particularly this Soma with the low starting bid and bad copy. We thought about trying for that but money is so tight right now we figured if one other person bid they'd outbid us, because even though it might go for really cheap, we just wouldn't be able to afford it.

Check it out. That's an $800 or $1000 bike starting at $300.
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I recently bought a Mesa GS at an auction for $100. I love it so far, looks like it has hardly ever been ridden.
My only problem is the seat is way too low for me at 6'5. See my post on that. 24 speed it hauls butt on the country roads I live on.
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