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Old 05-26-09, 06:55 AM   #1
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Smith&Wesson Tactical info?

Hello! I'm new to the forum. Used to be a road bike guy but recently bought a used Smith&Wesson Tactical MTB. I love it. Anyone have any information on these; like, who makes the frame, overall impression of the quality, etc? Mine is an older version-all black, aluminum frame with Shimano LX components, including Shimano front disc brake. Rock Shock Judy 1 fork. I'd appreciate any impressions of this bike, as I'm a total newbie to MTB biking and equipment. Thanks.
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Old 05-26-09, 07:24 AM   #2
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Police bike. I've seen The Boeing Company security personnel here use them.

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I have a stainless S&W 357 but I don't think It's made by the same folks.
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I don't know who makes the frames, although I would imagine that S&W most likely went through a company like Pacific Cycle (for example) to have them spec'd out. I have been trying for a couple of years to get our department to get some, but have had no success at all as of yet. Some departments put a considerable amount of training into their bike patrol units and like patrol cars, they need something that is robust and can be ridden all day with easy maintenance. Generally, the bikes see 99% on road, in city/park use and are set up for a more upright riding position and were not specifically intended for use on singletrack and highly technical trail, although I suppose you could. They generally have somewhat mid to lower level wheelsets, inexpensive headsets, steel stems/bars and the like, with some upgrades in the shifters and rear derailluers for sales appeal. It's a decent ride if you maintain it and maybe to a couple of upgrades.
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Thanks for the info. Mine came to me used, but with some decent upgrades to stem, seat and bars. I had it for a week before taking it for a 15 mile ride-mostly on city streets with a few short, off road treks into sandy scrub. No too much in the way of mountains in Florida (LOL) but plenty of off road opportunities and mostly flat trails. The bike is comfortable and shifts like a dream. So far so good.
Like a lot of folks, I appreciate the "other products" from S&W, too.
I plan on using this mostly for commuting and short trips around central Florida. Any suggestions for low cost, city-type slick tires that will do lite off-road?
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