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Is the GMC Denali worth buying? Value vs Price

Old 12-01-14, 08:06 PM
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Is the GMC Denali worth buying? Value vs Price

Alright, so, please, don't flame me for buying a budget bike. My dad recently passed away, and i've been riding his bike. It was a hybrid mountain/road bike. As it slowly died, and i bent the rear axle (Don't ask me how, i don't ride it hard) i debated buying a new bike. I have a few friends with the Denali, and, while they won't let me try it, it looks to be a good bike. One of them has had it for over a year, prompting me to consider it. Personally, i don't have the money for a big budget bike, and only have around $200 to spend. I also pop on and off curbs, and am wondering if that will be much of a problem. Is it worth buying? Will it stand up to my antics? I only weigh 155 Lbs and am a fan of speed. I'm 5'8" but am looking to buy the one intended for much larger people (6'2"-6'5") as i am used to that on my dad's bike. (Plus, i'm only 16, i might get a little bit taller)

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Old 12-01-14, 08:25 PM
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What exactly bent on the rear? Was the frame bent? There are not to many budget bikes active on this forum, but there definitely is a few. Get something that fits you, at size 5'8" a 54cm is going to fit probably the best. But being 16 you are very likely to grow, maybe get a 56cm sized frame. I suggest buying used, $200 is really the cheapest entry level you can go that is one step above a walmart bike. I'm sure you could get a fully working bike for $200 that is lose to $400/$500 new. Try and hook up with a local bike shop and see what they can do with getting you a used bike. I am afraid with you being so new to the sport that you might get ripped on an ebay bike.

Really sorry for your loss, don't feel afraid to be open. Usually people are supportive on these forums.
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Old 12-01-14, 08:39 PM
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My bad, Didn't explain fully. I bent the rear axle somehow. I try for speed most of the time, that's why i'm getting a road bike. How exactly is the bike measured? I'm quite new to the technical aspect of buying a bike... I realize that measuring the bike by wheel size is... atypical, but i know no other way.
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Old 12-01-14, 08:42 PM
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My bad, Didn't explain fully. I bent the rear axle somehow. I try for speed most of the time, that's why i'm getting a road bike. How exactly is the bike measured? I'm quite new to the technical aspect of buying a bike... I realize that measuring the bike by wheel size is... atypical, but i know no other way.
Measured from bottom bracket to the seat post usually; bigger means a taller rider. Majority of road bike tires are sized 700c. The rear axle, or skewer is very cheap to replace ($10).
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Old 12-01-14, 08:48 PM
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It's also got quite a few other problems, such as a bent rear wheel (From when i got hit), bent forks, etc. Nothing to cripple it, but i felt it was time for an upgrade. (if the denali is that) Would you be referring to the stand height?
with a stand over of 32"-34"
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Old 12-01-14, 09:02 PM
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It's also got quite a few other problems, such as a bent rear wheel (From when i got hit), bent forks, etc. Nothing to cripple it, but i felt it was time for an upgrade. (if the denali is that) Would you be referring to the stand height?
with a stand over of 32"-34"
Well being a walmart bike, fitting is not usual. So I could not help you, this thing seems like a piece of lead. It weighs 29 pounds, this will suck for climbing.
22lbs Only 54cm Aluminum Road Bike Racing Bicycle Cycling 21 Speed Shimano Black | eBay
This is 22 pounds.
If I was hit by a car, I would not be paying for it,
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Old 12-01-14, 09:12 PM
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The GMC is a fair, entry level bike. Do not buy parts to upgrade it. Just ride it until you can afford a better bike.
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Old 12-01-14, 09:13 PM
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My last bike was somewhere in the 40 pound range, so it should feel like a feather to me. I will think about getting that bike from eBay.
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Should I be concerned about riding onto our off of curbs?
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I think the Denali will do fine. Twist grip shifters are a drag though on a road bike. I'd say get a part time job and save a little bit, or work odd jobs. $550 to $600 will get you a better bike.
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I fix computers for a living. What would you recommend in the $600 price range? I love biking, and have been doing it since I was like four. Really hoping to get a really nice bike someday.
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This is kind of a tough forum to ask about a Denali. Plenty of people ride them all the time. I agree with café though, don't upgrade it. Ride it until you can afford something else, then when you get a lighter bike, you'll fly!

Also, Where are you located? We can probably point out a few craigslist bikes in your budget that may be better for you in the long run.
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Sierra Vista, Az
I think I'll fly on the Denali... My schwinn men's suburban comfort was 40 lbs and I rode that thing at 25ish mph
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I think I'll fly on the Denali... My schwinn men's suburban comfort was 40 lbs and I rode that thing at 25ish mph
Try to save your self from embarrassment, max speed means nothing.
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No, i realize. I have no idea what my cruising speed was, though. I'd like to say considerably fast for a 40 lb bike. If my max speed was 25 mph I would be embarrassed. Sv has almost no craigslist business, it's pretty limited. But I appreciate you looking, Bradelykd.
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Looks like you're in a pretty bad spot as far as the craigslist road bike market goes.... You'll be fine on a denali. Ride it. Ride it A LOT and enjoy it. Try to keep your bunny hops smooth going on and off curbs and you should be fine. Worst case scenario, you pick up a 4 dollar spoke wrench and have to learn to true your wheels after some abuse. Have Fun!
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Thanks everybody! You guys helped tons. This is the best forum I've been to.
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Thanks everybody! You guys helped tons. This is the best forum I've been to.
Ha! Stick around, you'll change your mind!
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Ha! Stick around, you'll change your mind!
Don't scare away the bait too early!
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A couple of things -

The Denali is not a terrible bike, but being a Wal-Mart bike it was more than likely assembled by someone who knows very little about bikes. If you do buy take it to your local bike shop for service. It will make riding it much more enjoyable.

Have you checked your local bike shops? M and M Cycling (In Sierra Vista) sells used bikes. They might have something right up your alley and might be negotiable with the price.

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Haven't looked very hard there, they tend to be expensive(from what I've seen) . Wouldn't mind bringing it in for a tune up. I loathe to buy a Walmart bike, but...
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Your budget is your budget. Just get service on it right after you buy it.

I would still reccomend just going and getting to know the folks at your local bike shop of your choice. Figure out which one gives you the better vibe and use them. They may even show you some basic maintenance to keep your bike running smooth.
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Hmmm. Find Bikes, Cycling Clothing, Bike Parts & Bike Shoes Or Your Local Bike Store at Performance. is having some good sales right now. I see there are two of them in Tucson, which is 75 miles from you. I don't know what the stores near you might have in stock, but there are number of bikes in the $500-600 price range. Cyber Monday is adding another $100 discount: Performance Bike - Endurance Road Bikes - Category
I think any of those Fujis would be better than the Denali. Performance has sales frequently and you can often get a pretty nice bike at a decent price.
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This would be a little better:

BikeIsland.com - Bicycle Parts, Accessories and Clothing at Affordable Prices with Free Shipping
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I agree.
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