What do you think of this bike!

  • transient

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    Sep 01, 2015 9:00 AM GMT
    Looking for a mountain bike for roads&tracks......

    http://www.decathlon.pt/bicicleta-btt-rockrider340-lar-id_8302232.html

    Got a limited budget and not much choice!
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    Sep 01, 2015 1:30 PM GMT
    Where's Paul when you need him?icon_lol.gif The guy is an expert at this stuff.
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    Sep 01, 2015 3:58 PM GMT
    Buy a used good bike rather than waste your money on this.
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    Sep 01, 2015 6:54 PM GMT
    I agree, Paul is the resident expert on mountain bikes.
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    Sep 01, 2015 8:28 PM GMT
    From what I can see in the picture, looks like it's designed to look durable and mountain-worthy, but I wouldn't expect the parts to hold up to years of mountain use. In other words, this doesn't seem to be a legitimate mountain bike. I'd advise against Aluminum frames for mountain bikes; they are bound to fatigue and crack under stress. I know this from first-hand experience; Aluminum can be unsafe.

    I would advise to watch the used-bike market, and ask friends for local advice. I'm not familiar with the European mountain-bike market, but you should be able to find something used but more durable, for the same cost.

    Hit me up if you have more questions.
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    Sep 01, 2015 8:38 PM GMT
    Is 180 euros the price? In US dollars that's around $202; here that would get you a crappy bike that wouldn't last at all.

    Follow the advice of the posts above.
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    Sep 01, 2015 9:43 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidIs 180 euros the price? In US dollars that's around $202; here that would get you a crappy bike that wouldn't last at all.

    Follow the advice of the posts above.

    I have to agree. Over my lifetime I've never owned a bike worth less than about $3000 USD in today's money, and sometimes quite a bit more. Even when I was a little kid, thanks to Dad.

    He had my first 2-wheeler imported from Belgium in 1954, a beautiful thing. He called it my "Belgian racer" because it was a smaller version of the classic diamond frame so typical now, which few US bikes of that era had. Everyone else was riding heavy, tanky old Schwinn things.

    Nor did I buy my 2 sons anything less. Their first 2-wheelers were both Treks, well into 4 figures, over 20 years ago when they were preteens.

    A bike is a form of personal transportation, you don't stint. No more than you would on a car. You want it to last and give good service. No cheap department store crap, you go to a proper bike shop.

    I say again, if you want advice on mountain bikes, ask paulflexes, as MasterOfTheDomain has also said. Paul's our resident expert. I know road bikes, but not mountain bikes. I'm surprised he hasn't replied to this.
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    Sep 01, 2015 10:13 PM GMT
    bigMTs saidFrom what I can see in the picture, looks like it's designed to look durable and mountain-worthy, but I wouldn't expect the parts to hold up to years of mountain use. In other words, this doesn't seem to be a legitimate mountain bike. I'd advise against Aluminum frames for mountain bikes; they are bound to fatigue and crack under stress. I know this from first-hand experience; Aluminum can be unsafe.

    I would advise to watch the used-bike market, and ask friends for local advice. I'm not familiar with the European mountain-bike market, but you should be able to find something used but more durable, for the same cost.

    Hit me up if you have more questions.
    I have four aluminum mountain bikes...a dirt jumper, a cross country (XC) bike, an all-mountain (trail) bike, and a downhill/freeride bike. They've held up to some serious abuse, including jumps from 5 feet to flat...even the XC bike.

    Of course, my cheapest bike was the XC bike, with a starting price of $995, along with almost $2000 in upgrades to make it as sturdy as it is (and the same upgrades on the trail bike). If there's any frame material to avoid, it's carbon, and that's only if you're a very aggressive rider.

    Word to the OP: Get that bike! It's a good starter to figure out how you want to ride. Parts WILL break, so be ready for that, but it'll be much less expensive to repair than a "legitimate" mountain bike. Also, when it starts malfunctioning, look up "how to" videos on YouTube so you can repair it yourself. That'll save $100's on labor fees at bike shops.
  • tj85016

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    Sep 02, 2015 1:23 AM GMT
    forget it, it looks like a Chinese piece of shit with a lot of worthless gimmicks

    get a real mountain bike with a light-weight steel frame (not Al) and some decent Shimano works and some decent rims and a saddle that won't kill you on a trail
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    Sep 02, 2015 3:50 AM GMT
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    bigMTs saidFrom what I can see in the picture, looks like it's designed to look durable and mountain-worthy, but I wouldn't expect the parts to hold up to years of mountain use. In other words, this doesn't seem to be a legitimate mountain bike. I'd advise against Aluminum frames for mountain bikes; they are bound to fatigue and crack under stress. I know this from first-hand experience; Aluminum can be unsafe.

    I would advise to watch the used-bike market, and ask friends for local advice. I'm not familiar with the European mountain-bike market, but you should be able to find something used but more durable, for the same cost.

    Hit me up if you have more questions.
    I have four aluminum mountain bikes...a dirt jumper, a cross country (XC) bike, an all-mountain (trail) bike, and a downhill/freeride bike. They've held up to some serious abuse, including jumps from 5 feet to flat...even the XC bike.

    Of course, my cheapest bike was the XC bike, with a starting price of $995, along with almost $2000 in upgrades to make it as sturdy as it is (and the same upgrades on the trail bike). If there's any frame material to avoid, it's carbon, and that's only if you're a very aggressive rider.

    Word to the OP: Get that bike! It's a good starter to figure out how you want to ride. Parts WILL break, so be ready for that, but it'll be much less expensive to repair than a "legitimate" mountain bike. Also, when it starts malfunctioning, look up "how to" videos on YouTube so you can repair it yourself. That'll save $100's on labor fees at bike shops.


    Dude, transient is looking at a $200 cheap-ass "bike". Although I agree with you, to avoid carbon frames, I don't see the relevance of advising against a $2,000+ carbon bike, considering his budget.

    transient, if you have the desire to learn bike maintenance, there may be a local drop-in shop you could use. Maintenance skills could save you much more $ in the long-run, than the up-front cost of this particular bike will save you in the short-term.

    A side-note: I've found (from years of volunteering in community bike shops) that cheap-ass bikes are much more difficult to repair; I almost think they're designed to require whole-bike replacement (planned obsolescence). Think about it: it's hard to find a replacement part for a cracked piece of plastic.
  • transient

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    Sep 02, 2015 6:47 AM GMT
    Thanks for the advise guys.

    Im just going to ignore the megabucks recomendations.......im a subsistance farmer scraping a living as a goat herder.

    My car cost €400...... i think my bike should be half this!

    Most folk advisrd already to take Pauls advise- thanks for the encouragement,im going to get it!Maybe today....pretty excited,havnt had a bike for a few years.

    Cheers guys
  • toybrian

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    Sep 02, 2015 10:16 PM GMT
    Transient unless you are going to race then a normal mountain bike can run around 200 and that is what I spent on it and have given it a lot of abuse and it takes it from trails or street driving. I have sold bikes for a Toys R Us for over 20 years and have never given bad advise. Start with what you are looking for and then find it...Bikes can run from 125ro over thousands depending on what you want it for. Good luck. Paul is right and they are nice bikes but have seen many styles of bike out there. Good luck to you.
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    Sep 03, 2015 11:43 AM GMT
    transient saidThanks for the advise guys.

    Im just going to ignore the megabucks recomendations.......im a subsistance farmer scraping a living as a goat herder.

    My car cost €400...... i think my bike should be half this!

    Most folk advisrd already to take Pauls advise- thanks for the encouragement,im going to get it!Maybe today....pretty excited,havnt had a bike for a few years.

    Cheers guys


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    Best of luck to you.
  • transient

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    Sep 04, 2015 1:14 PM GMT
    So iv had the bike for a couple of days but have not had a chance to get out on it yet.

    The build quality feels better than i expected but must admit a little metal clip that holds the front brake pad together worked itself loose on the drive home........ maybe between the two vehicle changes i have to make to get home i was a little forcefull.

    Fixed in seconds with a pair of pliers...... i wont be going 160km round trip to complain.

    I will be going out in it today, as soon as its cool enough to cycle the 2km out of my 45° incline valley.
  • transient

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    Sep 04, 2015 6:04 PM GMT
    I am losing my faith in humanity.

    My bike has been stolen out of my 4x4.

    I never even got to ride it anywhere yet.

    What the f;@k is wrong with this world.

    I had two of my goats butchered and sold to friends to give me enough cash to buy it.

    Im so pissed off..... life can be very cruel.
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    Sep 04, 2015 7:10 PM GMT
    transient saidI am losing my faith in humanity.

    My bike has been stolen out of my 4x4.

    I never even got to ride it anywhere yet.

    What the f;@k is wrong with this world.

    I had two of my goats butchered and sold to friends to give me enough cash to buy it.

    Im so pissed off..... life can be very cruel.
    Wow man, that really sucks! I hope you can either find it or get another one soon.
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    Sep 04, 2015 7:50 PM GMT
    Yeah, that really sucks. There's nothing like that feeling of personal violation when you've had something stolen and wondering what's wrong with the world.

    Hopefully your goats are fecund and will produce more offspring soon.
  • transient

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    Sep 07, 2015 9:16 AM GMT
    So, the police have recovered my bike but are making it realy awkward for me to get it back.

    I also know who stole it and they made me press charges before they would let me look at the bike.

    I got some hoops to jump through now.
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    Sep 08, 2015 12:47 AM GMT
    transient saidSo, the police have recovered my bike but are making it realy awkward for me to get it back.

    I also know who stole it and they made me press charges before they would let me look at the bike.

    I got some hoops to jump through now.
    That's great they found your bike! I hope it's still in good condition.