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Living with a $150 mountain bike

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While you can find some great deals online and on craigslist, there’s no substitute for the knowledge and service you’ll receive at your local bike shop.

While you can find some great deals online and on craigslist, there’s no substitute for the knowledge and service you’ll receive at your local bike shop (click to enlarge).

A brand new bike for $150 may sound like a great deal, but what are the hidden costs of ownership, and can it stand up to some serious abuse?

Part 1, The Hidden Costs

Part 2, Green Runs

Part 3, Torture Test

Have you ever contemplated buying a department store bike for a friend or family member? We have had dozens of forums threads regarding the same topic on the Beginner’s Corner of our forums.

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  • Chris Sammartino says:

    Nice to see lots of local sights (I live here in S FL) in a MTB video for the first time! Great story. I ALWAYS recommend a newbie rent first. I’d be afraid to take that clunker on Gilligan’s Island or Gunrange!

  • 25lbs & counting says:

    I’ve watched several videos from this guy. Like it all. Great skills too.

  • eb1888 says:

    This presents a good possible alternative for someone looking to determine whether or not they’ll enjoy mtbiking. $150 and some time learning bike setup and maintenance now isn’t much. They can know whether it’s worth spending $1500 on a decent ride instead of $400-600. Some will get hooked, some won’t.

  • OverTheHill says:

    Great videos! Shows just what these low-end Dept Store bikes are. And why many bike shops don’t want to fix ‘em. They don’t hold up and are really not worth wasting more of the customer’s $$$ trying to polish a pot metal turd. On limited budget its MUCH better to buy better built used bike (Craig’s List, E-bay, local ads).

    HOWEVER some dept stores carry bikes much better built than this low ender. Just few yrs ago at a dept store my buddy picked up entry level MTB with Alivio build. Not a trials bike, but decent for getting into riding local trails. Whole different class than the POS in these vid’s.

  • Roger says:

    I was with you until you stared bouncing off the concrete benches of the pavilion. I’m sure the city appreciates the damage to the concrete lip of the bench at 1:23 in the 3rd video. Way to represent the sport! It makes the job of trail builders and promoters like me that much harder.

  • Bobnmb53@gmail.com says:

    I have worn out two WM 7 speed bikes over the years and never had a problem with them.

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