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stopwar11112 asked in SportsCycling · 1 decade ago

Are GMC and Mongoose acceptable mountain bikes?

I'm looking to buy a couple of inexpensive but durable mountain bikes. I read the answers about what people recommend, but in my price range ($300) I only seem to find GMC and Mongoose bikes, with disk brakes and in some cases dual suspension. Are these good enough for moderate trail riding?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I think that you may be barking up the wrong tree because it is impossible to buy a mountain bike for $300. Let me explain (this is kind of long).

    There are 3 kinds of bikes normally called mountain bikes-

    "Fat Tire Bikes" or FTBs are typically those which you'll find in discount stores or other retailers. They almost always look like mountain bikes with lots of bells and whistles, but they are intended for on road and on light trails only. This is usually disclosed by a sticker on the bike or in the owners manual. These usually sell for between $0 and $300.

    "All Terrain bikes" or ATB's are a good choice for onroad, offroad, and more technical terrain (rocks and ruts). They are usually well built, as you go up in price they get better. If your budget is $300 don't buy a $200 bike as $300 is about the entry point for a decent bike. ATBs are priced between $200 and $700.

    "Mountain Bikes" or MTBs are just that... put them in your car, take them to a mountain, ride them, and when you're done put them back in your car and drive them home. They should NOT be used on the road. These tend to be very solidly built and have features that make that type of riding safer and more enjoyable. Mountain bikes START at about $500 and go up from there.

    You should avoid disc brakes on an entry level ATB or MTB unless you are prepared for a high maintenance interval. Instead, choose a bike in the same price range with "linear pull" or V brakes. There is little need for discs unless you race or play in the mud.

    Also avoid full suspension (FS) unless you plan to spend at least $800. Keep in mind that suspension on a bike is for the same reason as on a car... not for comfort, but to keep the wheels on the ground for better handling. Every time you pedal a FS bike some of the energy you expend is eaten up in the suspension rather than going to the rear wheel. Instead, get a bike with front suspension and a rigid frame... you'll be miles ahead.

    Also consider the complexity of disc brakes and FS. Exactly what kind of quality might you expect of these items on a $300 bike especially when it probably costs $300 just to replace 1 shock on a car?

    If you will indulge me just a little more...

    In the 1890s when the "ordinary" bike (bike with both wheels the same size) was introduced the average cost of a bike was $94.00 which translated to 6 MONTHS pay. Now, I don't suggest that anyone spend 6 months salary on a bike, but perhaps a week or 2 would be a better budget, don't you think?

    Anyway, forget the GMC. If the Mongoose is a MongoosePRO you'll do OK but do NOT choose one that is branded Mongoose (without the "Pro").

    Feel free to email me if you have any questions on other brands or sizing a bike, etc.

    Source(s): 26 years in the industry
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  • Judith
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    No new bike, regardless of brand is going to be any good at that price. Mongoose does make some good bikes, but they are sold only in bke shops and they cost a lot more. Just because 2 bikes are using the same brand name does not mean they are the same level of quality. If you buy that bike, odds are pretty good that something will go wrong with it out on the trail. The suggestion that you rent a bike for the weekend is a very good one.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    in your price range unfortunately you won't get much in the way of quality and durability... you need to look at the 500 to 600 dollar range to get quality and strength, not to mention a bike that can be maintained by a professional without a lot of on going costs... take a look at Trek, Specialized, KHS, and Marin

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  • 1 decade ago

    I wish Wal-mart would stock the disc brake pads for those bikes... Because I can't get them !

    And those Dual-Suspension designs are cosmetic at best... In no time, they will have you going down the trail - AND BOUNCING UNCONTROLABLY THE WHOLE WAY!

    Here is what you need and It's $300...

    http://www2.trekbikes.com/images/bikes_my07/large/...

    What do you get with that..?

    A Truly PROFESSIONALLY ASSEMBLED BIKE

    FREE ADJUSTMENTS FOR AT LEAST 90 DAYS

    A Shop that can take care of your EVERY NEED so you don't have to.

    A Lifetime Warranty for the frame - 2 year drivetrain - 5 year on Bontrager Parts

    Trek Bikes are family owned and operated right out of Madison Wisconsin.

    Enjoy how owning a bike and having it work WONDERFULLY for YEARS feels!

    Source(s): Bike Shop Manager - Top100 & Tennessee's Largest Trek Dealer
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