I have an opportunity to puchase a pacifica FS bike for a good price but I keep hearing about how bad the quality is. Should I just save my money for something more in the higher end. I'm looking for a decent starter bike for right now. Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks.
What's your idea of a "decent price" for this Pacifica full-suspension bike? Which bikes specifically are you referring to? What sort of component group does it sport?
Pacific is sort of like an umbrella corporation. They are the parent company of several brands of bicycles: Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, Pacific, Murray, Roadmaster, etc. Pacific mainly caters to department store consumers who view bikes as nothing more than toys. They offer expensive looking bikes at prices that seem like a steal. But don't be fooled. Alot of these bikes that are marketed as serious mountain bikes are junk. Definitely not trail worthy.
Sure, you could take them out on the trails, but they will fall apart fast and good luck replacing anything on them.
Now, having said that, there are decent quality bikes that are produced by several of the Pacific brands. I know for a fact that Schwinn still produces a few quality bikes (even some high end stuff), but the vast majority of the Pacific flagship line of bikes are going to be crap.
Certainly not something I would take to the trails with any degree of confidence. These bikes do have one outstanding use however: Beaters. If you are just looking for a cheap bike to tool around campus, town, etc.. these bikes are perfect.
But if you are just starting out, I would recommend against buying a full suspension bike. Stick to the hardtails. Much better bang for your buck.