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sorry, but mtbr edited out the name of the store because it could be naughty in some contexts. what is the make and model you bought? is it a Diamondback Response? if so, that's a fine beginner bike, just not a great long-term investment. keep it clean, lubed, and tuned and it should serve you well for quite a while, depending on how hard you ride it. you will definitely learn to pick your lines and you will appreciate a nicer bike that much more when you get to the point of replacing it. smoother suspension, lighter parts, more powerful brakes, more accurate shifting, etc are possible with a more sophisticated bike.
 

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It is the diamondback response xe. Item number 18665736

This is my first bike so I'm reading the maintenance thread. The trails near me are mostly flat. I couldn't pass the bike for $212 considering it retails for $400.

After reading some negative posts about cheap bikes I was started to fear my forks would snap on light to moderate trails.
 

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The fork won't snap if used properly or as intended, is that most entry level bikes have heavy forks that don't perform that well off road.

Ride the bike until parts wear down or break and then replace or upgrade.
 

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I wouldn't invest in a lot of upgrades for that bike (unless it were things that could easily be transferred to another bike), but that's a perfectly serviceable beginner bike. Have fun and ride!
 

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You'll be just fine. A lot of these beginner bikes will do the trick.

Case in point -- my wife's GT Avalanche we bought from a sporting goods store back in 2003. While she doesn't like to ride it much, it has become my de facto loaner when I have friends or family in town w/o a bike. It has held up to many an advanced rider bombing moderate to advanced trails.
 

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if you got that response for $212, please share your method. That is a great price and would be helpful to other buyers.

It's fine for trail use, XCT fork, not gonna explode on you.
 

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I spent many an hour on a DB Response. It's a good bike. It can handle all sorts of trails. I would not do big drop-offs or jumps. I would watch my speed on technical descents. But the bike will be a good one for your needs. The sporting goods store where I got mine offered an extended warranty. It covered anything my riding could break, including wearing out the bottom bracket and chain.
 
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