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Hey ya'll :) Recently had to relocate to Houston and will be here for the next 6-12 months. I ride motorcycles back home, dirt and street but I did not want to have to bother with moving motorcycles down here on a temp basis, but after a couple of weeks, I just had to get back on two wheels.

There are a couple of parks close by that have pavement and some hardpack, so I knew I wanted a mountain bike type of ride. I also knew that I would be doing some urban riding and there would be some curbs that needed crossing.

Then it was off to wally world. looked around and bought a 159 dollar mongoose. Brought it back and started riding around and I could not believe how tired it was making me.

So came back in and found you guys. I did some research here and knew that the best thing for me to do would go to a local shop and get some advice. Just happens that there is a shop, Cycle Spectrum, about 2 miles from my apartment. Spent a couple of hours with the manager helping me get a grasp and came to the conclusion that I was going to buy something.

The majority of bikes they had in the tyoe I was looking for were Fuji's and Motobecanes. I decided on a Motobecane 400HT. Seemed like a decent bike and as rusty as I am at having to power myself, it did not feel bad at all, but I really have no experience to draw from:) After I bought it he said to bring it back in a couple of weeks and he would take care of any cable streatching. The store also has a free lifetime service policy.

Got it back to the apartment and rode it around for about 4 hours off and on this afternoon and had an absolute blast! Rode it pretty hard and there were a few curbs I hopped.

I guess have 2 questions after all the previous crap I wrote.

1.When I brought it back in the house tonight, I noticed some seepage around the fork seals. Looks like about 20wt of some type. I know it's probably a stupid question, but is this normal for a new bike? I know on my motorcycles this would indicate fork seals failing.

2. I really like the fact that the shop is so close to where I am and their service policy. What I don't know is the durability and quality of the bike. I just kinda assumed that since it was in a shop it was going to be ok. After having brought it home, I tried to pull up some reviews or something and had little to no luck. Please tell me I did not buy TWO pieces of junk in one day :(

Sorry for the long post, but I am a long winded kinda guy.
 

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I guess have 2 questions after all the previous crap I wrote.

1.When I brought it back in the house tonight, I noticed some seepage around the fork seals. Looks like about 20wt of some type. I know it's probably a stupid question, but is this normal for a new bike? I know on my motorcycles this would indicate fork seals failing.

2. I really like the fact that the shop is so close to where I am and their service policy. What I don't know is the durability and quality of the bike. I just kinda assumed that since it was in a shop it was going to be ok. After having brought it home, I tried to pull up some reviews or something and had little to no luck. Please tell me I did not buy TWO pieces of junk in one day :(

Sorry for the long post, but I am a long winded kinda guy.
From a quick look on the net you have purchased a basic entry level mountain bike.

1. It is quite possible that there is a bit of seapage past the seals, especially on a low end fork.

2. It is excellent that you got rid of the wally world ride, and went to a proper bike shop. By doing this you have greatly increased the chances that your bike was put together in a safe manner. Now that being said you need to understand that you have purchased a very entry level bike. However it is still a bike that you can go out and have a LOT of fun on. As long as it is comfortable, and you enjoy it I would not get too concerned about lack of review on it. Typically you will not find reviews on products unless they are either horribly bad or exceptionally good. With a little luck yours falls somewhere in between!

On a side note, do not hesitate to take the bike back to your bike shop if you are not comfortable on it. They should be able to help you out with fit, they do not want to lose you as a customer after all.
 

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Thanks for the reply. I took it back to the shop and they took a look at it, but it looks like it's not a real problem, kinda like you said.

I really am having a blast riding it. No real trailriding yet, but I will.
 
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