It goes to show that a little $$ can get you a pretty long way when you know how to invest. Nice for a sub $200 bike. How much does that weigh?I just purchased either an 04 or 05 Diamondback XSL Comp bike for $170. I believe the rear shock has been swapped out, since it now has a FD tough shock. I've only ridden once so far, but I like it a lot compared to my solid frame.
Airborne Skyhawk, $400 exactly.
Bike weighs approx. 31.8 lb with Wellgo platforms (362 g). This is on a digital bath scale, weighing me holding bike, then without bike. My goal is to get her down to sub 28 lb.Nice machine for 400.
Hydralic brakes too which is weird for 400 bucks. All mid grade stuff, but it's 400 and it's actually good though.
I'm curious to see how much that thing weighs and how it rides...please report.
Great bike, probably the best to get at 400, new other than CraigsList or something.
Bike weighs approx. 31.8 lb with Wellgo platforms (362 g). This is on a digital bath scale, weighing me holding bike, then without bike. My goal is to get her down to sub 28 lb.
Very true, but thats why we buy the cheap bike, to have some money to replace parts we don't like. You won't find decent forks on bikes for less then a grand. The way I figure it, I can get a Recon gold for just ove three bills and still be ahead of a $1000 bike.I'm pushing about 38 pounds I think. Most of that weight is the forks(RST Gillas) they are heavy forks and basically useless as far as shock absorbtion. I can stand on the front end and barely get any compression.
With some good forks it would be lighter and better on the hands. However it would be an over 400 bike then.
you can get a new $800 reba x9 equipped 26" bike at bikesdirect. I am not able to buy a cheaper bike and upgrade for that price.Very true, but thats why we buy the cheap bike, to have some money to replace parts we don't like. You won't find decent forks on bikes for less then a grand. The way I figure it, I can get a Recon gold for just ove three bills and still be ahead of a $1000 bike.
Being more intimate with your bike, giving it with much love and attention ( in a mechanical way,i mean ) without the fear of the cost of doing it wrong. You'll gain valuable experience at a reasonable price, and the new skill-set that you'll learn will more likely make you a better person and a sense of accomplishment. Kinda makes me ask myself : "When was the last time I did something for the first time?" It's something money can't really buy.deathphoenix, that trail looks awfully familiar. just wanted to make sure you know how to get to the singletrack on the other side of the bayou.
around here, you can buy 26" rockhoppers of recent vintage on craigslist for under $400 all the time. i think that would be the way to go if i wanted a 26er.
my bike was $240.
but then i broke the freewheel, so i learned how to fix it, and it cost $30 to repair.
i bent the front wheel, so i learned how to fix it, bought a spoke wrench for 12 bucks and repaired it.
i bent the rear disk on a massive endo, and repaired it for free with a couple of crescent wrenches.
i got traces of spray lube on my rear brakes, and destroyed the pads trying to rejuvenate them, so that was 20 bucks for front and rear.
i broke the rear axle, so i learned to fix that, and it cost $5.
my bottom bracket was making a noise, i think, and was realllly dragging, so i learned to adjust it, and it is good as new.
having an inexpensive bike has probably made me feel more at ease working on it.