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Twist of the fork... Looks like 29er's have invaded Target's.

Remember seeing another thread of a department store 29er with the fork installed backwards, but can't find it now. Anyways, must be an epidemic... Came across this one in my local Target today. Funny thing is that there were plenty of other bikes with correctly installed forks. Also notice the zip tie holding the brake cable to the stanchion?


 

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Well, if you consider the name "Rivel", it makes sense. Rivel means to shrivel, or shrink. In this case, the wheelbase has shrunken as a result of the backwards fork. This no doubt is Schwinn's take on the short wheelbase 29er craze, and I for one applaud such ingenuity when others are fussing about with "how short can we make this chainstay while still leaving room for a front derailleur?" and whatnot.
 

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When you guys see this $hit, do you ever think to call it to the attention of a manager or some such instead of just passing it by and letting some unsuspecting person buy this bike and have a serious injury??? Other than the fork being installed backwards I see nothing wrong with this bike for a beginner, specs look not much different to low end crap from other big brands.
 

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When you guys see this $hit, do you ever think to call it to the attention of a manager or some such instead of just passing it by and letting some unsuspecting person buy this bike and have a serious injury??? Other than the fork being installed backwards I see nothing wrong with this bike for a beginner, specs look not much different to low end crap from other big brands.
And how do you know I didn't do just that?
 

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Well, question wasn't aimed directly at you, but you didn't say you did, was a general ?at all who seem to post in these threads with an elitist attitude of, if you buy from such a place, then take what you get.

And how do you know I didn't do just that?
 

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I like how they ziptied the brake cable to the shock...if you look at the shock it even has a screw with a hook to hold it...I work at a Target & assemble bikes, just makes me SMH when you see this stupidity...
The shock comes in the box backwards like that, but........ya
 

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Well, question wasn't aimed directly at you, but you didn't say you did, was a general ?at all who seem to post in these threads with an elitist attitude of, if you buy from such a place, then take what you get.
No worries, I understand. ;)
 

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Last week at my local grocery store I actually saw a bike that was locked up outside with the fork reversed like that. I stood around for a bit to wait for the owner but my 3yr old daughter was with me and she didn't have the patience so we had to leave. I wonder how the bike rides...
 

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After seeing a couple of posts & pictures of this very bike (Shwinn) with backwards forks, my guess is that they are shipped in the box with the fork in this position and that's the way the assembler assumed it was to be assembled...
 

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My Manitou Tower Pro is in the mail on the way. After so many of these backwards fork threads on mtbr, I think I need to make a sticker for it that says, "Assembled at Walmart"
 
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