mountain bike reviews

Discussion in 'Mountain Bikes' started by David, Mar 26, 2003.

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  1. David

    David Guest

    Can someone recommend a good independent web site that has mountain bike reviews, guides on what to
    look when buying a new bike etc. Thanks for any suggestions. david
     
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  2. Pete

    Pete Guest

    "David" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > Can someone recommend a good independent web site that has mountain bike reviews, guides on what
    > to look when buying a new bike etc. Thanks for any suggestions. david

    Good and independant reviews? No.

    For example...on mtbr.com, 2003 hardtails. The average rating is 4.56 out of 5 for all bikes that
    had been rated two or more times. 2003 full bouncers average rating is 4.58 out of 5.

    Obviously, all bikes are GREAT!

    Objective? No. Self validation for dollars spent more like it.

    Pete
     
  3. Adn

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    MTBR.com is of course subjective evaluation. But it is information from people that actually bought
    and ride these bikes. Sounds like information that is as least as good as any opinion (that's key,
    "opinion") that you could possibly read here.

    If you read each review, you can gather insights into inherent strengths and weaknesses. These tend
    to spread across most reviews for a particular model. As a mathematician, I would put more emphasis
    on the reviews that have a greater number of respondents.

    IMHO, MTBR.com is possibly the best resource for unsolicited opinion on mountain bikes and
    other stuff.

    "David" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > Can someone recommend a good independent web site that has mountain bike reviews, guides on what
    > to look when buying a new bike etc. Thanks for any suggestions. david
     
  4. Bigfoot

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    Yea, like I said a lot of opinions. But you can spot trends if there are multiple posts. Same as the
    magazine reviews. I don't put much weight into reviews unless an "opinion" is repeated and even then
    you have to take it in the context of the whole article.

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  5. Bigfoot

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    Check out http://www.bikemagic.com] It is a website out of the UK. They have some great
    reviews. The best yet on the new XTR and they were the first for the new Trek Fuel 100. It takes
    some navigating but they have more comprehensive reviews. Good Luck! Kent

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  6. David Kunz

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    bigfoot wrote:
    > Yea, like I said a lot of opinions. But you can spot trends if there are multiple posts. Same as
    > the magazine reviews. I don't put much weight into reviews unless an "opinion" is repeated and
    > even then you have to take it in the context of the whole article.

    I have to agree with the consensus here. I read for trends and they're usually good indicators of
    problem areas. I get much more good info from MTBR than from any magazine that uses the product even
    less than the "one week posters" on MTBR! I skip over the raves from people who've only used the
    part for a couple of weeks and try to focus-in on why people panned the product and the reviews from
    people who've used it for a while.

    David
     
  7. Westie

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    "Pete" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    >
    > "David" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > > Can someone recommend a good independent web site that has mountain bike reviews, guides on what
    > > to look when buying a new bike etc. Thanks for any suggestions. david
    >
    > Good and independant reviews? No.
    >
    > For example...on mtbr.com, 2003 hardtails. The average rating is 4.56 out
    of
    > 5 for all bikes that had been rated two or more times. 2003 full bouncers average rating is 4.58
    > out of 5.
    >
    > Obviously, all bikes are GREAT!
    >
    > Objective? No. Self validation for dollars spent more like it.
    >
    > Pete
    >

    Trouble is that these twits are excited about their new purchase which is more than likely an
    upgrade. Surprise, surprise, it probably _is_ the best bike that they've ever had. So that's gotta
    be worth a 5.

    Even so, the ratings are pointless unless they come from someone that has experienced other bikes to
    be able to compare. There's little merit in giving front shocks a 4.9 rating if you've never ridden
    shocks before.

    Use mtbr.com as a rough guide, not a bible.
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    > "Pete" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > >
    > > "David" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > > > Can someone recommend a good independent web site that has mountain
    bike
    > > > reviews, guides on what to look when buying a new bike etc. Thanks for any suggestions. david
    > >
    > > Good and independant reviews? No.
    > >
    > > For example...on mtbr.com, 2003 hardtails. The average rating is 4.56
    out
    > of
    > > 5 for all bikes that had been rated two or more times. 2003 full bouncers average rating is 4.58
    > > out of 5.
    > >
    > > Obviously, all bikes are GREAT!
    > >
    > > Objective? No. Self validation for dollars spent more like it.
    > >
    > > Pete
    > >
    >
    > Trouble is that these twits are excited about their new purchase which is more than likely an
    > upgrade. Surprise, surprise, it probably _is_ the
    best
    > bike that they've ever had. So that's gotta be worth a 5.
    >
    > Even so, the ratings are pointless unless they come from someone that has experienced other bikes
    > to be able to compare. There's little merit in giving front shocks a 4.9 rating if you've never
    > ridden shocks before.
    >
    > Use mtbr.com as a rough guide, not a bible.
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    > Westie
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    True
     
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