Which is better?

Discussion in 'Mountain Bikes' started by Forbidden Karma, Dec 28, 2003.

  1. Forbidden Karma

    Forbidden Karma New Member

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    I need to know which is better for the half mountain biking that I do. Is it better to get a steel framed bike or aluminum? I ride on paths/roads for half the time and the other half I'm on gravel and/or dirt tracks.

    I'm so far I'm thinking of getting one of the following two bikes:

    26-inch Schwinn 210-FS Men's Bike

    26" Schwinn 210-FS, front suspension mountain bike
    Steel hardtail diamond frame with oversize tubing and RST front suspension fork
    Shimano Tourney front and rear derailleurs
    21-speed SRAM MRX indexed grip shifters
    Pro Max alloy V-type brakes
    Alloy rims, stem, seat post, pedals
    Kenda K816 26 x 2.1" tires
    20" frame

    Schwinn Sidewinder 2.6 FS 26-inch All-Terrain Bike

    Schwinn hand-built steel frame
    RST Omni 191 CL suspension fork
    SRAM grip shift shifters
    Shimano TY-32A front and Shimano TY-22-7 rear derailleurs
    Shimano 13-28T 7-speed freewheel
    Frame: Schwinn ride-tuned steel frame with bend seat stays
    Fork: RST Omni 191 suspension fork
    Handlebar/Stem: MTB riser handlebar and Schwinn stem with 2-bolt faceplate
    Shifters: SRAM grip shift shifters
    Derailleurs: Shimano TY-32A front and Shimano TY-22-7 rear derailleurs
    Brakes: Pro Max alloy front and rear linear pull brakes
    Levers: Pro Max alloy 3-finger brake levers
    Crank: Alloy 24t/34t/42t MTB crank
    Freewheel: Shimano 7-speed 14-28T freewheel
    Rims: 26" x 1.5" 36-spoke alloy black with ground sidewall anodized rims
    Hubs: Front alloy quick-release
    Tires: Schwinn 26" x 2" Black MTB tires
    Seat: Men's Schwinn sport saddle
     
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  2. dexmax

    dexmax New Member

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    I think you can get a better bike at your LBS..

    Judging from the specs, its not a really good bike..

    If your going entry-level bikes, you can have one built at your LBS..

    Say, an Alivio or Deore Groupset will cost you about $180 US, a decent frame for $100, decent rims for $40 a pair, a decent fork for $100. Misc(handlebar, seatpost, headset, saddle) parts will cost another $80...

    for a total of $500, you can get a pretty decent bike..
     
  3. Forbidden Karma

    Forbidden Karma New Member

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    I can't really spend more than $250 CDN on it (I have to pay for it myself and I don't have a job yet) is it a bike that is not going to break if I'm on kind of bumpy terrian? I don't want to do the majour mountain biking, just I don't like being on paved roads on the time.
     
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    well, invest on the critical parts such as the drivetrain, hubs, crank, rear derailuer, shifters.. these are the moving parts, you need quality parts here..
    i would suggest shimano deore, but the alivio's will do.. BTW, alivio is 8spd and deore is 9spd..
    you'll be adding about $50 if you want these parts though..

    you can have these swapped out at the LBS. I'm sure your LBS will give you a better deal and will help you out.. Don't limit yourself with schwinn.. Try out Fuji, Trek, etc..

    The schwinn frames are fine... The rst fork is ok, but it may give you problems later... But it really depends on the rides you take..
     
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