Bike vs Bike or head to head

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Bike vs Bike or head to head

Postby Purple Haze » Wed May 31, 2017 5:17 am

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I know bikes are like apples and oranges,but I want to start this thread saying my competition parameters are based on similarity of materials and price first and foremost.Everything else is up to the readers to decide because I don't own or ride the bikes posted.I will start with Walmarts most capable bikes and gravitate to everything else that I see as a good deal,but please chime in because the bigger the data base of what is available to North Americans helps all of the readers.This weeks participants are both Walmarts top line 27.5 hardtails.Both bikes are 24 speed cassette bikes and have 6061 aluminum frames.The frame geometry differs slightly with the Vilano more raked out.The prices of these bikes varies too much but as of June 2017 the Vilano wins and both are under 400 bucks.Now,get busy and comment on which of these bikes is better and why or post a different bike that is similar and fits the same criteria.
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Re: Bike vs Bike or head to head

Postby Purple Haze » Wed May 31, 2017 6:21 am

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Bikes direct is going for Walmarts core with this entry for 319 USD.Same deal with 6061,24 speeds and Suntour XCT.Bikes direct is going head to head with Walmart these days.
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Re: Bike vs Bike or head to head

Postby Purple Haze » Wed May 31, 2017 6:34 am

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This is the Vilano deuce and the one at the top is the Blackjack which has lockout suspension.Both are slightly less than 300 USD,and there is a 10 dollar difference between the two.
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Re: Bike vs Bike or head to head

Postby Purple Haze » Wed May 31, 2017 11:44 am

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To me this is one of the saddest equipped entry level bikes.The gearset is 3x7 freewheel and the bike cost 460.
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Re: Bike vs Bike or head to head

Postby Tomcat65 » Wed May 31, 2017 5:45 pm

Giant claims to be the industry leader, then they turn out these entry level bikes so your neighbor can spend $100 more than you did, and become a bike snob.. LOL :P
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Re: Bike vs Bike or head to head

Postby to the beach » Wed May 31, 2017 5:52 pm

I like that GRAVITY, looks sharp.
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Re: Bike vs Bike or head to head

Postby Purple Haze » Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:50 am

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This is type of stuff that makes me rant.Not only do you not get disc brakes with this bike, but the same 3x7 freewheel assembly that is on the Giant is on this bike.This is the trek marlin 4 and 360 bucks aint bad from anything these guys sell,but this is all you get for that money.The marlin 5 with 24 speeds is close to 600 bucks but they claim to have a magical type of aluminum that is their own.You decide as a reader,but these packages from LBS stores absolutely suck in my opinion.
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Re: Bike vs Bike or head to head

Postby Purple Haze » Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:50 am

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These guys give you all this for 549 USD.24 speeds, disc brakes and their own special aluminum.I didn't know these LBS companies also produce special metallurgical compounds that are so secret that they are only found and used in bicycle applications. :lol: Their metal foundries are located in remote mountains that can only be accessed by using their bikes or riding a billy goat.
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Re: Bike vs Bike or head to head

Postby Purple Haze » Thu Jun 01, 2017 2:12 am

Giving credit to the specialized with a vey different frame geometry not found on the other bikes if you notice.Looks painful on my back as a riding position but might give better control.
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Re: Bike vs Bike or head to head

Postby Purple Haze » Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:04 am

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Behold the future of the hard tail and the innovative tech of German and Swiss collaboration.This company is the one to look out for.I called the carbon wheelset the future and it was so.Trek and Specialized will have to give their crowns up very soon with the future tech bikes from Canyon.Look on their website and see for yourselves.
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