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Looks like a nice bike, blue for men, purple for women. Has dual shock absorbers, etc. 21-speed. Anyone familair with this bike? Made by Excitor.

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It's true. I tried to buy a chopper bike in a box to ship to my nephew. Couldn't find a Target that would sell it to m... (more)

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I use to be a Huffy Builder, actually a contractor that would go around various chain stores and build these cheap bikes... (more)

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Could you supply some more information? Link? B&M? Weekly Circular?

Weekly circular, B&M for sure.


HOW can anyone make a dual suspension bike for $65 retail?????????

Canucklehead said: [Q]HOW can anyone make a dual suspension bike for $65 retail?????????

By having them made in China, I guess.

Canucklehead said: [Q]HOW can anyone make a dual suspension bike for $65 retail?????????

I second that. Made in China. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0> I am of Chinese descent, btw.

I'm definately looking for a bike, but these don't seem to look good or comfortable as some of the huffy's I've been looking at. I will go to target to take a closer look.

A quick google searched turn up the following:

DirtWorld

I think it's made by Magna and the model name is Excitor. There are a lot of posts saying that it can be had for $69 on a regular basis. Weighs 43lbs. I still might get one due to cheapness. Only need it to ride to the Caltrain station.

Heavy, heavy bike. The advantage in a well made dual suspension bike is improved stability and ride comfort over very rough trails. That advantage is completely wiped out when the bike is too heavy for two reasons. One is that the weight makes navigating rough trails very difficult, and the other is that the weight even offset by the suspension produces a rough ride.

Remember also that a badly/cheaply made suspension bike can be less comfortable and less stable than a well made non suspension bike.

One thing the suspension WILL do for you though is make the bike a lot more attractive to thieves, who wont know you paid $65 for it at target.

Target has a heavy magna non suspension bike for under $50 regularly on sale. I bought one for my wife to ride on the flat concrete path near the house and its fine for that. Any hills or trails and it'd be too heavy for comfortable and convenient use.

I had a magna bike for a couple weeks and it was horrible. The entire wheel assembly was unbalanced and you could see the tire drift as you rotated it. The brakes didn't work all the well, and one of them actually broke completely. Also the rear gear shift cable snapped, forcing me to spend hours trying to fix it. I finally took it back and went for a cheaper used Trek bike, that served me well.

My advice: Avoid this bike like the plague.

Am on my way to Target to check out the bikes.

Heavy. For bikes in this price range. They are all very heavy. Not a good choice for back-to-school. Get one without rear suspension and it will be lighter. Much lighter and better bikes can be found in the price range of $100 on sale.

JIWC said,
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I second that. Ma De in Chi Na


I am not sure what you are trying to do but please do it some where else, thank you.


I tried while in store before, those bikes are heavy. I don't think they are actually made for trails (only the looks), but just for regular/casual riding.

edit: fboyfboy you took words right out of my mouth. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

"Free professional assembly for all."

Target give you a coupon for a free assembly at a bike shop?

Or has Target hired on a bunch of 'professionals'? <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-blush.gif" border=0>

fatkitty said: [Q]JIWC said,
[Q]
I second that. Ma De in Chi Na


I am not sure what you are trying to do but please do it some where else, thank you.


I tried while in store before, those bikes are heavy. I don't think they are actually made for trails (only the looks), but just for regular/casual riding.

edit: fboyfboy you took words right out of my mouth. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

JIWC, remember that even the bargain sites are to be politically correct. You are always bound to offend someone, even if something is meant in light humor. Afterall, this is not like the Internet or anything.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>

I've got one of these cheapy type (not the same model) bikes that I ride around regulary on concrete bike paths near my house. I'd say that these bikes are great for light-casual riding, but not for ppl serious about biking. For me, these cheapy bikes are good enuf for my casual biking.

cheapbrass said: [Q]I've got one of these cheapy type (not the same model) bikes that I ride around regulary on concrete bike paths near my house. I'd say that these bikes are great for light-casual riding, but not for ppl serious about biking. For me, these cheapy bikes are good enuf for my casual biking.

yeah, just remember not to hit a curb with one or your wheels will be so out of tru that you'll have to totally replace it.

sklar said: [Q]Heavy, heavy bike. The advantage in a well made dual suspension bike is improved stability and ride comfort over very rough trails. That advantage is completely wiped out when the bike is too heavy for two reasons. One is that the weight makes navigating rough trails very difficult, and the other is that the weight even offset by the suspension produces a rough ride.

Remember also that a badly/cheaply made suspension bike can be less comfortable and less stable than a well made non suspension bike.

One thing the suspension WILL do for you though is make the bike a lot more attractive to thieves, who wont know you paid $65 for it at target.

Target has a heavy magna non suspension bike for under $50 regularly on sale. I bought one for my wife to ride on the flat concrete path near the house and its fine for that. Any hills or trails and it'd be too heavy for comfortable and convenient use.

assuming you are lucky enough to have had the bike assembled properly, the suspension will break on any serious trail riding. So if you want to ride down the street and might hit a few potholes, this bike is perfect, if you want to take it mountain biking, stay away...

ricoscoro said: [Q]fatkitty said: [Q]JIWC said,
[Q]
I second that. Ma De in Chi Na


I am not sure what you are trying to do but please do it some where else, thank you.


I tried while in store before, those bikes are heavy. I don't think they are actually made for trails (only the looks), but just for regular/casual riding.

edit: fboyfboy you took words right out of my mouth. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

JIWC, remember that even the bargain sites are to be politically correct. You are always bound to offend someone, even if something is meant in light humor. Afterall, this is not like the Internet or anything.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>


Haha, I'm apologize about that. I didn't mean any negative implications or political statements by that. I am of Chinese descent, btw. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border=0> FW is not like the Internet? <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

Do yourselves a favor and don't buy a Target bike....

I dunno, I have heard some bad stories about Target bikes breaking on people. Once, while I was at Ralph's supermarket late at night, and a guy with a Target bike walked in bloody from a fall. He was holding the Magna bike in two pieces. The frame broke while he was going downhill so it wasn't a good sight to see him hurt. But I believe you gotta give it some time....enough complaints to Target and similar stores and they'll do business with manufacturers that make more reliable bikes. I know that alot of bicycles come out of China and Taiwan, and the quality in China has been improving lately due to the influx of Taiwan manufacturers and some other international companies to catch on the lower cost of labor in China.

thehustler said: [Q]Do yourselves a favor and don't buy a Target bike....

Always check-out Mountain Bike Review before buying anything (Bikes, equipment trails etc.) They have great information from experts AND users.

Some things to keep in mind:

A "Decent" Mountain bike (or trail use) starts at about $350-400 and UP. You spend $65, you get $65 worht of junk. I went to Tarket and these bikes ARE NOT for this type of use due to the poor wquality of the components (And the poor assembly from Target).

If a bike is not comfortable or not put together correctly or no adjusted correctly it will result in poor biking satisfaction and you will be less inclined to use it. Versus a properly sized, adjusted, assembled bike will ADD to your riding enjoyment.

A bike is a long term investment. If you want to toss our $65 and them sell it at your gargare sale (If you can sell it) years down the road (If it lasts that long).

With a decent bike it will grow along with you, meaning it is worthwhile to upgrade components as you become a better cyclist (Craksets, derailurers, pedals, tires, handlebars etc.)

Is this cheap, yes it is. Is it a good deal, probably not.

Econometrician said: [Q]Canucklehead said: [Q]HOW can anyone make a dual suspension bike for $65 retail?????????

By having them made in China, I guess.

Um... doesn't 'anyone' mean the Chinese as well??? I know this stuff is Made in China. Where else is stuff made these days? I was being rhetorical. I guess I should have spelled it out more clearly then...

HOW can even the Chinese make a dual suspension bike for $65 retail??????

or better yet, why does my bike shop charge me $45 for just a rubber mtn bike tire (plus $15 to put it on)?? Sure it's Michelin, but I can buy a whole car tire for that.

I'm not sure, but maybe the manufacturing plants have become more efficient or faster in making these bikes using mediocre or cheap raw materials. Couple this with low labor costs, and we got $65 bikes with suspension.

Sigh.....everything was based on manufacture's specifications. Yes including materials, if they want to build cheap heavy steel bikes, that would be how people at any place would build them reguardless of their price of labor. So for the price of this cheap, don't expect too much except the cool look of a mt. bike. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0> A friend of mine could spend $1,000 on his bike, and it is so super ultra light. I think he is nuts hehe. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>


P.S. if I remember right, Taiwan makes one of the best bikes in the world.

Always amazing to see people thread crap. No, a $65 bike won't perform like a $300-500 bike. I don't think anyone's trying to pull a fast one and pass this off as a top of the line bike. However most people don't need a $300-500 (or more) bike, also most people don't want to spend $300-500 on a bike. Will this get one's backside from point "A" to point "B", yes, it will do that. Don't buy a $65 bike to do cross country biking, heavy trails, etc. Dual suspension will make it so that as you cruise around the neighborhood you'll ride with a little comfort - enjoy the ride.... <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border=0>

TheDude said: [Q]Always amazing to see people thread crap. No, a $65 bike won't perform like a $300-500 bike. I don't think anyone's trying to pull a fast one and pass this off as a top of the line bike. However most people don't need a $300-500 (or more) bike, also most people don't want to spend $300-500 on a bike. Will this get one's backside from point "A" to point "B", yes, it will do that. Don't buy a $65 bike to do cross country biking, heavy trails, etc. Dual suspension will make it so that as you cruise around the neighborhood you'll ride with a little comfort - enjoy the ride.... <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border=0>

well said.

#1 Get a bike that fits, some padded shorts and gloves, maybe a helmet, and you might really enjoy riding it.

The Hottest Deal may be a quality used bike. Get that $300 $400 and up bike store machine at yard sale. I've seen some like-new Trek hard tail bikes for $15. The tires still had molding bits sticking out. A flea market sale produced a $30 Fuji road bike that weighs under 25 lbs. (Shimano 105, Lugged double-butted CroMo frame). If you want a cheap dept. store bike, they have started to carry road bikes again, and for around $100 you'd have a faster lighter bike for riding on paved surfaces.

You will probably come to hate this cheap bike. Got one of these cheap heavy department store bikes for about the same money five years ago. Hurt to ride it. Too small. Could not get it to fit. Kids are abusing it now.

TheDude said: [Q]Always amazing to see people thread crap. No, a $65 bike won't perform like a $300-500 bike. I don't think anyone's trying to pull a fast one and pass this off as a top of the line bike. However most people don't need a $300-500 (or more) bike, also most people don't want to spend $300-500 on a bike. Will this get one's backside from point "A" to point "B", yes, it will do that. Don't buy a $65 bike to do cross country biking, heavy trails, etc. Dual suspension will make it so that as you cruise around the neighborhood you'll ride with a little comfort - enjoy the ride.... <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border=0>

Terrible advice actually. No one is comparing it to a $300-500 bike. What is being said is that if you intend to get a dual suspension bike it would be meant for "Off road/trail use". They are generally NOT the best bikes to ride ON ROAD.

Most people don't need a $300-500 bike. Also not true. I know plenty of riders that have given up cycling or ride less than they should because off poor/unconfortable equipment. So being cheap does not benefit lots of people. Cycling should be a long term activiy where you upgrade your bike as you improve as a rider. With this bike you would need to upgrade the entire thing including the frame.

Your staement about getting you from A to B is also incorrect. The components on a $300-500 bike may / may not even hold up in trail use or god forbid in case of a crash (Yes these happen often). This could easily be the difference in a bike that holds up enough to get you home or one that doesn't. Personally I would not be the one to have to carry this HEAVY bike back up a trail to get it home.

As far as cycling around the neighborhood in comfort, aslo incorrect. Mountain bikes are not the best comfort choice for paved roads. Anyone with any cycling knowledge knows to look at a "Cruiser" bike for that type of use.

Cheap bikes are gimicks, IMO

TheDude said: [Q]Always amazing to see people thread crap. No, a $65 bike won't perform like a $300-500 bike. I don't think anyone's trying to pull a fast one and pass this off as a top of the line bike. However most people don't need a $300-500 (or more) bike, also most people don't want to spend $300-500 on a bike. Will this get one's backside from point "A" to point "B", yes, it will do that. Don't buy a $65 bike to do cross country biking, heavy trails, etc. Dual suspension will make it so that as you cruise around the neighborhood you'll ride with a little comfort - enjoy the ride.... <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border=0>

A suspension bike will do absolutely nothing for you 'cruising around the neighborhood'. You're better off spending $65 on a bike with no suspension thats better made and more comfortable to ride, along with most likely lighter. Buy something decent used.

Heck, some of the 'suspension' bikes I've seen in el cheapo stores didnt even have actual suspensions, just a spring wrapped in a rubber sleeve that went over the frame and wasnt even 'suspending' anything.



Heck, some of the 'suspension' bikes I've seen in el cheapo stores didnt even have actual suspensions, just a spring wrapped in a rubber sleeve that went over the frame and wasnt even 'suspending' anything.

Hey....u're describing my cheapo 26" Pacific mountain bike!!!! but I am happy with it. the $40 i spent on it wouldn't even buy me a wheel on a $400 bike. hehe.

I also have a Pacific bike that I love. It doesn't have suspension or other fancy stuff on it but it sure beats the heck out of my friend's Fuji bike that he paid almost $400 for and lets say has given him nothing but trouble from day 1. The chain pops off all the time, the derailler gets stuck and gives the chain too much slack after changing gears, etc. It even got stuck in the spokes of the tire after he jumped off a curb and locked up the tire. It has been in for 2 tune ups, adjustments at different shops and it still isn't right. He has replaced the chain and the derailler already and it still isn't right.

OMG 43lbs, I can't imagine anyone going through the torture of riding that hunk of junk. For goodness sakes, get a hardtail that weighs 10lbs less, they don't cost a whole lot more.

vegetation said: [Q]OMG 43lbs, I can't imagine anyone going through the torture of riding that hunk of junk. For goodness sakes, get a hardtail that weighs 10lbs less, they don't cost a whole lot more.

When you are as muscular and strong as I am.....43 lbs feels like 10 lbs. hehehe. j/k.

Do not waste your time.

This is more or less a Yugo of bikes.

Sure a yugo will get you to point a or b.

Its your choice young jedi.

Target/WalMart bike, they fall apart within a year, I owned a WalMart bike, the wheel went out of true not long after i got it

I basically bought a bike like this at the beginning of every school year in college. I only had about a 2-3 mile ride, so after I bent the rims bouncing over curbs, I tossed them out. Nobody ever wanted to steal mine because they looked like crap, too.

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I use to be a Huffy Builder, actually a contractor that would go around various chain stores and build these cheap bikes. We were paid per bike around $2.70 to build each one. So the tools of the trade were impact wrenches, hammers among the other typical bike tools. Most of these were easy to build but as you can expect once they need alignment or service it will be a major pain. Even new the wheels are not true and the brakes usually calipers go sideways. These of course are fine around the block but any off roading is absolutely a joke.



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