When you are ready to purchase a mountain bike, if you are like most Mountain Bikers, you start reading mountain bike reviews. You may have found, however, that not all mountain bike reviews are accurate – or even honest! The fact of the matter is that some dealers and even manufacturers actually pay people to write good reviews – of bikes that the reviewer has never even had the opportunity to ride!
There are countless sites that carry reviews of various mountain bikes. Some of the sites are very dependable and others simply cannot be counted on. It’s hard for the average mountain biker to know who to believe – beginner bikers who have yet to make their first Mountain Bike purchase don’t stand a chance!
There are paid reviews around!
If you are looking for reviews, stick to the sites and publications that can be counted on for accurate and valuable information. Most print publications have accurate reviews. When reading one of these reviews, it is important to look on the edges of the page for a very tiny print that says ‘advertisement.’ If you see that, you can be sure that this is not a real review you are reading. It is an advertisement disguised as a review. Its purpose is to get you to buy the bike – not to point out both the pros and the cons! Move on!
When looking for reviews online, stick to the better known online magazines such as Singletrack, GearHead, Mountain Bike Review, and Mountain Bike. These are the online magazines that will give you the most accurate information in terms of reviews. You will also find the latest mountain biking news, as well as quite a bit of information on races and trails. These four websites are vitally important to serious bikers.
Reviews from actual users
Of course, the best reviews are the ones that you get from other bikers, in person. When you see a mountain biker on the trail riding a bike that you are interested in, take the time to talk to them. Tell them that you are planning to purchase that particular bike, and ask them what they like about it, and what they don’t like. Find groups of mountain bikers in the parks, and try to talk to them when they are taking a break. This way, you won’t be interfering with their ride, and you can get several different ‘in person’ reviews.
Ask as many questions as you possibly can – but try not to keep irritate them by keeping them from enjoying their ride. After speaking with them – or before – sit back and watch them ride. You aren’t watching their technique – although that may be interesting – what you want to watch for is how well the bike handles. Seeing the bike in action is the second best review that you can possibly have – the first best review you can get is your very own review!
Do a test ride
As your interest in a particular bike grows, you will want to try one out for yourself. You can test ride bikes that are for sale in bike shops, but you can’t really put them through the motions well enough in a ‘test ride’ situation to learn what you need to know. Your best option is to test ride a friend’s bike. Take it out for a day, and see what it can do in relation to what you can do with it. Give it a great workout, and by the end of the day, you will know enough about the bike to write your very own review.
Do your part in the mountain biking community by contributing your own reviews to the websites that allow consumers to submit Mountain Bike reviews. Be clear in your writing, and honest in your opinions. Make sure that you have your facts straight, and be sure that you distinguish between opinion and fact! You will be doing many other Mountain Bikers a huge favor by submitting your honest – and accurate – mountain bike review!
Here are a few submitted by our readers:
Giant Road Bikes review
By: Joey Maldonado
Giant road bikes are the most sought after brand of road bike in Australia, and they are among the biggest sellers, around the world. While there are many decent brands out there, Giant bikes dominate when it comes to value for money. Starting with an aluminum-framed road bike, and going up with various levels of equipment, prices range from $899 to $1,499.
Bicycles have evolved far from their early beginnings as a means of transportation. They are now widely used, not just for simply getting from one point to another, but as a recreational activity and a sport. With the bicycle’s transition throughout the years as well as the growth of avid fans and users alike, it is no wonder then that a bicycle company would want to capture the spirit of that evolution… And that is what Giant road bikes have strived to do.
These bikes have been available for three decades now and counting. 1972 was the year, Giant started up its company and Tachia, Taichung was the place. The first business plan of Giant was to be a manufacturing company of bicycles meant to be marketed solely under different brand names like Schwinn and Nishiki – as a private label. In 1986, the bike maker’s new president proposed the establishment of its own brand of bicycles in order for the company to be competitive in the $200 and above price range.
And competitive it was. Giant road bikes have seen a full-blown expansion, with a consistent presence in bicycle shops across the globe. In fact, Giant’s products available in fifty countries, and are sold in over ten thousand retail outlets. And not only that by these bikes are used by around thirty-two of the world’s most renowned professional cyclists. This success is due to its devotion to the growth of the cycling culture and the consumer who are participating in that culture.
Although Giant company started from scratch – but it passed the challenges both technologically and market-wise with flying colors. Giant has come up with innovative and state-of-the-art designs fit for any lifestyle. The company’s bikes are currently categorized into seven groups – road, mountain, comfort, mode, indoor cycling, family cycling and specialty – all perfect for local and long-distance travel or competition.
To date, this company is serious in its commitment to recreational and competitive cycling, as well as the whole cycling industry and the environment as a whole. Helping to bring new and much healthier lifestyles to customers makes the company extra proud of its accomplishments and the people working hard for it.
This company is the sponsor of three international cycling teams as well as many national teams – a feat achieved by the brand single-handedly from way back.
These bikes are currently manufactured in facilities in Taiwan, the Netherlands, and China. At this moment, they are the world’s largest bicycle manufacturer. And it is their goal to be called “The Best Bicycle Company in the World.” There is not a feat too small or too big for a company that wants to make the best Giant road bikes.
Cannondale Mountain Bikes review
By: Ray R. McGrew
Mountain bikes are off-road bikes that are to be driven on rough terrains and uneven surfaces. These bikes need to be designed and engineered in such a way so that they can withstand various shocks and stresses which the bike encounters on such surfaces. Front and rear wheel suspension bikes have become the norm of the day since they provide better shock bearing capability and easier handling on mountain terrains. Wider tires are also provided so that proper bike surface contact is there. Mountain bikes are not only used for general trekking purposes but also for racing purposes on mountains and other rough terrains.
With its headquarters in Connecticut, USA, Cannondale bicycling Corporation is amongst the leading bicycle manufacturers in America. The company produces a wide range of bicycles which include mountain bikes, urban bikes, road bikes, recreation bikes, and others. They also have their plant (manufacturing and assembly) in Taiwan. Cannondale mountain bikes are considered one of the best in their class. They are highly popular and cater to various needs of the customer.
What sets these bikes apart from the rest of the mountain bikes is their unique and innovative design along with the quality of the bike. A good quality bike no matter what the price is always is in demand. The customer feedback regarding the Cannondale mountain bikes is always positive and there are very few instances wherein the negative points of the bike are pointed out. If the design and the construction of the bikes are studied it can very well be understood why the complaints are few. Cannondale mountain bikes have a superior design in terms of their structure and suspension. Although some of the bikes have some amount of technical and handling problems that might lead the bike to wander these problems are easily handled by a trained rider. So, it might be said that they are not ideal for beginners.
The biggest strength of these bikes which make them popular in the market is the variety in which they are available. The mountain athlete and a casual rider both have ample variety to choose from. This provides the company with a larger customer base as it can provide goods to suit the various needs. In mountain bikes the company provides with the variety of soft-tail (full suspension) and hard-tail. Soft-tail has bikes available for cross country, free riding, downhill, all mountain-riding whereas in hard-tail all-terrain, dirt jumping and other such varieties are available.
The cost of the mountain bike varies with the bike that a person is purchasing since a simpler bike will have less cost while a bike suitable for rugged and tougher terrain will have more cost. Though many times it might be felt that the cost of Cannondale mountain bike is more than that of others that are available, the quality that the company provides might be difficult to get elsewhere. The customer before going for the purchase must ensure that the usage and purpose of the bike are quite clear so that money is not wasted in buying a complex bike when a simpler one could have satisfied the purpose.