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Are these WM bikes decent?

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Are these WM bikes decent?

I am not really into mountain biking. And will most likely use them just to ride around my neighbourhood and maybe the ocassional coffee run while doing some exercise.

WM had the follow, with some pictures attached
Bear Mountain Hyper - 178
Viking Trail 27.5 Hyper (aluminium) - 198
Spinfit 700c (city thin tires bike) - 198

I pretty much never biked since childhood, I am not an avid biker and probably unless I find something off out of the box, I wouldn't go to a bike shop to tune them.

Until now I've been waiting on a sale on those Nakamura bikes from Sport Check since I have a $25 off 125 coupon, but maybe these bikes are better?
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If you're not going to use it for commuting or heavy exercise then it's probably alright. If you don't care about how fast you can go and you intend to avoid hills and mountain climbs then go for it.

But note if you want a "good" bike then it's always best to go to a bike shop and spend a bit more.
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Mr. Robo wrote: If you're not going to use it for commuting or heavy exercise then it's probably alright. If you don't care about how fast you can go and you intend to avoid hills and mountain climbs then go for it.

But note if you want a "good" bike then it's always best to go to a bike shop and spend a bit more.
Thanks.

Any opinion on these at WM vs bikes like Nakamura at SportCheck?
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The bikes will be heavy, slow and overall garbage but if you literally do not care about going farther than the mail box it will probably suffice.

You'll regret your decision if you ever decide to go for an actual bike ride.
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Bikes are a "you get what you pay for" item. Cheap ones will have sub-par parts that are less durable and smooth, and will usually use a cheaper frame material, making the bike heavy and slow.

If you are just going to use it occasionally, for short durations and don't care about speed, knock yourself out.

Sport Chek bikes will be more expensive, but slightly better quality.
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Support you local bike shop and buy a bike there. You will get better service and a bike you can use.
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Messerschmitt wrote: I am not really into mountain biking. And will most likely use them just to ride around my neighbourhood and maybe the ocassional coffee run while doing some exercise.

WM had the follow, with some pictures attached
Bear Mountain Hyper - 178
Viking Trail 27.5 Hyper (aluminium) - 198
Spinfit 700c (city thin tires bike) - 198

I pretty much never biked since childhood, I am not an avid biker and probably unless I find something off out of the box, I wouldn't go to a bike shop to tune them.

Until now I've been waiting on a sale on those Nakamura bikes from Sport Check since I have a $25 off 125 coupon, but maybe these bikes are better?

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this gets discussed a lot.

There are 2 CT bike threads, now Walmart and several Costco as well

These WM bike are crap, built by some kid in the back.

Look elsewhere, if you can't afford a bike from an actual bike shop then buy one from Costco at least, the Northrock bikes are decent
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batcave wrote: Support you local bike shop and buy a bike there. You will get better service and a bike you can use.
This X1000!!! Plus you'll get a properly sized bike so you'll enjoy your riding more.
People will believe what they want to believe whether fact or fiction.
'tis most frustrating when they aren't open to see and/or learn which is which.
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Get a bike from a bike store. You'll be happier. Understand what type of surface you'll mostly be riding on and choose the appropriate bike for that surface. Make sure you get a right sized bike as well.
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lpin14 wrote: Get a bike from a bike store. You'll be happier. Understand what type of surface you'll mostly be riding on and choose the appropriate bike for that surface. Make sure you get a right sized bike as well.
It's almost impossible buy from a LBS right now - I've tried the three local to me and they're all sold out of bikes worth less than $1000. Which sucks as I'm trying to find a decent bike for my son.
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If you don't care about the specifics of a bike... and you're only going to ride it occasionally... buy used!!! Why buy junk from a department store? Though you likely won't notice a good bike from a clunker most likely... you WILL notice that it weighs a ton!
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von Monster wrote: It's almost impossible buy from a LBS right now - I've tried the three local to me and they're all sold out of bikes worth less than $1000. Which sucks as I'm trying to find a decent bike for my son.
One effect of lockdown is people save a lot money from restaurant and mall shopping. I guess now 1000 is not a big deal:))))
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No walmart bike is “decent”.

Think of bikes like cars.
Walmart, Canadian Tire, these department stores sell the cheapest bikes on the market. The absolute cheapest.

Now think of the absolute cheapest car you can buy.
-nissan micra $10,999
-mitsubishi mirage $10,999
-Geo Metro back when they were sold

These cars worked... they might have even been reliable. But thats about it... its just a car that works.

You arent going to get a nice ride of much quality from these bikes.

They serve some people ok. The person who only goes on a few bike rides a year. Or someone who doesnt care. Or something who lives in a high theft area. But even so... you’ll be better off buying a used bicycle of good quAlity.
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UrbanPoet wrote: No walmart bike is “decent”.

Think of bikes like cars.
Walmart, Canadian Tire, these department stores sell the cheapest bikes on the market. The absolute cheapest.

Now think of the absolute cheapest car you can buy.
-nissan micra $10,999
-mitsubishi mirage $10,999
-Geo Metro back when they were sold

These cars worked... they might have even been reliable. But thats about it... its just a car that works.

You arent going to get a nice ride of much quality from these bikes.

They serve some people ok. The person who only goes on a few bike rides a year. Or someone who doesnt care. Or something who lives in a high theft area. But even so... you’ll be better off buying a used bicycle of good quAlity.
Op hljust want to ride in neighbourhood or coffee shop:))

I have sportchek 199 dollar bike and i just ride with my son in neighbourhood, nothing wrong.

Majority of people don't need 500+ dollars bikes, that's why Canadian tire can sell those cheap bikes
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A lot of the cheap bikes are made by companies who make expensive ones under a different brand.

Nothing wrong with a cheaper bike if it ticks off all the boxes. I find a lot of the higher prices bikes overpriced for what you get.

If you can wait till next Spring, Costco has some pretty good bikes.

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