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This review is from: Townsend Mohawk Mens Dual Suspension Bike - White / Black, 26-inch (Sports)
Bought direct from Amazon it arrived in perfect condition and bang on delivery date.
The bike arrived semi assembled leaving me with the front wheel, seat, handle bar's and pedal's to fit and adjust. Not being a bicycle mechanic I was slightly nervous to attempt it but it was actually straight forward and with the tool's provided, along with a simple printed guide book in the box, it took less than 30 minutes.
After ensuring that everything was fully tightened and adjusted to my liking (also after pumping up the tires) I took it for its first ride.
I noticed immediately that there was an issue with the gear changes and there was a clear rattle, rubbing and a loud clicking noise coming from the front portion of the gear assembly. After researching some videos on the Internet I managed to adjust the front and rear gear assembly to stop the chain from rubbing on the chain cage at the front and make for smoother gear changes at the rear.
Another issue was that the chain would not shift on the cogs at the front. This was due to the cable not being seated in its stopper (technical term) which meant that the cable wasn't recieving enough tension to shift the chain. Easily fixed by properly placing the cable in its correct position.
I also had to adjust the rear brakes to stop them rubbing on the tire rim and making the afore mentioned rubbing noise.
Moral of the story is that although pre-assembled at the rear it doesn't mean that it won't need to be adjusted out of the box. Movement during shipping may have jiggled some bits loose or whatever.
The seat is, well, narrow and not the most confortable in the world. I do recommend an aftermarket gel cover purely for comfort.
Overall the bike is solid and after adjustments rides very well with the suspension doing a good enough job of softening some bump's. I have not adjusted the suspension yet so I don't know how much softer it can be made. I havn't tried on rough terrain yet either.
As a larger man (6'4 and carrying a modest roof over the tool shed) it was just big enough. I may have opted for larger frame but this bike still feels strong and large enough to not look like I'm riding a kid's bike so I'm happy with it.
I can indeed recommend this bike for the price and certainly meets my expectations and need for a bicycle. Just be prepared to make some alterations and learn a bit of bicycle mechanics to get it just right.