Mountain Bike Deals – New Models with Aggressive Pricing Coming
2017 may actually become the year when mountain bike deals come calling and …you do not have to sell one of your cars in order to get into a performance and feature rich mountain bike from a well recognized brand / bike designer. If we use the recent announcement by Marin Bikes, which may be a precursor of what is to come in the 2017 model year, we may have a great, fun filled (read kid in a candy store) year of selecting competitively priced performance bikes
Here is what Marin Bikes just announced:
- Pretty Good Pricing $1500, which gets you
- The same frame as the Series 3 6061 alloy frame with light weight and added stiffness
- This is similar frame to the hardtail Indian Fire Trail 7.8 – a $2419 but the new model also adds new capabilities – e.g. the rear air shock;
- Additional info: Wide-range 1×10-speed drivetrain with Shimano Deore Shadow Plus rear derailleur and 11-42t cassette; Deore shifter
- The bike comes with double-wall alloy rims w/27mm inner width, wrapped in Schwalbe Hans Dampf 27.5” x 2.35” tires
- The front fork is a 120mm travel air shock; and then as stated earlier you have the rear shock as well;
- The only potential issue some of you may find is the use of 27-in wheels rather the 29er approach;
All in all a potential good sign for promising prices to come – mountain bike deals are coming
I have lived a large number of years in China and Beijing specifically. Beijing is a huge metropolis with now very cosmopolitan population – as a result (I think) the city has largely moved away from using bikes to any significant degree.
Years ago, the streets of the city were clogged with bikes – as those provided the main means of transportation. Today, everyone has jumped in a car or in the subway and the bikes are few and far in between on the city streets.
After a recent outing to the Beijing Olympic park though, I have some hopes that the situation may change. Why do I say that? Because both the city as well as its residents are starting to pay increasing attention to exercising and enjoying ecologically clean means of doing so. The city is also spending large sums of money for maintaining the park and as a result I have hopes that they will start investing also in bicycle friendly streets and areas of the city.
Here are some photos from the Beijing Olympic park on a recent Sunday afternoon….
The park itself I can use also some paths for biking – there is certainly enough space based on the loading of runners I see – i.e.not that many, and given its large size can offer good opportunity for at least some exercise and learning to navigate a bike in the outdoors.
At any rate, I do think Beijing can benefit hugely from large usage of bicycles so any steps in encouraging that will be helping the city reduce pollution and congestion.