CCM 29er 29-in Mountain Bike
Good for Sale Price / Not the best assembly
This bike at $300 (sale 50% off) is quite decent. I think it would be hard to find other bikes with these components at this price. I would not pay full price for it. Bike Assembly is not the best - bike installer needs to do a better job.
Seems like some people have complaints about the bike not functioning properly when the bought it. I suggest that you get it fine tune right away before leavign the store and doing any serious riding, or do it yourself if you know how to. Improperly assembled or tuned bike components may lead to premature failure (e.g derailers or brakes)
Before I even rode it, I did some minor adjustments; handle bars and front tire not lined perfectly - straighten that, brakes/shifers levers angles a little too high - adjusted them a little lower, front brakes had too much cable play - tighten the slack on the cable, rear derailers not sync with the gears shifters - adjusted that.
The minor adjustments are easy to do - using only 1 size allen key.
After the minor adjustment, took it for a spin and was very impressed with the overall feel of the bike.The Rapid fire shifters are responsive, so long as you fine tune the derailers. I still need to o fine tune the front derailers a little to get the front gears to shift better. The disk brakes could grab a little better, so looking into adjusting that. I like the front shocks - feels just right for me. Seat seems quite comfortable, not sure how I would feel on long rides yet.
I used to get shoulder and upper back soreness from riding my old mountain bike, but the 29ers ride a little higher in the front and kept my posture more upright and relaxed. I'm 5' 10", and this bike fits me well.
Will be doing more serious riding in the next while but so far no major issues.
June 10, 2013
I bought this on sale, and it was terrible right out of the store. The front brakes would rub against the rotor, and after two rides the magnet that holds the brake pad in place broke while I was out and split in two, doubling how far the pad stuck out and leaving me stranded. Also the shifting was completely messed up. I brought it in and asked for a refund, they gave me a free tuneup.
My front rotor is warped. I told them before the first tuneup and it wasn't fixed. They just left a note that said it was unfixable... not happy! The shifting was fixed-ish.
This season I brought it out again and found the front rotor issue was causing me to lose too much power, so I took the front breaks off entirely. I think this issue was originally caused by the fact that the front forks have too much flex in them, so when you tighten the tire on it angles the breaks wrong and causes the rotor to become bent.
I would not recommend this bike at all.
It's pretty and big, those are the only things I like about it.
May 27, 2013
3rd year, no complaints
I bought one off the floor and it had a wobble in the wheel but got CT to replace it before purchase. I'm 5'8" but have the seat extended up high so I pedal with the balls of my feat, would raise the handlebars too if I could but can't so usually rest on the balls of my hand as opposed to the palm. Just my riding style but big guys might want to take note. Otherwise I got a good unit, smooth shifting, dependable brakes etc. If I plug it up with mud I wash and oil it, not a single problem to date. Oh, I bought a gel seat to ease out the bumps.
May 13, 2013
good value for the money
Solid bike, components could be better, but for the price competative. blew the bottom bracket out in 3 months, warranty. Immediately changed tires to small block 8, and as well the saddle and grips.
As previously mentioned low gearing is rediculously low.and top end could be improved. This year front fork is being replaced as the suntour fork is too flexible for my liking and no lock out.
January 24, 2013
This should not be for sale......
It is a good looking bike, but made of horrible materials. I have managed to wear the teeth down on the front sprockets in 2 weeks. I never thought that was possible......
September 22, 2012
You'll need to tune this bike before you ride it!
I was looking for a bike with disk brakes under $300 dollars. I soon discovered there was no such thing. Then this bike came into my life, on sale at half the normal price. I read the reviews and some other findings on the Internet and decided to pony up the cash and get the bike.
The bike has issues right out of the store. The tubes in the tires are of the low end (I heard another bike's tires explode as they where pumping it to the proper pressure), the shifting is horrible (especially the front), the frame doesn't lend well to placing on accessories (the bars/frame are too thick. Even those made my CCM didn't attached as planed. It takes some creative placement to make it work) and some parts where not assembled corrected (for me it was the back brakes and crank shaft. Replaced one of the crank shafts after two weeks of use. Along with having the ball bearing lose on the back wheel and very lose suspension in the front).
Once you address those issues at a bike shop with experienced mechanic (for me it was a local bike shop and MEC) the bike is a joy to ride. I did some adjustments myself but for a person that doesn't know how, it could run you from $60-$150.
When it comes to its design and application, this bike is a high end concept done on a shoe string budget. Would I recommend it. YES, even with the issues out of the store. Find me another disk brakes bike with this price (I'm speaking of the sale price. At the normal price it would be a PASS on this bike), you'll be hard pressed to find it.
Other notes on bike:
-normally $599.00 Sale Price: $299.00
-my back light, ulock and wire lock all attached to seat poll.
-had to tighten front wheel and seat quick releases.
-handle bars needed adjustment for my height. -thinking over changing the disk brake pads and disk. Not to say brakes are bad, I just want better performance.
-front suspension was tightened because I'm on the road a bit more then on the trails.
-tires wear quickly on the road. I see a change coming soon.
-I use this bike for getting around the city an the occasional trail. It's great in the dirt!
-I spent an extra $20 on fixing this bike.
-my star rating are for after I got the bike tuned up. Out of the store everything would be a 'three star' rating
August 23, 2012
Great Bargain on Sale
I would recommend buying this bike on sale, as it would be a great investment on a new bike. The bike is one of the cheapest dual disc brake bikes that I've seen available. The bike is also quite suitable for tall people, due to the extra large tires on this bike (29 inch). There may be some tube defects, so make sure that the tires are sturdy first. This can also take a variety of accessories, including a water bottle cage. It also features a front quick-release wheel.
August 17, 2012
The main reason I purchased this bike is to have a worry free bike that I can take on the trails and back and forth to work. Unfortunately, I had a problem with the bottom bracket. It was making a clicking sound whenever I pedalled. So I brought it in to have it replaced, but that was not possible given CT does not carry replacement parts.
I was given a replacement bike, even after two weeks of use, but this one has a problem with the back brake. The inside pad setting screw was cross threaded and probably now stripped. As I loosened the set screw, I could not turn the pad distance adjustment screw. When I finally did, it was not moving properly along the thread.
As for the general quality of the bicycle, the tires wear very quickly, the pedals do not give very good grip. I like the seat and handlebars, however the shifters feel cheap. The suspension fork adjusts well.
July 15, 2012
Bike has a great ride, but rough shifting!
I just returned this bike to the store after less than 24 hrs. I have been using a very average $200 bike I bought 13 years ago from CTC. I put an average of 1500 K a year on my old bike mostly dirt trails and rail lines, nothing too rough. It still shifts really well into ANY gear combo. The bike is much lighter than my old bike. That is a big plus. It handles well, I like the 29 inch tires on it. The disc brakes are much rougher braking than the v- brakes on my 13 year old bike, not impressed with them. But the real deal breaker here was the derailers. Especially the front derailer. After letting the tech tweak them (this guy was fantastic and REALLY knew what he was doing) I still get chain rub in certain gears or poor front derailments. The tech suggested I don't ever use 3 on the front derailer and 1 on the back derailer simultaneously because they would never work smoothly. He had done virtually everything he could do to adjust them and they would not work smoothly. Too bad! I liked the bike's ride, it has some good qualities but poor shifters(Front especially) for the price range! I was disappointed!
June 19, 2012
I bought this bike on sale and think it is a great value. The builder in the store where i purchased the bike must be a better tweeker than some of the reviews I read. This bike has been great from the first ride till kmow.The bike shifts great,and rides nice.I am a large man bought bike to get into shape, I ride it every day and it performs great. There is no extreme biking in this bikes life so if that is what your looking for I cannot answer to that. On sale great deal.
June 7, 2012
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