I’M GETTING TIRED OF DESTROYING CHEAP MOUNTAIN BIKES. I’M LOOKING TO UPGRADE, BUT I’M NOT SURE I CAN AFFORD TO, AND IF IT’S WORTH THE MONEY TO DO IT. SOME ADVICE PLEASE?
Cheap department- store mountain bikes often come with less sturdy components, are hastily assembled, and often aren’t made for the rigours of real mountain biking. And it’s almost impossible to find a Makro employee with the same knowledge as a bike- shop worker.
Most entry- level big- brand mountain bikes cost under R15 000, and they’ll last longer and require less expensive maintenance than cheaper departmentstore models.
If you do the sums and consider what you’ve spent on repairs and buying the same cheap bike over and over again compared to that R15 000, it’s easy to see why paying a bit more up front pays off in the long run. This is also the first step towards looking less like a novice, and more like the seasoned rider you want to be.