3 Tips for Buying Discount Mountain Bikes

Discount mountain bikes are more popular than ever, thanks to the growing trend towards health-consciousness.  When you combine the fitness benefits of riding a bicycle with the challenge and scenic beauty of mountain biking, you get a one-of-a-kind experience that’s perfect for improving both body and mind.

As with any purchase, however, choosing a good mountain bike, whether new or pre-owned, involves knowing something about the product.  Here are some things to consider:

  1. Of all the bike’s components, the frame is the most important.  Pedals, brakes, etc., can be upgraded.  But if you’ve got a poor frame, then you’re out of luck.  Avoid ones made of high-tensile steel if possible, unless you don’t mind a very heavy bike.  Frames built from chromoly steel or aluminum offer a good balance between strength and weight, with chromoly being the more durable (and heavier) of the two.  If your budget permits it, then titanium and carbon fiber frames offer the best strength/weight ratio.
  2. Disc brakes are a must-have for mountain bikes, as traditional rim brakes are prone to slippage from mud and dirt—two things you’re likely to run into on the back roads.  Front-suspension bikes, known as “hard tails,” will protect your wrists and arms from the shock of rough downhill trails.  For maximum comfort, a full-suspension bike is best.
  3. Pre-owned mountain bikes can be a terrific bargain, but check one over thoroughly before buying.  Inspect the frame for cracks.  Make sure the wheels are true.  Inspect the cables for frayed or stretched points.  Check the suspension as well; it should be smooth, with no leaks or squeaks.  Check all fittings to make sure there is no unnecessary play, and give the tires a good look-over for any weather cracks.

There’s one way to make sure you get a great deal: buy your discount mountain bike from Alamo Bike Shop.  We thoroughly inspect all pre-owned bikes we sell, making sure they’re in premium shape.  We also sell new Jamis bikes, which are unsurpassed for quality.  Come by and browse our selection today!

Alamo Bike Shop: One of a Select Number of Jamis Bike Dealers

For some people, biking is an occasional pastime.  For others, it’s a serious hobby.  And for a few of us, it’s an outright obsession.  The good people at Jamis (pronounced “jay-mus”) Bicycles fall into the latter category.  As they say on their official web site, “building the perfect bike is an impossible goal, but it’s the only one that’s worthwhile.”  Such single-minded devotion to cycling excellence makes us proud to be Jamis bike dealers.

Jamis History

The company began in Florida in 1979, with its debut of the Earth Cruiser.  An all-purpose bike with a revolutionary cantilever mechanism, it was instrumental in starting the whole beach-cruising movement.  These cycles are highly prized by their owners and hard as heck to find on the used market.

A year later, in 1980, Jamis released its Boss Cruiser, which featured a double-diamond frame with a Cheeks saddle.  In 1981 the Boss Explorer, a pioneer in the emerging mountain bike market, was greeted by an adoring public.  It was followed by a series of other triumphs in the early 1980s, including such legendary names as the Dakota, Roughneck, and Lightfoot.

Then, in 1985, history was made when Jamis released the Dakar, a full-featured racing bike.  The sensation it caused throughout the biking community was so great that the company still sells the Dakar to this day.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Jamis entered new sectors of the market, debuting their first road bikes.  The comfort models came with upright seating and 700cc tires.  The company introduced its first dedicated mountain bike, the Dragon, in 1993.  It featured a hand-polished, tubular frame with fillet welding, Utegra Hubs, XTR drive train, and Rock Shox front suspension.

Throughout its history, Jamis has been at the cutting edge of cycling technology. The Diablo featured a monocoque frame made from molded carbon in 1998.  Its Dragon and Eclipse models were the first American-made, mass-produced bicycles that included Reynolds 853 tubing.

All of this devotion to a single pursuit has earned the company widespread respect and admiration, as well as a number of awards.  In 1998, the Dakota was named Bicycling Magazine’s bike of the year.  Other Jamis models won the same award in 2000 and 2001.  Additional achievements include best felt bar road bike award in 2011 for the Coda Sport, 2009’s best recreational road bike award for the Ventura Elite, and 2008’s award for best enthusiast road bike, the Xenith Pro.

With offices in New Jersey, Florida, and California, today the company builds a diverse selection of bikes for every kind of rider.  Their line includes three different types of mountain bikes, as well as specialty models for road, street, cruising, children/teens, and women’s use.  Especially popular with the general public are the Hudson Easy and the Hudson Easy 3, outstanding general-purpose bikes renowned for their comfort and safety features.

As time goes on, Jamis continues to serve the bike community by designing and building cutting-edge cycles for every segment of the market.  It’s also proud to sponsor biking clubs, individuals, and multi-sport athletes.  Jamis is a first-class company in every respect, and our team here at Alamo Bike Shop is proud to represent them and their products to the people of South Texas as Jamis bike dealers.

Whether you’re in the market for a new bike, a top-quality pre-owned cycle, or information about our San Antonio bike tours and rentals, we invite you to give us a call or drop by to see us today.  We love meeting other cycling enthusiasts, and look forward to serving you in any way we can.  We wish you a safe and prosperous 2013!