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$149 Mountain Bike vs mountain – The Walmart Enduro


Welcome to Pisgah Forest, home to a huge array
of remote and challenging mountain bike trails. To get anywhere here, you need to climb a
few thousand feet. To get out alive your bike needs to hold up
to roots, sharp rocks, and sustained braking. There’s no cell phone reception out here,
and the trails are far too narrow for emergency vehicles. When your very life depends on your equipment,
what value would you place on reliability? That fact that we’re at Walmart is pretty
irrelevant. It could just as easily be Target, Amazon.com,
or even Canadian Tire. They all offer the same thing—bikes built
and assembled to the lowest spec possible. With names like trouble, wipeout, ambush,
and carnage, these bikes deliver what they promise, but today we’re staying optimistic. Alex and I are taking our time and weighing
our options. Even in a sea of super cheap bikes, we can
choose the ones that suit our priorities best. We settled on a pair of Genesis V2100’s,
which had front discs, threadless headsets, and half decent saddles. As we checked out, reality started to set
in. We’d be relying on these bikes for over
5000 feet of elevation change. We’d need all the help we could get. Back at the house I packed everything from
sockets to gorilla tape, to zip ties, to extra food, lest we get stranded on the far reaches
of mount Mitchell. We set out with our new bikes in tow, and
kept two main goals in mind; Make it down the trail in one piece, and finish it off
with Mexican food. What started as a ride quickly devolved into
a grueling hike. It wasn’t the gearing, or even the weight—we
just tried and couldn’t. The tires had no traction, and the bikes flexed
like crazy under any kind of torque. Once the grade evened out we had a much easier
time, and started to clear some serious ground. We were enjoying nature, and It wasn’t long
before we reached our first downhill. Although it was only 50 yards, it was telling. Alex and I settled in for a long ride up the
old Mitchell toll road, knowing full well that the climb might be the easy part. We were climbing at a snail’s pace, painstakingly
choosing our lines. Our cranks started creaking, and our hubs
began to eat themselves, but we picked our way up the toll road without encountering
any major mechanical failures. In fact, we were enjoying ourselves. For $149, Alex and I were taking part in an
activity enjoyed by the likes of dentists and jewelers, with their pretty $6000 bikes. What do those bikes do that these can’t anyway? On my trail bike, this janky rock garden is
a blast. On this bike, I couldn’t wait for it to be
over. As you can see, Alex had been going much slower
than me. He had the sense to. His bike had not one bit of damage to it,
while I was nursing a blown up fork and no drivetrain whatsoever. It was clear by this comparison that speed
is the major destructive force on these bikes. As I edit this video, my hands, arms, shoulders,
and torso still hurt from this ride. On my trail bike, the brakes can be applied
with one finger. On the Genesis, braking is a full body workout
that leaves you in pain for days. We had made it to the end, sort of…. we
still needed to get to the car. Luckily it was mostly downhill and I could
hitch a ride on Alex’s backpack. After beating ourselves up for the better
part of 5 hours, there was only one thing on our minds. Playing around on department store bikes might
be fun and games, but I found that riding one on an actual mountain bike excursion is
not fun, and most definitely not a game. Still I’m amazed that Alex’s bike survived. Although he was using a lot more restraint
than I was, everything from the gears to the brakes were working at the bottom. To Walmart’s credit, there are warnings
on these bikes that tell you not to take them on mountain bike trails. After our journey, I’d have reason to believe
that on a flat dirt path, the Genesis V2100 would inconvenience you at the very most,
not kill you. But just like sushi, tattoos, and cosmetic
surgery, you’ll regret cheaping out on a bike that you really intend on exploring the
mountains with. If you want to fall in love with mountain
biking, try renting something first, or save up $400 for an entry level hardtail. In the meantime you can hike these trails
for free. With one of these you may be hiking anyway. If you enjoyed this video, I have plenty of
others on this topic. Let me know what you think below, and better
yet give me some ideas of what to do with these next. Thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll
see you next time.

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100 thoughts on “$149 Mountain Bike vs mountain – The Walmart Enduro

  1. The exact same thing happened to my derailer at my first day of mountain biking today and then it snapped off

  2. lol. i promis you. if you are a beginner. a wallmart bike is fine for you. just tightien everything first

  3. No joke,that’s literally the bike I just bought with graduation money,that’s some luck right there,I’ll provide a link for proof soon.

  4. Every Walmart I go into has like 3 bikes on the racks and they’re usually for kids. I remember when Walmart’s had tons of bikes. I’m surprised to see yours have so many

  5. When he said, "we only had one thing left to do", the first thing that came to my mind, was taking the receipts, and trying with a straight face to return them to Wal-Mart as defective

  6. Lol, you guys should have torn those bikes down and rebuilt them before you did an adventure like that – but – I just happen to be selling stock for a bridge in Brooklyn you might be interested in…

  7. Well I just ordered something similar from Aliexpress and intended to turn it to electric some day… I hope it's good enough for asphalt road, because that's what I bought it for… in fact, we don't even have mountains here in Finland.

  8. Oof same thing happened to mine with the derailer, I also had constant chain slip, that or it just yeeted itself off the sprocket. Santa Cruz blur?

  9. To be fair, people that buy those cheap bikes, dont ride them like that, and usually stick to short trips on the road or to/from school (where you dont want to park a $6000 bike)

  10. Buys a bike not recommended for mountain trails and concludes it is not suitable for mountain trails. Makes 12 min. video of this. I learnt nothing new.

  11. so what's the specific differences between the walmart bike and the expensive one beyond 'they generallly suck'? build quality? poor suspension? poor materials? cheap drive train?

  12. Ha ha that was so funny to watch nothing like thrashing Wally word bike .now ya need to run them threew a bunch of mud

  13. Brave souls … I used to work summers at Wal-Mart. The product assemblers were these 2 crotchety old steel mill retirees. I wouldn’t sit on a chair those guys put together, let alone trail ride on one of their bikes.

    I will say, though, that for $160, I used to buy Schwinn hybrids from Target to keep at my parents’ house for vacation rides. Pretty reliable for road and light trail riding.

  14. Seth, can't seem to find diamond back bikes in Australia, I only can find them in Big W ( similar to Walmart) but nothing like yours

  15. Great video. Can you please try btwin rockrider 340? It's an entry level MTB. Can't wait to see how it will hold up..😅

  16. Well I have a bike that is built like them but the department store that I bought it from built it pretty well (It also wasn't as cheap as those bikes so that might be why it has held up)

  17. No cell reception…no emergency vehicles…..let's take Walmart bikes down the mountain what an idea!

  18. I did buy one of them… and it ran fine for a few years till i started actually using it in the woods then it started creaking and all… then that bike got stolen so i went and bought the kent version of the genesis and i put on a better fork, stem, bars, rear shock, also being an aluminum welder i strengthened the derailleur mount .. i now beat the crap out of it in heavy trails and it honestly does pretty well

  19. Bought a "mart" bike myself just to ride bike paths. Changed the tires to doublefighters for the city the crappy front brake, and the "ass pounder" seat. Works comfortably enough to do 28 miles every other day on pavement.

  20. He was pretty snobby about it since the start. He was going that fast down that nasty trail with a bike that only cost $149..its not a $6,000 bike yet he was bitching and crying. What a damn dumb troll.

  21. Question for you, I know you are into higher end mtb but being a novice and really on a budget , I know you’ve ridden the genesis v2100 but do you think that one or the hyper 26” from Walmart would be the better bike? And which would be easier to upgrade?

  22. I ride a v2100 for now. It treats me well, could use some extra travel in the front but oh well. I had to tighten everything spokes especially and fix the rear brakes. It doesn't sound or ride anything like this version you have here. I descend no problem and never worry about the tire hitting the crown. I plan to get a diamondback atroz in the coming months. But for now the genesis is a work horse on the trails of Georgia

  23. Haha I like how you didnt put them on your tailgate to save yourself the embarrassment of being seen with those pos

  24. I want to get into mountain biking, what would be a good brand middle of the road bike to start with, not too expensive not too cheap???

  25. 2:42 You know what the suspension feels like its doing something…….seconds later Oh god Egh-Gin-g-Ove-r-the-OH GAWD-Ohw oh man

  26. When I was a kid, I saved up my allowance to buy a bike and when I had enough, I bought a Schwinn S25. It was a great bike!

  27. come on comment section what do you expect its a cheep bike! its not made for that type of abuse! not many bikes are

  28. I have owned two of those exact bikes the entire rear end all the joints completely wore out with just regular writing back and forth to work those bikes straight up suck

  29. This exact thing happened to me on my first bike.. The derailleur got stuck in the spokes exactly like this and just mangled everything

  30. 6:50 same thing happened to my geniuses rct, I live in Kansas with no real descents, on top of that it happened on a climb. Yesterday I bought a treck Merlin 5 and have an upgrade plan, so stoked for it to come in 😄

  31. I have been looking at juicy bike porn all day and then Youtube recommends me this video. I still love the video, but man looking at those Walmart bikes…

  32. Can you do one of these challanges non ironically with a 500$ hardtail that you actualy think people should ride because right now i ride a £500 hardtail with dhr2 front and rear and upgraded breaks on trails all over the uk – primarily aston hill and chicksands. Thanks love the content

  33. Man, that is one nssty, nasty, nasty rocky trail! My teeth hurt just watching the rattling during descent! This trail would kill expensive bikes!

  34. the sad part is i think these bikes probably perform better than my Specialized Ground Control from 1996 even with 800 dollars in upgrades

  35. These bikes are labeled as not intended for trails. That says a lot.
    The frames and components are not intended to hold under extreme conditions.

  36. love the videos of hitting the trails with walmart bikes.. very enertaining.. all other videos are usually with very nice bikes..

  37. I live in Europe and wa have a sports store named Decathon. I got my first bike from there with $200. I took it on a trail and it worked spotless. It was a hardtail. And it still is

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