Last summer I wanted to try Mountain Biking as a means of losing some paunch. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, and didn’t want to drop lots of coin on a pursuit that might be a mere flash in the pan. On the other hand, I didn’t want a total piece of junk that could ruin the whole experience right out of the gate.
Somehow I stumbled across bikesdirect.com and the Gravity Point 1 29er caught my eye. Looking at the components hanging on it the bike appeared to be a pretty good deal for the low price tag so I bought it.
It showed up less than a week later mostly assembled aside from mounting the pedals and wheels. A few quick You Tube “How To” videos later and I was on the road. The ride is super stable, smooth and fast! But what isn’t on a paved surface?
I’m fortunate enough to live near a 6.5 mile bike trail through a swampy state wildlife area. It’s a tight, hilly, overgrown single track riddled with roots and logs. I quickly discovered that this is where the real fun lurks. On the trail the Gravity Point 1 feels heavy and stable. Far from ideal, but exactly what beginners need. I’ve been bashing on it almost daily for 10 months now and it’s still going strong. At 235 I’m no Tiny Tim. And I must say I’m impressed with this entry level bike’s ability to cope with my less than chiseled appearance. I’ve dumped it at least 10 times, slammed it into a couple trees and bottomed out on several logs…it still keeps on rolling.
I did start popping spokes on the rear wheels after several months of hard trail riding, but much of that was due to stick damage, and not necessarily the fault of the rims (although they are of relatively low quality). And the stock seat feels like your sitting on a bowling pin. But overall, for the low price tag this is a great choice for those looking to test the waters.