A Walmart bike that’s assembled in the USA. That’s the BSA SC29 mountain bike’s biggest selling point. The SC29 is a 29er mountain bike-styled bike. That means it looks like a mountain bike, but it is more a casual cruising bike meant for city streets and light trails / bike paths. I toured the factory where they assemble the SC29 and they gave me this bike to review, so I was curious how an assembly line fresh bike would stack up against the poor-assembly quality often seen on Walmart shelf bikes. Apparently, it makes lots of difference, because this bike has true wheels, shifts and brakes well and is void of the noises usually made by bikes in the same price range.
The components are all Chinese as far as I can tell and are noting special, but the twist shifters are a more up-spec version of the Shimano RevoShift, and the front derailleur is a Shimano Tourney TZ. That’s not to say there aren’t sacrifices. The bike has a front disc, but a rear linear pull brake. It also has the super cheap Shimano flat face rear derailleur and the same cheap 3×7 stamped and riveted drivetrain seen on other bikes in this price range.
All things considered, this assembly line fresh bike is far better setup than any other bike in the same price that I’ve ridden or seen on store shelves. These are light duty bikes, and it’s easy to forget that and ride them harder, but the cheaper components would likely quickly let you know you are outside what the bike is mean to do.
What do you think about bikes like this, and does the Assembled in the USA mean anything when it comes to big box bikes?
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