Huffy Mens' Granite 26 Inch Mountain Bike
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- Features are steel hard tail frame with Rigid Sport Series (RSS) fork.
- 15-speed index with V-luxe shifter.
- V-luxe linear pull brakes.
- Alloy rims with 26 x 1.95-Inch knobby tires.
- Quick release seat plus premium padded saddle with bumper guards.
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Assembly is pretty easy for someone with a few basic tools like adjustable wrenches and screwdrivers. There is one tool required that many will not have and that is a metric allen wrench. fortunately I had one (supplied with a previous bike I purchased). This item should be supplied with the bike since it is not a very common one and would require most buyers to stop assembly and run to a store to purchase one.
The assembly is simply a matter of installing the front wheel, handlebars, seat and pedals, then connecting the brake cable and adjusting the brakes. Sounds much more complicated than it is.
FINAL NOTE: WHEN ASSEMBLING MAKE SURE THE FRONT WHEEL FORK IS ORIENTED SUCH THAT THE FRONT BRAKES ARE IN FRONT OF THE FORK AND NOT BETWEEN THE FORK AND FRAME OTHERWISE THE PEDALS WILL INTERFERE WITH THE TURNING OF THE HANDLEBARS/FRONT WHEEL.
And as far as that goes, I'd say...pass. It's exactly what I'd expect a bare-bones, 15-speed to be. Definitely not the nicest, but if you really just need a working bike ASAP, I'd say it's worth it. Though if you have some $60 extra to spend, I might upgrade to the Schwinn Discover Mens' Hybrid (700C): http://www.amazon.com/Schwinn-Discover-Mens-Hybrid-Wheels/dp/B0030U8SU6/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1359527044&sr=1-1-fkmr1&keywords=schwinn+discover
As others have mentioned, some assembly is required. For the most part, so long as you have a metric allen wrench (5-6mm), a regular wrench, and some screwdrivers, it should take you less than half an hour. It's worth noting that the brakes are extremely tricky if you're used to disc brakes, though. These ones are Shimano-style, specifically V-brake, direct-pull cantilever brakes. Tip: THROW OUT HUFFY'S MANUAL, WRITE A NEW ONE, AND MAIL IT TO THEM. It's completely useless, and actually more confusing than random guesswork. Google "Adjusting Direct-Pull Cantilever Brakes," and you should be in good shape. I used Sheldon Brown's site and mostly just followed the images. Worked much better.
That said, although Shimanos are a bit of a pain to set up, I've grown to love them. They'll stop on a dime with less than half of full pressure applied. Living in an area with rain and hills, that's literally a life-saver.
Not sure if you can tell from the picture, but the tires aren't quick-release. Less convenience, true, but that also means it's less convenient for bike-thieves. Plus, if you want a quick-release feature later, it's still a viable option.Read more ›
First, assembly. The manual was apparently written for all of Huffy's bikes concurrently, and is useless at assembling this one, because only a few random bits apply to building this model (and it is not immediately clear which). It doesn't come with an Allen wrench of the appropriate size, and it was surprisingly difficult to find one. Having just assembled all of the furniture in my apartment from scratch, I can say that even taking the non-specificity of the manual into account, this is one of the least clear assembly guides I've ever seen. You can't make out most of the diagrams, much less figure out what they want you to do, and terms are used ambiguously throughout the manual.
Anyway, after a couple of hours of muddling, I managed to get the bike together. I then took it for a ride.
The bike advertises 15 speeds, but half of them don't seem to work. The chain slips in some of them, and others simply leave you pedaling with no impact on the bike's forward motion - this nearly caused an accident when I first tried it. The chain is not a component of the assembly, so I'm pretty confident it's an issue with the bike, and not something that I screwed up while putting it together.
Restricted to the subset of speeds which actually work, I find it very hard to get up hills. It is not very efficient for urban biking either (but then, it is a mountain bike). The hand brakes are too far from the handlebars and start to hurt your hands in short order (though some tinkering with a screwdriver may prove them adjustable).
Overall, I'd recommend spending $50 to $100 more and getting a better quality bike. I can't see myself riding this day-to-day.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good bike. I bought it as a gift for someone and they loved it.Published 18 months ago by Amy Renee Shults
This is perhaps the biggest piece if crap I ever bought. First off it was shipped with a bent rim. I had to wait two months to get a new rim. Read morePublished on February 25, 2014 by Kevin E. Rooney
had it for a week and the petals broke off and i had to get a new bike because it would have been 50 to fix it. Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by the12thdoctor
The gear shift does not stay in place when shifting gears. Chain fell off on first ride do to shifting problem. Many parts made of plastic and do not look sturdy. Cheap bicycle.Published on February 1, 2013 by Charles Smith
Bought this bike for my 18 year old son who doesn't have much interest in driving just yet. He is really enjoying it. It was easy to put together and rides very nicely. Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by M O D
petal fell off while riding and almost had accident on busy street. Don't buy - poor quality, waste of money.Published on January 11, 2013 by D. MOORE
This is the perfect bike for my son to ride around campus at his college. He lives about a 15 minute ride from his school. Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by C. Magee
today the left pedal fell off. Now I can not tighten the pedal as tight as I should have.i don't know how to fix it.Published on December 22, 2012 by Sheng Wu