$149 Mountain Bike vs mountain – The Walmart Enduro

$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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  1. Most people who buy these bikes would NEVER go on trails like these. This is for riding around the neighborhood or sidewalks. Still, good video

  2. You guys are brave doing this. I'm not even a mountain biker and even I would be scared to freewheel down a vehicle hill on a Walmart bike, let alone a trail

  3. I had the exact bike i put 6.5k miles with a gng mid drive motor thru all seasons, major pot holes, & also had a custom passenger seat w/foot pegs.

  4. I like to see this good friendship between Alex and you; joining the risks and fun together and trusting on each other 🙂

  5. I have a great mountain bike that I got for about 250 dollars while it was on sale. The original price is about 600 dollars. You don't even need that much money for a great bike, you just have to look around a bit

  6. I have absolutely no experience on riding MTB's except for around the neighborhood on my huffy as a child. What would be a good entry level budget bike for a person like me who wants to start riding trails without getting stuck or killed?

  7. Lucky kids, we didn't even have suspension on bikes until the very late teens, and then it was only front suspension.

  8. "When your very life depends on your equipment, what value would you place on reliability?"

    Cut to shots of bikes under a hundred bucks at walmart.

  9. Dude relax. Without good suspension you need to let your body relax and go with the flow. I've ridden trails like that in Colorado on a fully rigid single speed bike with less trouble than this.

  10. Not acting up or anything but my very first bike was in Walmart bike and it lasted me for years in the country

  11. That happened to me once on a really cheap one it was because I switched gears too fast like skipped a couple I guess (it wasn't even on a trail it was on cement)

  12. Got the green "RCT" mountain bike from a dealer in the middle east claiming to sell high quality American products, it was a bit scratched, but I didnt care really. The thing I DO care about is that he sold it to me for 300$.. now that I know it's from Walmart I'm kinda pissed.. got it yesterday.

  13. "we set off with our new bikes in tow" i can just imagine those two bikes tied to your truck bouncing and scraping on the road

  14. You think that suspension is bad? Try using my BMX with no suspension or brakes offroad trying to keep up with MTB's.

  15. This video makes me laugh. Talking about the pisgah like its wild wilderness. Go out west to the rockies for some isolation and wilderness and elevation change. East coast is full of roots and looping back tracking trails.

  16. This is pretty funny to me because in enduro (dirt bike) riding people say it's "80% the rider's skill level and 20% the bike". I see that this saying does NOT apply to mountain biking lol.

  17. LOL, Department store bikes on a downhill. You guys are batshit crazy. Fun to watch though! (Good nobody got hurt, otherwise it wouldn't)

    These things are never fun & games in my experience. A friend of mine, a farmer, used one to check on his crops. One day, about a year after purchase, his handle bar sheared off at the stem, just from riding dirt roads. He crashed pretty badly, but no permanent injury. Now he got an entry-level Trek. 🙂

  18. My Genesis from Walmart has to get the rear Sprocket, the rear derailleur and rear rim replaced because it is 2 gears off, the Sprocket loses grip to the rim it slips a lot. So 3 parts replaced after the Second ride. Fun.

  19. I did something similar with a bmx instead of a mountain bike and instead of Walmart my dad got it for €20 at a car boot sale. The brakes didnt work and me and a friend went down a hill and I has to skid out the back wheel and slide to stop. 10/10 for fun 0/10 for safety

  20. ⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻ says:

    i have been riding a walmart bike on mtb trails for years.
    i tried "upgrading" to a yeti, the only real difference was the bigger gears on it made it easier to climb uphill and the shocks made things slightly smoother. other than that EVERYTHING was exactly the same.
    dont get me wrong, a nice mtb is definitely an upgrade from a walmart bike however most people do not need one
    most people that i see riding mtbs on trails are completely clueless as to what they are doing and they are far from using the full potential of their bike when riding in other words they dont need the nice expensive kashima coated suspensions or the carbon frames.
    First learn how to ride the walmart bikes then buy a good mtb

  21. I just bought a Walmart Mongoose Excursion ::ducks to avoid thrown tomato:: it's ok so far for what I do with it (pavement, and occasional packed dirt walking trails). I will see how it holds up, but so far no real complaints (not a hardcore biker though)

  22. My favourite is the back fork of the bike being in the front.😂
    I do own a Walmart Mountain bike made by Raleigh. Paid $250. I’m certainly not brave enough to take on the paths you guys do if I had the bike to do it. So I just use it as quick transportation and good exercise.

  23. All the department store bike are made by the same manufacturer, dynacraft. All cheaply made. I actually own two. No, I don't mountain bike. You sort of a moron to not even make sure everything is tightened and properly lubricated before riding it the first time.

  24. Dude I am so happy some dude was hurt and couldn’t use his bike he sold it to me for 200 for a 3000 dollar bike

  25. "Braking is a full body workout that leaves you in pain for days." So what happens when you hit the gym? Pain for all eternity?

  26. I spent around 800 on my bike and fucked it on one of these trails. It ain’t about the bike it’s about how good you are at biking

  27. I have a new singlespeed and a creaking noise comes from the crank and chainring area a little bit and then stops so when I start riding it again it's fine then starts again I have only had it a month or less so everyone says where it's new? Would you agree it's not a Wal-Mart bike it's a £400 mafia

  28. Wow I actually have this bike, if you loosen the rear suspension the back is good, the front suspension is shit, I looks like a pipe from the inside and that’s it. You may need to tighten your suspension, mine came hard like a hard tail.

  29. Over the years I have watched hundreds of hours of bike videos on YouTube. This is absolutely my number ONE favorite bike video of all time. I couldn't stop laughing at your reaction to your bike falling apart AS YOU WERE RIDING IT!!! When your rear derailleur ended up entangled in your rear wheel I almost fell off my chair laughing. I also learned a little bit about how damaging excessive speed over rough terrain can be to a bike. To some extent I think that same principal would still apply to high dollar bikes. I just clicked on like and subscribe. And I'm going to view your other videos. Awesome video.

  30. It’s amazing what gets called bicycles these days. 50 years ago, they could last a lifetime. Granted, they weren’t mountain bikes….

  31. 8 years ago me and my parents bought 3 bikes: a mtb a roadbike and a “regular bike, each for around 1000 dollars. Me and my dad still have our bikes and my mom sold hers. My mtb has been on the trails at least 500 times, and all that has gone wrong was flat tires and a chain that need to be tightened. My dads bike is still working perfectly with only one flat tire, but he hasn’t used it as much as me. Just shows that bikes don’t have to cost 5000 dollars to be worth it

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