- Apr 9, 2018
I'm now piecing together parts for my next build and I think I will invest in a $400 GIANT mountain bike they have dual discs and look really well made. They are made in Taiwan which is also an asian country but they look well built. There are some good brands for components, Shimano, Suntour maybe you guys can tell me some other good brands. Finding American made heavy duty bicycle parts is extremely hard as any online store usually is flooded with these Chinese parts. Amazon, Ebay all of it. The GIANT mountain bike with the Subaru would be a really nice bike. A good engine and a good bike is what most of these guys want but they get upset when something breaks. Most of them don't know there's any other engine types except for the 2 smoke clunkers. The problem is a lot of small engines have been discontinued for whatever reason. Most of them were for brush cutters and outdoor equipment. I feel the quality is slightly and I say slightly better for Chinese engines that have a brand name. If it's unbranded you can forget quality. I have looked at some better kits and I don't think I'm a fan of friction drive. Replacing tires all the time doesn't seem fun. Really there is only a few American made kits that are good the Staton chain drive and the Golden eagle bike engines kit (which I have).