24 total gears and dual suspension provide smooth ride. Easy to assemble, with a detailed owner's manual. Large mountain bike tires, but works well as a commuter bike, too.
Construction not as rugged as a traditional mountain bike. Can require a lot of adjustments and repairs over time. Braking system has reliability issues.
High weight capacity; solid support when assembled. Fits most car trunks and closets when folded. 7 gears available for different terrains.
Smaller wheels and gear cassette make pedaling a challenge. Relatively heavy, hard to carry for distances. Original seat very uncomfortable.
21 total speeds to choose from, exceptionally good ride. Very lightweight at only 35 pounds. Includes a useful multi-tool for common repairs and adjustments.
Not a good "first time" bike; requires frequent tuning and adjustments. Bike arrives only partially assembled. Tire/inner tube quality is variable.
Very comfortable spring-loaded padded saddle. 7 gears available for changes in terrain. Appealingly low retail price point.
Challenging to assemble and adjust. Gears and derailleur have known design issues. Not ideal for heavier, taller riders.
Very strong braking system, can stop at any speed. Easy to assemble, and upgrades are available. Lightweight (30 lbs) and easy to transport.
Specific assembly instructions not included, only generic owner's manual. Tires may not hold air, or pop unexpectedly. Derailleur requires frequent adjustments.
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Men's Sanctuary 7-Speed Cruiser Bicycle
The Sanctuary is ideal for cruising neighborhoods and city streets, not for off-road or challenging race courses. Some professional adjustments may be necessary for maximum benefit, but adult riders should have no problems riding this old-school cruiser model.
Protocol 1.0 Men's Dual-Suspension Mountain Bike
While not a true high-end mountain bike, the Protocol does have many of the positive features of a rugged trail bike with the smooth ride of a commuter bike. We suggest replacing the original saddle for casual riding, but the retail price point is hard to beat.