Re: Is there a difference in quality?
I've put thousands of miles on both Target cheapies and also bikes costing 10x more. Personally I see no difference in reliabilty. Never had frame trouble even with aluminum but then again I never drill holes. As mentioned spoke and rims seem to be the weak point but you get plenty of warning. Keep them equally tensioned and less likely to break.
Bearings don't worry me either because they also give warning and easy to carry and replace. Same wear for cheap bikes vs expensive ones. The real issue is hub races. Virtually impossible to fix on the road and the only thing that will actually leave you stranded. Pays to check that wheel before every trip.
Last edited by xlite; 10-02-2009 at 12:23 PM.