The BEIOU® Carbon Fiber Mountain Bike
I’ve always had difficulty wrapping my head around the idea of paying more than $1000 for a bicycle, but if you’re a serious mountain bike rider that’s exactly the type of price range you’re looking at. Bikes in this price range are a real investment and that kind of dent in your pocketbook is not for the faint of heart. I’d like to spend that much on a bike, but my biggest challenge is trying to convince my wife that a bike’s really worth that kind of money – I’m still working on her.
If you are a serious rider then the BEIOU® Carbon Fiber 650B should definitely make your shortlist. This is a top-quality mountain bike with tons of great features and a large price tag. You can easily spend as much as $1500 on this model.
Carbon Fiber Durability
One surefire indication that a mountain bike is of the highest quality is that the frame is made from carbon fiber. Any true mountain bike enthusiast starts to drool as soon as you mention that the frame is made out of carbon fiber. Basically, there are three types of materials that mountain bike frames are made from: reinforced steel, heat-treated aluminum, and carbon fiber. Most entry-level mountain bikes are made from steel, and as soon as you get into bikes that cost more than a couple hundred dollars you begin to see frames made from aluminum. But only the best bikes are made from carbon fiber.
At this point you may be asking yourself “What’s so special about carbon fiber?” The simple answer is that this is an extremely lightweight material that’s also exceedingly strong. This makes it ideal for quick decisions on the trails, as heavy bikes are much more difficult to maneuver and don’t always react the way you want them to. This bike is well under 25 pounds, making it one of the lighter models you’re likely to come across.
Shimano Deore Breaking System and Shifting
The Shimano Deore braking system is one of the most reliable braking systems on the market. It features a hydraulic assist that makes for easier control and quicker reaction times. These are disc brakes, so they’re designed to work well in difficult weather conditions. You don’t need to be concerned if you get a little bit of moisture or mud on your brakes, as that won’t prevent this system from slowing you down when you want it to.
The Shimano derailleur gear-shifting system that comes with this bike is also well constructed, which is a good thing because it needs to be, as this bike has 30 gears to shift through. That requires a lot of precision manufacturing and Shimano has done a good job of making that work. The gears are controlled with a quick-shift trigger system that allows for instantaneous reactions. It may not be the best quality system on the market, as there are bikes that cost literally thousands of dollars with higher quality parts than this, but it’s an excellent system nonetheless.
Hard Tail for Cross-Country Riding
Mountain bikes are designed for a whole range of different purposes; this bike is primarily designed as a great long-distance cross-country mountain bike. It will handle most trails just fine, but it’s not designed for the steepest mountain trails. Bikes for that purpose have dual suspension to handle the shock of such rough terrain. This BEIOU® model doesn’t have a rear suspension as it’s primarily designed for cross-country riding. This type of bike works better with a hard tail frame construction. It still has a suspension system in the front for handling hills as they come across your path, but the hard tail construction at the back makes for a much smoother ride on the straightaways.
There aren’t too many issues with this bike, but there are a couple of problems you may run into. For one thing, the gears can be a little noisy, especially when pedaling in reverse. It doesn’t affect mechanical performance but it can be a little distracting, which is not something you want when you’re trying to concentrate on the path ahead. If you’re spending $1500 on a bike, these little details are things you may want to consider.
The other problem that some customers have run into with this bike is that the tires don’t always maintain their pressure when going over rough terrain. This probably has something to do with the seal between the tire and the rims; it’s definitely something BEIOU® needs to address in future versions of the bike, but it’s probably not a deal breaker.
A Good Deal
I have to say I was very surprised to find a mountain bike with a carbon fiber frame at this price range – normally you don’t find this type of frame on a mountain bike for less than $2000 to $3000. The parts on this bike may not be of the highest quality, but they are good-quality parts and this is a very solid ride. If you’re ready to make the move from an entry-level bike to one that’s better suited to a more experienced rider, this is a great choice.