Just bought this bike and rode it home from my local Kmart. Wonderful bike and a great value for the money. Very comfortable to ride and seat positioning was more pleasant than some of the pricier models. Gears shift smoothly and has a nice smooth ride.
Out of over 20 bikes I've used personally, my desk chair rides better than this thing. First day I got it, gear wires snapped and brakes loosened to the point where they did absolutely nothing. Please, for the love of the god, do not buy this bike. You cannot adjust a thing. If you try, either the brakes go completely out of whack or the gear shifts pop off. Almost all of the bolts on this bike are carbon steel. They rust in no time and you can't get them off. The shock absorbers are junk. I hurt myself constantly due to faulty shocks. My brother's bike has no shocks and doesn't hurt at all. The pedal clutch locks up constantly, causing me to pop a chain, fall over, or go over the handlebars. The tires go flat in a matter of DAYS. The rubber on the handlebars is dangerously loose, causing me to lose grip. Almost all of the reflectors fell off, the seat feels like a pile of rocks. I fixed EVERYTHING, and in a matter of hours, it all fell apart. One fall, and both tire rims get bent completely out of shape. My friend, who's been an expert at bikes since he was SIX, gave me an estimate of 50-80 bucks for this thing brand spankin new. I got the original for TWO HUNDRED. Luckily I have my own secret way of riding it I discovered trial-and-error to keep it in OK shape. But when some random kid rode it, who rides it just like any other bike, ABSOLUTELY ALL of the hardware failed. The brakes locked in place against the tire rims, both gear systems completely went down the drain, and the amount of friction on the clutch is more than a mousepad on a desk. Not only do I hate Pacific, but if I ever see one of these again, even in someone's backyard, even in a dumpster, I will smash it, take it apart, bend it, snap it, tear it, do whatever in the world I possibly can to make sure no other poor soul will even have to lay their precious eyes on this giant hunk of dollar-store garbage.
It is a super bike, does it all with its front suspension and lots of gears. Problems were many, however. Both wheels are warped, Probably from shipping in a flimsy box. The handle bar was in completely wrong position and needed to remove a cable to get it spun around. Needed to adjust position and controls, so have meteric allen wrenches handy. Brakes out of adjustment. Brake Adjustment screw fell out and the bike shop didn't have one (!) but hardware store did.
Bearings were so tight on the front wheel that it would not turn !!! End of brake cable frayed because it was missing the little crimp fitting. Seat post can not be made tight enuf to keep me (220#) having the seat suddenly crash down. I fixed that by adding a luggage rack that clamps to the seat post. It keeps my seat up too! Did i mention both inner tuber were paper thin total junk? I replaced them w heavy thorn-proof tubes.
The derailer was, of course, out of adjustment. The chain ran above the largest gear and got wedged against the spokes: this just totally mangled the derailer! Had to push the bike home like a scooter,,, for 8 miles. New derailers are not very expensive, so that was ok.
Did i mention i couldn't get the rear wheel back in after replacing the crappy tube? the frame was sprung and not enough room to get the wheel back in. I had to have someone stand on a 2x4 while i man-handled the frame to spread it out. Whew - that was hard. But its ok now that i forced it apart.
I love riding it now that i fixed everything. So let's hope you have a set of tools, money for parts, a friend to give you a ride home when it beaks 10 miles from home.
Great bike once you get it all set up.