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Apollo Endeavour Womens Mountain Bike

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Manufacturer: Apollo / Gender: Ladies / Frame Size: 20"

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      03.09.2012 09:30
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      Apollo Endeavour ladies bike

      In a bid to get rid of my baby weight and my mummy tummy I have taken up riding my bike again. I say again as I really used to enjoy going riding on the lots of lovely trails and woods we have around our house but when I was pregnant and had tiny babies around the house it just wasn't practical. Now they are a bit older I can get out again on my bike and I love the exercise, the challenge of the hills and the wind in my hair as I am speeding, well gently traversing down the hills.

      My bike is an Apollo Endeavour and my husband bought it for me from Halfords about three years ago. If I remember rightly he paid in the £120 region which he said wasn't too bad for a mountain bike. Now, I guess I am somewhat of a typical woman and choose my bikes like I choose my cars, by the colour. This bike is a lovely blue colour and I was immediately attracted to it in the showroom because it was also nice and shiny. I also did the sit test like you do when looking at new cars, can I sit on the bike and reach the handlebars, yes, perfect, I'll take it. As this bike is specifically designed for women it has the dropped/angled bar in the middle of a bike allowing you to get your leg over unlike a men's bike which has the straight bar. I find it easy to get on and off this bike although I do have to stop and put a foot down when I get off to make sure I don't fall off.

      The seat is somewhat comfortable although show me a bike that has a really comfortable seat, I don't think one exists. The seat is higher at the top and then comes into quite an angle at the crutch. The first few times I rode this bike I definitely had some saddle sore but now I can jump right back in the saddle as they say and I don't feel anything at all.

      The handlebars have a nice grip to them. I often cycle up hills and for a challenge try not to get off the bike so I stand up to peddle to give myself some extra oomph and to do this I really need to grip and pull on the handlebars and so far they have been great. I can get a really strong hold and never lose my grip.

      As this is a mountain bike the wheels are thick and chunky and my tyres have been great. I think I've only had one puncture which my husband fixed and I can still get a soft, bouncy ride from my bike.

      Now, onto the subject of gears. I do not understand gears at all, don't know how they work on a bike and I don't think I ever will. My gears on either side are set at a certain number and they stay in these gears regardless of whether I am going uphill, downhill or just cruising. I will often come back from a ride and my husband will say,"what gear did you go in for this and that," and I tell him I never changed them. The way they are set means I can pedal nicely and can do my hills and everything else so I don't want to risk changing them and upsetting the balance. I remember when I first got the bike I used to change them by pressing a lever forwards to go one way and then pressing it towards me to go the other and you had to pedal as you were doing this otherwise they would not change properly. Anyway, I will refer to the Halfords website to tell you what gears this bike has. "The Apollo Endeavour Womens Mountain Bike is a full suspension mountain bike with front suspension fork and rear suspension which smooths out rugged terrain. 18-speed Shimano gearing and powerful v-brakes."

      I do find the brakes to be very powerful. As I've mentioned above I don't like to go downhill too fast for fear of falling off and the hills I go on are full of big loose gravel so it would be very painful. I will get up a bit of speed and then I will gently press the brakes and they do stop very fast and actually quite sudden if you are too quick so I find you do need to be a bit gentle.

      After almost three months of biking now I am feeling a bit fitter, am noticing a bit of definition in my legs and more importantly am feeling better about myself as a whole so I encourage everyone to get on their bike and if you need to buy one choose the Apollo!

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      17.05.2012 14:34
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      The full suspension and 18 gears set the bike apart from the rest

      This is currently the mountain bike that I own. I bought it off eBay for just under £100. It was in "like new" condition when I picked it up.

      The bike has 18 gears and it has full suspension too. The bike is attractive and it has a delicate feminine design. The bike was already assembled when I received it but the breaks needed a bit of tuning in. Tuning the breaks is easy enough, they just need a little tweak here and there. The bike is pretty robust. I've had it for a good few months and i've been on some pretty rough cycling tracks in and around Nottinghamshire. The suspension is great. You can hardly feel the bumps and knocks of the track and the bike is capable of taking you through the most demanding of treks.

      The tyres are strong and sturdy. They're pretty chunky too and i've not suffered any punctures yet and I have cycled through some tough tracks with plenty of loose chippings. Cleaning the bike is simple. I just wash mine down with a hose pipe and use a scourer to get in between the hard to reach areas. I am pretty confident that this bike will last me a while. The handlebars are comfortable to hold and the seat doesn't leave me with an aching backside. Plus the colours are bright and vibrant and the bike isn't too noisy either.

      I would recommend this bike. It's good quality and it will last you a while.

      Grab some exercise whilst the weather is nice.

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      25.08.2010 11:53
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      A decent bike that rides well

      Our Apollo Endeavour Mountain Bike is a well made and durable cycle that is built for use on all sorts of terrain. It has a decent gearing system, that works well to some extent and easy grip handles. The chunky tyres are excellent and offer plenty of grip on almost all surfaces.

      The saddle that came with the Apollo Endeavour Mountain Bike was ok, but didn't offer all that much comfort, so had to be replaced with a comfier saddle. Although this was our choice, you may find that the saddle on the Apollo Endeavour Womens Mountain Bike suits you, but we couldn't get along with it.

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      To buy the Apollo Endeavour Mountain Bike at the moment you will be paying around £169. We bought ours from Halfords, but paid less and I would suggest you check out their offers and deals, as very often their range has regular reductions.

      Halfords are great for buying from store in, as they will make up your bike for you when you order. They also have a good range on display, so when were were looking at the Apollo Endeavour Mountain Bike, we were able to check it out first to see if it suited. We could also compare it with other bikes that were on display which was useful.

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      The Apollo Endeavour Mountain Bike also came with a free 6 week safety check and any accessories could be fitted to the bike for free at the time of purchase, which we didn't take up, but later wished we had. The 6 week check is a great idea, as anything that has become lose or has been over tightened can be pointed out and adjusted for free.

      We liked the Apollo Endeavour Mountain Bike as it is a full suspension bike. This means it has a flexible system that allows for a bit of give when you cycle over lumps and bumps. Its very simple and involves a coil spring and and associated parts that absorb impact to a degree. This gives the feel of having suspension on the bike, which is very useful and makes for a more comfortable ride.

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      The gearing system on the Apollo Endeavour Mountain Bike involves an 18 gear Shimano set up. Whilst this is in the main good, we tend to leave it within just 2 to 3 regular settings and do not use the full range of 18 gears much. This is as much in part due to the fact that it took ages to figure out which gear settings suited the bike, so its easier to just keep to setting you know will work for it, as we have fund some of the lower gears to be difficult to use.

      The overall look and feel of the Apollo Endeavour Mountain Bike is rather good. Its very smart, the paint finish looks good and the wheels and tyres are made well. There is no chain guard which we didn't like at all, although chain guards are not common on this type of cycle we would have liked one. The pedals have a nice chunky feel about them and the height of the handle bars was set just right.

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      We haven't had any major problems with the Apollo Endeavour Womens Mountain Bike and its just needed a little cycle oil from time to time and a once over to make sure everything is working well. The brakes have proven to work very well, but can be sharp if worked too firmly, its best to use a softer braking approach if you can.

      The only points of concern were the saddle, which had plenty of 'ouch' factor, the lack of chain guard, slight gearing issues, which may have been more due to us than the cycle and lastly, no mudguards fitted, which we later had to source ourselves.

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      Over all we have found the Apollo Endeavour Mountain Bike to be a good quality bike, with plenty of go in it. We suggested the product here, as its a well thought out bike that works rather well, its been trouble free and you cannot ask for much more than that.

      With all that in mind the Apollo Endeavour Womens Mountain Bike gets a 4 star rating and is something we would recommend.

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