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Using your bike to hit the gnarly and dirty trails may be taking a backseat to comfort. The National Bicycle Dealers Association reports that "comfort bikes" made up more than 1 of 5 bikes sold through June, compared to nearly 1 of 8 bikes for the same period in 2000.
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Using your bike to hit the gnarly and dirty trails may be taking a backseat to comfort. The National Bicycle Dealers Association reports that "comfort bikes" made up more than 1 of 5 bikes sold through June, compared to nearly 1 of 8 bikes for the same period in 2000. Sales declines were reported not only in mountain bikes (a whopping 38.8 percent) but also in youth bikes (23.4 percent) and hybrids (9.3 percent). The mountain bikes that did sell showed a trend to suspension (both front and dual). Non-suspended mountain bikes were responsible for the decline in the category overall. The stats come from approximately 350 specialty bike dealers. For information on purchasing NBDA research, contact Ken Segerberg at 510-799-4004. or go to www.nbda.com.

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