Review: Patrol C091 a carbon hardtail with all the gear for just $2199

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Low-cost, huge value mountain bike options are drying up fast, so perhaps the Patrol C091 is just what the mountain bike market needs. It seems like just a couple of years ago when the we filled headlines with news of budget bikes, and shops had stacks of budget rigs just itching to be bought and taken to the nearest bike park. How fast everything has changed! It feels like the budget bike boom happens in cycles. Every few years a bunch of great low-cost bikes are released then there is nothing for a few years. This could simply because those budget bikes have a life of a few years before they need replacement, it could simply be due to supply chain and factory capacities, or I might just be imagining it. Whatever the reason though, we don’t see as many affordable mountain bikes today as we did 2-3 years ago, and with the current component shortage and the pandemic, I don’t expect us to see many for some time. However, it is a big world...

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