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Mountain biking on trails is soaring in popularity in the United State

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Mountain biking on trails is soaring in popularity in the United States. The number of mountain bikes sold in the United States has increased 133 percent over the past four years. In addition, bike stores in the United States last year reported that mountain bikes accounted for more than 65 percent of their total sales, far more than in previous years, even though sales of other bikes have been strong.

The conclusion above is based on which of the following assumptions?
A. Mountain biking on trails is getting popular.
B. stores are selling more mountain bikes and mountain bikes are a greater proportion of their overall bike sales.
C. The people who are buying bikes must be using them on trails.
D. Most of the people who are driving the increase in mountain bike sales are involved in trail cycling.
E. People who buy mountain bikes tend to use them in urban or suburban settings, rather than on trails.
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Mountain biking on trails is soaring in popularity in the United States. The number of mountain bikes sold in the United States has increased 133 percent over the past four years. In addition, bike stores in the United States last year reported that mountain bikes accounted for more than 65 percent of their total sales, far more than in previous years, even though sales of other bikes have been strong.

The conclusion is Mountain biking on trails is soaring in popularity in the United States.
Quite a few assumptions are there.
1. The bikes that are sold are used in the US and not exported.
2. Those who are buying the bikes are using them on trails.
3. The increase in sales is driven by more people getting interested in mountain biking rather than existing bikers replacing their old bikes.

Let's see the options now.

The conclusion above is based on which of the following assumptions?
A. Mountain biking on trails is getting popular. Just restates the conclusion.
B. stores are selling more mountain bikes and mountain bikes are a greater proportion of their overall bike sales. Just restates a premise mentioned in the passage.
C. The people who are buying bikes must be using them on trails. Correct option.
D. Most of the people who are driving the increase in mountain bike sales are involved in trail cycling. Might seem to be a good option. But consider other possibilities. For example, the people maybe buying mountain bikes, but using other bikes they own on the trails.
E. People who buy mountain bikes tend to use them in urban or suburban settings, rather than on trails. GOes against the conclusion. It implies the increase is sales is because mountain bikes are used in settings other than trails.
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New post 07 Dec 2017, 01:54
Will vote for D.

If we negate this statement (most people who are driving this increase in mountain bike sales are NOT involved in trail cycling), it invalidates the conclusion.

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A. Mountain biking on trails is getting popular. - It is the conclusion
B. stores are selling more mountain bikes and mountain bikes are a greater proportion of their overall bike sales. - It is not what is being the main point. It is the effect.
C. The people who are buying bikes must be using them on trails. - By applying the negation technique, we will get nil motivation to buy the bikes. eg it hurts the most and hence it is the correct answer.
D. Most of the people who are driving the increase in mountain bike sales are involved in trail cycling. - New information./ Shell answer: driving on trail and trail cycling are different.
E. People who buy mountain bikes tend to use them in urban or suburban settings, rather than on trails. - New information.

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New post 08 Dec 2017, 10:26
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Mountain biking on trails is soaring in popularity in the United States. The number of mountain bikes sold in the United States has increased 133 percent over the past four years. In addition, bike stores in the United States last year reported that mountain bikes accounted for more than 65 percent of their total sales, far more than in previous years, even though sales of other bikes have been strong.

The conclusion above is based on which of the following assumptions?
A. Mountain biking on trails is getting popular.
B. stores are selling more mountain bikes and mountain bikes are a greater proportion of their overall bike sales.
C. The people who are buying bikes must be using them on trails.
D. Most of the people who are driving the increase in mountain bike sales are involved in trail cycling.
E. People who buy mountain bikes tend to use them in urban or suburban settings, rather than on trails.


The answer is C

Mountain biking is soaring in popularity in the united states.
The no of bikes have increased 133 percent have shops sales have their largest share in mountain bikes .
Now we have to connect the soaring popularity with the increase in sales of the bikes C does that perfectly .
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Only option C makes sense.

Conclusion: Mountain biking on trails is soaring in popularity in the United States

Premise: The number of mountain bikes sold in the United States has increased 133 percent over the past four years

There is leap from premise to conclusion. number of bike sales increase -> so mountain biking is soaring. What if, people buy mountain bikes for other purposes, such as exporting or currently hikers buy the bikes for backing up their existing bikes.

Only Option C, closes the gap by saying that people indeed used purchased bikes on trail.

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