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Saw instore today and as last time I got slated for not providing proof I took a picture of said item.
Terrain Ascent 26" rigid mountain bike
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#1
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banned#2
Anyone know if these are any good for the odd off track ride?
#3
£40 for a new bike.................HOT :)

(awaits the bike snobs who will advise spending at least £2000 for a decent one :w00t: )
#4
i got this last year at the same price. would avoid - it is tiny for me (190cm) and falling apart!
#5
ERU
Anyone know if these are any good for the odd off track ride?


This will be MUCH better and more reliable than a £100 'full suspension' bike, but I wouldn't take it much more than off the road or across the park.
#6
not sure about off road

but it has an "old style frame" without the suspension that the newer bikes all have these days

i think thats why its so cheap becuase there is a newer design of bike available these days....

i cant think why this bike would be better and more reliable than a suspension bike as GEEJAY86 said above?!
#7
Suspension forks on a low budget bike are a) more likely to fail (and often do) and b) have such a short 'travel' that you might as well stick to a hard trail bike which will be lighter. This is from experience in my repair shop.
#8
Cheap bikes, certainly DO NOT buy one if you want to get into cycling.

But for the money, they're great for a quick scoot for getting into town and skipping the traffic jams - just make sure you keep them INSIDE as they normally feature a host of rustable parts :)

Voted hot, it's a good deal.
#9
Just like before .... I slate you for not giving more Proof !??!

I'm going to need Pictures of your Naked wife with said Bike before I begin to Believe !?



...... ;-)
#10
wanted to buy one for summers...hmmmmmmmmm
#11
I'm going to need Pictures of your Naked wife with said Bike before I begin to Believe !?


Bit risky (or riskay) ?

Think I'll just stick with the bike pic ;)
#12
picked one of these up on boxing day from tesco,seems ok got it for the g/f to go to work on saves me having to take her and pick her up.I can then give hotdeals my full attention in case there's a great deal to be had:-D
#13
26" isn't that HUGE? I have a 18" and i'm nearly 6ft
#14
toffeeefc
picked one of these up on boxing day from tesco,seems ok got it for the g/f to go to work on saves me having to take her and pick her up.I can then give hotdeals my full attention in case there's a great deal to be had:-D


You're making her use it in this weather so you can give hotukdeals more attention? ;-)
#15
sumpter
26" isn't that HUGE? I have a 18" and i'm nearly 6ft


26" is the wheel size, not the frame size, which is the 18" you are refering to. Unless you are a 6ft guy on a childs bike? :p
#16
sumpter
26" isn't that HUGE? I have a 18" and i'm nearly 6ft


26" Being the wheel size, not the frame.:whistling:
#17
SNAP!!!! :w00t:
#18
sumpter
26" isn't that HUGE? I have a 18" and i'm nearly 6ft


The frame size is crucial (18" would be about medium), though we don't know what size(s) are available from this thread yet.

As someone mentioned above, I'd get this kind of thing over a sub-£100 suspension bike too. This one I imagine would be fine for an occasional on-road pootle but if you want/need a bike to do more than that, spend more.
#19
the tesco i work at had 100% of these returned within a few months , various things including frames snaping and gear mechs giving up.
#20
beavisrules;3980346
the tesco i work at had 100% of these returned within a few months , various things including frames snaping and gear mechs giving up.

Use it for the summer months then take it back then :thumbsup:
#21
beavisrules
the tesco i work at had 100% of these returned within a few months , various things including frames snaping and gear mechs giving up.


100%??

Thats a bold claim.

:whistling:
#22
big-boy
£40 for a new bike.................HOT :)

(awaits the bike snobs who will advise spending at least £2000 for a decent one :w00t: )


Not a snob, but will advise to spend £300 on a bike at least.

I bought 2 years ago bike for £40 from Tesco, when my bike was stolen. And 3 weeks after bike failed when I was on a road (turning down a roundabout) - got broken wreast, lost 2 months of salary, got still pain in my hand!

Cold - buy proper bike.
#23
Den
Not a snob, but will advise to spend £300 on a bike at least.

I bought 2 years ago bike for £40 from Tesco, when my bike was stolen. And 3 weeks after bike failed when I was on a road (turning down a roundabout) - got broken wreast, lost 2 months of salary, got still pain in my hand!

Cold - buy proper bike.


Seems like a bad driver driving a Ferrari :roll:
#24
good price but nasty bike. When I pedal too fast, the chain slips a notch ! LOL Can you believe that. Afte that I didnt go too fast incase the brakes played up
#25
A well maintained bike, ridden correctly can last a long long time.
NO bike on this planet can you buy and never replace/service anything.

Brake cables will stretch, gear cables will stretch. Both in the first few weeks of riding. They will then need to be adjusted to function optimally.You will need to oil the chain now and then, you will need to replace the tyres and brake blocks. With a little bit of time and knowledge and care, this can be a fine little town bike that'll last you many years.
#26
sumpter
26" isn't that HUGE? I have a 18" and i'm nearly 6ft


fairly sure they just mean 26" wheels - lord knows what size the frame might be..
#27
Den
Not a snob, but will advise to spend £300 on a bike at least.

I bought 2 years ago bike for £40 from Tesco, when my bike was stolen. And 3 weeks after bike failed when I was on a road (turning down a roundabout) - got broken wreast, lost 2 months of salary, got still pain in my hand!

Cold - buy proper bike.


£300?? Thats a bit excessive (unless your a keen cyclist of course, then you'd spend big money)
My Giant bike cost me £180, and its good enough for the money, Aluminium frame and shimano gears etc can't go wrong, just like you can't go wrong with this bike for £40 (although u can prolly pick up a better second hand bike for the money.)
#28
GeeJay86
A well maintained bike, ridden correctly can last a long long time.
NO bike on this planet can you buy and never replace/service anything.

Brake cables will stretch, gear cables will stretch. Both in the first few weeks of riding. They will then need to be adjusted to function optimally.You will need to oil the chain now and then, you will need to replace the tyres and brake blocks. With a little bit of time and knowledge and care, this can be a fine little town bike that'll last you many years.



what he said!

Spot on!

the reason that people say that they would take this over a £100 suspension bike, is becuase the suspension is of poor quality. these bikes dont really function very well at all. it most cases a hinderence to riding quality. There are also more problematic because they have more moving parts. the more moving parts means more areas to go wrong.
#29
I don't want to come across as the bike snob either, but for anyone wanting a bike for moderate road use and occasional light offroad possibilities there are bargains out there - the sub-£100 bracket is still poor but between £150-250 things have really improved lately. Personally I wouldn't go lower than this one at Chain Reaction for £129.99, but then this is a real bike and would've cost lots more a couple of years ago:

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=23291
#30
OK, yes, I ride a bike in excess of £1500, but it is my preferred mode of transport and does over 6000 miles each year (I hate sitting in traffic jams).

I totally agree that a well maintained and serviced bike should last for a long time, if properly made it the first instance. Also a bike costing £40 only needs a new bottom bracket (which do tend to be very cheap quality on budget bikes) and it would be cheaper to buy a new bike. Oh, the pitfalls of the throw away society.

Do a local search on ebay, try before you buy, and pick up a potential bargin
#31
Well you really need to pay about £2000 for a decent bike !

big-boy

(awaits the bike snobs who will advise spending at least £2000 for a decent one :w00t: )


DOH !!!!!!!!!:w00t:
#32
Viper from chainreaction is a far better way to spend your money - might be 3 times as much but will be at least 10 times the bike.

3 or 4 people have already said these Tesco things are rubbish and have owned them but you still get people thinking cheap = good, well in this case it doesn't.
#33
seams like a bargin , ok bike if you'll only use it a few times
#34
I'm undecided on what gets more stick.
Very cheap bikes or very cheap wine!?
I've bought both in the past because that's all I could afford and I was happy with what I got for the money.
But I can see both sides of the argument and thats why I always look forward to these hilarious arguments every few months...
:p
#35
Oh I love the way people know everyone elses circumstances on this board. This bike would be ideal for me. My work journey is just 1 mile however due to thefts I get through 3 or 4 bikes a year.

Throwaway society yes!!!

4 bikes a year at £40 each gotta be good for me!!!! Hell I have paid more for a bike lock that still got stolen!!!
#36
I got the next model up, with front suspension. Got it 18 months ago for £70. I ride 2.5 miles to work daily on bumpy tarmac pavements and its still going well, apart from the occassional puncture. Brakes needed a lot of adjusting to get right though, and it weights a ton.

Also, do not take for granted that all parts are screwed on properly from new. I found this out when the back wheel came loose soon after I first started using it. Make sure you tighten every single screw yourself before you ride it first time.
#37
£40 for a bike is pretty cheap, but that's obviously because it's been made as cheaply as possible. It's like buying one of those cheap MP3 players for £10 and saying that's a great bargain in comparison to a Sony Walkman or Creative Zen just because it's so cheap and you'll only use it occasionally.

Similar to Fatal Swan's suggestion of the Viper for £130 from chainreactioncycles, you could get a Revolution Cuillin XC for less than £150 from Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op in their sale (some good bargains there, like a Specialized Hardrock Sport and Expedition Sport both for less than £200 ). All very decent bikes and guaranteed to last longer and be far easier & more enjoyable to ride than this one.

Still, it is cheap and will probably do as a very basic runaround for some folk. Though even if you are just using now and then for short journeys, there is no getting away from the fact that it's poorly made and will weigh a ton.
#38
WARNING
Do not buy this bike
My hubby bought 1 and the first day he went out on it the whole pedal crank fell off causing him to lose control of the bike as he was going at a reasonable speed, on x
Took it back to tesco and they apologised and gave me a refund however i insisted that this was to be logged as a health and safety issue.
They did do this and i got a poxy letter from them saying sorry for the incident but no reason for this to happen on the first day of riding.
#39
I'm surprised someone said the frames can break on these. Generally they use quite heavy steel in comparision to aluminium and seem pretty robust. Cheap bikes are usually workable and safe once you've assembled and adjusted them properly. I got about 10,000 miles out of a Pagan Arrow cheap mountain bike before I got bored of it and bought something else. In that time I changed the rear deraileur and changed the rear wheel bearings. At the very end the freewheel went and I replaced it. Seemed good value as I started riding it at 26 stone!!! No joke. I went down to about 17 stone but I'm back upto about 21 stone now. Still pleased with losing 7 stone from my initial weight of 28 stone (just under).
#40
Whats wrong with cheap bikes?:

1 - They are generally made with cheaper components and less tolerances. For someone who doesnt use a bike much this may not be an issue. If you put strains on the bike then these things will show: brake cables will stretch quicker than expensive ones etc.
2 - After sales support wont be great. A local bike shop wants/needs your business and will (probably!) give service to match! Tesco's will probably just refund /exchange, which again may be fine to you - but how long will it take you to put together another bike?
3 - Cheap bikes with suspension are a lot worse than cheap bikes with no suspension. Just think how many more things there are to go wrong! Also another way to make things cheaper is to use cheaper metals, these are generally heavier, and so a cheap full suspension bike will often weigh a lot! (often enough to sag the suspension!) . Suspension bikes also need more effort to ride as the suspension will 'eat' a percentage of the effort you put in (this is true for ALL suspension bikes not just cheap ones) the heavier the bike the more this percentage is.... So you end up with a bike that is heavy and hard to ride! - which of course may not be an issue depending on where you ride it!
4 - Think green, These bikes are not made to last, I'd guess they are made to a 'last one year' type of specification (or similiar) and then they will break. Since repairing them will cost a few ££££ i expect to many people they wil be thrown away.... If your ok with that - then no issue. If you are a bit of a greeny (like me) thats bad :(

Good bits about cheap bikes:
- Cheap to replace if stolen (they are just as likely to get stolen, as many theives are just oportunists)
- Can be locked up using a poundland lock! (will stop oportunists and no point spending £50 on a lock for a £40 bike!)
- In general more effort required to cycle them - thus you get fitter!
- Its still a bike, and thus a very good mode of transport :)

My recommendation though?

Check the small ads / ebay for a second hand bike and re-cycle (pun intended!) if you want a cheap bike.
something like this: http://www.gumtree.com/london/48/32923948.html (i expect you can knock down the price too! unlike tesco!)

If you want something to get to work on everyday then its sensible to spend a bit more prob £100-£150

If (like me) you want something to get to work on and to have a bit of (non serious) fun on the hills then your probably looking at the £300+ price range (and front suspension).

Anything over that - why are you looking at a £40 bike? :):)

Just my opinion!

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