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Carley Avatar6y, 10m agoFound 6 years, 10 months ago16 Comments
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Voted cold for four reasons:

1) The bike doesn't have an rrp of £500, bikes of a similar nature (but much better built and with better components) will cost £500+ if bought on the highstreet.
2) This bike is cheaper in CostCo - £160 + VAT = £188.
3) This bike is cheaper direct from the importers - http://www.createbikes.com/ £199 with free delivery.
4) The bike is IMHO junk anyway with a poor reputation for build quality and reliability - search for unipack (the original name for the bike).

er I think that's enough.

Rufus.
Nice Bike.....
I reckon the frame looks "dead", at 24lbs it's too heavy ,if you've ever ridden a track bike, and with those clearances it would handle like a postman's bike. And the sales pitch about securing the whole shipment from the Chinese at half price is laughable. If you're blinded by style over substance then this is just the thing to show off to your mates on before pitching over the bars as you forget to pedal.
If you really only have £200 quid to spend on a single speed then you would probably be better off buying a second hand Specialized Langster or you might even be able to find last years model discounted for not much more.
they are selling these in Costco for £160.

and even at that... think they are overpriced for the components that are on the bike
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BUY ONE GET ONE FREE ON LADIES AND MENS BIKES - £99.00 @ Cycles Direct

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You buy one bike and you get one free can mix and match ladies or mens.Two standard bikes for £99 or 2 deluxe bikes for £129. Delivery £20. First posting for me so please be gentle, done a search an…
jokier0921 Avatar8y, 2w agoFound 8 years, 2 weeks ago33 Comments
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Duggie_22;5151644
I think the point is that these things are built down to a price, not costed up to a standard. As such it is the cheapest of everything.

This tends to result in a heavy frame with poor geometry and basic (quite low tension) wheels creating a dead ride feel that ends up putting people off riding that particular bike and creates a negative opinion on cycling in general. If it's been mail ordered without trying the bike out it's very likely to be the wrong size.

These effects are then compounded by the fact that the cheapest components have wide tolerances which makes set-up a less precise affair so, again, the buyer thinks bikes are rubbish because the gears chatter, the brakes squeal etc., etc. and that's assuming the thing ever gets set up by a competent person in the first place.

I'll confess to being the sort or person who has a fleet of bikes, the most recent being a carbon fibre road bike at a shade under £3k, because I can and do appreciate the differences. I do, however, recognise that there are people who want a simple workhorse with no need for the best of everything. I hope that some of you can recognise that there are inexpensive bikes and there are cheap bikes.
Inexpensive bikes can very much be viable modes of transport, should last well if maintained and be a pleasure to ride whereas cheap bikes are seldom more than toys dressed up to look like mountain bikes and the ride feel is as described in my second paragraph.

The thing is, the price difference between these is as little as £80. I'd guess some will say that's too much extra, but then they'll blow that much on Sky TV, fags and beer in less than a month.

The difference in quality and enjoyability between a decent inexpensive bike (such as a Giant Boulder or the Kona Lana'i listed elsewhere on here) and a mail order/Hellfrauds/Toys-R-Us bike-shaped-object far exceeds the price difference.

Now that's a helpful posting without too much of the brand snobbery that seems to afflict this kind of post. Thank you.

It would still be interesting to get some feedback on this particular bike from someone who buys it rather than just an expectation of rubbish, but at least now we know what to beware of!
retrogeezer;5151853
Good point....and I actually didn't notice it was from Nov 08 when I saw it earlier.

Duggie, you can explain the reasons they are rubbish until the cows come home but to some people they are cheap and therefore a 'bargain'

Good luck to them I say.


For some reason the thread appeared on page 2 from the homepage and I took it to be recent. Didn't realise how old it was until it was too late. Oops.
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So what was the point of dragging up a six month old thread that had expired to argue the rights and wrongs of these bikes??


Good point....and I actually didn't notice it was from Nov 08 when I saw it earlier.

Duggie, you can explain the reasons they are rubbish until the cows come home but to some people they are cheap and therefore a 'bargain'

Good luck to them I say.
I think the point is that these things are built down to a price, not costed up to a standard. As such it is the cheapest of everything.

This tends to result in a heavy frame with poor geometry and basic (quite low tension) wheels creating a dead ride feel that ends up putting people off riding that particular bike and creates a negative opinion on cycling in general. If it's been mail ordered without trying the bike out it's very likely to be the wrong size.

These effects are then compounded by the fact that the cheapest components have wide tolerances which makes set-up a less precise affair so, again, the buyer thinks bikes are rubbish because the gears chatter, the brakes squeal etc., etc. and that's assuming the thing ever gets set up by a competent person in the first place.

I'll confess to being the sort or person who has a fleet of bikes, the most recent being a carbon fibre road bike at a shade under £3k, because I can and do appreciate the differences. I do, however, recognise that there are people who want a simple workhorse with no need for the best of everything. I hope that some of you can recognise that there are inexpensive bikes and there are cheap bikes.
Inexpensive bikes can very much be viable modes of transport, should last well if maintained and be a pleasure to ride whereas cheap bikes are seldom more than toys dressed up to look like mountain bikes and the ride feel is as described in my second paragraph.

The thing is, the price difference between these is as little as £80. I'd guess some will say that's too much extra, but then they'll blow that much on Sky TV, fags and beer in less than a month.

The difference in quality and enjoyability between a decent inexpensive bike (such as a Giant Boulder or the Kona Lana'i listed elsewhere on here) and a mail order/Hellfrauds/Toys-R-Us bike-shaped-object far exceeds the price difference.
So what was the point of dragging up a six month old thread that had expired to argue the rights and wrongs of these bikes??
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