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I have seen a lot of bike deals on this site before which consist of bad components and a heavy steel frame. Here is a cheap bike with a nice aluminium frame and half decent components.

Muddyfox Spark Tech Spec

> Lightweight Alloy Hardtail Frame
> Zoom Front Suspension Forks - 50mm Travel
> 21 Speed Shimano Acera Gears with Revoshift shifters
> Front and Rear Promax Alloy V-Brakes
> 26 Inch Alloy Wheels, Front Quick Release
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#1
Looks like a good price.

This company is run by sportsdirect.com
#2
A fine basic bike. Not worth £400 ever, but better than a supermarket and still fairly cheap.

I would treat it more as a hybrid bike than a mountain bike, though. Fine for to and from work, and canal towpaths etc.
#3
Ordered - looks a complete bargain! Hope me legs are long enough :)
#4
Seems like a good deal but maybe those in the "know" can say more? Aluminium frame is good isn't it and the other branded parts seem good too?
banned#5
Looks like a good deal!
banned#6
As already stated, it should be viewed more as a hybrid bike with only 50mm travel forks....the branded parts are the bottom of the budgets range, but branded never the less. Not really any good for mountain biking disciplines, but fine and good value for canal paths, bridle ways and the more level footpaths.

Hot from me at this price as I think the RRP on a bike like this world usually be about £159-189ish.

Edited By: slamdunkin on Oct 07, 2010 10:31: .
1 Like #7
Looks like a pile of poo to me.

The Acera gears are good for the price but everything else is terrible. Go onto ebay and find a few second hand bikes in your area, post them on bike magic or bike radar and ask people what they think and how much each is worth, you'll get something decent for £120.

I bought an old KHS hardtail for £100 that had Rockshox forks, Mid range shimano running gear and Mavic Rims. A great investment that will outlast this type of rubbish.
#8
I'm missing the point of this bike. If you rode it like a mountain bike, off-road or down hill then you would be walking home with broken pieces of bike in your hands. If you want to use this for going on tow paths, National cycle routes and sometimes the road then why wouldn't you buy something more suited to the task like a hybrid?

It is basically the worst of all words. If you are looking to purchase a bike you will never ride with the intention of building your fitness, this will look amazing in your shed and goes perfectly with a rarely used gym membership, bread maker and espresso machine.


Edited By: lawrenzini on Oct 07, 2010 10:32: a
#9
lawrenzini
I'm missing the point of this bike. If you rode it like a mountain bike, off-road or down hill then you would be walking home with broken pieces of bike in your hands. If you want to use this for going on tow paths, National cycle routes and sometimes the road then why wouldn't you buy something more suited to the task like a hybrid?It is basically the worst of all words. If you are looking to purchase a bike you will never ride with the intention of building your fitness, this will look amazing in your shed and goes perfectly with a rarely used gym membership, bread maker and espresso machine.
Very harsh words for what is quite a nice budget bike, and much better than what you could pick up in Halfords for the same price. great for general use, keep fit, commuting, and occasional light off road use, just what an average family would use it for.
banned 2 Likes #10
[quote=lawrenzini If you are looking to purchase a bike you will never ride with the intention of building your fitness, this will look amazing in your shed and goes perfectly with a rarely used gym membership, bread maker and espresso machine. [/quote]
What utter tosh, it's absolutely fine for a lad to do a paper round on, or ride to school or for an adult on a limited budget to use on family rides.
#11
where does this say its Aluminium?
just says Alloy on the website... and that could be Steel anyway!

wouldnt touch this thing myself but at the price, doesnt seem too bad
#12
Nothing like the "bike snobs" to get a few feathers ruffled.:p

Looks a decent bike to my untrained eye.
#13
j_keith07
where does this say its Aluminium? just says Alloy on the website... and that could be Steel anyway!wouldnt touch this thing myself but at the price, doesnt seem too bad

The word Alloy is now used as a corruption of ally (aluminium). From the Muddy Fox (or MFX! as they seem to be rebranding) web site the welds on the tubes certainly look aluminium. This is a really good bike for the money, especially compared with a full suspension supermarket monster. As a former club racing cyclist I'd have no qualms in riding this to the shops or with the kids.
2 Likes #14
Golaboots888
Looks like a pile of poo to me..

Can I take it you're one of those that drool over thousand pound bikes as a "great deal" ?
Look - 98% of us only use a bike to get to work or keep fit - we don't want polycarbon whatsists and bells and whistles and a "name"
This looks an excellent deal.
You keep the £10,000 bike for £6,500 and I'll have this.
#17
What only two bike nazis in the replies I'm dissappointed

I'm still riding my Asda £69 bike that I bought (despite your advice that it would fall apart) two years ago. I think Asda sell great bikes and so do Muddy Fox
3 Likes #18
Golaboots888
Looks like a pile of poo to me.The Acera gears are good for the price but everything else is terrible. Go onto ebay and find a few second hand bikes in your area, post them on bike magic or bike radar and ask people what they think and how much each is worth, you'll get something decent for £120.I bought an old KHS hardtail for £100 that had Rockshox forks, Mid range shimano running gear and Mavic Rims. A great investment that will outlast this type of rubbish.

Oh please!!!!!!!!!!!!

Of course it's not the best bike out there but it is a decent starter bike at a value price, therefore a hot deal.

You'll spend this much fixing up a second hand bike.

Crawl back under your pile of Lycra and leave real people alone. This is what happens when a hobby becomes an obsession.
#19
kid992
What only two bike nazis in the replies I'm dissappointed

I'm still riding my Asda £69 bike that I bought (despite your advice that it would fall apart) two years ago. I think Asda sell great bikes and so do Muddy Fox


At £69 you can't really go wrong. At £125 you can, particularly considering you can buy a decent bike new for £200 or a really quite good bike second hand for £125. Bike isn't that bad. I just don't see the point in pseudo mountain bikes. They also slightly bug me because they encourage el retardo from the local council to gravel cycle paths.


Edited By: lawrenzini on Oct 07, 2010 11:45: .
#20
Owch
j_keith07
where does this say its Aluminium? just says Alloy on the website... and that could be Steel anyway!wouldnt touch this thing myself but at the price, doesnt seem too bad


The word Alloy is now used as a corruption of ally (aluminium). From the Muddy Fox (or MFX! as they seem to be rebranding) web site the welds on the tubes certainly look aluminium. This is a really good bike for the money, especially compared with a full suspension supermarket monster. As a former club racing cyclist I'd have no qualms in riding this to the shops or with the kids.


That'll explain it then - never was good at spotting different welds :-S
I still dont think they should say alloy when they mean aluminium, as aluminium is not an alloy.
Sounds like they're trying to cover something up...

I've obviously not kept up to date with the changing lingo - i wouldnt buy it unless it said Aluminium or Carbon Fibre and was under 10kilos :-D
#21
Not a bad alloy hardtail bike, especially with Acera gears. But why are some of the tubes bent? Doesn't make sense, its got to make them weaker
#22
PhilK2 people like this
Golaboots888
Looks like a pile of poo to me..

Can I take it you're one of those that drool over thousand pound bikes as a "great deal" ?
Look - 98% of us only use a bike to get to work or keep fit - we don't want polycarbon whatsists and bells and whistles and a "name"
This looks an excellent deal.
You keep the £10,000 bike for £6,500 and I'll have this.


Did you not see my advice on how to get a better bike for less?
#23
Besford
Golaboots888
Looks like a pile of poo to me.The Acera gears are good for the price but everything else is terrible. Go onto ebay and find a few second hand bikes in your area, post them on bike magic or bike radar and ask people what they think and how much each is worth, you'll get something decent for £120.I bought an old KHS hardtail for £100 that had Rockshox forks, Mid range shimano running gear and Mavic Rims. A great investment that will outlast this type of rubbish.


Oh please!!!!!!!!!!!!

Of course it's not the best bike out there but it is a decent starter bike at a value price, therefore a hot deal.

You'll spend this much fixing up a second hand bike.

Crawl back under your pile of Lycra and leave real people alone. This is what happens when a hobby becomes an obsession.


If you read all of my post you would see that I was trying to help people get something better than this for less, I thought that was the idea of this site.
#24
Golaboots888
Besford
Golaboots888
Looks like a pile of poo to me.The Acera gears are good for the price but everything else is terrible. Go onto ebay and find a few second hand bikes in your area, post them on bike magic or bike radar and ask people what they think and how much each is worth, you'll get something decent for £120.I bought an old KHS hardtail for £100 that had Rockshox forks, Mid range shimano running gear and Mavic Rims. A great investment that will outlast this type of rubbish.


Oh please!!!!!!!!!!!!

Of course it's not the best bike out there but it is a decent starter bike at a value price, therefore a hot deal.

You'll spend this much fixing up a second hand bike.

Crawl back under your pile of Lycra and leave real people alone. This is what happens when a hobby becomes an obsession.


If you read all of my post you would see that I was trying to help people get something better than this for less, I thought that was the idea of this site.


I agree, you gave sound advice. I think people are too sensitive on this site and reject others opinions without even reading properly, then they don't even give any constructive comments.

£125 seems good if it really is an aluminium frame, however don't expect the components to be any good. This is still a budget bike at the end of the day, don't get fooled by the ridiculous RRP.
banned#25
It was his comments about it looking like "a pile of poo" and "this type of rubbish" that made him look like an idiot. This is a good buy at this price and alot better than many of the £200 pound bikes on the market.
#26
crofter
Nothing like the "bike snobs" to get a few feathers ruffled.:pLooks a decent bike to my untrained eye.


Hehe, almost as bas as the holier than though, car hating cyclist brigade.
1 Like #27
I still dont think they should say alloy when they mean aluminium, as aluminium is not an alloy

But the frame wont be made of pure aluminium, that would be too soft , it will be an aluminium alloy!
#28
slamdunkin
It was his comments about it looking like "a pile of poo" and "this type of rubbish" that made him look like an idiot.


Sorry, but this bike is fugly!

Seems like he made a pretty reasonable comment, and I would suggest doing the same thing. You're better off buying a better quality second hand bike as long as its in good condition.
1 Like #29
Right. For all those who cry 'Bike snob' when someone recommends that they keep their cash rather than waste it on scrap metal, this deal represents the sort of thing you could buy and actually get some enjoyment from. You could even say it's value for money (which I though was the point of this forum).

The £400 rrp is hilarious, £200 is about its money.

At 50mm travel and probably of basic construction, the fork is probably more fashion than function but it won't be enormously detrimental to the ride.
Somone wanting a mountain bike for trailriding etc should look elsewhere and reconsider the suitability of their budget.

When you consider the tripe sold in the supermakets for similar money to this, this represents an excellent buy for someone who wants inexpensive transport.

Acera is one of Shimano's most basic groups, however it works and works reliably.

Have some heat...
#30
therealche
I still dont think they should say alloy when they mean aluminium, as aluminium is not an alloy


But the frame wont be made of pure aluminium, that would be too soft , it will be an aluminium alloy!


So why does it simply say 'alloy' and not Aluminium Alloy?
Else it could be anything - anyone want a bike with a Brass frame?
Alloy simply means a blend of more than one metal, why does this description not mention any of the metals used?

lets see some real bikes from three manufacturers (lower end - although clearly not in this price range)
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/specialized/hardrock-disc-2010-mountain-bike-ec019400
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/fuji/nevada-10-2010-mountain-bike-ec022186
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/trek/3900-disc-2010-mountain-bike-ec019681

Note that none of them describe their frame as 'alloy' because that means nothing!
#31
this bike is pants, nobody has paid £400 for this pile of rubbish! the forks are pants the frme is pants the gears well............... Pants! this is the kid of bike that sounds like an old bag of bolts after 6 months. hope you lot keep your reciepts.
lol @ this bike ;-0
1 Like #32
j_keith07
slamdunkin
It was his comments about it looking like "a pile of poo" and "this type of rubbish" that made him look like an idiot.


Sorry, but this bike is fugly!

Seems like he made a pretty reasonable comment, and I would suggest doing the same thing. You're better off buying a better quality second hand bike as long as its in good condition.


True, but the kind of buyer in this price bracket is not usually confident when it comes to inspecting S/H bikes for crash damage or signs of theft.

They may also appreciate a warranty and somewhere to return it should they have troubles.
#33
PhilK2 people like this
Golaboots888
Looks like a pile of poo to me..

Can I take it you're one of those that drool over thousand pound bikes as a "great deal" ?


The bike he described is either ancient or nicked, so I doubt it...
#34
So why does it simply say 'alloy' and not Aluminium Alloy?Else it could be anything - anyone want a bike with a Brass frame?Alloy simply means a blend of more than one metal, why does this description not mention any of the metals used?lets see some real bikes from three manufacturers (lower end - although clearly not in this price range)http://www.evanscycles.com/products/specialized/hardrock-disc-2010-mountain-bike-ec019400http://www.evanscycles.com/products/fuji/nevada-10-2010-mountain-bike-ec022186http://www.evanscycles.com/products/trek/3900-disc-2010-mountain-bike-ec019681Note that none of them describe their frame as 'alloy' because that means nothing![/quote]
And they use equally meaningless descriptions

Specialized A1 Premium Aluminium ....any ideas what this is, could be pure aluminium and the first time you get on the bike it bends in half.
As a previous poster said Alloy is now commonly used to describe Aluminium alloys, just as you use aluminium to describe aluminium alloys... both equally wrong but thats the way language is used
#35
got this bike from argos about a year back for £90..
#36
Sadly these bikes are made by universal cycles, There will be problems in about 6 months with the bottom bracket bearings and the wheel hubs etc etc etc, more a catalogue bike which is a shame as they were a good company before universal got there teeth in.
#37
Duggie_22
PhilK2 people like this
Golaboots888
Looks like a pile of poo to me..

Can I take it you're one of those that drool over thousand pound bikes as a "great deal" ?


The bike he described is either ancient or nicked, so I doubt it...


It is an old one, from the late 90's.
#38
therealche

And they use equally meaningless descriptions

Specialized A1 Premium Aluminium ....any ideas what this is, could be pure aluminium and the first time you get on the bike it bends in half.
As a previous poster said Alloy is now commonly used to describe Aluminium alloys, just as you use aluminium to describe aluminium alloys... both equally wrong but thats the way language is used


Fair enough - although I think using 'Aluminium' is more descriptive than 'Alloy' as it at least lists one of the metals used - tbh, i'm into road bikes so i'm not worried about accidentally picking up a Steel frame cause no-one makes those anymore...

I'll concede the Specialized and Fuji bikes i mentioned, but at least Trek comes through for me, they specify it as 6000 series Aluminium on their site which is an alloy with silicon and magnesium and is a recognisable standard - quite surprised the other two didnt have more info on their site, decent manufacturers tend to brag about the technology they put into their bikes.
e.g. I have one from this lot, and they have a whole heap of techno-babble on their site: http://www.colnago.com/technology
#39
Hot!
I have an expensive bike so you could say I'm somewhat of a bike snob.
That said I think this deal is hot and I reckon you could easily take this bike out for a blast around your nearest trail center. Good find!
#40
[quote=Besford3 people like this]Oh please!!!!!!!!!!!! Of course it's not the best bike out there but it is a decent starter bike at a value price, therefore a hot deal.You'll spend this much fixing up a second hand bike.Crawl back under your pile of Lycra and leave real people alone. This is what happens when a hobby becomes an obsession.[/quote]


Never trust the words of a man that shaves his legs- thats what happens when a hobby becomes an obsession.

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