Terrain Matterhorn 26" Unisex Dual Suspension Mountain Bike £67.50 + free standard delivery @ tesco direct - HotUKDeals
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Unisex 26" mountain bike with steel frame
18-speed Shimano TY21 Rear Derailleur gears
Dual suspension for a smooth ride in all terrains

front suspension one available for £65 too

http://www.tesco.com/direct/terrain-nevis-26-mens-front-suspension-mountain-bike/211-5954.prd?
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I'm trying to understand why the bike brigade always pounces on cheap bikes?

I bought a £99 bike a couple of years ago for my son. it's a bike, it works, he rides it, it's still in one piece, and it's still going. I'd call that a bargain. In fact I've only ever bought bikes around that price, and they've all been great.

I know the pros pay hundreds for their bikes, but no need to knock the cheap ones.

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#1
Nice prize . Hot
4 Likes #2
Baz417
Nice prize . Hot

I Agree, where do I enter?
1 Like #3
jat2474
Baz417
Nice prize . Hot

I Agree, where do I enter?
Meant price usual keyboard autocorrect. You agree?
#4
Another BSO? Better not waste your money.
#5
hashimotoyukari
Another BSO? Better not waste your money.

Exactly. Where's the deal? This is a cheapo bike at the same price as any other 20kg lump?
#6
Thanks
30 Likes #7
I'm trying to understand why the bike brigade always pounces on cheap bikes?

I bought a £99 bike a couple of years ago for my son. it's a bike, it works, he rides it, it's still in one piece, and it's still going. I'd call that a bargain. In fact I've only ever bought bikes around that price, and they've all been great.

I know the pros pay hundreds for their bikes, but no need to knock the cheap ones.
2 Likes #8
genieuk2008
I'm trying to understand why the bike brigade always pounces on cheap bikes?

I bought a £99 bike a couple of years ago for my son. it's a bike, it works, he rides it, it's still in one piece, and it's still going. I'd call that a bargain. In fact I've only ever bought bikes around that price, and they've all been great.

I know the pros pay hundreds for their bikes, but no need to knock the cheap ones.
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cheap bikes are hundreds.... good bikes are thousands....


cold.. ideal for a kid I guess, spend more of an adult.
1 Like #9
if its just to commute with , it will do just fine. heat
4 Likes #10
genieuk2008
I'm trying to understand why the bike brigade always pounces on cheap bikes?

I bought a £99 bike a couple of years ago for my son. it's a bike, it works, he rides it, it's still in one piece, and it's still going. I'd call that a bargain. In fact I've only ever bought bikes around that price, and they've all been great.

I know the pros pay hundreds for their bikes, but no need to knock the cheap ones.

Totally agree. Surely its about what you want out of a bike? If you want to put it on a bike rack and kart it off around the country and us it for 100 mile bike rides etc then yes a light one etc would be great, but for a child or an occasional use bike there is a good demand for cheap bikes than be used and treated as such. Each to their own, but heat from me for this
#11
Included in Clubcard Boost so if you need a cheap and cheerful bike and dont know what to spend your Clubcard Vouchers on - now's your chance
#12
The bike itself isn't being knocked - if you just want a cheap heavy bike, then great, but it stands up to being cold because it's not a deal. Pretty standard price for this sort of bike.
#13
good entry into biking i had a 'bso' for a year when I started commuting on it. it was o OK and got me there. used the money I saved to get a 'cheap' hybrid carrea from halfords. that was a few years ago, yes it was noticeably better to ride but still have the 'bso' as a spare
#14
What's a BSO?
2 Likes #15
colin1961

Totally agree. Surely its about what you want out of a bike? If you want to put it on a bike rack and kart it off around the country and us it for 100 mile bike rides etc then yes a light one etc would be great, but for a child or an occasional use bike there is a good demand for cheap bikes than be used and treated as such. Each to their own, but heat from me for this

The problem is the awful components will be stretched, bent and broken after a few months. Bikes like these are a mechanics' worst nightmare, because the customer doesn't want to pay anything as the bike cost 50p, and all the components on it are useless and need replacing often.

If people insist on spending £70 on a bike they should really be buying used, not propping up a market of awful £20 bikes which put generations of kids off cycling; certainly did me.
1 Like #16
A bike shop told me, suspension on a cheap bike is a gimmick - the effort that your pedalling should be putting into propelling the bike forward is wasted compressing the suspension instead. I'm sure if I'd paid more attention in physics that would make more sense, but it seems reasonable?
1 Like #17
BSO= Bicycle Shaped Object
2 Likes #18
moley
good entry into biking i had a 'bso' for a year when I started commuting on it. it was o OK and got me there. used the money I saved to get a 'cheap' hybrid carrea from halfords. that was a few years ago, yes it was noticeably better to ride but still have the 'bso' as a spare

Its not though.. if you want to enjoy it get something a bit better.

My advice..

If your on a budget and just want a "BIKE" - look for a rigid hardtail (ie non suspension front or rear) with a Alu or Chromolly frame with a entry level group set (entry level rather than cheap bike level)

I would say forget cheap disc brakes, hubs and wheels as it all adds weight, V brakes will do the job fine as a entro bike though its tricky to get a frame now with brake bosses and disc mount for upgrading later.... (but you would end up buying something else than upgrading though if you got keen)

I would suggest looking at a alu B'TWIN Rockrider - these tend to be ok for the money of around £200 for fair weather "canal tow path" bike.

each to their own and all



Edited By: RickT on Dec 17, 2014 09:57
#19
RickT
moley
good entry into biking i had a 'bso' for a year when I started commuting on it. it was o OK and got me there. used the money I saved to get a 'cheap' hybrid carrea from halfords. that was a few years ago, yes it was noticeably better to ride but still have the 'bso' as a spare

Its not though.. if you want to enjoy it get something a bit better.

My advice..

If your on a budget and just want a "BIKE" - look for a rigid hardtail (ie non suspension front or rear) with a Alu or Chromolly frame with a entry level group set (entry level rather than cheap bike level)

I would say forget cheap disc brakes, hubs and wheels as it all adds weight, V brakes will do the job fine as a entro bike though its tricky to get a frame now with brake bosses and disc mount for upgrading later.... (but you would end up buying something else than upgrading though if you got keen)

I would suggest looking at a alu B'TWIN Rockrider - these tend to be ok for the money of around £200 for fair weather "canal tow path" bike.

each to their own and all



Can you please share the link where you can get any of those options for £67.50 or slightly over that price? As I don't think you will be able to, I guess this is still a good deal for someone who just wants a bike.
1 Like #20
BenWindaw
A bike shop told me, suspension on a cheap bike is a gimmick - the effort that your pedalling should be putting into propelling the bike forward is wasted compressing the suspension instead. I'm sure if I'd paid more attention in physics that would make more sense, but it seems reasonable?

Absolutely true. On a bike of this level rear suspension is all about the gimmick - in fact, so is the front fork. As far as rear shocks go, no-one who has a clue considers buying a full sus until (new) prices are up above £1,000. It should be noted that the rear sus will *always* soak up some of your pedal power, even on a proper bike. This is why decent suspension has a lock-out setting, for tarmac and going uphill.


Edited By: gbmcginty on Dec 17, 2014 10:31
#21
DjudjangoKid
RickT
moley
good entry into biking i had a 'bso' for a year when I started commuting on it. it was o OK and got me there. used the money I saved to get a 'cheap' hybrid carrea from halfords. that was a few years ago, yes it was noticeably better to ride but still have the 'bso' as a spare

Its not though.. if you want to enjoy it get something a bit better.

My advice..

If your on a budget and just want a "BIKE" - look for a rigid hardtail (ie non suspension front or rear) with a Alu or Chromolly frame with a entry level group set (entry level rather than cheap bike level)

I would say forget cheap disc brakes, hubs and wheels as it all adds weight, V brakes will do the job fine as a entro bike though its tricky to get a frame now with brake bosses and disc mount for upgrading later.... (but you would end up buying something else than upgrading though if you got keen)

I would suggest looking at a alu B'TWIN Rockrider - these tend to be ok for the money of around £200 for fair weather "canal tow path" bike.

each to their own and all



Can you please share the link where you can get any of those options for £67.50 or slightly over that price? As I don't think you will be able to, I guess this is still a good deal for someone who just wants a bike.

Its a bike, that's it, you won't find cheaper, although you can sometimes get a steel/cromo 1980s/90s bike on Ebay for about £30-40 which will need some TLC.

The issue is, will this £67.50 bike serve a purpose? Is it safe, will it be reliable, will it be fun, will it last - and I think the answer is no. So in my eyes it is a waste of £67.50.

I had some fun on my £30 1980s ridged Saracen, sold it on for more, making 5 profit.
#22
DjudjangoKid
RickT
moley
good entry into biking i had a 'bso' for a year when I started commuting on it. it was o OK and got me there. used the money I saved to get a 'cheap' hybrid carrea from halfords. that was a few years ago, yes it was noticeably better to ride but still have the 'bso' as a spare

Its not though.. if you want to enjoy it get something a bit better.

My advice..

If your on a budget and just want a "BIKE" - look for a rigid hardtail (ie non suspension front or rear) with a Alu or Chromolly frame with a entry level group set (entry level rather than cheap bike level)

I would say forget cheap disc brakes, hubs and wheels as it all adds weight, V brakes will do the job fine as a entro bike though its tricky to get a frame now with brake bosses and disc mount for upgrading later.... (but you would end up buying something else than upgrading though if you got keen)

I would suggest looking at a alu B'TWIN Rockrider - these tend to be ok for the money of around £200 for fair weather "canal tow path" bike.

each to their own and all



Can you please share the link where you can get any of those options for £67.50 or slightly over that price? As I don't think you will be able to, I guess this is still a good deal for someone who just wants a bike.

Thats correct and the point, you cant buy a social entry level basic bike for that price. Its making people aware what they are buying. - fact is, it is what it is.. a cheap BSO. -

Adding so called suspension to these bikes just adds weight. im all for people getting out on bikes etc and its good there are options for people to do so, but just be aware at 37lb its a heavy one! - ideal for kids and one of use.
1 Like #23
Hot.The bike is utter crap but nobody is going to ride it anyway, that kind of bikes is usually bought to sit in the garage. It helps to reduce the guilt once heading for another pack of crisps.

Edited By: 7777777 on Dec 17, 2014 10:35
#24
RickT
moley
good entry into biking i had a 'bso' for a year when I started commuting on it. it was o OK and got me there. used the money I saved to get a 'cheap' hybrid carrea from halfords. that was a few years ago, yes it was noticeably better to ride but still have the 'bso' as a spare

Its not though.. if you want to enjoy it get something a bit better.

My advice..

If your on a budget and just want a "BIKE" - look for a rigid hardtail (ie non suspension front or rear) with a Alu or Chromolly frame with a entry level group set (entry level rather than cheap bike level)

I would say forget cheap disc brakes, hubs and wheels as it all adds weight, V brakes will do the job fine as a entro bike though its tricky to get a frame now with brake bosses and disc mount for upgrading later.... (but you would end up buying something else than upgrading though if you got keen)

I would suggest looking at a alu B'TWIN Rockrider - these tend to be ok for the money of around £200 for fair weather "canal tow path" bike.

each to their own and all

RickT
[quote=moley]good entry into biking i had a 'bso' for a year when I started commuting on it. it was o OK and got me there. used the money I saved to get a 'cheap' hybrid carrea from halfords. that was a few years ago, yes it was noticeably better to ride but still have the 'bso' as a spare

Its not though.. if you want to enjoy it get something a bit better.

My advice..

If your on a budget and just want a "BIKE" - look for a rigid hardtail (ie non suspension front or rear) with a Alu or Chromolly frame with a entry level group set (entry level rather than cheap bike level)

I would say forget cheap disc brakes, hubs and wheels as it all adds weight, V brakes will do the job fine as a entro bike though its tricky to get a frame now with brake bosses and disc mount for upgrading later.... (but you would end up buying something else than upgrading though if you got keen)

I would suggest looking at a alu B'TWIN Rockrider - these tend to be ok for the money of around £200 for fair weather "canal tow path" bike.

each to their own and all


good advice
1 Like #25
I bought this bike back in 2013 - for £15 (Tesco direct) - it is not worth £67.50 (sorry - but that is my opinion)
#26
I paid £30 for a moutain bike from woolworths closing down sale in 2008, absolute bargain and still going strong. More recently i purchased a bike for £299 from argos and it was terrible, bearings collapsed in wheel, bolts atripped when tigtening. it teached me that you dont always get what you pay for, sometimes you are just paying a companies overheads or filling there bank acount quicker. some of these moutain bikes are being imported for less than £20 each.
#27
avoid!! heavy bad components. Just buy a cheap rigid.
#28
colin1961
genieuk2008
I'm trying to understand why the bike brigade always pounces on cheap bikes?

I bought a £99 bike a couple of years ago for my son. it's a bike, it works, he rides it, it's still in one piece, and it's still going. I'd call that a bargain. In fact I've only ever bought bikes around that price, and they've all been great.

I know the pros pay hundreds for their bikes, but no need to knock the cheap ones.

Totally agree. Surely its about what you want out of a bike? If you want to put it on a bike rack and kart it off around the country and us it for 100 mile bike rides etc then yes a light one etc would be great, but for a child or an occasional use bike there is a good demand for cheap bikes than be used and treated as such. Each to their own, but heat from me for this


Not cheap at all. basically it is a pile of metal. absolute rubbish.
#29
genieuk2008
I'm trying to understand why the bike brigade always pounces on cheap bikes?

I bought a £99 bike a couple of years ago for my son. it's a bike, it works, he rides it, it's still in one piece, and it's still going. I'd call that a bargain. In fact I've only ever bought bikes around that price, and they've all been great.

I know the pros pay hundreds for their bikes, but no need to knock the cheap ones.

The simple answer is your £99 would be better spent on a half decent second hand bike off eBay than these generic pieces of junk. With that coil spring on the back it must be like riding a space hopper:)

BTW Pros don't pay for their bikes. Their sponsors supply them for free.
#30
Good lord, thats not a bike its an accident waiting to happen, plastic gear leavers, cheap brake blocks, low quaility hubs - all defects on a bike that you dont want.

I'm sure several posters can say 'well mine was fine' but a quick google shows you plenty more anecdotal evidence they are made of cheese and likely to to be badly built from poor quality parts.

If you want a cheap bike and are employed, enquire about the Cycle2Work scheme through your employer where a nice quality bike will be yours for 20-40% off RRP (depending on your tax code).

If you dont have access to Cycle2Work then save your money and buy a better bike when you can, this is just a false economy.

Cold, no deal, just cheese.
#31
The bike Nazis are back out in force.

For loads of parents whose kids want a bike for Christmas... but for whom the parents are short of cash... this kind of bike is Santa sent. It is also great for kids who are shooting up in height every month and who might well outgrow it in a year or so.

Jeesh, have some empathy folks.
#32
tawse57
The bike Nazis are back out in force.

For loads of parents whose kids want a bike for Christmas... but for whom the parents are short of cash... this kind of bike is Santa sent. It is also great for kids who are shooting up in height every month and who might well outgrow it in a year or so.

Jeesh, have some empathy folks.


Nothing to do with Nazi style, just common sense.
If you love your kids do not buy them that kind of crap.

It's like buying them a tablet with Kitkat 4.4.4 and 256mb ram - looks like a tablet but any attempt to use it make you angry and very frustrated. Looks good on the shelf, though, almost like an ipad or other decent stuff..
....btw, if you did buy it however, do not ask your son/daughter about the riding experience on the very first day , let them 'enjoy' a few days then get some feedback :) .

I like these reviews :

by vegas6724

''on first impression i was impressed.it looked the part.first time i rode it the gear changes were a bit stiff and sluggish and the brakes squeaked,but i put this down to teething problems.within a week the brake pads had worn down and the twist grip gear change broke.after 2 weeks the rear cogs broke and slipped only 3 work now.the handlebars came loose know this is a mountain bike but i did not use it for all terrain just general riding around, no rough stuff or jumps i don't think it would have lasted a weekend.it wouldn't be up for a teenager putting it through the paces. i wouldn't say you get what you pay for even covers it because although it was cheap i didn't expect it to fall apart so fast
''
by anonymous

''At first I was impressed, seemed fine, but after a couple of weeks things started failing. Firstly the Gears kept slipping and I have to keep adjusting them every couple of days. The hand-grips slowly worked their way off the handlebars and were a pain to get back on, they have slipped of 3 times so far, Also it is too easy to accidentally change gears due to the poor design of the gear change grips. . One of the pedals broke, but to be fair Tesco did give me a £20 refund and I then went and bought a metal pair. The brakes squeak like mad, drives me nuts and scares the living daylights out of pedestrians when I come up behind them, which does away with the need for a bell and that's a shame as the bell is the only thing on the bike that actually works like it should.
having said all that it does get me to and from my destination, but with limited gears available. My advice is to save a bit more and go buy a better bike with a decent name behind it.''



NEEDLESSS to say , the good reviews start usually with ' I bought it for my son/daughter ....''

Edited By: 7777777 on Dec 17, 2014 12:18: a
#33
I fell into the trap of buying a cheap bike, it was a Reebok bike but clearly just rebranded rubbish. The seat would never stay still so riding was not at all fun as I had to keep on stopping to tighten the seat but then it eventually would just tilt again, tried new bolts and glue to keep it in place but no joy. The gears were temperamental they would work about 70% of the time and to be fair it didn't ever throw the chain off. I don't want to spend thousands on a bike but I have found a few entry level bikes from the main players with decent reviews at around £200-£250 and I will probably go for one of them, hoping the jan sales offer some of last years bikes for cheap. I know its like saying buy a ps4 for £300 when the deal is for a ps2 at £20 but if going for a brand new cheap bike then go for one with less components dual suspension is really a non starter for a recreational bike.
1 Like #34
Perfect to leave at the train station... maybe with the tag price displaying!!
..lost the account of bikes stolen.. some with a chain and padlock very well up the price of this one!!
nowadays I use a second hand I rescued from a skip!!
#35
tawse57
The bike Nazis are back out in force.

For loads of parents whose kids want a bike for Christmas... but for whom the parents are short of cash... this kind of bike is Santa sent. It is also great for kids who are shooting up in height every month and who might well outgrow it in a year or so.

Jeesh, have some empathy folks.

Then those unfortunate kids will have a crap bike and that's a shame. But this is Not a Hot Deal, it's tat at an inflated price.
2 Likes #36
I cycle a lot, probably more than most people drive, but i can't stand the term 'BSO'.

They may not be the nicest to look at, may not be the lightest, may not have the slickest gear changes, etc etc but if you need something to get you 3 miles to work and leave it outside in all weathers then what is wrong with this? It is not going to fall apart as you are cycling down the street.

But the people who bang on about there being no benefit in expensive bikes are just as bad.

if you want a cheap bike, buy a cheap bike, if you want an expensive one, buy an expensive one. why do bike threads have to polarise everyone?
banned 1 Like #37
Baz417
jat2474
Baz417
Nice prize . Hot

I Agree, where do I enter?
Meant price usual keyboard autocorrect. You agree?
The inventor of predictive text has died...his funfair will be hello on sundial
#38
tawse57
The bike Nazis are back out in force.

For loads of parents whose kids want a bike for Christmas... but for whom the parents are short of cash... this kind of bike is Santa sent. It is also great for kids who are shooting up in height every month and who might well outgrow it in a year or so.

Jeesh, have some empathy folks.

Godwin's law didn't take long here
#39
chrisbass


Godwin's law didn't take long here


Yes, and Hugo Boss even make 'Cyclist BM' shorts.
#40
Why are so many comments talking about kids bikes? This is a 26inch bike, so for teens-adults who should be old enough to decide if this bike is what they are after

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