50% Off Selected Terrain Mountin bikes @ Tesco Direct
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50% Off Selected Terrain Mountin bikes @ Tesco Direct

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Voted cold if they would just produce a full size mountain bike, alloy frame with disc brakes and rigid or front suspension only for under £100, IMO they'd be on to a winner.

These BSO's (Bike Shaped Objects) are really not worth buying at any price, they give such a bad riding experience that can put many people off cycling for life. Better off getting a good used bike.

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Baz8755

These BSO's (Bike Shaped Objects) are really not worth buying at any … These BSO's (Bike Shaped Objects) are really not worth buying at any price, they give such a bad riding experience that can put many people off cycling for life. Better off getting a good used bike.


Agreed, plenty of used bikes available all the time, just make sure you buy it from a reputable source and get proof of purchase. You can also get a used BSO for cheap after the guy that bought it realised it was terrible and upgraded to an old used bike.

Rubbish that these BSOs will put people off cycling. Sometimes there are great bargains to be had from Tesco's BSO. My 1st road bike was from there and yes it was heavy, yes there was a couple of niggles but no it just made my mind up about spending more on a better bike. Sold it for the same price as i bought it for. Can't say that about many things you buy.

The 1st upgrade to make most bikes better is the saddle, then a pair of tyres if not changing the wheels but that can be said of almost any bike at any price range.

A couple of year ago they had one with Shimano Claris gears that alone were worth £120 (RRP for Claris at the time was about £200) a couple of months later that same bike went down to £65. That was a great bargain, even if you bought the BSO just for the gears, it was worth it.

This years offerings: not so great. The Terrain Richmond for £160 is about the same weight as the Halfords Carerra Zelos entry level bikes thats £247 and is most likely exactly the same in every way except paint colour. Not much difference between the Carerra/Tescos BSO and the £172 Tiger Pinnacle from Halfords either.

These bikes are on offer most of the time, they are over priced so they have to reduce them so they sell. Having said that, sometimes they are on a clearance offer which makes them good value. I managed to pick up a bike, for an 8 year old, for £35. Yes it is not the best bike but considering it is going to be thrown down and probably replaced in a year due to growth then it was definitely worth what I paid. Also it will not appeal to thieves so I am not worried about it being taken to the park and being used as a goalpost!

mac9091

Rubbish that these BSOs will put people off cycling. Sometimes there are … Rubbish that these BSOs will put people off cycling. Sometimes there are great bargains to be had from Tesco's BSO. My 1st road bike was from there and yes it was heavy, yes there was a couple of niggles but no it just made my mind up about spending more on a better bike. Sold it for the same price as i bought it for. Can't say that about many things you buy. The 1st upgrade to make most bikes better is the saddle, then a pair of tyres if not changing the wheels but that can be said of almost any bike at any price range.A couple of year ago they had one with Shimano Claris gears that alone were worth £120 (RRP for Claris at the time was about £200) a couple of months later that same bike went down to £65. That was a great bargain, even if you bought the BSO just for the gears, it was worth it.This years offerings: not so great. The Terrain Richmond for £160 is about the same weight as the Halfords Carerra Zelos entry level bikes thats £247 and is most likely exactly the same in every way except paint colour. Not much difference between the Carerra/Tescos BSO and the £172 Tiger Pinnacle from Halfords either.


I'm glad buying a BSO worked out for you.

From experience I was lucky in that I walked into a bicycle store to buy a BSO for myself and my girlfriend knowing fullwell that from experiences as a kid that it would soon kill the interest and they would hardly see the light of day. Luckily they had last years GT Tequesta half price and talked me in to buying it. As soon as I started to ride it I knew this was streets ahead of anything I had ridden as a kid and I caught the cycling bug (3 proper bikes now frequent my shed including that originial Tequesta). My girlfriend on the otherhand (now wife) did get a BSO, which has now been sold due to only doing a few miles and I cannot convince her to take up cycling even with the offer of me buying her a proper bike.

I know for a fact that if I had bought a BSO then I too would probably have never got into cycling I am eternally grateful to that bicycle store for showing me the way

Dj.CUE

These bikes are on offer most of the time, they are over priced so they … These bikes are on offer most of the time, they are over priced so they have to reduce them so they sell. Having said that, sometimes they are on a clearance offer which makes them good value. I managed to pick up a bike, for an 8 year old, for £35. Yes it is not the best bike but considering it is going to be thrown down and probably replaced in a year due to growth then it was definitely worth what I paid. Also it will not appeal to thieves so I am not worried about it being taken to the park and being used as a goalpost!


Totally agree as a cheap don't care about it bike these are probably ideal due to low cost, but to have an enjoyable cycling experience that will make you want to ride frequently even when you have a driving license I feel these will not fit the bill.

Baz8755

I'm glad buying a BSO worked out for you.From experience I was lucky in … I'm glad buying a BSO worked out for you.From experience I was lucky in that I walked into a bicycle store to buy a BSO for myself and my girlfriend knowing fullwell that from experiences as a kid that it would soon kill the interest and they would hardly see the light of day. Luckily they had last years GT Tequesta half price and talked me in to buying it. As soon as I started to ride it I knew this was streets ahead of anything I had ridden as a kid and I caught the cycling bug (3 proper bikes now frequent my shed including that originial Tequesta). My girlfriend on the otherhand (now wife) did get a BSO, which has now been sold due to only doing a few miles and I cannot convince her to take up cycling even with the offer of me buying her a proper bike.I know for a fact that if I had bought a BSO then I too would probably have never got into cycling I am eternally grateful to that bicycle store for showing me the way



I'd say that i was in a similar situation. I took up cycling due to having a broken leg 2 1/2 years ago and being sick of swimming 4 times a week. I now on a Ribble carbon framed self built bike, and looking to getting into crit/road racing, I have completed 3 crits and really enjoy the challenge.

The wife had a Decathlon bike bought 1 year after my BSO and hers has been out of the shed to be ridden a handful of times (more if you count me moving things around in the shed) and has a brand new saddle bought last August thats never been sat on. So expense has no relation to starting cycling as far as my household is concerned.

Cycling clearly isn't for our partners and no expense would change that. For us, well clearly we had other things in mind, as i said for me it was because of the need to find something else to keep my fitness up. Not sure whats yours was but i honestly doubt it was because it wasn't a cheapo BSO.

mac9091

Rubbish that these BSOs will put people off cycling. Sometimes there are … Rubbish that these BSOs will put people off cycling. Sometimes there are great bargains to be had from Tesco's BSO. My 1st road bike was from there and yes it was heavy, yes there was a couple of niggles but no it just made my mind up about spending more on a better bike. Sold it for the same price as i bought it for. Can't say that about many things you buy. The 1st upgrade to make most bikes better is the saddle, then a pair of tyres if not changing the wheels but that can be said of almost any bike at any price range.A couple of year ago they had one with Shimano Claris gears that alone were worth £120 (RRP for Claris at the time was about £200) a couple of months later that same bike went down to £65. That was a great bargain, even if you bought the BSO just for the gears, it was worth it.This years offerings: not so great. The Terrain Richmond for £160 is about the same weight as the Halfords Carerra Zelos entry level bikes thats £247 and is most likely exactly the same in every way except paint colour. Not much difference between the Carerra/Tescos BSO and the £172 Tiger Pinnacle from Halfords either.



I agree generally and purchased a cheap rigid mountain bike new and loved it. I don't agree that the Vertigo Carnaby is/was a BSO that bike was an absolute bargain at £65 and similar bikes sell at £225-250 in regular bike shops even with inferior components. I have to say though that most of these entry level Tesco Terrain bikes would be equivalent to Halford's Apollo range not Carrera. However the key word is 'most' not all. Also Halfords will setup even cheap bikes for the customer and this is very important to customers who can't do this themselves properly especially children's bikes. I'm no brand snob and wouldn't pay stupid money just to get the so called best brand especially with the UK's huge trade deficit that we all have to pay for in debt and interest. Halford's Voodoo range is getting great reviews. Carrera sits in the middle with regard their mountain bike range plus also provides high quality hybrid bikes. Halfords are the largest seller of bikes in the UK and buy their bikes directly from the factories in the far east and have a huge competitive advantage in regards delivering high quality bikes at low prices. Same situation for Decathlon but most bike brands have to create profit margins for themselves, wholesalers and cycle shops and lower turnover adds to costs too. Then they have to spend huge amounts of money sponsoring events and marketing their products to create brand acceptance and desire in their customers to get them to pay top dollar for what is another far eastern bike coming from one of the same factories that Halfords or Decathlon use.

To me a BSO is pretty much a cheap dual suspension bike or any cheap bike with suspension and very low end components that actually prevent the bike being usable. I especially hate unbranded or chinese branded rear derailleurs which seem to cause many problems which even so called good brands like BTwin use on some of their entry level bikes. I would never ignore a Tesco bike because it's sold by Tesco I would check out the components and general package. Someone who avoided the Vertigo Carnaby for £65 with its 16 speed claris groupset, light aluminium frame and double wall rims and then went into a local bike shop to buy a £250 racing bike with tourney gearing, freewheel based rear wheel etc and generally weaker components to my mind is mad. Also Tesco have fantastic customer service in my experience.

Also if possible try to find the true manufacturer. Fuji-ta in China make a lot of bikes for Raleigh, Cannondale and many other brands and are excellent quality with robot welded frames. Other bikes may be coming from Sri Lanka or Bangladesh etc. These aren't bad bike frames but are lower down in the pecking order which I think basically goes Taiwan>Europe/US>Vietnam/China>Sri Lanka/Bangladesh. Someone maybe thinking that China should be higher with companies like Canyon using hand made carbon frames from Giant made in China but its just a general guide. Also if you want a hand made Chinese carbon frame they are available from aliexpress for low prices.

That Terrain Richmond bike is a bit weird assuming the web page is correct. It's a steel frame with aluminium forks. Pretty sure they normal way of doing this is a light aluminium frame with a steel fork to absorb a bit of the road bumps. Components are basic including tourney gearing and a freewheel based rear wheel. For the final price of £140 its good value but certainly not at the original price.

bonzobanana

I agree generally and purchased a cheap rigid mountain bike new and loved … I agree generally and purchased a cheap rigid mountain bike new and loved it. I don't agree that the Vertigo Carnaby is/was a BSO that bike was an absolute bargain at £65 and similar bikes sell at £225-250 in regular bike shops even with inferior components.



Well having owned both the Vertigo Carnaby that came with the Claris gearset ( i recon someone made amistake when building them) and a 2nd hand Carerra Zelos frameset I can directly compare the weights of the components. Quality of build/welding obviously don't know.

The framesets had a 200g weight difference with the carnaby being lighter, which surprised me. The (mis mash) groupsets were a couple of hundred grams different in favour of the Carnaby (most likely the shifters were where the weight was saved). Where the weight was, was in the complete wheels. The Carnaby tyres were about 700g each, inner tubes were 300ish, so thats 1kg just on the tyre and tubes, the rear wheel was about 2kg without cassette (as that was weighed with the groupset) and the front was 1.2kg. So all in almost half the bikes weight in the complete wheels.

I replaced the wheels with a pair of superstar component ones weighing 1556g for the pair (bargain at £100), fitted with conti race 28 inners and Ultra sport tyres. replaced the saddle and IIRC the bike came in at just under 10kg. Granted its still heavy for a road bike but not massively.

As for inferior components: The Carerras at the bottom end of the road bike scale still come with the Tourney groupset. The cheapest from halfords (that i could see) with Claris gears was the £300 Mizani Swift. Yes you may get one on offer from an LBS with Claris gears for less than that but only on offer. Granted you'd be hard pushed to find heavier wheels, but generally the 1st upgrade is to change the tyres so saving 600g there, then a bit extra when you puncture and buy better inners.

The Carnaby was such an amazing deal, no question as good as many bikes costing many times its price but when I said Vertigo or Terrain were at the same level as Apollo at Halfords I didn't mean that bike. Thinking about it there was also the Vertigo Piccadilly which was tourney/freewheel based and would be about the same as entry level road bikes from better brands. I see Decathlon on their entry level road bikes are now using microshift derailleurs which is a budget taiwanese brand that is meant to be pretty good or at least sits between low end generic chinese brand derailleurs and Shimano on overall quality, they do tiered quality ranges which I guess match up as budget options for each Shimano groupset. On the Triban 100 they use tourney gearing and freewheel and a single ratio front chainset and that's £220 so saves on front derailleur and secondary gear shifter and the chainset of course. Quite a few compromises to get to that £220 price point.

Lets face it with the fall in value of sterling its only going to push up prices or stay at current prices with reduced quality of components. I remember buying a Exodus Havoc from sterlinghouse for £29.99 plus £8 postage but with free bike computer. Now that's a cheap new bike.

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Completely disagree. I bought one and the riding experience is amazing. it's dual suspension which makes it so comfortable over dips and rough grounds.

AVINASH_G458

Completely disagree. I bought one and the riding experience is amazing. … Completely disagree. I bought one and the riding experience is amazing. it's dual suspension which makes it so comfortable over dips and rough grounds.



If your happy with the bike then there isn't a problem but historically the cheap dual suspension bikes have been heavy, inefficient as the suspension absorbs a lot of the energy of the rider and not actually capable of reasonable off-road use because of the low quality suspension and weaker freewheel based rear wheel. Long term the suspension tends to play up with seal issues and wears quite quickly. For that reason fixed non-suspension cheap bikes are seen as a better alternative because their simplicity makes them more reliable and efficient. It's only a general view though and doesn't mean all cheap dual suspension bikes aren't fit for purpose. I also think that lighter riders will get away with it on a cheap dual suspension bike where as heavier riders would have a lot of problems but again this is a generalisation.

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