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Activ by Raleigh Flyte II Men's Rigid Mountain Bike - Black, 21 Inch £83.99 from Amazon
Activ by Raleigh Flyte II Men's Rigid Mountain Bike - Black, 21 Inch £83.99 from Amazon

Activ by Raleigh Flyte II Men's Rigid Mountain Bike - Black, 21 Inch £83.99 from Amazon

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Product Features
Steel mens mountain bike 21" frame
Steel rigid mountain bike style forks
Shimano 18speed gears
Twist grip style gear shifters
Alloy rim wheels
V style brakes
Suitable for leg size 73.5-86cm
Raleigh designed

Just got this delivered yesterday Its really really good for the price, I know everyone on here was telling me to spend around £300 but I think for someone who is only going to use it a few times in the summer or for teenagers this is great, Was easy to build up and the size is perfect for a 6ft 11st male!

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Apparently, it was £59 before... gonna hang on a bit as don't need one right now. Good spot though.

ShaunnyBwoy

Apparently, it was £59 before... gonna hang on a bit as don't need one … Apparently, it was £59 before... gonna hang on a bit as don't need one right now. Good spot though.


I'd echo that.

Original Poster

ShaunnyBwoy

Apparently, it was £59 before... gonna hang on a bit as don't need one … Apparently, it was £59 before... gonna hang on a bit as don't need one right now. Good spot though.



Wow, if it gets that low then it would be a steal!!! Going for my first ride on it in a bit! Will let you's know how it gets on!

well you picked a nice day for a first ride
did you survive it?

and remember guys they done that study on the gadget show where it showed a £80 quid bike against a £2000 pound bike, and the same guy rode both and his time was quicker on the £80 bike as the cheap bike was heavier. the expensive ones are only really better for the serious riders, for all the rest of us it does not make a bit of difference

Aeschylus

and remember guys they done that study on the gadget show where it showed … and remember guys they done that study on the gadget show where it showed a £80 quid bike against a £2000 pound bike, and the same guy rode both and his time was quicker on the £80 bike as the cheap bike was heavier. the expensive ones are only really better for the serious riders, for all the rest of us it does not make a bit of difference



That's quite a sweeping statement there. A lot of it comes down to the components used and the brand as some cheap brands have poor build quality. Also it really does depend on what you wish to use the bike for. If you're just riding on the road, stay well away from mountain bikes, and if you want to go offroad do not buy a cheap mountain bike, they are simply not up to the task.

There are far too many people out there riding steel framed bikes from Tesco with dual suspension. If they think it's fun to put half your effort into the springs and lug a big hunk of steel up a hill then they have a bargain.

As for the bike in question, I guess at least it has rigid forks.

Edited by: "sotomonkey" 19th Mar 2011

Aeschylus

and remember guys they done that study on the gadget show where it showed … and remember guys they done that study on the gadget show where it showed a £80 quid bike against a £2000 pound bike, and the same guy rode both and his time was quicker on the £80 bike as the cheap bike was heavier. the expensive ones are only really better for the serious riders, for all the rest of us it does not make a bit of difference



The Gadget Show is so full of wrong

Second hand is a good way to go - just don't get that full sus!

And for your price, don't bother with front sus either, or disc brakes.



+1 on the gadget show, **** comparison...
Edited by: "MrHot" 19th Mar 2011

cheere

duhprest

How does this bike compare to some on gumtree for about £40-£60?e.g: h … How does this bike compare to some on gumtree for about £40-£60?e.g: http://www.gumtree.com/london/88/76138988.html[url=http://www.gumtree.com/london/34/76201134.html]http://www.gumtree.com/london/34/76201134.html[/url]Looking to buy a cheap but comfortable bike..



Do not buy number 2 (the ralaigh), it's very bad indeed. Number one has an aluminum frame which is good. However, you really need to buy a bike that fits you. Number One bike on your list has a 19" frame, How tall are you? You need to take your inside leg measurement and calculate what is the correct frame size for you. As a general rule though, if you're 5foot 8 an 18" frame is probably ideal, if you're a little taller then the bike you quoted may be perfect.

Put an offer in for about £40 though and see what he says. Be aware you may have to do some work on it.

Edited by: "sotomonkey" 19th Mar 2011

weirdwilli

The Gadget Show is so full of wrong




On no no they are really serious and deadly scientific in the way they conduct all their experiments and tests (LOL not really at all)

Just noticed that the RockRider from Decathlon is £99 at the moment. Okay they're both very basic bikes but I'd rather go with a brand like Decathlon than the one in this deal.
decathlon.co.uk/EN/…62/

duhprest

How does this bike compare to some on gumtree for about £40-£60?e.g: h … How does this bike compare to some on gumtree for about £40-£60?e.g: http://www.gumtree.com/london/88/76138988.htmlhttp://www.gumtree.com/london/34/76201134.html



The guy selling that first bike has half a dozen others listed on gumtree at the moment, which is usually a sign that they're nicked.

verybigchris

The guy selling that first bike has half a dozen others listed on gumtree … The guy selling that first bike has half a dozen others listed on gumtree at the moment, which is usually a sign that they're nicked.



not familiar with gumtree - how do you view seller's other items? do you have to have an account?

Lol the Gadget show does talk utter crap. It's always the cheapest product that wins against the others.

I got it for £62.80 few months ago.

The gadget show does talk some s***e, how is a cheaper heavier bike with poor quality components going to be better?

Aeschylus

and remember guys they done that study on the gadget show where it showed … and remember guys they done that study on the gadget show where it showed a £80 quid bike against a £2000 pound bike, and the same guy rode both and his time was quicker on the £80 bike as the cheap bike was heavier. the expensive ones are only really better for the serious riders, for all the rest of us it does not make a bit of difference


Original Poster

Smiff

well you picked a nice day for a first ride :)did you survive it?



NOT GOOD! NOT GOOD! After riding it for 20 minutes the left pedal came off! It wont screw back on now! Been looking on amazon for the returns and its ridiculous, they dont pick up on the weekend, in a bit of a pickle now I am unless I can get it fixed! Was working fine beforehand too!

lefthand threaded you need to screw it the otherway

or you need somebody lefthanded to put it back on

Original Poster

beolight

lefthand threaded you need to screw it the otherway or you need somebody … lefthand threaded you need to screw it the otherway or you need somebody lefthanded to put it back on



Ive been screwing it on the right way, it has a little picture to show which way it should be!!! Just not going on at all!

well pedals are pretty cheap, you can probably get resin ones for a fiver from somewhere like chainreaction

but if its the crank threads that are buggered, sent it back, that's major.

new bikes really have to be checked over by someone experienced, torques are crucial with bikes (too little and things come undone and get damaged, too much and... parts get damaged).
this is true of both cheap and expensive parts. not like cars where you can normally just "turn it till it's good and tight".


Edited by: "Smiff" 20th Mar 2011

Aeschylus

and remember guys they done that study on the gadget show where it showed … and remember guys they done that study on the gadget show where it showed a £80 quid bike against a £2000 pound bike, and the same guy rode both and his time was quicker on the £80 bike as the cheap bike was heavier. the expensive ones are only really better for the serious riders, for all the rest of us it does not make a bit of difference



With use, you have to adjust the gears and breaks more often on cheaper bikes.

working on cheap stuff is unbelievably annoying (to me anyway)
working on nice parts is a pleasure. (ooh err)

it really depends how much you ride..
i checked.. you can indeed get pedals for 5.99 delivered from CRC.

chrisredmayne

NOT GOOD! NOT GOOD! After riding it for 20 minutes the left pedal came … NOT GOOD! NOT GOOD! After riding it for 20 minutes the left pedal came off! It wont screw back on now! Been looking on amazon for the returns and its ridiculous, they dont pick up on the weekend, in a bit of a pickle now I am unless I can get it fixed! Was working fine beforehand too!



And people wonder why I have a problem with mail order bikes...

Presumably to get it in the box, amazon didn't fit the pedals so they may legitimately refuse the return as you have done the damage.

The pedal axle is normally harder than the crank arm so you'll need a new LH crank for it.

Original Poster

Duggie_22

And people wonder why I have a problem with mail order bikes...Presumably … And people wonder why I have a problem with mail order bikes...Presumably to get it in the box, amazon didn't fit the pedals so they may legitimately refuse the return as you have done the damage. The pedal axle is normally harder than the crank arm so you'll need a new LH crank for it.



Its definitely not the pedal, but the crank looks fine too - Might have another go at it tomorrow!

to be fair to the gadget show, it was not a comparison about what has better components etc, it simply came down to, if I recall the same guy biking 5 miles, 1 on a expensive bike, then on a cheap bike..

and the cheap bike one as when he went downhill he got better speed, it was not scientific or any great study, I think they were just trying to say, dont go out and buy a Chris Boardman and expect to get to work in half the time... that was all

Smiff

not familiar with gumtree - how do you view seller's other items? do you … not familiar with gumtree - how do you view seller's other items? do you have to have an account?



Just do a search on his phone number

ooh i see what you mean. lots of bikes all photographed against the same wall/garden.. mr policeman should pay a visit to that address methinks.

bikeshd.co.uk/

^
quick plug for a worthy site. set up by someone who had his nicked i believe.

Edited by: "Smiff" 20th Mar 2011

verybigchris

Just do a search on his phone number



369 items! OK, so there are several duplicates, but he'd better have a decent reason for having that many to offload!

It looks like he may have even nicked one with a child seat! How low can you get huh?

Sadly I get the feeling gumtree don't care much about stolen bikes, although it may be worth reporting it to them and as for the police....
gumtree.com/lon…tml
Edited by: "sotomonkey" 22nd Mar 2011
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