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Posted 14th Aug
Small and large sizes available. Very, very nice for the money. Great for commuting.
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ianwynneuk14/08/2019 13:54

Where do you start!?Tourney gearingTyresWheels GripsBearings Need I go on? …Where do you start!?Tourney gearingTyresWheels GripsBearings Need I go on? This bike will be slow and go out of adjustment in less than 1000 miles, then it will fall apart over the next 4000. Don’t waste your money. Better getting a 2nd hand road bike or saving up to the £400/500 and get a budget “commuting” bike.Bike folk will agree


FFS, it's snobs like you [in part] that prevent more people taking up cycling. Your suppositions don't help, you've never ridden the damn bike.

Tourney gearing - and what? The derailleurs work. The shifters and brake levers are decent.
Tyres and wheels - double wall rims with 14g stainless steel spokes and kevlar protection.
Grips - what? Bearings - what? These two points make no sense.

In this day and age, you do not need to spend £400 to get a bike for commuting.
Edited by: "easyphones" 14th Aug
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It’s not though is it, “great for commuting”? - it’s great for popping to the shops at best...
Edited by: "ianwynneuk" 14th Aug
ianwynneuk14/08/2019 13:50

It’s not though is it, “great for commuting”? - it’s great for popping to t …It’s not though is it, “great for commuting”? - it’s great for popping to the shops at best...


What makes you say that?
easyphones14/08/2019 13:51

What makes you say that?


Where do you start!?

Tourney gearing
Tyres
Wheels
Grips
Bearings

Need I go on? This bike will be slow and go out of adjustment in less than 1000 miles, then it will fall apart over the next 4000.
Don’t waste your money. Better getting a 2nd hand road bike or saving up to the £400/500 and get a budget “commuting” bike.

Bike folk will agree
ianwynneuk14/08/2019 13:54

Where do you start!?Tourney gearingTyresWheels GripsBearings Need I go on? …Where do you start!?Tourney gearingTyresWheels GripsBearings Need I go on? This bike will be slow and go out of adjustment in less than 1000 miles, then it will fall apart over the next 4000. Don’t waste your money. Better getting a 2nd hand road bike or saving up to the £400/500 and get a budget “commuting” bike.Bike folk will agree


FFS, it's snobs like you [in part] that prevent more people taking up cycling. Your suppositions don't help, you've never ridden the damn bike.

Tourney gearing - and what? The derailleurs work. The shifters and brake levers are decent.
Tyres and wheels - double wall rims with 14g stainless steel spokes and kevlar protection.
Grips - what? Bearings - what? These two points make no sense.

In this day and age, you do not need to spend £400 to get a bike for commuting.
Edited by: "easyphones" 14th Aug
easyphones14/08/2019 13:59

FFS, it's snobs like you [in part] that prevent more people taking up …FFS, it's snobs like you [in part] that prevent more people taking up cycling. Your suppositions don't help, you've never ridden the damn bike. Tourney gearing - and what? They derailleurs work. The shifters and brake levers are decent.Tyres and wheels - double wall rims with 14g stainless steel spokes and kevlar protection.Grips - what? Bearings - what? These two points make no sense.In this day and age, you do not need to spend £400 to get a bike for commuting.


Honestly this isn't the best bike out there but IF you want it for small commutes or even for children to use it's fine. The components are not the best but if your not a racer who cares. I hope this helps.
FWIIW, I think you can find yourself a Larkspur or Kentfield, both made by Marin, for slightly more cash which I personally think will be much better bikes.

I have seen someone riding one of these Stinsons - hurtles along on the straight but looks very odd when it corners. The guy who rides it is a big bloke but his arms are straight out in front of him, basically 90 degrees to his body and it just looks uncomfortable and a bit dangerous. But that is how it LOOKS. It might be just fine doing it.
tawse5714/08/2019 14:14

FWIIW, I think you can find yourself a Larkspur or Kentfield, both made by …FWIIW, I think you can find yourself a Larkspur or Kentfield, both made by Marin, for slightly more cash which I personally think will be much better bikes.I have seen someone riding one of these Stinsons - hurtles along on the straight but looks very odd when it corners. The guy who rides it is a big bloke but his arms are straight out in front of him, basically 90 degrees to his body and it just looks uncomfortable and a bit dangerous. But that is how it LOOKS. It might be just fine doing it.


The Larkspur is the same price with the code. They are much the same, apart from the tyres and chainset.
It's a comfort cruiser/hybrid, it's not a fast "roadbike" because it's not meant to be one. It's designed to do moderate distances, at moderate speeds, very comfortably. Which, despite the views of the cycling "experts" who always have to make sure everyone knows their "expertise", is exactly what the majority of casual cyclists want to do.
easyphones14/08/2019 14:21

The Larkspur is the same price with the code. They are much the same, …The Larkspur is the same price with the code. They are much the same, apart from the tyres and chainset.



The "Larkspur" has, for want of a better word, a slightly more "sporty" geometry, this is more upright. The Stinson has chunkier tyres as well.
Edited by: "VDisillusioned" 14th Aug
VDisillusioned14/08/2019 14:33

The "Larkspur" has, for want of a better word, a slightly more "sporty" …The "Larkspur" has, for want of a better word, a slightly more "sporty" geometry, this is more upright. It has chunkier tyres as well.


Don't you mean the Stinson has chunkier tyres?
easyphones14/08/2019 14:35

Don't you mean the Stinson has chunkier tyres?



Yes, I'll reword.
VDisillusioned14/08/2019 14:36

Yes, I'll reword.


PS would be good for others if you could define moderate distances, so they get a measure of how it would suit them? - I would have thought commuting daily, up to a max 12-15 miles each way, this would work nicely?
Great bike for the money and it has an alloy frame so will be relatively lightweight as well.

For anyone wanting to start cycling or need a cheap decent bike for nipping about this is ideal.
kennyhkw14/08/2019 14:47

Great bike for the money and it has an alloy frame so will be relatively …Great bike for the money and it has an alloy frame so will be relatively lightweight as well.For anyone wanting to start cycling or need a cheap decent bike for nipping about this is ideal.


Also, it has pedals
Thanks for posting. I've gone for the step-through frame version in medium. Once I add some mudguards, It'll make a good run around. Free tool kit too
N£IL14/08/2019 15:00

Thanks for posting. I've gone for the step-through frame version in …Thanks for posting. I've gone for the step-through frame version in medium. Once I add some mudguards, It'll make a good run around. Free tool kit too


Np, but beware of the toolkit, it's a pile of *%$! Source: I have one and already ruined 2 screw heads.
I almost brought the previous version of this bike when it had front suspension. It’s a very comfortable leisure bike perfect for riding with the kids. The only reason I didn’t purchase it was because of the angle of the frame the bike shop were unable to offer a child seat that would mount to the back. So I ended up with a more expensive less comfortable specialized cross trail. And I have been disappointed with the bike I purchased. This seems to be a good price for a leisure bike.
luvsadeal14/08/2019 15:22

I almost brought the previous version of this bike when it had front …I almost brought the previous version of this bike when it had front suspension. It’s a very comfortable leisure bike perfect for riding with the kids. The only reason I didn’t purchase it was because of the angle of the frame the bike shop were unable to offer a child seat that would mount to the back. So I ended up with a more expensive less comfortable specialized cross trail. And I have been disappointed with the bike I purchased. This seems to be a good price for a leisure bike.


Perhaps the Larkspur might be better? Slightly different geometry?
easyphones14/08/2019 14:42

PS would be good for others if you could define moderate distances, so … PS would be good for others if you could define moderate distances, so they get a measure of how it would suit them? - I would have thought commuting daily, up to a max 12-15 miles each way, this would work nicely?



I have no idea because I'm not an "expert"
VDisillusioned14/08/2019 14:33

The "Larkspur" has, for want of a better word, a slightly more "sporty" …The "Larkspur" has, for want of a better word, a slightly more "sporty" geometry, this is more upright. The Stinson has chunkier tyres as well.




Yep, this is far more upright. Very noticeable when you see someone on one. This is fine for zooming around on the flat to the shops or short outings.
good enough spec for popping to the shops for sure
easyphones14/08/2019 13:59

FFS, it's snobs like you [in part] that prevent more people taking up …FFS, it's snobs like you [in part] that prevent more people taking up cycling. Your suppositions don't help, you've never ridden the damn bike. Tourney gearing - and what? The derailleurs work. The shifters and brake levers are decent.Tyres and wheels - double wall rims with 14g stainless steel spokes and kevlar protection.Grips - what? Bearings - what? These two points make no sense.In this day and age, you do not need to spend £400 to get a bike for commuting.


Rude...and mis-informed, and zero experience on bikes, makes sense.

Go ahead with your “it’ll be fine, all bikes have wheels and chain, it’s great for commuting” then realise 6 months later you were wrong - sheesh

It’s like you telling me you’ve done a track day in a 1 Litre Fiesta and telling me it goes round a track and therefore can do what a McLaren can.

You just make yourself sound uneducated and ridiculous. But if “snob” makes you feel better go for it, but sadly for you, you are wrong.
Enjoy your bad bike
Lilniki96914/08/2019 14:03

Honestly this isn't the best bike out there but IF you want it for small …Honestly this isn't the best bike out there but IF you want it for small commutes or even for children to use it's fine. The components are not the best but if your not a racer who cares. I hope this helps.


Agree - well said
tawse5714/08/2019 15:54

Yep, this is far more upright. Very noticeable when you see someone on …Yep, this is far more upright. Very noticeable when you see someone on one. This is fine for zooming around on the flat to the shops or short outings.


Agree
ianwynneuk14/08/2019 22:19

Agree - well said


Tbh my whole point is listen to people who work in a bike shop they know what there talking about
Lilniki96914/08/2019 22:20

Tbh my whole point is listen to people who work in a bike shop they know …Tbh my whole point is listen to people who work in a bike shop they know what there talking about


I work in a bike shop
ianwynneuk14/08/2019 22:20

I work in a bike shop


Me too haha ! I would rather someone ask someone like us for honest advice
easyphones14/08/2019 14:42

PS would be good for others if you could define moderate distances, so … PS would be good for others if you could define moderate distances, so they get a measure of how it would suit them? - I would have thought commuting daily, up to a max 12-15 miles each way, this would work nicely?


I wouldn’t do more than 3 miles a day on these components and expect it to need adjustment at 2/3 months and then every couple of weeks from then. Change all parts probably at 1 year but you’d be so fed up with it by then you’d sell it and buy something better...
easyphones14/08/2019 13:59

FFS, it's snobs like you [in part] that prevent more people taking up …FFS, it's snobs like you [in part] that prevent more people taking up cycling. Your suppositions don't help, you've never ridden the damn bike. Tourney gearing - and what? The derailleurs work. The shifters and brake levers are decent.Tyres and wheels - double wall rims with 14g stainless steel spokes and kevlar protection.Grips - what? Bearings - what? These two points make no sense.In this day and age, you do not need to spend £400 to get a bike for commuting.


Nah. It's junk. £400 is the absolute minimum you should spend on a bike, end of. I know from experience of buying several cheaper bikes. Any bike I have paid less than £400 for has died within a year of commuting 7 miles a day. In contrast, the ones with Deore/SLX level components have lasted 2-3 years with minimal servicing. Cheap bikes are simply a false economy.
Edited by: "Scottc123" 14th Aug
Lilniki96914/08/2019 14:03

Honestly this isn't the best bike out there but IF you want it for small …Honestly this isn't the best bike out there but IF you want it for small commutes or even for children to use it's fine. The components are not the best but if your not a racer who cares. I hope this helps.


You'll be lucky if this lasts a year on a daily commute.
easyphones14/08/2019 14:42

PS would be good for others if you could define moderate distances, so … PS would be good for others if you could define moderate distances, so they get a measure of how it would suit them? - I would have thought commuting daily, up to a max 12-15 miles each way, this would work nicely?


More like 1.5 miles daily.
Scottc12314/08/2019 22:28

More like 1.5 miles daily.


Bang on - I said 3 miles tops but it may struggle. This is a “shops” bike only
ianwynneuk14/08/2019 13:54

Where do you start!?Tourney gearingTyresWheels GripsBearings Need I go on? …Where do you start!?Tourney gearingTyresWheels GripsBearings Need I go on? This bike will be slow and go out of adjustment in less than 1000 miles, then it will fall apart over the next 4000. Don’t waste your money. Better getting a 2nd hand road bike or saving up to the £400/500 and get a budget “commuting” bike.Bike folk will agree


Nope. Road bike with skinny tyres will have you wobbling all over the road or fixing pinch punctures and pits you in a position that's good for looking down at your wheel rather than looking about at potential problems. 1000 miles is 10 miles a day for about a year of commuting if you avoid the worse of the weather.
i like the design with the upright seating...any suggestions of something similar but better quality and not breaking the bank...cheers
ianwynneuk14/08/2019 22:18

Rude...and mis-informed, and zero experience on bikes, makes sense.Go …Rude...and mis-informed, and zero experience on bikes, makes sense.Go ahead with your “it’ll be fine, all bikes have wheels and chain, it’s great for commuting” then realise 6 months later you were wrong - sheeshIt’s like you telling me you’ve done a track day in a 1 Litre Fiesta and telling me it goes round a track and therefore can do what a McLaren can.You just make yourself sound uneducated and ridiculous. But if “snob” makes you feel better go for it, but sadly for you, you are wrong.Enjoy your bad bike


Again, you're not refuting any of my claims. We're not comparing a Fiesta and a McLaren. We're commenting on a £160 bike.

A bike of this spec appears to be around £250-300 normally. That is, a 3 x 7 freehub drive-train, with an aluminium frame etc.

Yes, the derailleurs aren't great, but they work, and if you really are having a rough time, they can be upgraded for a tenner.

Apart from that, what else is really an issue here?
Scottc12314/08/2019 22:26

Nah. It's junk. £400 is the absolute minimum you should spend on a bike, …Nah. It's junk. £400 is the absolute minimum you should spend on a bike, end of. I know from experience of buying several cheaper bikes. Any bike I have paid less than £400 for has died within a year of commuting 7 miles a day. In contrast, the ones with Deore/SLX level components have lasted 2-3 years with minimal servicing. Cheap bikes are simply a false economy.


OK, in that case, please offer an alternative so that people can make an informed decision.
rob58515/08/2019 08:43

i like the design with the upright seating...any suggestions of something …i like the design with the upright seating...any suggestions of something similar but better quality and not breaking the bank...cheers


Hi, what's your budget?
If the Stinton had 3x8 gearing, 26" or 29" wheels and hydraulic brakes, it would make a great short distance commuter. But in its actual spec, even at ~£160, I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole.

Like most things, bikes have increased in price, especially over the last few years and so the typical amount you need to spend on something that won't need serious amounts of upkeep money thrown at it to keep it roadworthy is IMO approx >£300. Not to mention, a lighter bike will make most people want to use it more.

Halfords prices yo-yo up and down, but halfords.com/cyc…mes has once again this year been as low as £320, but as per normal prices are relatively high during the kids summer holiday. When at £320, it's very rare for anything to beat it for best bang for the buck.

Go Outdoors sometimes have promos on, these gooutdoors.co.uk/159…565 were in a 15% discount promo recently and the buyer of one on one of my frequented forums came back very positive. Bit lighter than the Marasa, but the gearing range isn't as wide.


halfords.com/cyc…rey have nice frames and decent components, including a carbon bladed fork.
N0bodyOfTheGoat15/08/2019 11:41

If the Stinton had 3x8 gearing, 26" or 29" wheels and hydraulic brakes, it …If the Stinton had 3x8 gearing, 26" or 29" wheels and hydraulic brakes, it would make a great short distance commuter. But in its actual spec, even at ~£160, I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole.Like most things, bikes have increased in price, especially over the last few years and so the typical amount you need to spend on something that won't need serious amounts of upkeep money thrown at it to keep it roadworthy is IMO approx >£300. Not to mention, a lighter bike will make most people want to use it more.Halfords prices yo-yo up and down, but https://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/hybrid-bikes/voodoo-marasa-mens-hybrid-bike--18-20-frames has once again this year been as low as £320, but as per normal prices are relatively high during the kids summer holiday. When at £320, it's very rare for anything to beat it for best bang for the buck.Go Outdoors sometimes have promos on, these https://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/15905565/calibre-stitch-urban-bike-15905565 were in a 15% discount promo recently and the buyer of one on one of my frequented forums came back very positive. Bit lighter than the Marasa, but the gearing range isn't as wide.https://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/hybrid-bikes/boardman-hyb-8-6-hybrid-bike-grey have nice frames and decent components, including a carbon bladed fork.


Why would you need hydraulic brakes, 29" wheels and an 8 speed cassette?
easyphones15/08/2019 10:55

Again, you're not refuting any of my claims. We're not comparing a Fiesta …Again, you're not refuting any of my claims. We're not comparing a Fiesta and a McLaren. We're commenting on a £160 bike. A bike of this spec appears to be around £250-300 normally. That is, a 3 x 7 freehub drive-train, with an aluminium frame etc. Yes, the derailleurs aren't great, but they work, and if you really are having a rough time, they can be upgraded for a tenner. Apart from that, what else is really an issue here?


Derailleur for £10!!? Where are you buying them from, the cheese counter!?

I didn’t know we weren’t comparing a Fiesta with a McLaren - thanks for your insightful comment, enlightening
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