Muddyfox Ruthless 26" Hardtail Mountain Bike £89.99  from Smyths Toys with FREE DEL
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Muddyfox Ruthless 26" Hardtail Mountain Bike £89.99 from Smyths Toys with FREE DEL

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Found 31st May 2014
Just been looking for a budget bike for scooting around with the kids. Looked on e-bay and local ads with little success. Even went into Halfords and S/Direct today but couldn't find anything I liked (or at a price I liked) just had a google around and searched on here and found this. Looks pretty nice and has pretty good reviews (not that I can find many) Weighs in at just over 14kg and seems to be more expensive elsewhere. Probably not for entering any mountain bike comps or serious stuff but for going down the park and the odd trip to black park (off road) it looks to be ok. With free delivery too!!!
Hope it helps....

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the weight is 18kg according to tesco

tesco.com/dir…prd

great find. Hopefully there's a ladies' version too! thanks op!

Original Poster

Hi Deanos, yes it does seem Tesco are saying that however other sites agree with 14.3kg..
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Not quite sure but 18kg seems heavy. Can't say for sure until it arrives but will post up when it gets here if that helps.

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rugman

this might be slightly better … this might be slightly better perhaps?http://www.smythstoys.com/26-bikes-12yrs-1336sc/26in-xiled-xl-130914itm.aspx



Hey Rugman, yes I saw that too but wasn't available online or anywhere near me. If you can find a store that has stock it looks a good deal (not that I know anything about bikes...)

Was tempted to go for this One
but those blue forks just didn't look right...
Edited by: "Johnatcastle" 31st May 2014

Johnatcastle

Hey Rugman, yes I saw that too but wasn't available online or anywhere … Hey Rugman, yes I saw that too but wasn't available online or anywhere near me. If you can find a store that has stock it looks a good deal (not that I know anything about bikes...)Was tempted to go for this One but those blue forks just didn't look right...



Yes, I thought of the other one as it had an alloy frame, the bike will be lighter for it, but to be honest there's nothing wrong with a steel hardtail, and at this price probably won't make much difference overall.
My brov rides steel mtb, he just has to work a bit harder than I do

That's a very weird frame shape

I'm assuming it's cheap because the frame has melted?

'Mountain Bike' is stretching it a little.

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'Mountain Bike' is stretching it a little.

Yes, that would explain the ugly frame. They were trying to stretch it into a mountain bike ;-)

is this the benchmark for that kinda price bracket (quality wise)

decathlon.co.uk/roc…tml

It's a pretty nasty bike:

Weight: too bloody much, who knows?
Sunrun six-speed cassette with Shimano Tourney six-speed derailleur
Twist shifters
Useless heavy front suspension

For the price, this is less sh*tty

decathlon.co.uk/kem…tml

A bit more decathlon.co.uk/roc…tml

Under no circumstances should a £90 bike have front suspension.

As above - I'd go to Decathlon and stick to rigid (no suspension) if you really must buy new at this price.

For not much more I got a half decent barely used Giant hybrid bike that had a RRP of £300 - having ridden various cheap 'BSO's, the more expensive bike, as you might expect, was much better :).

Sorry to the OP but I'm not sure these even count as a deal. At any time you can buy an awful bike with a made up rrp around this price.

Looks like an old Bomber

Pfft cold, no carbon fibre, no choice of pedals, just another cheap BSO so why risk it?.:p

Some people seem to be comparing it to men's bikes, are these not aimed at teens?

Certainly is a BSO but not because off a lack of carbon fibre of pedal choice...

My god ,once youve taken off the vat and delivery ,each components worth a fiver

i guess,if youre very lucky,it might last long enough for a ride to the shops and back even
Edited by: "logohigh" 1st Jun 2014

Buy cheap, buy twice.

Looking for 26 inch but 14 inch frame bike for my daughter. ...

What would you recommend?

I don't know why this deal is getting so much heat?

awful bike, save your money and get a better second hand bike!

just bare in mind the weight of it if using bike carriers. my one carries 4 bikes and has a max of 14kg per bike.

Just a bit strange that they would have had to have made an effort to make a bike look this ugly. Someone would have designed it, someone else would have approved it, someone else would have made the tools to make it and someone would have built it. Not one of these people questioned it? It might have been lighter if they had done a normal top tube too.

msk81

Looking for 26 inch but 14 inch frame bike for my daughter. ...What would … Looking for 26 inch but 14 inch frame bike for my daughter. ...What would you recommend?



Something by Islabikes. Definitely not cheap to buy but look on ebay at resale values. Look after it and you'll get 80% back of the rrp. It'll be a much better investment than buying a POS from Tesco, etc. No doubt someone will say kids wreck bikes but something nice & light will be so much more enjoyable to ride and probably won't get dropped because it doesn't rival a sack of spuds for weight.

How much do you want to spend? How tall is your daughter/inside leg? How old is she?

I have a 'Muddy fox' bike. I paid £150 for it on sports direct (who own Muddy Fox). I bought it after owning a Carrera subway, and noticed the difference straight away. A lot less comfortable ride, harder work and quite clunky. It sounded like the bearings/crank hadn't been fitted properly. In all just feels very poorly constructed, but saying that, I have been riding it every day to and from work for about 18 months as I can't afford a new one I think bikes like these are a false economy and as recommended before, Decathlon B'twin bikes are a lot better option for a reasonable price.

i much appreciate the quality of a good bike, but sometimes kids need to be started of on something you wouldn't have to worry about getting damaged stolen ... etc . and considering the adjustments a cheaper bike will need it would be good to get them learning how to fix their bike and tighten things when they get loose

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yrreb88

Pfft cold, no carbon fibre, no choice of pedals, just another cheap BSO … Pfft cold, no carbon fibre, no choice of pedals, just another cheap BSO so why risk it?.:pSome people seem to be comparing it to men's bikes, are these not aimed at teens?



Of course. Because unless its a carbon fibre frame and costs the same as a small car, it's a kids bicycle.

What's the view like from inside your butt by the way? Pretty dark I guess.

Great price OP, heat added.

InTheKnow444

is this the benchmark for that kinda price bracket (quality … is this the benchmark for that kinda price bracket (quality wise)http://www.decathlon.co.uk/rockrider-50-mountain-bike-black-id_8202062.html



This would be a far better alternative. A wise choice.

msk81

Looking for 26 inch but 14 inch frame bike for my daughter. ...What would … Looking for 26 inch but 14 inch frame bike for my daughter. ...What would you recommend?



Try Decathlon, Halfords (Carera brand) at the budget end, if willing to spend more then there are Frog bikes and Isla bikes

johnnystorm

Something by Islabikes. Definitely not cheap to buy but look on ebay at … Something by Islabikes. Definitely not cheap to buy but look on ebay at resale values. Look after it and you'll get 80% back of the rrp. It'll be a much better investment than buying a POS from Tesco, etc. No doubt someone will say kids wreck bikes but something nice & light will be so much more enjoyable to ride and probably won't get dropped because it doesn't rival a sack of spuds for weight.


+1 for this - if you're in the fortunate position to take the long-term view, an Islabike will probably work out cheaper than many "bargain" bikes listed here as you'll recoup much of your original investment at resale time. Oh, and the bikes are 10x better too

Can't comment on Frog personally, but I hear that they are good bikes - a bit cheaper and a bit heavier / lower spec than Islabikes. I would also probe very carefully into the secondhand market on them too, as resale value is very important with expensive kids bikes.

fahed2000

...and considering the adjustments a cheaper bike will need it would be … ...and considering the adjustments a cheaper bike will need it would be good to get them learning how to fix their bike and tighten things when they get loose...


I'm never convinced by this argument. I think a more realistic view is that "a constantly breaking bike will put them off cycling for good". A good bike still requires maintenance and is usually a much less frustrating platform to learn your craft.

I've been maintaining bikes for many year and I *still* hate working on cheap bikes that simply don't work properly no matter how much you fiddle with them.
Edited by: "daern" 9th Jun 2014
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