Sabre Trace Senior MTB 26 inch half price £84.99 @ SportsDirect.com
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Sabre Trace Senior MTB 26 inch half price £84.99 @ SportsDirect.com

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Found 29th Sep 2013
Was looking for a bike today most are £100 to £200 but then I found this brand new mountain bike for only £84.99. Just thought it was a deal worth sharing!!!

27 Comments

It's £85 because it's crap.









davester2k

It's £85 because it's crap.



Typical response from a Lycra wearer. I can guarantee if you spent 10 minutes on this and then 10 on a Specialized you wouldn't have a clue which was which.

It will be fine for general road use but take it anywhere near an offroad track & you will see why it's cheap.

As a road bike the value is decent

Save the money and put it towards a half decent bike, if your going to buy this then there's cheaper to be found elsewhere of same shoddy build .

good price for a bike your going to the park or round the block with,and leave it in the shed for 6months,if its for work every day you need a quality bike ,if its made in korea leave it...............

Red Devil

Typical response from a Lycra wearer. I can guarantee if you spent 10 … Typical response from a Lycra wearer. I can guarantee if you spent 10 minutes on this and then 10 on a Specialized you wouldn't have a clue which was which.



If you can't tell the difference you are clearly doing it wrong !

15kg. Steel frame. £170. I think not!

Red Devil

Typical response from a Lycra wearer. I can guarantee if you spent 10 … Typical response from a Lycra wearer. I can guarantee if you spent 10 minutes on this and then 10 on a Specialized you wouldn't have a clue which was which.



You have never learnt to ride a bike then ?
This will be a death trap and last about 3 months of regular use.

davester2k

It's £85 because it's crap.



Harsh, but to the point.

it is harsh especially without an explanation, someone is just trying to buy a bike and pay little for it, but if your contemplating buying a bike like this first like arlow11 said if its to ride around the park every couple of weeks or maybe out with the kids once a month then maybe fine, but honestly something were not meant to last, but the idea about the longer you spend doing something and riding something and so on and so on is true about lots of things, ....let me put it like this, if your riding that bike 3-4-5 times a week it will start to grind you down a bit because it wont function like it should for long and the pleasure of riding will be gone ,,,i recommend maybe holding back a bit and for around £150 -200 if you look properly and inform yourself about what you want and what you want it to do, you can get yourself a decent second hand bike 10 times better than this....just a thought....

Although, on this bike the brakes are likely to be spongy, the gears awkward and unreliable, the fork a heavy liability and uphill you're going to notice the weight. It doesn't actually mean it will be a deathtrap - more cycling deaths are from failure to obey rules, thinking ahead, or acknowledging as a cyclist you are more vulnerable and therefore won't win an argument with a car, even if you are legally in the right. The lack of specifications mean you can't really judge the bike other than the general rule, you get what you pay for.

My first new bike cost £100, at the time it was all I could afford, it did over 20000 miles before succumbing to an idiot driver pulling out into a main road, who 'couldn't see me' despite lights and fluorescent lycra. It cost hours of maintenance, it was heavy and generally argued with me about the direction I wanted to go, but it got one more cyclist on the road, and therefore potentially one less driver, more cyclists is good regardless of the bike they choose.

mike

I want to buy a car, I have £6000 to spend, I know I will wait a few months, save a bit more and spend twice as much.

I have a similar bike to this and paid about the same, is the best no, is it heavy, what is 'heavy' all relative. I am out on it 3-5 times per week, 35/60 miles and it is fine. Would I like to spend more yes, just as I would like a Samsung S4 but make do with a cheaper one.

The snobbery on bikes on HUKD is amazing.

flashharry

Save the money and put it towards a half decent bike, if your going to … Save the money and put it towards a half decent bike, if your going to buy this then there's cheaper to be found elsewhere of same shoddy build .



I couldn't agree more with the last part.

I wouldn't buy an expensive bike myself because I'm the person who would use his bike once every couple of weeks. However, you can get a crap bike (similar to the one in this deal) for a lot cheaper. In fact, there was a similar one from Tesco Direct not too long ago for £20!

simont_space

I want to buy a car, I have £6000 to spend, I know I will wait a few … I want to buy a car, I have £6000 to spend, I know I will wait a few months, save a bit more and spend twice as much. I have a similar bike to this and paid about the same, is the best no, is it heavy, what is 'heavy' all relative. I am out on it 3-5 times per week, 35/60 miles and it is fine. Would I like to spend more yes, just as I would like a Samsung S4 but make do with a cheaper one.The snobbery on bikes on HUKD is amazing.



It's not snobbery. It's simpe economics. You simply cannot build a safe and decent quality bike and turn a profit on it by selling it at £85.

The components will be made of cheese metal and it is more likely to put someone off cycling than enticing them to improve. Who will persist with a bike which is in need of near constant gear adjustments etc etc?

For the budget end of the market, the only place worth going to is Decathlon. Their lowest MTB model (Rockrider 5.0) will be ten times the bike this is.....and more importantly it will be properly built and you'll get a free service after 6 months. That is for £110 with no half price gimmicks.

It really is a wonder why all the bike snobs with their nasty negative comments who have almost certainly never seen this bike, let alone ridden it, actually bother to look on HUKD. If cheap=nasty they should stay away from these pages.

I assume that there is a 12 month guarantee with this bike, which would count in its favour.

Buying secondhand is a bit of a lottery for lots of people - perhaps one of the bike people here could point others to a good guide for buying that way?

pasheast

It really is a wonder why all the bike snobs with their nasty negative … It really is a wonder why all the bike snobs with their nasty negative comments who have almost certainly never seen this bike, let alone ridden it, actually bother to look on HUKD. If cheap=nasty they should stay away from these pages.



Cheap = good
Nasty = bad

I like cheap, and I don't like nasty - saying something is cheap and nasty just justifies why it isn't worth buying. Calling people snobs because they point out that the listing is a waste isn't good - you have already lost an argument when you have to resort to name calling!

Just think about the costs involved - it weighs a fair bit, so the logistics alone will cost at least £20 of the price, leaving £65 available for all other components (assuming there is no margin) ... What do you reckon as to the quality of a bike when there is only £65 available to buy them all?

This is why people know that this bike is a death-trap ... if you take it off-road it is liable to break, if you ride any distance on it, it is likely to break, riding it will not compare at all to riding a better bike - if you are not having fun with the bike you are likely to not ride it. Buying something to just sit in the garage and rust isn't good value!

And this is what this site is all about - finding good value - not just the cheapest nasty thing out there!

There are a lot of bikes around the £100 mark on ebay - some good and some not so. Probably best to register at Bikeradar and ask there as to what is a good deal and isn't, but whatever you do, don't buy this bike and think it compares in any way to anything decent.
Edited by: "Macdory" 30th Sep 2013

mbuckhurst

Although, on this bike the brakes are likely to be spongy, the gears … Although, on this bike the brakes are likely to be spongy, the gears awkward and unreliable, the fork a heavy liability and uphill you're going to notice the weight. It doesn't actually mean it will be a deathtrap - more cycling deaths are from failure to obey rules, thinking ahead, or acknowledging as a cyclist you are more vulnerable and therefore won't win an argument with a car, even if you are legally in the right. The lack of specifications mean you can't really judge the bike other than the general rule, you get what you pay for.



Just wait until it's taken over its first drop off and the frame snaps in two - a broken frame in the nads may not be terminal, but it's going to be sore in the morning ...

I agree with your sentiment about getting more bike users though - if more people who drive cars also rode bikes they would understand better how their driving isn't big or clever. I would just suggest that if this is all you can afford to talk to your local bike shop and mates to get some advice, and then keep an eye out for some bargains on ebay ...

The key is to know what you are going to use the bike for and then buy the right type of bike.

mbuckhurst

Although, on this bike the brakes are likely to be spongy, the gears … Although, on this bike the brakes are likely to be spongy, the gears awkward and unreliable, the fork a heavy liability and uphill you're going to notice the weight. It doesn't actually mean it will be a deathtrap - more cycling deaths are from failure to obey rules, thinking ahead, or acknowledging as a cyclist you are more vulnerable and therefore won't win an argument with a car, even if you are legally in the right. The lack of specifications mean you can't really judge the bike other than the general rule, you get what you pay for.

davester2k

[quote=simont_space] I want to buy a car, I have £6000 to spend, I know I … [quote=simont_space] I want to buy a car, I have £6000 to spend, I know I will wait a few months, save a bit more and spend twice as much. I have a similar bike to this and paid about the same, is the best no, is it heavy, what is 'heavy' all relative. I am out on it 3-5 times per week, 35/60 miles and it is fine. Would I like to spend more yes, just as I would like a Samsung S4 but make do with a cheaper one.The snobbery on bikes on HUKD is amazing.



Read my post again.

simont_space

Read my post again.



I was agreeing with your point that it will likely not be a Deathtrap ... but I thought I would add that a snapped frame in the nads is no laughing matter, unless you manage to video it and post it to Youtube

Macdory

I like cheap, and I don't like nasty... ...This is why people know that … I like cheap, and I don't like nasty... ...This is why people know that this bike is a death-trap ... if you take it off-road it is liable to break, if you ride any distance on it, it is likely to break



Macdory

I was agreeing with your point that it will likely not be a Deathtrap ...



Nothing like holding two opposing views at the same time. oO

simont_space

Read my post again.



ive read it again, and just browsing the other comments on this post nowhere is there anyone being snobby, as far as i can see people are being helpful and wanting the original poster to make a informed decision, cost was simply mentioned, i think we are adults, the i haven't got enough money for something a bit nicer is well understood thanks, not only rude and wrong but condescending also, and weight is relative is it, what.!....can you explain that to me in regards to bikes please..?

pasheast

Nothing like holding two opposing views at the same time. oO



Macdory = politician in training !!!

BSO = POS

DO THE MATH

kay9

BSO = POSDO THE MATH


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Original Poster

hi there no point criticizing my point of view you guys get what you like I wont judge there are some people these days who need to learn a LESSON!!!

For what its worth, I've just learnt the hard way with cheap bikes.

I bought a fairly cheap Raleigh MTB 5 or 6 years ago for £160. I am on a fitness drive so we got all our bikes out of the garage a month or so ago, I had only ridden mine 3 or 4 times over the years. First time out one of the pedals snapped off. This needed a new crank and pedals fitting, cost £35. The gears would not change correctly on the front derailleur, new cables fitted and adjusted, cost £25. Then the handlebars came loose, due to the use of a plastic, yes a plastic, top cap which shattered. Cost £3.69, I fitted it myself.

After a couple of days gears failed to change again, and creaking from pedals. Diagnosis, failed bottom bracket. Cost to replace including getting front and rear brakes re-cabled £40. Get bike home, chain came off and jammed in the frame. Gears still not changing correctly.

Bike in total has covered less than 50 miles. Original cost £160, repairs to date £100....still no use. And this Raleigh was well above the sub £100 BSOs.

On Monday I realised that what people say about avoiding BSOs is 100% correct. Went to my local bike shop and bought what they consider to be a decent 'entry level' hybrid bike for a sale price of £345. Yes, I know I am in the fortunate position of being able to do that, and I know not everyone can.

BUT, the difference between the two bikes is INCREDIBLE, I know very little about bikes, but my new one just ticks and glides along, it is easier to pedal, it does not creak, every gear change is smooth and instant. I love cycling once again......
Edited by: "ashleyh" 3rd Oct 2013
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