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Universal Patriot 26" Dual Suspension Mens & Universal Carina 26" Dual Suspension Ladies Mountain Bikes - half price - £84.99 each delivered @ Amazon
Universal Patriot 26" Dual Suspension Mens & Universal Carina 26" Dual Suspension Ladies Mountain Bikes - half price - £84.99 each delivered @ Amazon

Universal Patriot 26" Dual Suspension Mens & Universal Carina 26" Dual Suspension Ladies Mountain Bikes - half price - £84.99 each delivered @ Amazon

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* 18" Metallic Lagoon Blue Dual Suspension Frame
* Adjustable shock absorber
* 26" alloy wheels and off-road tyres
* 15 speed twist grip gearing
* V-brakes and Quick release front wheel
* Cushioned saddle
* Suitable for ages 12+
* Recommended inside leg 26-32"

37 Comments

What - no debate between the bikers and non bikers about the merits of cheap bikes? Im shocked!!

Sorry - im not even a biker, but these are truly dreadful bikes. Go for a cheap one WITHOUT suspension, and there's no problem, but these are awful...I know, I bought one!!!

there currently all in school.

Wait till home time

U get what u pay for i guess IMO Gary Fisher Cobia or any 29ers are the future but also 9 times the price of this

I'm looking for a bike to commute (30 mins) into work and back everyday,

just riding on roads

I'm a big guy...! Do you think this will be a decent bike.. not looking for anything fancy

mrluke;6619771

there currently all in school. Wait till home time



I'm not sure why so many people seem to think that anyone rubbishing these sorts of deals must be some sort of elitist bike snob; they're just trying to stop people wasting their money on cheap, unreliable tat.

voted cold

bilalhassam;6619927

I'm looking for a bike to commute (30 mins) into work and back everyday, … I'm looking for a bike to commute (30 mins) into work and back everyday, just riding on roadsI'm a big guy...! Do you think this will be a decent bike.. not looking for anything fancy



Sorry, this would be an awful bike IMHO.

For a decent bike (ie one that you could have some confidence that it wasn't going to fall apart) then the prices start at about £200. But for that money, don't expect anything fancy, certainly not full suspension / disc brakes etc.

For a big guy, pay particular attention to the wheels, the sturdier (and more spokes) the better.

I'm not sure about prices anymore, but see if you can run to something like a base model Specialized Hardrock (totally bombproof)

Regards

So for anything decent thats going to last more than a year you reckon you have to spend a good £200?

I didnt want to spend more than £150 (incl helmet and accesories)
Any deals/shops you'd recommend?

bilalhassam;6620058

So for anything decent thats going to last more than a year you reckon … So for anything decent thats going to last more than a year you reckon you have to spend a good £200?I didnt want to spend more than £150 (incl helmet and accesories)Any deals/shops you'd recommend?



ebay (2nd hand) or see if you can get your employer interested in the cycle to work scheme (get upto 50% off bike and accessories).

Regards

PS. Matters aren't helped by the fact that the exchange rate and previous futures markets have raised the price of bikes significantly this year

bilalhassam;6619927

I'm looking for a bike to commute (30 mins) into work and back everyday, … I'm looking for a bike to commute (30 mins) into work and back everyday, just riding on roadsI'm a big guy...! Do you think this will be a decent bike.. not looking for anything fancy


At your price point look for something pretty basic (eg no suspension). I'm advised first thing to give probs on a cheap bike is the gears - worth looking for Shimano, even if it's only 6 speed.

There ARE mail order deals out there!

I'm not a bike snob and having seen lots of these sorts of bikes second-hand, it seems that the cheap ones last quite well if you don't really use them off road and I supect most riders don't. However, for maintenance reasons I think I'd choose a twin disk brake version of this bike which is actually cheaper, £74.99, strangely:

amazon.co.uk/Dun…g_2

The rear suspension in all these bikes looks really weird!

These "mountain" bikes would fall apart if they got anywhere near a mountain. Buy a road bike if you're using it on the road

Yep Cold from me as well.

These bikes are nothing short of useless.

funkystuu;6619741

What - no debate between the bikers and non bikers about the merits of … What - no debate between the bikers and non bikers about the merits of cheap bikes? Im shocked!!



You were saying?

Not an avid bikelist (my hard-tail MTB cost around £250 after a fairly hefty "last years model" discount), but £85 for a dual suspension bike - of course it's gonna be rubbish.
But; it's horses for coarses - If you want an eighty quid bike and you only want to use it on roads & bikle paths and you only want it to last a year - go for this one (or any bike less than £100 in Toys R us, Tesco or Asda).

I'm a very keen cyclist and i can promise you if you go for something like this you will regret it from day one!!! AVOID!!! Oooooh my first ever post! I'm excited - hehe!

most people don't use bikes much at all its one of those things that gets used a handful of times then put away in the shed...

That said id still rather have a good make second hand even if i get an 80's / 70's one its going to be better than that piece of s**t

I'm a University student who needed a cheap bike so recently bought one at about this price from Halfords. Aside from the fact they failed to put it together correctly (read: safely), it's perfect for the job. Cheap, goes from A to B happily and I dont have to worry about it being nicked etc.

For that reason if nothing else, its hot

1duck thats not true?

where i live there are lots of people with bikes! I'm one of them. :-) xx

Jupiter Obscure;6620018

Sorry, this would be an awful bike IMHO.For a decent bike (ie one that … Sorry, this would be an awful bike IMHO.For a decent bike (ie one that you could have some confidence that it wasn't going to fall apart) then the prices start at about £200. But for that money, don't expect anything fancy, certainly not full suspension / disc brakes etc.For a big guy, pay particular attention to the wheels, the sturdier (and more spokes) the better.I'm not sure about prices anymore, but see if you can run to something like a base model Specialized Hardrock (totally bombproof)Regards



good advice hardrock would be ideal and im one of these so called bikeys i have a 2k full suss and ive not slaged this of but it would be a waste of money if your wanting a bike your use regularly to go any further than the local shop and i left school 18 years ago

Given 90 quid to spend on a bike, I'd go for ebay or the like and probably look at something with rigid forks, definitely not this 40lb monster.

Cool post Shamus what bike have you got???

Spent £80 on a second hand hardtail from a proper bike manufacturer.

It will be:
Safer
Lighter
Faster
More comfortable.

BETTER.

fluffy-k;6636717

Given 90 quid to spend on a bike, I'd go for ebay or the like and … Given 90 quid to spend on a bike, I'd go for ebay or the like and probably look at something with rigid forks, definitely not this 40lb monster.



+1
If you're after a sub-£100 bike just get a 2nd hand Saracen, GT, Mongoose or similar from ebay.
Yes it'll be 2nd hand, but it'll outlast one of these £85 bikes by years.

first check out ]fellia.com and then go and look on ebay if you like anythingas they have an account and sell things on there about 10-15% cheaper.
I got a dual suspension bike with dual disc brakes and gel seat with delivery for £100 which should have been £180. When it arrive I was really impressed.
My friend rides bike all over the world and has a £4000 bike and he said for the money it was a bargin.

briggsa30;6637365

first check out ]www.fellia.com and then go and look on ebay if you like … first check out ]www.fellia.com and then go and look on ebay if you like anythingas they have an account and sell things on there about 10-15% cheaper.I got a dual suspension bike with dual disc brakes and gel seat with delivery for £100 which should have been £180. When it arrive I was really impressed.



I did the same thing (albeit from a different bike shop with an ebay outlet) and saved well over £100 on my Saracen hardtail (over the same spec Saracen online).

I'm all for a bargain but I had an 18 month battle to get a refund when I bought two of these, the gears wouldn't adjust properly. Went to a local cycle retailer who was so shocked at build quality he actually gave me a signed letter headed note saying in his opinion the bikes were unsafe for use! In the end my credit card company refunded after I went to the onbudsman.

Just my experience and I may have had a bad batch but I wouldt touch these with a barge pole.

Fazz_99;6637506

I'm all for a bargain but I had an 18 month battle to get a refund when I … I'm all for a bargain but I had an 18 month battle to get a refund when I bought two of these, the gears wouldn't adjust properly. Went to a local cycle retailer who was so shocked at build quality he actually gave me a signed letter headed note saying in his opinion the bikes were unsafe for use! In the end my credit card company refunded after I went to the onbudsman. Just my experience and I may have had a bad batch but I wouldt touch these with a barge pole.



Well said.

Having said that, I hope you're aware that the above comments mean you will now be officially classed as a bike snob by the 'half price so it must be good' brigade :-D

Jupiter Obscure;6637586

by the 'half price so it must be good' brigade :-D



Are these the same people who actually believe this is a £170 bike :whistling:

shamus1975;6636715

good advice hardrock would be ideal and im one of these so called bikeys … good advice hardrock would be ideal and im one of these so called bikeys i have a 2k full suss and ive not slaged this of but it would be a waste of money if your wanting a bike your use regularly to go any further than the local shop and i left school 18 years ago


Should have stayed 'till you learned to write.

In my opinion cold. For this price I'd only for for a non suspension bike. Infact I wouldnt even go for a hardtail for double the price.

You can call me a 'biker' all you like but I bet the build quality is naff Heck my £200 bike has some crap parts.

Besford;6638423

Should have stayed 'till you learned to write.



Likewise

I think Matt J said it right - if your bike is expensive quality model then it will get nicked!

My bike was 60 quid at Safeway (before it was Morrisons shows how long I've had it now.) Mate at work kept telling me same thing, it's rubbish, you'll be sorry, etc. Can't really argue it certainly is a heavy old boneshaker.

Then mate's 250 quid bike he had owned for less than a week got pinched from outside Sainsbury's. What's the point of a decent bike if you daren't go anywhere on it?

bilalhassam;6619927

I'm looking for a bike to commute (30 mins) into work and back everyday, … I'm looking for a bike to commute (30 mins) into work and back everyday, just riding on roads


Then you would be better off looking at hybrids, not one of these supermarket special Bike Shaped Objects.

Besford;6623209

At your price point look for something pretty basic (eg no suspension).


Anybody buying a bike for the road or light use should look at no rear suspension. It's not there to keep you comfy, it's to keep your bike under control when you are riding it on rugged terrain at speed, or when you're riding over drops (see avatar picture). Take a look at road bikes, how many of those do you see with rear suspension built into the frame? If you want a bit of bounce at the back for comfort then get a seatpost with a spring in it.

A half decent full susser starts from about £800, this bike is 10% of that price and will weigh like it's been carved out of a piece of raw iron. Draw your own conclusion on how good it's going to be.

ultrak3wl;6638746

mate's 250 quid bike he had owned for less than a week got pinched from … mate's 250 quid bike he had owned for less than a week got pinched from outside Sainsbury's. What's the point of a decent bike if you daren't go anywhere on it?



A ridiculous argument. One could use exactly the same excuse for buying a cheap Alba telly, a £300 beat up old Corsa, a ten year old laptop, etc.

All you need do is use a decent, long, study lock (a steel cable type with a good padlock) and actually chain the bike through the frame & wheels to a proper bike rack.
If your mate did this, he'd have needed to be in Sainsbury's for a good hour or so for someone to hacksaw through the lock.

ultrak3wl;6638746

I think Matt J said it right - if your bike is expensive quality model … I think Matt J said it right - if your bike is expensive quality model then it will get nicked!My bike was 60 quid at Safeway (before it was Morrisons shows how long I've had it now.) Mate at work kept telling me same thing, it's rubbish, you'll be sorry, etc. Can't really argue it certainly is a heavy old boneshaker.Then mate's 250 quid bike he had owned for less than a week got pinched from outside Sainsbury's. What's the point of a decent bike if you daren't go anywhere on it?


Lock it up with a good lock and move to a decent area

pww;6644721

Lock it up with a good lock and move to a decent area


What? Leave it behind? ;-)
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