In part one of this series of articles, we looked at the importance of Christmas trading for the Cycling Industry. In particular, we looked at who has the Best Choice of Bikes for adults and saw that it was the specialist bike shops; Winstanleys Bikes, Tredz and Evans Cycles that were the clear leaders, offering a broad range of bikes and some of the cheapest bikes we could find, apart from Amazon.
In part two we looked at who has the Best Choice of Childrens Bikes and saw that, for choice and price, Amazon was the place to go this Christmas & Black Friday with 600 bikes for children. The specialist bike shops were once again well represented at the higher end of the chart, ahead of the supermarkets. However, Sports Direct, Argos, Asda and Sainsbury’s had a stronger presence on the childrens bike list than the adults and in fact, all had more bikes for children than they do for adults.
In this article, we move from choice to the question of What is the Cheapest Bike and what is the best cheap bike in the UK for mountain bikes, road bikes and electric bikes. The data was taken direct from the retailers own websites. We take no responsibility for any price changes and present this info only as being correct as of the date shown. These are the top 10 cheapest bikes for bike shops and cycle retailers in the UK and are all adult mountain bikes with 26-inch wheels or larger.
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Cheapest Mountain Bike : Schwinn Surge Mountain Bike
- Schwinn geometry helps achieve a comfortable fit, offering CONTROL and STABILITY for all riders. Note: Customer Support number 01202 732288
- 17" 6061 Aluminium frame - 26" Alloy Double Wall Rims
- 7 speed rotational shifter for easy gear changes
- Schwinn FS26 Suspension forks offer support and comfort up front
The Schwinn Surge mountain bike is built from a lightweight aluminium frame and is suitable for adults. Whilst the price is low, this isn’t just a cheap bike, it looks good too.
The 17-inch frame is complimented by 26-inch wheels and mountain bike all terrain tyres, suitable for both off-road fun and road cycling. Disc brakes are fitted front and rear for extra stopping power. This hardtail mountain bike (meaning there is no rear suspension) has front suspension forks and a 7-gear rotational shifter mounted on the handlebars. The Schwinn Surge is fitted with bottle cage mounts, bike stand mounts and mudguard mounts to stop the spray of mud when cycling off-road.
Top 10 Cheapest Mountain Bikes
Amazon, the Supermarkets and mass-market retailers may not have the widest choice of mountain bikes but they certainly have the cheapest bikes. Now, as a cyclist, I feel it necessary to point out that generally, you get what you pay for. This list may be the cheapest but it is devoid of the well-known brands such as Trek, Specialized, Scott and Cannondale. As always, there is a clear difference between buying on a cheap price and buying on quality.
Prices change by the minute online and so we have listed the bikes in order of sales and whilst we updated prices every hour, you can check the latest prices by clicking on the button alongside the bike in the list.
The Cheapest Mountain Bike
So what does a £79.99 mountain bike look like?
The Internet is pretty devoid of information, other than it is a mountain bike and has little other info on the bike’s specifications (listed below). However, at this price, you can be certain that it’s not going to have top-of-the-range components but that’s not what this bike is about, it’s about the cheapest price.
The Reflex Edge is an 18-speed mountain bike with Shimano shifters. In comparison, some of the other bikes have just 6 or 7 gears.
- Frame: Hi-Tensile gents dual suspension
- Fork: Hi-Tensile suspension
- Cranks: Triple with chainring & chainguard
- Pedals: ATB style
- Shifters: Shimano 18-speed rotational shifters
- Rims: 26″ alloy wheels
- Tyres: 26″ x 1.90″ black ATB
- Brakes: Powerful V-brakes
- Brake Levers: Alloy
- Handlebar: ATB riser
- Saddle: ATB padded
Best Cheap Bike
Bikes like those listed in our Top 10 are bought on price and price alone. But which is the best cheap bike?
The Muddyfox Energy26 and Recoil26 both have Shimano Tourney gears, which is pretty decent for a bikes either side of £100.
If it’s a cheap mountain bike you’re after, Amazon is the place to shop with hundreds of bikes sold online. Thereafter, the usual suspects are close behind so it’s probably worth visiting Winstanley’s, Halfords, Argos and Sports Direct, even if it’s only to reiterate the point that mass-market retailers’ buying power wins again. Having said that, perhaps the specialist bike shops simply choose not to compete.
There isn’t much variance between these cheap bikes, they are all solid steel, which results in them being quite heavy, although there are a growing number of lightweight aluminium frames, like the Schwinn Surge above. They are around 18-speed with 26-inch wheels and standard v-brakes or disc brakes.
Top 10 Cheapest Road Bikes
But what of cheap road bikes, does Amazon and the mass-market retailers dominate the top ten or do the specialists offer a cheap alternative? The following road bikes and accessories are all best selling products on Amazon and the bikes are lightweight frames with some even coming with disc brakes, and low prices of course.
The Eurobike Road Bike XC550 was the cheapest road bike at the time of this review and at just £269 is incredibly cheap, is made from lightweight materials, has 21-gears and even has dual disc brakes.
- The frame of this road bike is made of high-carbon steel. The biggest advantage of the high-carbon steel frame is sturdy and durable, and low in price. Although the frame is heavier than aluminum...
- The bicycle front and rear brake are disc brake. The most obvious advantage of disc brakes is that has less impact on the braking force of the brakes under muddy or rain conditions.
- 700*28C road bike tires can effectively reduce unnecessary bumps caused by uneven road surfaces during riding, greatly reduce fatigue caused by riding vibration, and improve riding comfort.
- This bike is equipped with curved road bike handlebars, which can greatly reduce the resistance of riding strokes and make your riding faster and more labor-saving.
We weren’t surprised to see Eurobikes in the top 10 list as they offer great value for money. We were surprised to see so many bikes with disc brakes, which is fast becoming the norm for road bikes in the UK.
Bike shops do offer cheap road bike options but the cost of running shops is increasing and so the best option is to shop online, with Amazon being the cheapest store.
The Cheapest Road Bike
So what do you get for your money and is it worth buying?
The Viking Route 66 is an entry-level road bike with basic components and one that is priced to attract people who wish to start cycling on our roads.
By using a steel frameset, the cost can be kept down, but regardless of price, Winstanleys suggest it, “offers a comfortable, not-too-aggressive riding position and cancels out a portion of feedback from the road due to its ‘soft’ properties as a metal”.
The Viking Route 66 has Shimano front and rear derailleurs, a Shimano 14-28T freewheel cassette and Shimano shifters so all things considered, this is a good basic starting point as Shimano is the leading manufacturer of cycling groupsets.
Brakes are also Shimano, which stop the 700c double wall alloy rims and 700 x 23c tyres as quickly as you can yank on the brake levers.
This bike is priced to attract first-time buyers who may be beginners or someone looking for a cheap bike to get to work. In that case, they’ve done a great job and I wish them well.
Cheapest Electric Bikes
When it comes to Electric Bikes, there are several bikes that immediately come to mind and we’ve written reviews on each one recently. Each is available on Amazon and all feature in the best seller list, as well as being the cheapest electric bikes we could find.