Cheapest Bikes : Road Bikes & Mountain Bikes

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.

Cheapest Mountain Bike

CNOPT MACTEP Mountain Bike for Adults with 26 inch wheels
  • 🚲【FRONT AND REAR DOUBLE SHOCK ABSORBER】Mountain bike's front fork and rear shock absorber with shock absorption effect can reduce the bumps caused by the rough road during riding.
  • 🚲【Foldable Mountain Bike】This mountain bike is foldable, the folding size of the bike is about 37.4*39.4inch. Easy to store and you can be stored in the corner of the house or in the trunk of...
  • 🚲【BRAKE SYSTEM】Double disc brake system to improve the braking efficiency and safety of the mountain bike.
  • 🚲【NEED INSTALLATION】This mountain bike for adult arrives 85% assembled. You need to install the front wheel, pedals, handlebars, seat and inflate the tires; easy to assemble. Mountain Bike...

The CNOPT mountain bike has front forks with suspension and rear shock absorption to reduce the bumps caused by the rough road during riding. This mountain bike has a foldable frame, making it easier to store, whether at home or on a daily commute.

The disc brake system improves the braking efficiency and safety of the mountain bike. Important: This mountain bike arrives 85% assembled, so you will need to install the front wheel, pedals, handlebars, seat and inflate the tyres but all of which are easy to complete. Bike assembly instructions and required tools are included in the package.

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

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. Another example is the equally impressive Eurobike XC7000.

Eurobike Road Bike, XC550 21 Speed Bikes for Men,54 Cm Frame Womens Road Bicycle 700C Wheels Race Bicycle Dual Disc Brake Adult Bike Blackwhite
  • 【 Durable Bike Frame】Using high quality thick tube high carbon steel 49/54cm frame and fork to provide you with a safer riding experience, it is the best choice for beginner or intermediate riders
  • 【21-speed Precise Shifting】eurobike road bicycle is equipped with high-quality shift levers and front and rear derailleurs to provide smooth and smooth shifting for your riding, allowing you to...
  • 【700Cx28C standard tires】Men's bike can reduce drag when riding on flat roads, gravel road, city road or other terrain.
  • 【Front and rear disc brakes】Men Bicycle can provide you with excellent stopping power in all kinds of road conditions, and braking is simple and easy.

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

Viking Route 66 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.

Cheap 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.

Hyuhome Electric Bike | Swifty Electric Mountain Bike | Ancheer Folding Electric Bike | Ancheer Electric Mountain Bike | Oppikle Electric Mountain Bike | Whirlwind C4 Folding Electric Bike

Best Value
Hyuhome Electric Bikes for Adult, Magnesium Alloy Ebikes Bicycles All Terrain,26" 36V 13Ah Removable Lithium-Ion Battery Mountain Ebike for Mens
ANCHEER Folding Electric Bike for Adults, 20" Electric Bicycle/Commute Ebike with 250W Motor, 36V 8Ah Battery, Professional 7 Speed Transmission Gears (Black)
AT650 Electric Bike from Swifty – 36 volt Electric Bike for Adults – All Terrain Ebike Perfect for Hitting the Trails – Up to 25 Miles on One Charge – 7 Speed Shimano Gears
Hyuhome Electric Bike
Ancheer Folding Electric Bike
Swifty Electric Mountain Bike
Customer Rating
-
-
-
Motor
360w
250w
360w
Modes
3
3
4
Battery Options
8Ah, 10Ah, 13Ah
8Ah
9.6Ah
Disc Brakes
Gears
21
7
21
Weight
22 kg
22 kg
-
Warranty
180 days
1 year
2 years
Price
£629.00
Price not available
£758.18
Best Value
Hyuhome Electric Bikes for Adult, Magnesium Alloy Ebikes Bicycles All Terrain,26" 36V 13Ah Removable Lithium-Ion Battery Mountain Ebike for Mens
Hyuhome Electric Bike
Customer Rating
-
Motor
360w
Modes
3
Battery Options
8Ah, 10Ah, 13Ah
Disc Brakes
Gears
21
Weight
22 kg
Warranty
180 days
Price
£629.00
ANCHEER Folding Electric Bike for Adults, 20" Electric Bicycle/Commute Ebike with 250W Motor, 36V 8Ah Battery, Professional 7 Speed Transmission Gears (Black)
Ancheer Folding Electric Bike
Customer Rating
-
Motor
250w
Modes
3
Battery Options
8Ah
Disc Brakes
Gears
7
Weight
22 kg
Warranty
1 year
Price
Price not available
AT650 Electric Bike from Swifty – 36 volt Electric Bike for Adults – All Terrain Ebike Perfect for Hitting the Trails – Up to 25 Miles on One Charge – 7 Speed Shimano Gears
Swifty Electric Mountain Bike
Customer Rating
-
Motor
360w
Modes
4
Battery Options
9.6Ah
Disc Brakes
Gears
21
Weight
-
Warranty
2 years
Price
£758.18