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Good Walmart Bikes? Expert Reveals How to Maximize a Box-Store Bicycle

Walmart, Kmart, and IKEA probably aren&#;t the first places you&#;d look for a trail-worthy bicycle. Unless you make a modest YouTube living testing box-store bikes, that is.

You might think there are a million reasons not to buy a bike from Walmart. But Kevin Watkins has cultivated millions of views and over 30, YouTube subscribers showcasing a few reasons why you might.

Nearly every week, he posts a ride review of an off-the-shelf box-store bike on his channel, KevCentral. He&#;s also spun this into an Amazon-influencer page for products he recommends. From Huffys and Schwinns to IKEA&#;s short-lived Sladda cargo bike and Walmart&#;s infamous full-carbon mountain bike, Watkins (better known to viewers simply as &#;KevCentral&#;) videos his experience, the good and the bad, on the trails near his northern Alabama home.

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And surprisingly, he often finds a diamond in the rough — or at least a salvageable build he can later modify. (In fairness, he finds total lemons too.) So I caught up with him to find out why he loves box-store bikes, whether it&#;s ever a good buy, and what you can do to make a plus-dollar Walmart bike a respectable ride.

KevCentral: Box-Store Bike Reviews

GearJunkie: How did you get started YouTubing mountain bike reviews?

KevCentral: I started reviewing bikes on YouTube one and a half years ago when I got back into cycling after a year hiatus — initially with a Trek Dual Sport I used for commuting. It didn&#;t take long before the MTB desires started to creep in, and I tried the DS on a mountain bike trail.

Commuting daily and riding trails for fun meant I was fully immersed in cycling on a constant basis, so it quickly took over my life.

Why are you so interested in box-store bikes?

That happened entirely by accident. A friend got tired of hearing me talk about riding and decided he also wanted to get into cycling. A few days later, he showed up at my door with a $99 Hyper Shocker full-suspension bike from Walmart.

Looking back, I was probably overly harsh on bikes from Walmart — at least at that point. But the Shocker experience went about as well as expected. Unknowingly, that started a quest: to find out if there is a useable big-box bike for beginner trail riding.

Most of us started riding on a big-box bike. And I&#;ve come to appreciate the role they play in getting people into cycling.

What&#;s your response to people who say you can&#;t buy a good bike at a big-box store?

There are instances where that may be somewhat accurate because there are certainly some questionable bikes I&#;ve seen on the shelves at big-box stores. But that&#;s not always the case. So I would ask them to define &#;good bike,&#; because the meaning of that can vary greatly from person to person.

I have a few big-box bikes that I consider to be adequate.

Walmart Bikes: Good, Bad, & Ugly

Walmart Hyper Hydroform MTB factory coil suspension

What do box-store bikes do well, and where do they fall short?

Recently, there&#;s been a trickle down, so features previously only seen on LBS [local bike shop] bikes are creeping into big-box bikes at a fraction of the cost. You also have a large variety of bike choices at big-box stores. There&#;s usually a bike type for any taste — all on the cheap.

The areas they fall short: The 3&#;7 drivetrain you&#;ll find on most big-box mountain bikes isn&#;t well-suited for mountain bike riding. They&#;re also super heavy, usually built with a specific look or feature set in mind where weight isn&#;t a concern.

But on a mountain bike, weight can really drag down the enjoyment.

What are some important things anyone who&#;s shopping for a box-store bike should look for?

First and foremost, you need to inspect the bike. The biggest problem I&#;ve seen is improper assembly and setup. Even a big-name bike can give a miserable experience if it isn&#;t set up properly. And sadly, this is an area in which most big-box stores are lacking.

If you do buy one, be sure to learn how to maintain a bike. Most of these bikes have little-to-no lubrication from the factory, and that can greatly impact their usable life.

Finally, do a little research and make sure you buy the best type of bike for your needs. It&#;s easy to get lulled into buying the flashy mountain-styled bikes on store shelves. They always have eye-catching paint jobs, and some are full suspension — all for cheap.

The reality is that each new feature has to either increase price or take away from something else to compensate. That&#;s how bikes end up with a front disc brake and a rear rim brake. Most people don&#;t ride on mountain bike trails, so make sure you avoid bikes with features you don&#;t need.

If you want to ride trails, you&#;ll likely need to spend around $ plus to get something a light trail won&#;t instantly beat down. And make sure it has a threadless headset and a derailleur with a replaceable hanger.

Which box-store bike most impressed you right out of the box?

I have been most impressed with the Hyper Hydroform. For under $, I found it to be better than anticipated out of the box — if properly set up.

Walmart Hyper Hydroform MTB

Are there any bikes that were doomed from the get-go and couldn&#;t be salvaged?

There are bikes I didn&#;t like, but I haven&#;t seen any that couldn&#;t be salvaged if given enough resources. The Pacific Evolution is a bike that was so far below my limited expectations that I still don&#;t think it&#;s worthy of any effort.

Have you ever been injured because of a bike&#;s poor quality?

Pleasantly, no.

How to Modify a Walmart Bike

What&#;s your favorite box-store bike that you&#;ve modified and still ride?

Hands down the Hyper Carbon X from Walmart. I stripped the bike down to the carbon frame (2 pounds 13 ounces) and rebuilt it from the ground up. I ride it every week on the local mountain bike trails. And I shopped around for a month or two until I found deals on all the parts.

Walmart Hyper Carbon X Modified Build

  • RockShox fork
  • Shimano Deore cranks
  • Shimano bottom bracket
  • Race Face Chester pedals
  • Race Face 30t single chainring
  • Shimano SLX speed cassette w/SLX derailleur
  • mm alloy bars
  • Silicone foam grips
  • Shimano hydraulic disc brakes
  • Converted from inch wheels to a inch wheelset
    with Kenda Honey Badger tires
  • Total (including bike): $

Walmart Hyper Carbon X modified MTB with Rock Shox fork

What key upgrades/modifications would you recommend to turn a cheap box-store bike into a trail-worthy machine?

I try to not make recommendations. I can only share my experiences and opinions. That said, the first thing is to start with a bike that can be upgraded. Some of the bikes sold at these stores aren&#;t suitable for upgrade.

I usually approach upgrades in this order:

  1. Suspension: Most big-box bikes come with a cheaply built suspension fork that looks like it can do more than it can, so that&#;s usually an area that can make the ride noticeably better.
  2. Drivetrain: I like to go to a 1x setup to save weight and keep things simple.
  3. Handlebars: These bikes usually come with narrow bars, so wider bars will help with control and comfort.
  4. Quality pedals.
  5. A better saddle and/or grips. However, some of the most recent bikes come with decent saddles, so it&#;s your call.

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Do you think, in general, the cost of most bikes is too high?

I always want bikes to be more affordable. The markup on bikes and bike parts is often extreme in my opinion. Look at wheels. It&#;s not uncommon to pay more for a new bike tires than a new car tires.

That said, there is also some truth in &#;you get what you pay for.&#; If you want an off-the-shelf, bulletproof mountain bike, you need to be ready to pony up some bucks and head down to your local bike shop.

Are you just interested in MTBs?

Mountain bikes are where all the fun and flash is. But in reality, I only spend a fraction of my time on mountain bikes. I think I&#;m like most people in that respect. With few exceptions, we all like to think of ourselves as hardcore mountain bikers. But the reality is that most of us probably spend far more time riding places other than mountain bike trails.

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In my case, much of my daily riding happens on commuter/hybrid bikes. Recently, thanks to bikes like the Priority All Road, I am starting to also look at adventure bikes.

About the only bike that doesn&#;t get my attention is a dedicated road bike.

Do you have a local bike shop, and do you recommend people find one?

Yes, I do. I have a great local bike shop, and I shop there regularly. It&#;s always a good idea to seek out a good bike shop, even if you own a big-box bike. They can provide service far and above what you&#;ll get from most big-box stores.

Plus, a local bike shop is also a great place to find your next bike — something to work up to.


I get it: you want to buy your child (or grandchild) a bike and you want to do it without spending a ton of money.  That&#;s fair, and really, that&#;s what we all want, isn&#;t it?!  Unfortunately, buying a Walmart kids bike isn&#;t the way to do it.

Walmart kids bikes (and ALL Walmart bikes for that matter) are junk.  They are heavy, poorly designed, and will fall apart quickly.  That doesn&#;t mean you can&#;t buy a bike on a budget, it just means that there are better ways to do it.  

Here are 5 reasons why you shouldn&#;t buy a Walmart kids bike, and 3 better ways to find a good quality bicycle that won&#;t break the bank.

(And for the record, we&#;re giving Walmart a hard time here, but this really applies to all big box stores.  Don&#;t buy a bike from a big box store.  Buy from a reputable local bike shop, bicycle non-profit, or directly from one of the better kids bike manufacturers).

#1) Most Walmart Kids Bikes are REALLY heavy

Want to know how much a typical Walmart kids bike weighs?  Way too much!  The #1 best selling bike on, the Huffy 20&#; Sea Star, weighs pounds.  My 6-year-old, who rides a 20&#; bike weighs 42 pounds.  That means that the Sea Star comes in at 64% of his body weight.

In comparison, I weigh pounds and ride a bike that weighs 25 pounds.  That means my bike weighs about 20% of my total body weight, compared to a heavy kids bike that might weigh 50% or more.  

That&#;s a serious problem because kids don&#;t actually have that much muscle mass and younger kids are still developing their gross motor skills.  A heavy bike makes it hard to learn to pedal and ride, and once kids have mastered pedaling, it can make it so they tire quickly.  Don&#;t expect a child on a heavy bike to ride much further than around the block.

When I&#;m helping parents choose the best bike for their child, I usually tell them to buy the lightest bike that they can afford.  In my opinion, weight should be the #1 thing you look for when buying a kids bike.  Lighter bikes make it easier for kids to learn how to ride.  Lighter bikes are also easier to handle and maneuver making them safer, and are easier to ride longer distances. 

That said, you also can&#;t just look at weight in isolation.  Some cheaper bikes are made with low-grade aluminum that&#;s light but that can easily bend or dent.  Other inferior bikes might be lighter simply because they lack components like hand brakes .  

#2) They are Poorly Designed

In addition to weight, the geometry of a kids bike can make a huge difference in how easy a bike is to handle and ride.  Many of the better kids bike brands have invested a lot of time and money into the design of their bikes.  

These top-end bikes tend to have a longer wheelbase (the distance from front wheel to rear wheel) which provides increased stability and ease of balance.  You&#;ll also find that they have narrower Q-factors (the distance between the pedals) than Walmart bikes which makes pedaling easier and more efficient.  Finally, the geometry of the handlebars can make a big difference.  To accommodate for the short wheelbase, poorly designed kids bikes tend to have high-rise BMX-style handlebars that actually reduce control and create a &#;twitchy&#; ride for young riders.

Other things that you&#;ll see on a better-designed kids bike are lower bottom brackets, lower minimum seatpost heights, and shorter cranks.

We have tested A bikes over the years and worked with enough kids and parents to have seen first-hand how much geometry can make.  A well-designed bike can make it easier to learn to ride, easier to ride further faster, and less likely to cause frustration.  

#3) They&#;ll Fall Apart Before They Can Handed Down to The Next Kid

The truth is that cheap bikes are usually made with cheap materials. Walmart bikes have lower grade aluminum frames that can bend and crack, have bearings that aren&#;t sealed and rust, and cheaper components that will break quickly.  While they might work well for a while, eventually they are going to start falling apart.  In the long run, this makes them a poor investment because they won&#;t last through as many children.

Enkeeo Balance Bike Poor Quality Parts

Higher-end kids bikes, while more expensive initially, can be handed down to two kids or three kids or even four kids.  They also have higher resale values, meaning you can often buy a bike, use it for a few years, and then list it on Craigslist and recoup half of your initial investment.  It also means that you can one of these used bikes and know that they still have plenty of life to offer.  

#4)  They May Be Improperly Assembled and Potentially Unsafe

Walmart sells bikes but it is not a bike shop.  The folks assembling the bikes are not real bike mechanics and they do not have any certifications or professional training.  

We&#;ve seen bikes sold at big box stores with forks installed backward, loose headsets, and other serious safety issues.  According to this article from BikeRoar:

Some of the biggest safety concerns discovered were loose handlebars and stems, which are an accident waiting to happen. Other problem areas were poorly adjusted brakes and loose . Issues like these have already led to serious injury and legal action.

If you do end up having an issue with the bike, you&#;re also unlikely to get much help.  The benefit of buying a bike from a local bike shop or one of the better kids bike manufacturers is the level of customer service and support you&#;ll receive post-purchase.  

#5) They Have Stuff You Don&#;t Want On a Kids Bike (i.e. coaster brakes and training wheels)

Wait a minute, I hear you protesting, I DO want training wheels.  It&#;s how I learned, you say, and I turned out just fine.  

Truth.  I learned on training wheels too and I happen to be a serious cyclist who rides my bike EVERY day.  That said, just because it&#;s the way that we learned as kids, doesn&#;t mean it&#;s the best way to learn to ride a bike.  The fact is that for 90% of kids, they are going to be better off learning to ride WITHOUT training wheels.

Instead of going straight to a pedal bike with training wheels, start your child on a balance bike OR start them on a pedal bike (sans training wheels) and remove the pedals.  By teaching a child to &#;scoot&#; on the bike first, they learn to balance without the added complexity of pedaling.  Then, when you add pedals to the mix, kids tend to learn to ride MUCH FASTER, with fewer crashes, and fewer tears.  This is why you&#;ll find that the better kids bike manufacturers simply don&#;t include training wheels on their bikes.  And yes, it is true that you can always remove the training wheels from a Walmart bike, BUT what you&#;ll also find is that most of these bikes have been designed to use with training wheels and the seat height is simply too high to use without.  

Coaster Brake

The other thing you&#;ll discover on Walmart kids bikes is that they have coaster brakes rather than hand brakes.  We dislike this for 3 reasons: (1) coaster brakes are heavy, (2) coaster brakes can make learning to pedal frustrating, and (3) the lack of a hand brake keeps kids from learning good braking skills at a young age.  

How to Find a GOOD Kids Bike

Let me be clear: just because I&#;m telling you not to buy a kids bike from Walmart doesn&#;t mean I&#;m a snob.  Like you, I have to figure out how to pay the electric bills and the doctors bills and the grocery bills and all that.  But I also believe that you a kids bike from Walmart is basically wasting your money.  Because the thing WILL fall apart, you won&#;t be able to re-sell it for more than a couple of bucks, and ultimately you can do better.

Here are a couple of things I would try before resorting to a bike from a big box store.

#1) Look for a used bike on Craiglist or

Cleary Gecko

Buying a high-quality kids bike second-hand is about the best decision you can make.  A really good kids bike will last through multiple children, and depending on the area you live in might not be that hard to find.  The key is to know which bike brands you should be looking for before you start your search.  One of my friends found a Cleary Gecko for $ on Craigslist, and turned around and sold it a year and a half later for $  That means the bike ended up costing her ZERO DOLLARS.

#2) Reach Out to Local Non-Profits and Bicycle Collectives

In Salt Lake City, we have an awesome organization called the Bicycle Collective.  They take donated bikes, fix them up, and then sell them for cheap.  To be honest, some of the bikes are cheap big box store bikes, but others are really decent bikes for the big bike manufacturers (Trek, Specialized, etc).  

If you live in a big city, chances are that there is a similar organization in your area.  In smaller towns, makes some phone calls to your local bike shops.  Some have trade-in programs where people can trade in used kids bikes for new ones.  This is a great way to snag a high-quality used kids bike for a killer price.  

#3) Raise Your Budget

woom 4 geometry

I know a top-end kids bike isn&#;t a financial priority (or a financial ) for everyone.  That said, if you do have the ability to raise your budget, it makes sense to do it.  Like many things in life, spending a bit more on a kids bike equates to a much nicer product.  Not only does a nicer bike create a more enjoyable product for your child it buys you a bike that will last longer and have a higher resale value when your kiddo is done with it.  

Learn More About How To Buy a Good Kids Bike

Save yourself money, time, and frustration by doing your research before buying a bike for your child. 

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A mountain bike for less than two hundred dollars? This is possible at a big-box, mass-market store such as Walmart.

Walmart mountain bikes are of poor quality and not assembled by experts. Buying a cheap MTB can be outright dangerous when you want to ride trails. They’re fine for commuting but aren’t made for extremer environments. Avoid cheap bikes if you plan to do some serious mountain biking.

That’s your answer in a nutshell. Sounds sketchy, right? Of course it is – here’s eleven reasons why.

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Bike shop repair center, not something you get at Walmart


1. Cheap Price for Cheap Quality

It can be tempting to grab the dollar bike that is, depending on your purpose. If you’re a mom who just wants one so that she can bike alongside her young children occasionally, then it might be good enough. But for a MTB enthusiast or somebody who will use it frequently, considering such a bike will sound like a joke. And no, he cannot expect to win any race with it.

A retail giant like Walmart can offer an MTB at such as low cost because it is bought in bulk from suppliers. Such bikes have cheap components and shoddy assembly that are mostly sourced from China, where they are manufactured by underpaid workers. The affordable price can still be appealing to the budget conscious, but the compromised quality is just not worth it, which makes their lifespan and durability questionable.

Oftentimes, cost-cutting measures are observed by having substandard cables, spokes, and bearings. These are the inconspicuous parts that may seem minor, but are crucial to the bike’s overall performance. When you come to think of it, the risks would outweigh the rewards when it comes to a cheap bike.

While it is possible to buy quality items at a reasonable price, this proves to be a challenge in the case of mountain bikes. For a dollar mountain bike, assuming Walmart has a markup of 50 dollars, plus about 25 dollars in taxes, that will leave only 75 dollars for the actual cost of the bike itself. It’s almost impossible to build a solid mountain bike with that amount, and something’s got to give. And in this case, it’s the quality.

2. Lack of Options

When you are greeted by a sea of seemingly endless options in the bike section of Walmart, look closely. You will notice that they are a dime a dozen, all looking the same. Most of them would be front-suspension types with inch wheels. You will then realize that other types of mountain bikes are missing such as a full-suspension, rigid, hardtail, etc. This insufficient choice is the result of bulk-style ordering.

3. Poor Assembly

A fully-assembled mountain bike usually entails an additional fee whether you buy it from a local bike store or online. Although there are times when this is already included in the sticker price, the buyer is assured he is getting a bike that is put together by a skilled bike mechanic according to its manufacturer’s manual.

With partially assembled bikes being shipped to Walmart, this would mean that when customers buy them, either they are going to do the assembly themselves or the store does, albeit done without the right skill. This is exactly the reason why the bike is at its best when it’s purchased from a legit bike shop.

4. Sales Staff may not be knowledgeable

You might have questions about the bike which may not be answered properly by the staff. The fact that Walmart caters to everything, they do not bother to educate each of their staff for every product they sell – that’s just too much responsibility given their minimum wages.

So when you approach an attendant at the bike section, most probably he’s been manning different areas of the department store for the last six months. Worse, he could be a newly-hired staff who barely has any experience with customer relations, let alone technical knowledge about derailleurs and drivetrains. That is one of the big differences when you buy your MTB at a specialized bike store.

I love visiting my local bike shop, these guys are pros and I always learn something new. It’s a pleasure to visit them and I always have to restain myself from buying something.

5. Can be Expensive

Sure, the mountain bike you got was only dollars, but once it breaks, it’s done. And it may have lasted only months in your possession. Suddenly, the savings you thought you had would actually cost you more.

Good-quality bikes may be priced higher, but it can perform for much longer. And if ever you encounter issues along the way, they can be addressed by repairing the broken parts or replacing them. This is something that you can’t likely do with a Walmart MTB. But when it is possible, you might spend a whole lot more than the dollars you originally shelled out.

The brakes which are very important, may not be reliable for a cheap bike. You might find on the specs that they are Shimano, but they will be the lower-grade ones. Buying a Walmart bike is a risky move, especially if you plan to use the bike regularly. It will be highly unlikely that it can withstand the physical stresses that it will be subjected to when riding it.

6. Limited size Availability

Mountain bikes sold at Walmart pretty much come in one size. Even a sensible person who is not into cycling would know that bikes should come in different sizes to suit many types of bikers. This brings us back once again to the Walmart practice of buying stuff in bulk. Doing so, without much variety, reduces the prices tremendously at the expense of offering just one type of bike that is cloned multiple times.

7. Dubious Frame

The bike’s frame is its main skeleton that keeps everything together. It will determine how your MTB can hold up against the harsh trails it will encounter. In other words, a weak frame will translate to a weak bike.

Cheap bike frames will be typically made of steel instead of aluminum alloy. As such, the bikes become heavy and therefore, difficult to handle. However, you might appreciate that steel is highly durable, yes? But in the world of inferior bikes, you have to use the cheapest parts possible.

So when you say that the Walmart MTB has a strong steel frame after all is deceptive. It’s because the steel would also be the cheap version, which is compensated by making it thicker in order to be more durable. Unfortunately, doing so makes the bike even heavier and harsher when it comes to riding comfort.

8. Service Could be Lacking

After whipping out your credit card to snag what you thought was a good deal of a bike, reality will then strike. Let’s just say that shortly after, problems have begun to crop up. Naturally, your first recourse is to call the place where you bought it, which is Walmart. You will probably be disappointed to know that there is no after-sales service, even perhaps if you only wanted some advice or quick troubleshooting tips, you can’t rely on them.

9. Bad Warranty

When you buy a brand-new mountain bike, it will need a few adjustments after using it for the first 30 hours or so. These alterations include tightening of the chains, calibration of brakes and adjusting the gears. They will ensure that your bike’s performance will be optimized with continued usage. Warranties issued by bike stores typically cover these services, which, unfortunately, you may not be accorded the same if you got your bike from Walmart.

Top Brands are M-I-A

Among mass-produced bikes available at Walmart, you’ll find the familiar brands such as Schwinn, Huffy, Mongoose, and the like. As such, having major players like Giant or Trek mountain bikes on display is a fat chance. I would assume no bonafide mountain biker will ever scout his bike at Walmart in the first place; only casual bikers will. But regardless of what type of rider you are, you will be better off visiting a dedicated bike store. Who knows, you could also score good deals from clearance sales, etc. and remain confident with your purchase at the same time.

No trial

You are there at the store, seeing the bike in the flesh. However, you will not be allowed to test ride it, which is another crucial factor when buying a bike, most especially if it’s for the first time. This could be a purchase deal breaker, not knowing how the bike will fit you. You cannot test your comfort and feel the adjustment options if you can’t take the bike out for a quick spin. Maybe you can give it a short run down the aisle, but perhaps not without ramming into shelf displays.

Final Caveat

I have provided you more than enough reasons not to buy a mass-market mountain bike at Walmart. The fact that you have reached the end of this article means you’re likely new to mountain biking, or someone who has been riding casually without really giving the bike much thought until now. In which case, I hope that I was able to enlighten you so that you can take careful consideration when buying your first (or first serious) bike.

As a buyer, you should also take into account your budget and purpose. You may not be ready for that purchase from a specialized bike shop because of your limited funds. As such, you couldn’t resist buying that dollar bike at Walmart. Just remember that you have already been warned. Have a safe ride and wear a helmet, you’ll need it!

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Best Walmart bike you can buy, but should you? - Schwinn Axum

Over the years, I’ve owned about 5 Walmart bikes including a couple of mountain bikes, a BMX, and even a beach cruiser. As a kid, they were the only bikes that my family could afford. People like to trash Walmart bikes for their questionable build quality, reliability issues, and poor performance. Are they really that bad? In this guide, We’ll examine the pros and cons of buying a Walmart Bike. We’ll look at reliability, safety, cost, fit, durability, longevity, and more.

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Walmart Bike Pros

  • Walmart bikes are affordable- Walmart sells some of the cheapest new bikes available. In terms of price, they just can’t be beaten. At Walmart, you can buy a complete mountain bike with gears for less than $ Walmart sells kids’ bikes for under $ To compare, new bikes from local bike shops start at around $ for entry-level models. That’s probably why my dad bought all of my bikes at Walmart when I was a kid. Walmart is able to cut costs in a number of ways. First, they order enormous quantities of bikes for their stores. Economies of scale allow them to sell bikes cheaply and undercut pretty much any bike shop on price. To save money on assembly, Walmart has an employee put bikes together instead of hiring a bike mechanic. They also sell more one-size-fits-all bikes. This way, they can stock fewer models and sizes.
  • Walmart offers a wide selection of bikes- Walmart offers something for everyone including mountain bikes, road bikes, beach cruisers, E-bikes, commuters, folding bikes, women’s bikes, recumbent bikes, and kids bikes. They offer bikes in every wheel size including 16″, 20″, 24″, 26″, ″, and c and 29er. Whatever style and size of bike you need, Walmart offers a suitable option. Not all of these bikes are available in all stores. Some models are only available online or in certain stores.
  • The bike will be brand new– When you buy a bike at Walmart, you’re getting a brand new bicycle. There will be no scratches, dents, rust, or wear and tear. No components need to be replaced or upgraded as they may on a used bike. You don’t have to worry about buying a lemon. The bike will be pristine and ready to ride. You can ride the bike home from the parking lot if you choose. Many people prefer to buy new for these reasons. Buying new brings peace of mind.
  • Walmart offers a good return policy- If you’re not happy with the bike, you can return it within 90 days for a full refund. The only requirement is that the bike has to be in the same condition that it was when you bought it. Be sure to bring your original receipt to make things easier. In my experience, Walmart offers takes returns pretty much no questions asked as long as you don’t abuse their policy. For more info on returns, check out this article from
  • A warranty may be available- If you wish, you can buy a year extended warranty to cover your Walmart bike if it breaks. Even though it is available, I recommend you don’t buy the extended warranty as they are usually a rip-off. That said, the warranty is available if you like.
  • Walmart bikes are great for people just getting into cycling- Why go out and spend $+ on a bicycle if you don’t know if you’ll ever use it? You can buy a cheap Walmart bike, ride it until it breaks, then buy something of higher quality. If the bike just ends up sitting in your garage collecting dust, then you aren’t out too much money.
  • Replacement parts are easily available- Walmart bikes use parts that are standard-sized and easy to find. There are no proprietary parts. If your brake pads wear out, you can go to any bike shop to buy replacements. If your shifter cable breaks, you can easily find a replacement. Walmart doesn’t service bikes. They do sell most replacement parts that you’re likely to need in their stores. If you need something non-wearable, like handlebars or pedals, you can easily buy replacements online or at your local bike shop.
  • Most parts are easily upgradable- If you want to install some higher quality components on your Walmart bike, you can easily buy new parts and put them on. Most Walmart bikes come with name-brand Shimano or Sram drivetrains and brakes. Chains, cranksets, brakes, wheels, levers, and most other parts are standard-sized. There are no proprietary parts.
  • Walmart bikes are great for kids- Why spend a bunch of money on something the kid will just grow out of in a couple of years? They don’t know the difference between a quality bike and a cheap bike anyway. This is particularly true for young children.
  • No assembly required- When you buy a bike at Walmart, it comes completely assembled and ready to ride. You don’t have to worry about putting anything together.
  • You can buy name-brand bikes at Walmart- Not all Walmart bikes come from knock-off or no-name brands. Some large cycling companies build entry-level bikes specifically for Walmart. For example, Walmart sells Schwinn, Mongoose, and Huffy bikes. These are some of the most well-known cycling companies. Of course, these bikes may have been designed by different teams than those who build the higher-end models that are sold at bike shops. From what I’ve seen, Schwinn offers the best quality Walmart bikes.
  • The purchase process is easy- Buying a Walmart bike is easy. You can go to the store and shop for a bike at your leisure. You won’t have to deal with a pushy salesperson trying to pressure you or upsell you to a more expensive bike. In bike shops, salespeople can get pretty aggressive because many work on commission. When you buy a bike at Walmart, you also don’t have to deal with going to a private seller’s house as you would if you were buying used. You can buy the bike and bring it home with you and ride it. You don’t have to wait for shipping or bother with assembly.
  • It’s a bike- If all you can afford is a Walmart bike, don’t feel bad about it. At least you’re getting out there and riding and getting some exercise. A Walmart bike can make a great commuter, weekend ride, or grocery getter.

Walmart Bike Cons

  • Walmart bikes may be less safe- There are several potential reasons for this. First, because Walmart bikes are made from cheaper components, failure is more likely. If a part suddenly and catastrophically fails while you’re riding, you could crash and injure yourself. For example, if you ride off a curb and a poorly made wheel tacos, you could fall straight to the ground. Improper assembly can be a safety issue as well. For example, if the handlebars, seat, pedals, or axles weren’t properly tightened, they could suddenly move or come off the bike and cause you to crash. Parts can work their way loose as well. This happened to me on my beach cruiser. My handlebars suddenly slipped while I was riding. Luckily, I was going slow. I also had my multi-tool with me so I could tighten them back up.
  • Sometimes Walmart bikes aren’t properly assembled- Bikes generally come from the manufacturer 90% assembled in a box. If the bike was built in a factory that only produces mass-market bikes, there can be some issues. For example, the factory could forget to put grease in a hub or bottom bracket. The wheels could be out of true. When the bike arrives at Walmart, an employee completes the last 10% of assembly by installing the handlebars and pedals and mounting the wheels. The main problem is that the people who put bikes together at Walmart aren’t trained bike mechanics. They’re just regular employees following an instruction manual. Chances are, they aren’t checking the torque on bolts. They aren’t checking spoke tension or making sure there is enough grease in the hubs and bottom bracket. They may not properly adjust the derailleurs or brakes. Sometimes they simply make mistakes. I have heard of people finding that the hubs lacked grease or the headset wasn’t tight enough. These assembly mistakes cause premature wear and tear. Improper assembly can also be a safety concern. After buying a Walmart bike, you’ll want to go over it yourself or have a bike shop take a look to make sure everything was put together properly, adjusted properly, and that the bike is safe to ride. You’ll want to check things like spoke tension, the tightness of all bolts, and the amount of grease on moving parts. If you take the bike to a shop, this inspection will cost you $$
  • Poor quality components- The components used on mass-market Walmart bikes are generally made by major cycling companies. For example, most Walmart bikes come with a Shimano or Sram groupset and a KMC chain. The problem is that the parts are lower-end than what you would find on a bike shop bike. In some cases, cheap parts are even made specifically for Walmart bikes. For example, you might find a non-branded suspension fork or shock on a Walmart mountain bike. The frames are lower-end as well. The welds may be poor. In some cases, the frames may even have warping or bent tubes. The hardware used to hold the bike together will probably be of lower quality as well. The bolts might rust faster. These poor quality parts are less durable and long-lasting, need to be adjusted more frequently, and don’t perform as well as higher-end parts. For example, you might only get a couple of hundred miles out of the cheap tires or brake pads. You’ll probably need to adjust your brakes and shifters more often than you would on a higher-end bike. Your bike may shift slow. The brakes might not be as powerful as you’d like. The quick-release used on the seat might slip a bit. Poor quality components can be problematic.
  • Walmart bikes can end up costing more than bike shop bikes- Walmart bikes may be cheaper initially. If you factor in the additional maintenance cost, you may end up spending more money in the long run. For example, maybe you buy a mountain bike at Walmart for $ After buying it, you take it to a bike shop to get it inspected for $ A couple of months later, your plastic pedals break, your wheel goes out of true, and you need to get your derailleur adjusted. You spend another $ to fix everything. For the money you spent, you could have just bought a better bike to begin with.
  • Some parts may be non-standard- To save money, some parts are made to be a slightly different size or style than the standard in the cycling industry. Because of this, you may have trouble finding certain replacement parts. For example, on many cheap Walmart bikes, the handlebar diameter is smaller than the current standard of mm. Some models use the old mm standard. This makes finding compatible handlebars, grips, and accessories a bit more difficult.
  • More maintenance- The low-quality components that are commonly found on Walmart bikes go out of adjustment more easily. For example, to keep your bike shifting smoothly and braking reliably, you may have to make a minor adjustment to your derailleurs and brakes every couple of months. Low-quality parts also don’t last as long and need to be replaced sooner. Cheap brake pads, chains, cassettes, tires, and grips wear out quicker. Bolts can rust easily. In order to keep your Walmart bike on the road, you must budget more time and money for maintenance.
  • Finding the right size bike can be difficult- In order to achieve a comfortable riding position, the bike has fit your body. The problem with Walmart bikes is that each model typically only comes in one size. If you’re not of average height, you may have trouble finding a bike that you like that fits you. To compare, name-brand bikes sold in bike shops come in a range of frame sizes. Most brands offer sizes per model. This allows you to get a much better fit. Another problem is the way Walmart sizes bikes. They sell bikes by wheel size. For example, They might offer mountain bikes with 24″, 26″, ″, and 29″ wheels. The 26″ model might come with an 18″ frame while the 29″ model comes with a 20″ frame. A size chart in the store will recommend a bike with 26″ wheels to a shorter person and a bike with 29″ wheels to a taller person. This is a very inaccurate way to size bikes. The wheel size has very little to do with the frame size. You can easily buy a bike that is too large or too small for your height. Of course, there are ways to improve a bike’s fit after you buy it. For example, you can adjust the handlebars and seat height a bit. Riding a bike that doesn’t fit properly can be uncomfortable and can lead to joint pain or even damage.
  • You need to know a bit about bicycle maintenance to keep a Walmart bike on the road- As mentioned earlier, Walmart bikes tend to require more frequent maintenance than higher-end bikes that are sold at bike shops. If you don’t know how to do your own maintenance, you’ll end up spending more in the long run than if you had just shelled out for a more expensive bike. For example, having to pay a bike mechanic to adjust your derailleurs or replace a brake cable adds up quickly. To make owning a Walmart bike economical, you’ll have to buy a few bike tools and learn some basic bicycle maintenance. This isn’t that big of a deal. Anyone can learn to replace brake pads or adjust a derailleur. All you’ll need is a simple multi-tool. You can learn everything you need to know about bike maintenance by watching videos on YouTube.
  • You can’t get the bike serviced where you bought it- Walmart and other big box stores just sell the bikes. They don’t have a bike service department. If you need to get some work done on your bike, you’ll have to take it to a local bike shop or do the work yourself. If you decide to do your own maintenance, the good news is that Walmart does sell most of the spare parts you’ll need to keep your bike running including tires, brake pads, cables, grease, basic bike tools, etc.
  • You may experience reliability issues- The lower-end components that come with Walmart bikes break down more often and need more frequent adjustment. You don’t want to get stranded or miss an important meeting because your bike failed you. If you’re relying on your bike to get you to work on time, you may want to consider spending a bit more and buying a higher-end bike at your local bike shop.
  • Walmart bikes are heavy- A Walmart bike will weigh a few pounds more than a comparable bike shop bike. The main reason is that the frames are made from heavy materials, like high tensile steel. This type of steel weighs more than Chromoly that many higher-end frames are made from. The tubes are often plain gauge, not butted. This increases weight as well because there is more material in the tubes. The low-end components that come installed on Walmart bikes are also heavier. Heavy bikes are inefficient. It takes more energy to accelerate and maintain your speed. They are also slower.
  • Low resale value- Bikes, in general, don’t hold their value very well. Even a high-end bike is worth about 40% less the moment you bring it home. Walmart bikes are even worse. Don’t expect to get much back when you’re ready to sell it. After a season of riding, your $99 Walmart bike might be worth $
  • Durability issues- Walmart bikes work fine for cruising on a flat surface. When riding off-road, all bets are off. Parts can shake loose or break. Catastrophic failures are rare but are much more common on these low-end bikes. If you plan to ride rough trails, you should probably avoid Walmart bikes. If you decide to take your chances, be sure to inspect your bike frequently to make sure it is safe to ride.
  • Walmart bikes don’t last as long- Walmart bikes are kind of disposable. They just don’t have the longevity of bike shop bikes. In fact, you might only get miles or hours of use out of the bike before it starts giving you problems. Cheap frames rust or fatigue easily. Cheap parts wear out and break. They are also a bit more fragile. If you ride hard, you can cause some damage. For example, it’s easy to break the cheap plastic pedals that come with most Walmart bikes. I’ve even heard of a crank arm breaking off. Of course, you can replace everything as it breaks. At some point, you’re just better off buying a higher-end bike. Expect to get a few solid years out of your Walmart bike. After that, it may become less reliable. To compare, a quality bike from a major manufacturer can last a lifetime with proper maintenance. Long-distance bicycle tourists routinely put over 50, miles on their bikes. Sure, they replace parts as they wear out or break, but it’s still the same bike.
  • Poor performance- You’re not going to win any races on a Walmart bike. The low-end components shift slow and sometimes rough. This can slow you down. At high speeds, the bike may develop a shimmy. The suspension systems on mountain bikes tend to have minimal travel and poor damping. They can’t handle drops or jumps. Just smooth trails.
  • Some types of bikes aren’t available at Walmart- Walmart mostly sells mountain bikes, road bikes, hybrids, commuter bikes, and kids bikes in their stores. If you want something more niche like a gravel bike or triathlon bike, you may have to buy online or look elsewhere.
  • It’s a Walmart bike- Some cyclists are pretty elitist. They won’t respect someone riding a Walmart bike. They may even try to put you down for riding a cheap bike. I think these kinds of people are pretty lame. They are out there though.
  • Some bike shops won’t work on them or will just give you a hard time- This point comes from personal experience. Once, when I was about 8 years old, my dad and I went into a bike shop with my Walmart bike to have a flat tire repaired. The owner just kept talking trash about my bike the whole time we were in his shop. He claimed that it was going to fall apart and that the suspension was junk because it was a mass-market bike. He then attempted to sell my dad on a new bike. I’ve grown to dislike bike shops because of this condescending and elitist attitude. These days, I buy most of my bike gear online and do my own repairs and maintenance.

Who Should Buy a Walmart Bike?

As you can see, there are more cons than pros. There are, however, a few occasions where a Walmart bike may be your best option.

You should buy a Walmart bike if:

  • Your budget is less than $ This is the price point where Walmart bikes are the best bargain. You’ll have trouble finding a decent bike anywhere else for less money. Even used bikes cost more unless you get lucky. If $ is your absolute max budget, head on down to Walmart. If you’re buying a bike in this price range, try to buy the most basic and bare-bones bike you can find. Avoid anything with suspension or disc brakes. You might even want to choose a single-speed instead of a geared bike. The more basic the bike, the better quality the components will be.
  • You don’t plan to ride far or often- If you know you’ll only ride your bike a handful of times per year for just a few miles, a Walmart bike will work just fine. For example, maybe you ride down a local bike path a few times during summer or maybe you ride to the corner store a couple of times per month. You don’t need a high-end bike for this type of infrequent riding.
  • You want a cheap single-speed bike- Because they are so simple, single-speed Walmart bikes aren’t a bad buy. I have a beach cruiser that I bought at Walmart for $ I’ve ridden that thing for almost a decade and never had a problem with it. I also test rode my friend’s fixie that he bought at Walmart and it felt pretty decent for the price. It’s hard to screw up such a simple bike.
  • You’re buying a bike for your young kids- Kids outgrow bikes in just a year or two. They also don’t know the difference between a good bike and a cheap bike. It’s not worth the money to buy your kid a nice bike until they’re a bit older. If you are buying your kid’s bike at Walmart, you’ll want to be sure to thoroughly inspect the bike to make sure it was properly assembled and is safe to ride.

Who Shouldn’t Buy a Walmart Bike

Mass-market bikes from Walmart or other big box store bikes certainly aren’t for everyone. In fact, most people are better off avoiding them altogether.

You shouldn’t buy a Walmart bike if:

  • Your budget is greater than $ In this case, you’re better off buying used. If you shop around a bit, you can find some nice mid-range or vintage used bikes for less than $ They may be a bit older but you’ll get a lot more bang for your buck. The bike will also come with better quality components that will be more reliable and durable and won’t need to be adjusted as frequently. Vintage bikes, in particular, can offer an excellent value. You can buy a bike that was once considered high-end for just a couple of hundred dollars. A quality used bike can last a lifetime.
  • You plan to use your bike as your main mode of transportation- Regularly commuting and running errands puts a lot of wear and tear on a bike. For example, the bike will get wet or left out in the rain. This can lead to rust. You might load the bike up with heavy groceries. This can put extra stress on the frame, wheels, and drivetrain. When you’re in a hurry, you’ll ride hard. Walmart bikes aren’t built to put up with this kind of constant stress and abuse. Parts will wear out quickly or break. If you plan to use your bike heavily, you’ll want something a bit more durable than a Walmart bike.
  • You don’t know anything about bicycle maintenance- As mentioned earlier, Walmart bikes require more frequent maintenance than bike shop bikes. If you don’t know anything about bike maintenance, you’ll end up spending more money in the long run. In this case, you’re better off buying something higher end.
  • You’re not on a budget- If money isn’t a problem, there is really no need to even consider buying a Walmart bike. Many times, they are more trouble than they’re worth. Save yourself the hassle and buy a bike shop bike.
  • You plan to ride off-road- Walmart bikes are not tough enough to handle any kind of serious off-road riding. The suspension systems perform poorly. Parts will shake loose or break. A large drop or jump could bend a frame or rim. Most Walmart bikes aren’t durable enough for off-road riding. If you just plan to ride some easy trails, you might be able to get away with a Walmart mountain bike.
  • You can wait and save up- If you don’t need a bike urgently and you are able to save a bit more money, you probably should. If you can save up an extra hundred dollars, you can get a much nicer bike.

A Few Tips for Choosing a Walmart Bike

Walmart bikes can be hit or miss. Some offer surprisingly solid quality and reliability while others are complete junk and should be avoided. If you’re not familiar with bikes, it can be a challenge to tell the difference between the two. After all, when you’re looking at new bikes, they all look nice. It’s important to pay attention to details.

The most reliable and best quality Walmart bikes tend to be the most boring and basic models. Try to choose a bike without any fancy features. Look for bikes with rim brakes and a rigid frame with no suspension. Look for bikes that don’t include any fancy accessories like racks, fenders, lights, a basket, a bell, etc. Consider choosing a bike with fewer speeds or even a single speed. These bikes generally offer the best value.

It’s best to avoid the flashy-looking bikes with disc brakes, suspension, lots of gears, or fancy accessories. These parts may make the bike look modern, flashy, and higher-end but they usually perform terribly.

The more basic bikes are preferable because the more basic components that they come equipped with are slightly higher quality and more reliable. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, basic bike parts are simpler to build and cost less. For example, rim brakes are easier to build and cheaper than disc brakes. At the low price point of Walmart bikes, cheap rim brakes will perform better than cheap disc brakes.

Manufacturers can also spend a bit more on the components when they aren’t spending money on more modern components and fancy features. For example, the manufacturer can afford to ship the bike with slightly higher-end rim brakes while still meeting their price point. If the bike came with more expensive disc brakes, the manufacturer would have to cut corners somewhere else to meet their price point. Extra features like a rack or lights also mean the corners had to be cut somewhere else. Maybe the frame was cheapened so the manufactuerer could afford to include a rack. If you want these features, you can always add them on later.

Walmart Bike Alternatives

Used Bike

In my opinion, buying a used bike is the best option for anyone on a tight budget. Decent used bikes start at around $ If you’re willing to put in a bit of work, you can find a quality used bike for less than $ Some good places to look for a used bike include Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, eBay, garage sales, thrift stores, and bike shops. You can also ask your friends and family if they have an old bike sitting around.

Check out my guide to buying a used bike for some helpful tips.

Used bike

Both of the bikes that I currently own, I bought used. My Schwinn High Sierra that I converted into a touring bike had been sitting in some guy’s garage for over a decade. I bought my Fuji Touring bike used for less than half of the retail price.

Entry-Level Bike Shop Bikes

All of the major bicycle manufacturers such as Trek, Giant, Specialized, Cannondale, etc. offer entry-level bikes. These usually start between $$ and offer an excellent value for your money. When compared to a Walmart bike of a similar price range, these entry-level name-brand bike shop bikes offer:

  • Higher-end components- These offer better durability and longevity. The derailleurs and brakes also won’t need to be adjusted as often.
  • Better frames- Some Walmart bikes have sloppy welds, warped frame tubes, or bad paint jobs. Name brand bike companies offer much better quality control.
  • Better support- You can take the bike back to where you bought it for repairs and maintenance if necessary. As an added bonus, when you buy a bike at a bike shop it usually includes a free service. A mechanic adjusts the brakes and derailleurs after the first miles.
  • The prestige of owning a name-brand bike- Every cyclist knows and respects the name brands.

Personally, I would much rather ride a cheap name-brand bike than an expensive mass-market box store bike. If you can afford to spend around $, you can get a much better bike if you go to a bike shop.

Bike Share Program

Many cities offer bike-sharing programs where you pay a small fee to rent a bike by the minute or hour. Bike share can be a great alternative to buying a bike for multi-modal commuters, those who don’t ride often, and people who live in a small space. This is also a great solution for someone who can’t afford to buy a bike.

Bike sharing bikes

There are a few drawbacks to bike-share programs. Oftentimes the bikes aren’t in the best condition. Some cities just don’t maintain the bikes as well as they should. Before taking the bike, briefly inspect it to make sure it’s in decent condition.

Are Walmart Bikes any Good? My Experience

Walmart bikes aren’t nearly as bad as people make them out to be. They offer an affordable option for someone who is just getting into cycling or someone who just needs a simple bike to ride around town. Walmart also offers an excellent return policy and an optional warranty.

That said, there are quite a few drawbacks. Walmart bikes are heavy, poorly made, and come with low-quality components. They are often poorly assembled as well. Durability and reliability issues are common. Cheap parts wear out quickly, break easily, and need to be adjusted frequently. Walmart bikes can be dangerous to ride as well.

Over the years, I’ve owned 4 or 5 different Walmart bikes. As a kid, I rode a cheap Walmart mountain Mongoose bike for years without any problems other than a few flats and a broken pedal. Of course, the bike had some issues. It shifted roughly no matter how many times I tried to adjust the derailleur. The suspension was also pretty much useless. Even with those issues, the bike got me around my neighborhood just fine.

During college, I bought a $ single speed that I used to commute to class and for going on grocery runs. I rode the bike for a year before selling it and upgrading. My one complaint was that the brakes were pretty weak. I actually ended up selling in for more than I paid for it.

Today, I own an OP Roller beach cruiser that I bought from Walmart for $99 in This is probably my favorite bike that I’ve owned. Mostly thanks to the memories I’ve made on it. It’s been a shockingly reliable and solid bike for the price. The only issue I’ve had with that bike was a flat tire. It has developed a bit of rust as well. The bike has held up incredibly well considering the abuse I’ve put it through over the years and the salty and sandy condtions I’ve ridden it in. 

my Walmart bike

Final Thoughts on the Pros and Cons of Buying a Walmart Bike

Walmart bikes aren’t nearly as bad as people claim them to be. As a kid, I rode my Walmart bikes hard and didn’t really have any problems other than needing to adjust the derailleur once in a while and replace broken plastic pedals. If you take decent care of the bike and ride it gently, it will hold up just fine.

For an example of what a Walmart bike is capable of, check out this YouTube video of a guy riding a $ Walmart bike across Florida. 

With all of this being said, if you have a budget of $ or more, I highly recommend you go with a used bike or even splurge on a bike shop bike. You’ll save yourself a lot of hassle and may even save money in the long run. For the $$ price range, Walmart bikes can’t be beaten.

Do you ride a Walmart bike? Share your experience in the comments below!

Amazon is another great place to buy budget bikes. For more info, check out my guide to buying a bike on Amazon.

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Walk into any Walmart or other mass-market retailer, and you’ll find mountain bikes, road bikes, and town bikes—some for under $ and some from brands you can find at your local independent bike dealer for more money.

The biggest retailers are able to sell bikes to the masses at extremely affordable prices because those stores buy bulk orders of a single model, use lower-cost parts, don’t shell out for trained assembly, and adopt more of a one-size-fits-all policy. But if you’re on a tight budget, you can walk into one of these retailers and walk out with enough bikes for the whole family, often for less money than you would have paid for a single bike from another source.

You won’t get all the bells and whistles you could find on a bike from your local shop or at a sports equipment retailer like Dick’s Sporting Goods, but you will walk out ready to ride.

Mass bikes are getting better—and many will get the job done—but there are many important considerations in terms of quality, performance, longevity, safety, reliability, and fit. Here’s what to know before shopping for a mass-market bike.

You’ll See Some Familiar Brands

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There’s a tendency to equate mass bikes with cheapness of quality, but that’s not necessarily accurate. “Sometimes you can’t afford the Porsche, and you need to buy the Corolla,” said Joe Werwie, senior director of product development at Schwinn. “If you’re on a tight budget, you want to enjoy cycling, but you’re not looking to invest in the highest end or most expensive technology, you can still get a solid bike that’ll get you out with your family, to and from work, or cruising with friends.”

However, it's important to know that mass-market bikes are often designed by different teams at different facilities than bikes sold at bike stores. And instead of aluminum or carbon, most mass-market frames will be made of heavier steel.

Bikes at Walmart

26” Schwinn Sidewinder Women’s Mountain Bike



Kent 26” Men’s, La Jolla Cruiser Bike


Schwinn C Women's Pathway Multi-Use Bike



26" Mongoose Hitch Men’s All-Terrain Fat Tire Bike



But You’ll Lose Some Options

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To keep prices low, many mass-market brands will manufacture each model in only one size, which cuts down on development costs. That means your bike might not have the ideal fit. For example, if you’re looking at Mongoose mountain bikes at Walmart, the 26” wheel option might come in an 18” frame, the ” wheel option might come in a 19” frame, and the 29" wheel option might come in a ” frame. Bikes will also come in one color per model.

Some brands, like Schwinn, are working on this by employing fit experts to optimize bike fit for more people. They took the anticipated age range for each product and then used anthropometric date to analyze rider height. Then they tweaked the geometry to fit most people. “We want to get people on bikes and keep them there,” Werwie said. “If a bike is uncomfortable, the rider won’t keep riding. A lot of people buy a saddle to try to solve a problem but that’s not the problem. When a bike fits better, it rides better.”

Familiar Components Will Be Entry-Level Quality

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A lot of the parts you’ll find on name-brand mass-market bikes, like Schwinn or Mongoose, have parts and pieces made by the same companies that make the components for the highest-end bikes. KMC chains are standard for those brands, and while the suspension fork—if the bike has one—is likely non-branded, the derailleur and brakes are likely Shimano or SRAM, but of a lower quality than you’ll find at your local shop.

Chains and bolts will rust faster, quick-release seat posts can slip more easily. You will have fewer gears; your shifters and brakes, generally, will need more service to keep in good working order.

There Are Assembly Drawbacks

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Mass-market bikes leave the factory percent assembled. If a bike comes from a factory that does not also produce premium bikes, the problems can be significant—rounded spoke nipples that can’t be tuned, no grease in the hubs and bottom bracket, and more.

The last 10 percent of assembly is done by the retailer. In mass-market stores, there is no trained mechanic checking bolt torque, spoke tension, and other aforementioned problems. You can, and should, take your mass-market bike to a shop to get it safety checked—it will help protect you and your investment, though it’ll set you back another $50 to $ And again, what you’re saving in cost with a mass-market bike, you’re also sacrificing in performance. Across the board, a bike with low-end spec will never have the same smooth shifting of a premium bike.

[The Hidden Costs of Walmart Bikes]

And You Won’t Find Every Type of Bike

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You can’t get every style of bike at your typical Walmart or online at Amazon. Drop-bar road bikes, mountain bikes, commuter bikes, and cruiser bikes are common. Triathlon, gravel, and cross bikes are unlikely.

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