This weekend we have been testing the zinc Muddyfox landslide mountain bike from Argos . We are getting near the point when we can all take cycle rides as a family. My husband is a  cycling enthusiast but favours road bikes which aren’t suitable for family bike rides. We wanted a mountain bike that he could take out in all weathers, which would look good and be an easy ride, but we didn’t want a big price tag as it wouldn’t get used every day.

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The bike is a great price for a starter model, or for if you will be riding it infrequently. At the time of ordering it was around £100, although that was during the sale, the RRP is £199.99. The best feature of the bike is what a smooth ride it gives. I’m reliably informed that this is because of it’s dual suspension. Anything which means you will be comfortable on a long ride sounds like a good idea. We have only had chance to test it on the roads and canals so far but it looked like it would be suitable for more bumpy paths.

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There are 18 gears which gives it lots of versatility. There is a twist grip change of gear which makes it really easy to adjust in the middle of a bike ride.

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Argos delivered the bike really quickly and there was great communication about when it would arrive. The bike was easy to assemble – although if you have never put together a bike before it might be best to at least get it checked over at a bike shop. When put together the bike looks really good. The white is really stylish and I think would be a popular choice among teenagers who would like the ice white.

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The only complaint was that the seat was a little uncomfortable, so you might want to invest in one of those padded seat covers for a more cosy ride. Also there isn’t muchroom to adjust the seat so you do need to make sure it will be the right length for your height.

  • Steel frame.
  • 18 gears with Revoshift shifters.
  • Shimano SL-RS35 gears.
  • Shimano TZ-50 rear derailleur.
  • Front V-type and rear V-type brakes.
  • Dual suspension.
  • Steel forks.
  • Weight fully assembled 16.5kg.
  • 18 inch frame size.
  • 26 inch wheel size.
  • 29 to 35 inch inside leg measurements.
  • ATB tyres.
  • Alloy rims.
  • Minimal assembly.

All in all this is good value for money. Great for short distances or beginners and perfect for family bike rides.

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