The MuddyFox race team includes such venerable riders as Gee, Dan and Rachel Atherton and Dan Stanbridge. They play a key role in testing the company’s new bikes to ensure each new product is up to scratch. But are Muddyfox bikes any good?
Who are Muddy Fox?
MuddyFox is a respected UK mountain and BMX bike manufacturer originating in Basildon, Essex. Established during the BMX bike boom in the 1980s, the company has grown from a one-product lineup to become a globally renowned outdoor pursuit supplier. As the first European company to begin producing mountain bikes, Muddy Fox has become an industry leader in developing new and innovative mountain biking products and accessories. They are embraced by enthusiasts around the world.
Are Muddyfox bikes worth buying?
Most products in the range give you a lot of bike for your money. They begin at a mere £100 or so for an entry-level amateur bike, but don’t try to take one of these on challenging terrain. A mid-spec trail bike with a strong frame and high upgradability will set you back a little more. You’ll be able to put the mid-range bikes through their paces. They are well equipped with capable steering, robust wheels and solid tires. This gives them a similar feel to bikes that cost far more from other manufacturers.
Unfortunately, as with most budget bikes, you might struggle when the going gets particularly tough. Some buyers have reported snapped pedals and damaged chain mechanisms as they have taken their bike out of its depth. Some models can also be difficult to adjust without professional help.
On balance, then, your money will get you a fairly decent bike, if you can accept the drawbacks.
Top 5 Muddyfox bike reviews
Here are some of the most popular models:
The basic Silverfox mountain bike is suitable for both male and female riders of all ages. Priced from around £140, its low price tag makes it ideal for riders who are just starting out and aren’t yet ready to make a serious investment in their bike. Be aware, though, that you get what you pay for. The Silverfox’s build quality leaves a little to be desired, and it’s going to need to be set up by an expert.
Upsurge (2015 range)
Muddy Fox harked back to the company’s roots with this unisex BMX. Similarly priced to the Silverfox, the Upsurge makes for superb value for money. Its sturdy yet light frame makes it a good buy for children and adults alike. Bear in mind that sizing BMX riders up can be a little tricker. If you’re buying it for the kids, it’s worth taking them to a professional bike shop to get them measured first.
Keen to get the kids on the trails early? The Download full suspension mountain bike is a good place to start. Suitable for children aged between 8 and 11, it comes with a 20 inch wheels, high adjustability and easy assembly. It starts from around £150.
Coming with 26 inch wheels, full suspension and dual disk brakes, the £190 Livewire mountain bike is slightly better equipped than its cheaper cousins. Although the entire bike weighs only 16kg, it’s still extremely robust, with 21 speed Shimano gears and a durable 18 inch frame.
With a price tag of around £150, this budget hardtail mountain comes with dual V-brakes, front suspension and 18-speed Shimano gearing. It’s easy to put together and even easier to ride, so it’s suitable for bikers of all levels of competence.
So are Muddyfox bikes any good?
If you’re looking for something basic and affordable as an introduction to the world of mountain biking – especially for the kids – then you can’t go wrong with the entry level models. Adults seeking the occasional off-road thrill are also unlikely to be disappointed with the bigger, slightly higher-spec models. But if you’re an experienced mountain biker and you need something you can throw around a difficult trail with ease, your options are limited in this price range. It’s worth spending a little more elsewhere.