a Weekend Warrior
from Seattle, WA
Date Reviewed: November 14, 2011
Weaknesses: Brakes don't work!
I purchased a Huffy bike (cruiser) a few months ago, and the FIRST time I used it the brakes failed in a down hill and I ended up in the emergency room with second-degree burns all over my leg and arm. I contacted Huffy to make them aware of the defective product and they did not even take responsibility for it. Stay away from these bikes!!!
a Cross Country Rider
from Topeka, KS, USA
Date Reviewed: February 7, 2010
Strengths: A Huffy Eschelon 18 Speed, I paid nothing for my Huffy, but spent around 50 to 75 dollars to fix, which was a waste considering the sh@@@y bike shop the Recycler in Lawrence, KS. It has a solid frame and is made in the USA (strenghtness or weakness?).
Weaknesses: The brakes were deadly to rely on. Whether on the trail or on the road this bike tried to kill me.
I honestly cannot suggest you put much money into your Huffy unless you love it, as I do. I cannot see myself investing any more money into this bike. It seems too dang expensive to fix than to keep my newest bikes going. I hate to say this, because this was my first working adult bike since I started riding again. I have had numerous problems with it and snotty bike shop kids telling me to buy something new.
If you can find a used (Specialized) at a reasonable price, even if needs repair, do it. I am impressed by the quality of my old Specialized hard-tail (no suspension)and two with front suspension. I have paid a lot for three of these, but they are everlasting. Please go with V-brakes if you upgrade.
Similar Products Used: Giant Rincon (with God-awful cantilever brakes) also tried to kill me, Specialized (a little newer and better) with V-brakes. My most reliable hard-tail and another that I don't get to ride often.
Bike Setup: The Huffy is pretty much stock, I was a newby and paid some jerk to fix it up in Lawrence (called The Recycler) they made my already bad rims worse.
Date Reviewed: October 30, 2007
Strengths: Whats a strength?
Weaknesses: Oh where to start 18 speed? My road bike's 20 and has only two front chain rings. Only fake suspension Tires pop off rim shifters slip break levers bend, then break
Similar Products Used: Yeti AS-R SL Carbon with juicy carbon, XT/XTR, XT cranks Monkeylight XC bar, Maxxis rubber, Fox F100RLC, Chris King headset, Mavic crossride, and some other high end stuff
Bike Setup: Plastic Crap YAY
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: June 16, 2005
Strengths: Tough frame Somewhat light for an all steel bike
Weaknesses: No suspension Bad shifters Weak cranks Stem angle Cheap Tires
I just read another review in honor of a Huffy Scout, so I thought I would do the same. I still ride mine every now and then, and it has been about the toughest Wal-Mart bike I have ever seen. Hats off to Huffy on this one.
Similar Products Used: Trek 6000 (Really no comparison, but it is another mtn. bike)
Bike Setup: Stock, except for my sudden urge to update the bike a little! I just put a new UNO stem and new Tectro V-brakes on it. Not too long after I bought it way back when I had to put new rims on it due to the beating I put on the stock junky ones. I have also put on my Trek's old Botrager tires, which improve the traction a ton.
a Cross Country Rider
from camano is washington U.S.A
Date Reviewed: August 5, 2003
Strengths: nothing. peice of dung
Weaknesses: everything.i was riding down the hill and the brakes went out. that was my first day riding it!!!!!!!
peice of crap! peice of crap! peice of crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! P.s parents,unless you want your kids dead dont buy any department store bike!!!!!!!!!!
Well, I finally had to let the Huffy go. It had been enlisted for campus duty, but couldnt pass the test. The 17in. frame couldnt cut it for a 6'1" guy, plus some of the parts started dying. The front hub wouldnt stay tight and the squared holes in the crank started rounding out making the crank arm jiggle. After I replaced the stock seatpost and freewheel to quality parts and before the crank went to crap it was a great beater for campus. Hopefully someone at the pawn shop will find it to be a good bike. It has now been replaced by a Raleigh trail bike and I havent looked back until tonight. This review is dedicated to my 1996 Huffy Scout for its 6.5 years of riding enjoyment. Here's to crappy walmart bikes.
A good bike for everything except downhill and drops.Forks and shock clunked the second day.If you are a commuter,buy a hardail.This bike is good for anything but extreme riding. This product is not worth upgrading. P.S.Any serious downhillers in Boston area?If so,please let me know.
Weaknesses: Rear gear cassette broke a while back which I left broken longer than I needed to due to the fact that I inherited a nice used Diamondback Apex. I guess thats more of a strength in that it allowed me to get a real bike. Also, there is a popping sound which comes from the crank.
Its a cheap bike that has needed some work, but its 6 years old. I bought it in 1996 when my previous junker broke in half while I was doin a wheelie, so it has served me well for a while. Its overall a solid bike which is perfect for riding on the street. It is now being passed down to mom since she "thinks its purtee." If you arent going to be jumping a bike off of curbs and riding it hard, a cheapo walmart bike is fine. You get what you pay for and thats why I rate this high because its a good bike for the money. I would probably still be riding it had I not been given my uncle's Diamondback Apex. This introduced me to the world of quality bicycles and I cant go back. Ive outgrown it so I moved on to a nice midgrade bike. As soon as I get some miles on the tires I can rate it so we'll see how that one goes. Bottom line: Huffy makes a damn good piece of crap.
Similar Products Used: Walmart or Toy R Us junk bikes, DB Apex, 2001 Raleigh M60
Bike Setup: Stock other than a new rear cassette and aztec brake pads which work really good in the wet.
from Springfield NH
Date Reviewed: August 19, 2001
Strengths: Wow plastic bashguard really works, I never knew a rockring should be weaker than what it protecs (chainrings. At fifty pounds it is good at hitting things, though the tinfoil frame isn't very strong. Great Huffy Parts Dont brake (as long as you don't ride it) Handle bars slip up and down for on the trail adustments. The fake suspension is really ridgid. Plus many other great things about this bike.
Weaknesses: the "NOT TO BE USE OFF ROAD" sticker on the back of the bike sums it all up.
Similar Products Used: Gt I-drive team, Gary Fisher Sugar1, K2 Razorback, Trek Fuel 100, uhhhh well no,I guess nothing compairs to the Huffy
Bike Setup: various plastic parts
a Cross Country Rider
from MANCHESTER IA USA
Date Reviewed: July 6, 2001
Strengths: VERY DURABLE DOESNT BRAKE TIRES DONT BEND/POP PAINT AND DECALS EASY TO MAINTAIN CONTROL
Weaknesses: BRAKES WEIGHT SIZE OF FRAME
THIS BIKE IS FUN TO RIDE MORE THAN IT IS TOO RAMP OR DO STUNTS BECAUSE OF ITS WEIGHT SO IF YOU WANT TO RAMP AND DO STUNTS THIS ISNT THE BIKE FOR YOU BUT IF IT IS JUST TO RIDE THEN GO AHEAD AND BUY IT... I HAVE HAD ONE FOR ALMOST A YEAR AND I HAVE HAD A LOT OF GOOD COMPLIMENTS
a Cross Country Rider
from Chicago, IL
Date Reviewed: May 3, 2001
Strengths: Sturdy construction for the price. Dual shocks, solid bike.
Weaknesses: Brakes suck. A bit heavy.
This bike is great for the budget concoius biker. I'm at school in southern illiois-and have taken it out up north (Starved Rock area) and down here. Handles well for the price, and is pretty indestuctable, which is a great thing for a college student to have. If you're looking for a cheap, solid bike that will be a challenge to ride, grab a Huffy.
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