First mtb I owned was a courier and it was truly crap by today’s standards. Forks that bent, indexed gears that didn’t index, rear mech prone to exploding, seatpost that snapped (they all did), anything with a bearing requiring frequent re-builds.
At the time it was almost the only option at that price, even a hotrock was more cash iir. Yet even just a couple of years later bikes at that price were so much better.
Still rode it everywhere though.Posted 3 years agochipMember
In the late eighties, early nineties I had a friend who’s mum worked for muddyfox.
And I often would borrow a 92 alu comp off another friend as I could not afford one myself.
So it saddens me a little bit to see the rubbish sold under the muddyfox banner now.
What year did they stop making mountain bikes and start supplying BSOs. Also what was the best bike they ever offered compared to modern bikes or did they drop out of the competition to early in the game to make anything comparable to today.Posted 3 years agobuck53Subscriber
Went to Universal cycles early 2000’s I think and then bought by Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct to supply badge engineered crap for his stores, same as has happened with Karrimor, Lonsdale and a few other legit sport/leisure brands that got into financial difficulties.Posted 3 years agostoffelMember
Muddyfox went the same way as several other ‘British’ brands, such as saracen, Claude Butler and Dawes, all of whom used to produce great bikes (although Dawes at least still do the Galaxy touring bikes). Cheap labour in the far east killed our own cycle manufacturing industry, which was already onit’s knees anyway by the 80s. Shame.Posted 3 years agoshotsawayMember
Universal acquired Muddy Fox around 2001 and turned them into a low quality brand. Mike Ashley/Sports Direct then acquired 80% of Universal Cycles around 2008 and they managed to turn them into a lower quality brand.
People in their 30’s and 40’s remember the brand as it was and when they need to buy a bike for their kids, they see a £99 full susser and they believe it is the deal of the century. A Muddy Fox for £100. What a bargain!
Mike Ashley owns so many brand names (both retailers and manufacturers) now a days and every brand he owns produces rubbish. From memory some of his recent acquisitions include USC, Republic, M and M Direct, Firetrap, etc.
When Volkswagen bought Skoda in the 90’s they turned them into a decent brand over time, so much do that the old Skoda stigma has more or less disappeared. When Ashley buys a brand he turns them to rubbish.Posted 3 years ago
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