Wild Bikes! Our readers take on the challenge to find out more!

Cycle Sprog readers really are an amazing bunch of people!! Last week I wrote a post about the new range of lightweight kids bikes that had just landed at Go Outdoors. They're called Wild Bikes and seemed to be priced very cheaply for the specification -  (although you do need a £5 discount card to access the deal).

Whilst it's easy to be impressed with the specification of a kids bike on paper, we'd want to see it in person before recommending to our readers. Only problem is that we live quite a long way from the nearest Go Outdoors store -  however what we'd not counted on was just what a truly amazing bunch of readers we have!!

Wild Bikes - cheap alternatives to Islabikes and Frog Bikes - cheap kids bikes

Stephen immediately got in touch and said he was going to check them out as soon as possible, as he'd been looking for a cheaper alternative to Islabikes and Frog Bikes to recommend to parents at his Go Ride Club.

Hours later he reported back that he'd been to his local Go Outdoors Store and had a good chat with the staff.  They'd confirmed that Wild Bikes are made and designed by the people at Calibre.  If you've not heard of them, they make the legendary adult sized Calibre Bossnut Evo, which always gets rave reviews as a brilliant mountain bike, not only for the price but for the specification and ride too.  This means we can hope that the Wild Bikes to have been designed and specified with a similar amount of care and attention to detail.

Wild Bikes are a new cheap brand on kids bike

He confirmed for me that the rear cassette on the 20" and 24" wheel Wild Bike has a range of 11-32, which was the missing bit of information on the specification.

Gears on the Wild Bike 24 - a cheap kids bike from Go Outdoors - on extra discount this Black Friday

Plus he took all the photos included in this post - what a superstar!

Stephen's conclusion was "They do seem really good and I will recommend them as the new budget option. Build quality seems excellent and the staff I spoke to certainly rate them". 

Wild Bike weights

Next up Jim got in touch, to say "Just popped in to have a look at these bikes. Unfortunately they had sold the only 20 inch Wild Bike they had, which is the one that I was most interested in. I weighed the 18 at 6.8kg and the 24 at 9.4kg." 

I'm wondering if he took his own scales, or borrowed a pair from elsewhere in the store!!

The 18" wheel therefore compares quite closely to the stated weight on the Wild Bike website (6.7kg).  However, the 24" wheel bike is, as I'd suspected, weighing in at 9.4kg which is heavier than the stated weight of 8kg.

Then, yesterday Jennifer got in touch. She'd actually taken her Cycle Sprog into her local Go Outdoors and had a sneaky test ride!  She told us:

"I popped into Go Outdoors yesterday with my 6 (nearly 7 year old). I was impressed. They had all the sizes in stock, though not all the colours.  

Wild Bike - cheap kids bikes from Go Outdoors

They had a useful height chart (I've seen similar in Evans) and she's just tipping into the 20" bracket (120cm, I think).  We took it for a little spin around the aisles (before we got told off and told to stop!!!! 🤣) and she liked it. She could access the brakes very easily and it stopped quickly and easily.

Wild Bike cheap kids bikes

I'll probably buy one. I've been waiting for a 2nd hand Islabikes Beinn 20 Small on eBay for months now, but these are rarely below £250. I'd rather buy a new Wild bike.  

Only gripe, the colours for the 20" aren't particularly inspiring, blue and purple which is quite nice and bright pink and silver which is also quite nice, but the 18" colours are much more interesting."

Thanks Jennifer - I hope you didn't get too much of a telling off! It's a pity that there is nowhere for kids to try these bikes out in-store, as being able to test ride a bike is usually an important benefit of buying in store, rather than online.  Perhaps this is something Go Outdoors can think about providing in future.

Wild Bike - a cheap kids bike

I feel very privileged that we've got such amazing readers who are taking pictures of, weighing and test riding the bikes - although I do wonder what the staff think is going on!!!

How do the Wild Bike's actually ride?

It's one thing looking at the bikes in store, and another actually buying one and riding it properly.  Cycle Sprog reader Jon did his research, was impressesd and has bought the Wild 14 - his son is 102cm and the bike fits him at the lowest saddle height. His full impressions of the bike can be read in the comments section below. Here's a brief summary of what he's found, having been out with it a few times and being generally impressed with the quality of the bike.

- Weight of the Wild 16, including pedals, is 6.2kg. Compared to a listed weight (which will be without pedals) of 5.8kg.  This is the same as what his friends Islabike Cnoc 14 weighed, like-for-like

- Tyres weren't as listed. The Wild 16 came with Meghna, not Kenda, tyres and the store confirmed they've never been fitted with Kenda.

- Seat is made by Selle Royal, with Wild Bikes branding, which is not listed in the specification, but is reassuring brand component wise

Thank you so much to Steven, Jim, Jennifer and Jon for their feedback on these bikes. It certainly sounds as if they may well be that elusive thing - a well specified, lightweight kids bike at a cheap price. It will be interesting to see how they perform over the long term. Wild Bikes have a 1 year warranty (Islabikes and Frog have 5 years on Frame and Forks and 2 years on components), but there's nothing so far to suggest these bikes won't last well beyond the warranty timeframe.

Cheap kids bikes - an alternative to Islabikes and Frog Bikes

One last thought. In the initial post I'd already highlighted the similarities between the Wild Bikes and Squish Bikes.  However I also thought the logo looked familiar, and it wasn't until I had both the Wild Bike and Whyte Bikes pages open at the same time that I remembered.....

Wild Bikes and Whyte Bikes logo

Where to buy the Wild Bikes Range:

The Wild Bikes Range can be purchased exclusively from Go-Outdoors, who offer an instore Click and Collect service or free home delivery.

Other posts you ought to check out whilst you're here:

 

This post was first published in November 2018 and updated in January 2019 to include additional comments from Jon, who has bought one of these bikes

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10 Comments

  1. Andrew says:

    I wish to respond to the comment about being told off for riding in store. As a bike tech working for GoOutdoors I find it frustrating that people, not only children, feel it is appropriate to ride a bike around the store. Given the other customers in the store I feel this is an accident waiting to happen and so this would be my reason for discouraging it.
    However, at my store, Penrith, we allow any customers that are interested in a test ride to take a bike out for a lap or two of our car park at the rear of the store, which is usually quiet. With the obvious warning about looking out for any cars coming or going.
    Maybe all GoOutdoors stores aren’t lucky enough to have the option of offering this. I am sure they would if they could. As bike techs we know how important it is to get a bike that feels right.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Andrew - thanks for taking the time to respond. The thought of having children (or adults) riding around the store is obviously a big H&S risk. It's good to know you have a facility at your store for test riding, as this is so important when trying to choose a bike. Perhaps it's something that stores without a facility could consider providing - a small (and safely enclosed) area at each store for test riding may be an attraction for customers? I'm sure all Cycle Sprog readers seeing this will now ask for assistance rather than letting their child ride around the aisles. Kind regards Karen

  2. Jon says:

    After reading the comments on this website, I visited the local Go Outdoors to try out the Wild 14".

    I'd tried out a friends new Islabike Cnoc 14, another friends Frog 43 and another friends Carrera Cosmos, and wanted to reassure myself I'd looked at all options for a decent quality, lightweight first pedal bike.

    When we went to the store I ended up being impressed by the quality and value of the Wild 14", that we bought one and have now been out on a few rides on it in the last couple of weeks.

    Things to comment would be:
    - Weight, including pedals, is 6.2kg. Compared to a listed weight (not sure if with pedals etc) of 5.8kg, so the same as what my friends Islabike weighed, like-for-like
    - Tyres weren't as listed. It came with Meghna tires, not Kenda tires as listed on the website. The bike guy in store said he hadn't seen them with Kenda tyres since the launch, so wasn't sure why they're on the website with them. I do feel the website is misleading in this regard, with Kenda tyres being THE named brand, component wise. I doubt it will make much difference in reality
    - Seat is made by Selle Royal, with Wild Bikes branding also, not listed in the website, but reassuring brand component wise

    My son is 102cm and the bike fits him at the lowest saddle height, for those interested in the sizing.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks so much Jon for this feedback - really useful to know. It's disappointing about the tyres not being as specced. I'll update our post to include your points so other readers are away. Hope the bike continues to impress over the long term - happy cycling! Karen

    • Ruta says:

      This means that these bikes in reality are a bit bigger than listed? In their size guide 100-110 cm stands for 16", but you found out that 14" lowest position only suited for 102cm? That means 16" lowest position can't be suitable for a child of 100cm as it is listed?

  3. Ruta says:

    can someone give me the link to their site - can't find it. can only get different cycling clubs or services with such a name. I am trying to find out the best size for my daughter - she is about 118 cm, but her inner leg is about 46-48 cm - I am afraid 20" could be too big for her due to inner leg size? What are min/max inner leg size for Wild Bikes 18" and 20"?

  4. Tim says:

    Picked up the Wild 20 for our son last weekend - and I'm very impressed. Good build quality and very light. Gears and brakes running smoothly, and really can't fault it for the price (we got it whilst there was 10% off).

    Saddle drops fairly low too, meaning our son (115cm) fits fine (and that's with the rear reflector still fitted).

  5. Jacek says:

    Tyres differ in quality, and Kenda tyres on all Wild Bikes photoshots are misleading. Latest very lightweight and thinwall Islabikes tyres (which I believe are OEM/licenced Kendas) are 72 TPI with refective strip, which adds to safety. BTW also Woom added reflective tyres (Kenda or Schwalbe) to their latest models.
    Saying that I might be for 18'' Wild Bike after our 16'' Cnoc gets outgrown in one/two years, the price to weight ratio of Wilds is encouraging.

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