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Shop at Walmart for Fatbikes and Cam Zink's Signature MTBIt was probably only a matter of time, though I’m still not sure anyone is ready for Walmart’s foray into the fatbike market. Thanks to their new 26″ Mongoose Beast Men’s Oversized All Terrain Bike (!) fatbikes may no longer just be a toy for “rich hipsters” as our commenters have put it before. With a retail price of a measly $199, it is possible to buy two fatbike tires that would cost more. Though fatbikers looking for a performance ride might want to look elsewhere as the Beast is more beach than anything. With a coaster brake, singlespeed drivetrain, and those Inova tires with the spiders for tread. Also, even though the beast is specified with an aluminum frame, the shipping weight of 46 lbs hints that this will be no lightweight. Honestly though, if you lived close to a beach and needed a beach cruiser this seems like it could be a fun choice.

In other Walmart bike news, Cam Zink recently got his own signature bike – in Walmart. Check it out, next.

Shop at Walmart for Fatbikes and Cam Zink's Signature MTBHyper has done a lot of big box business and Eric Carter, the current brand manager said this to Pinkbike, “We do a lot of business with Walmart, and we’re proud of that. One of Hyper’s main goals is to get more people onto bikes. Not everyone can afford a $1000, $2000 or $4000 bike. I grew up in a household that was struggling to make a buck, to put food on the table. My first bike was a big box bike, and without having that big box bike I may never have found my passion for cycling.”

Therefore, Walmart is offering the $199.97 Hyper Cam Zink Men’s bike. Built with a 7 speed drivetrain, a “rugged” chain guide, Shimano disc brakes, and a suspension fork – the Hyper may just get some riders into biking, as long as it’s assembled correctly.

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Brian
Brian
9 years ago

I’m a mechanic. I hate this crap. I hate telling a customer that the bike they just got last month is going to cost more to repair than the retail of the bike.

Joshura
Joshura
9 years ago

That’ll make it really easy to sell a quality bike to customers when they can just go over to WM and pick up a sweet fatbike or Zink signature for less than two bills.

bin judgin
bin judgin
9 years ago

why can’t you sell this $200 bike to bike shops?

Dr.Unk
9 years ago

Brian, I concur. Dealing with a Walmart bike right now; the forks were effed up out of the box and the replacement fork is 60% of the retail price.

Walmart is poop.

bin judgin
bin judgin
9 years ago

I have to say that it’s not Cam Zink’s fault that the western world has lost all value of quality in their lives. Target plastic bin world, here we come.

Elliott
Elliott
9 years ago

I think you guy’s are missing the point. Look at how much bike you are getting with that Zink. It’s running Shimano components and disks. Sure it will have problems, but for $200 the buyer is getting a capable bike (if assembled correctly!!! Very key point!).

Pancakes
Pancakes
9 years ago

These bikes usually don’t get used once they’ve been bought, so the rationale is at least partially that they sit motionless just as well as any other bike. But yeah, any service tickets for something like this generally calls for advance payment.

Denny
Denny
9 years ago

is this the Aluminium version of the Carver O’Beast Fat snow and sand bicycle?

heystacks
heystacks
9 years ago

@Brian& Zach.. At least it is a single speed! Can’t agree enough about telling customers that they need to spend more $$ on the crappy bike to make it better crap (short term)

Bayard
Bayard
9 years ago

Haters gonna hate

TonyLeePR
TonyLeePR
9 years ago

It is funny because 200$ WM bicycles cost 350$ in Puerto Rico and Bike Dealers don’t have a decent bike for less than 500$ anymore..

Johnny Doe
Johnny Doe
9 years ago

If it gets folks into bikes and they take it to a shop for assembly, I’ll begrudgingly accept this. Once one of their assemblers splooges oil/grease over the rotors, it’ll do nothing but emphasize why you should go to a bike shop.

Ultraclyde
Ultraclyde
9 years ago

say what you want, the WalMart fat bike is perfect for jumping the shark.

M.D.T.
M.D.T.
9 years ago

I wonder sometime why we have to educate peoples. If you buy a cheap H&M Shirt for 14$ How its gonna look like in a month? If you buy a good handmade shirt that will cost over 100$ How long its gonna last? In witch pocket you would like to invest your money?

If you wanna buy a cheap shirt, maybe you know that its only because its not gonna last an its not gonna be fashion anymore next summer…

Bycycle last longer, best resale value if its good quality. Not a garbage bike.

Nothing to be pround helping Walmart to make business

Yoshi
Yoshi
9 years ago

Finally a fattie I can afford to take for a lil ride… And she was found at walmart – who would’ve thought?

duder
duder
9 years ago

As a shop mechanic, I have mixed feelings about Walmart bikes. On one hand, they are getting people on bikes. On the other, it is no wonder that most Americans don’t ride bikes- after riding one of these. One thing is for sure: if you don’t support your local shop, Walmart will soon be the only bicycle shop in town.

Mindless
Mindless
9 years ago

Coaster brakes freeze in the winter.

Capn Snap
Capn Snap
9 years ago

“bin judgin – 03/21/13 – 12:58pm
why can’t you sell this $200 bike to bike shops?”

A fat bike for $199? That was not the price, it was the weight in pounds . Still dying to buy one?

1Pro
1Pro
9 years ago

Zack, why even run this story? this has nothing to do with the bike industry, this is mass merchant retail fodder.

Capn Snap
Capn Snap
9 years ago

@Bin Judgin

Light. Strong. Cheap: Pick any two… cause the 3rd won’t be happening.

Quickie
Quickie
9 years ago

M.D.T. I’m not quite sure what you’re talking about, but you had me at “witch pockets.” I’d imagine they carry all sorts of cool sh!t in those.

Keephopealive
Keephopealive
9 years ago

Considering that nearly 98% of all bikes in the U.S. are sold in department stores (BRS study, look it up), why wouldn’t Zink sell it anywhere else?

satisFACTORYrider
satisFACTORYrider
9 years ago

nbd – worked in a shop helpin less fortunate groms on their dept store bikes that would break down during summer afternoon curb jumpin and stair gap mishaps. nbd. let everyone discover bikes. next.

Sancho
Sancho
9 years ago

how does selling bicycles have nothing to do with the bike industry?

Tes
Tes
9 years ago

@1Pro – This is one of the best comment threads in a while! Well worth the junk.

Namath
Namath
9 years ago

Hey a lot of us old guys started on bmx bikes that were less than $200 bucks. Huffy Thunder Road was the one my neighbor had. I had a Panda and then Redline Pro line and I swear it was like $199.

Good luck to all kids with little money! Did you guys ever see the vid of that awesome kid in Portugal shredding trails on a supermarket bike? So fing awesome.

pinkbike dot com/video/261369/

Muddy
Muddy
9 years ago

Amen, Namath. When I was a kid, I had a girly bike with a banana seat and delivered newspapers with it. My single-parent mother worked two jobs and helped me buy a K-mart bike. I still remember those days. Today, I have a Santa Cruz Blur LTc, a Litespeed roadie, an Intense Spider XVP, and a Lynskey 29er. I built all my bikes myself because I can’t stand working with snobby bike mechanics in my town. You all are short sighted and ignorant. Sorry, I know better than reading these comments.

Sean R
Sean R
9 years ago

How long before a Peter Sagan signature Wal Mart road bike….Remember people, it’s not just what you buy, but who you buy it from.

satisFACTORYrider
satisFACTORYrider
9 years ago

@seanR- you sure you don’t want to include where it was made while you’re at it.

andyb
andyb
9 years ago

Muddy= The Truth

satisFACTORYrider
satisFACTORYrider
9 years ago

amen, Muddy. first bike from TwoGuys dept store for me in jersey.

1Pro
1Pro
9 years ago

Zach that is like a porsche dealer giving a crap about what the scion guys are doing. as an IBD, walmat is not your competition.

pmurf
pmurf
9 years ago

@seanR I would totally buy a Peter Sagan edition kids bike if it had the “terminator” graphics from last year’s tour. Someone call WM corporate….

DaleC
DaleC
9 years ago

Some people aren’t familiar with the term “learning curve”.

One poster use the eaxmple of a shirt and I think that is a great example. I began byuing inexpensive shirts that were ill-fiting, did not do well in the laundry, were a B*TCH to iron and didn’t last very long. Eventually, I graduated to a few REALLY high quality dress shirts and suits, some custom tailored.

I am a professional bassist and followed a very expensive learning curve on gear.

Same with bikes. My Schwinn Sting Ray became a used RockHopper with Exage became a Cannondale SuperV3000 became a Litespoeed Unicoi, Litespeed Tuscany, Bianchi BUSS and Niner Sir9.

Use the opportunity to encourage and coach new riders along, ot dismiss them for buying at a Big Box. They won’t all follow the same path that I did, but some will and won’t that help our LBS? I have been in some sort of sales my entire career and I have never thought insulting the customers previous choices helped me sell them on my program.

Just my two cents.

BTW, I totally understand the frustration of the LBS and, especially, their mechanics.

Namath
Namath
9 years ago

I’m so sick of LBS sob stories geezus.

Surly Shawn
Surly Shawn
9 years ago

I agree with all the comments here. This is one of those ‘double-edged swords’ situation. On the one hand, you have people buying affordable bikes at big box stores, and it may possibly lead to a new addiction and a new convert. On the other hand, you are not helping the LBS by not buying a bike from them. But you will be patronizing them for service, which is what big box stores don’t offer. I think if (when?) Mal*Wart, et al start offering service for their bikes, then LBS’s will have something to worry about.

Until then, we just need to ride and be happy and remember to not look down on others just because they are riding a dept store bike. Whenever I see someone like that while I am riding, I wave and remember what an old biker (H-D) friend told me, “I wave at everyone on a motorcycle. Because they are not in a car and probably having just as much fun as I am”.

Dope
Dope
9 years ago

I could ride a 200 dollar Wal-Mart fat bike and still tie Lance Armstrong for number of TDF wins.

rollnj
rollnj
9 years ago

Hey sorry I don’t have $400-$500 to buy a bike at the LBS, we all can’t afford it, thanks for making me and
anyone like me ( living on a budget ) feel like shit for buying what we can afford, maybe u should lower ur prices…HMMM…..

maadmonkey
maadmonkey
9 years ago

To all you nay sayers I wish this bike the Zink was around 20 years ago however it would have been to expensive because of a shock and disk brakes. I remember when rockshox came out and all the big shot bikers paid 300+ for them and are really not any better than a rst today. I actually saw this bike at Wal-Mart and is it perfect ? no but what a step in the right direction for Wal-Mart. I own a Kona scrap dirt jumper love it and now I’m going to get the Zink for my son and teach him to take care of it for himself and if he really gets in to this sport and NEEDS a better one than he’ll cross that bridge when he gets there. I just fill that people forget how far bikes have come and don’t appreciate what is available because I remember when mountain bikes didnt have shocks or disk brakes and cost over a $1000

maadmonkey
maadmonkey
9 years ago

I have had one good LBS mechanic but he moved and now we have a new guy to that seems to think everyone is stupid around bikes , I wanted to get a couple of spokes and he acted like I was brave to tackle the job on my own. Really I fix more complicated tasks on my car and have restored motorcycles but I need him for a couple of spokes give me a break. most Lbs seem to be a bunch of prissy little school girls who think there some kind of brain doctor . Half of the bikes that are around $400 @ there shops are not any better than the bigbox bikes there all assembled in china my Kona was so get real .

dal
dal
9 years ago

I read these bike shop guys talking down the so called gap in quality with these wallie world bikes which may be the case but yet to be one for me. I get a bad taste in my mouth with most bicycle shops I have been in, the product is always way over priced and there is absolutely no imagenation when it comes to style. Most place look at you like your from another planet is you even mention a street freak bike like choppers and the like. I own over 38 bicycles of various sizes and styles and I have found more folks enjoy my style than the over priced rails out there as for the cost of fixing a bike compared to the original cost of it new well just fix it yourself, trust me, man or woman with just a hand full of tools you can repair most anything on a bicycle in 45 minutes just a little knowledge will go along way.

GrizzlyBear
GrizzlyBear
9 years ago

I too dream of owning a $6000 dollar MTB. I’ve often wondered what my motocross bike would feel like without a motor. My motocross bike has 20 times the R&D put into it and is capable of clearing 100 foot gaps. I’m really confused why MTB’s are so over priced. I’ve never heard of a Walmart bikes frame breaking. The components are garbage and fail, but that’s with the territory. I know many “quality” bike manufactures who’s frames break all the time. Why? Also, motocross bikes are easily financed at very low interest rates. If you want to sell high dollar bikes with superior components, make buying them easier or more affordable.

Jim
Jim
9 years ago

I have bought new dept store bikes & used upscale bikes, but for the past few years, I have been riding a home-built LWB recumbent. I have built several recumbents, but the EZRacer clone is the one I ride. A 25 mile ride is nothing on it. I could never go back to riding an @$$ hatchet after getting used to riding in a comfortable position.

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