Dark Side-2

Just in time for the holidays are these gems from Target. I’m not necessarily knocking them as the quality of today’s department store bikes have all but rivaled that of most bikes bought at bike shops….. Nahhhh, who are we kidding? These things are the death star of the bike industry. No matter how you look at it though, they’ll probably sell like hotcakes at a syrup factory with the new Star Wars movie coming out later this month.

Past the break the specs you will see on the Huffy Darth Vader and Storm Trooper bikes…

White-2

Photos courtesy of Target

Okay okay…. I know. But let’s face it, unless you were Richey Rich,….. no no, not that one, THIS one, you at one time had a department store bike. One thing department store bikes have going for them is licensing rights to popular names like Disney, Marvel (my daughter wanted that Spiderman bike so badly), and the like, making them more identifiable to consumers.

So let’s take a look at what Huffy has put into their latest creation:

Dark Side 2

The forks are facing the right direction, so they passed the first test. They even lined up the crank arms to most of our readers’ specs. Sure that seat in the first pic is tilted down a bit, but so are about 75% of rookie triathletes’ saddles. All in all, it “looks” not too shabby for your run of the mill Huffy. But hoooold on a minute….. those welds. That big fat hydroformed(?) frame is made of steel! So like any good weight weenie would, I skim the specs crossing my fingers they actually list the Dark Lord of the Sith’s weight. And they did!

Fifty. Eight. Pounds.

The Force you will need, to move this thing… but only if you are 250lbs or less. To be fair, it’s not listed whether that is the actual weight or the shipping weight. If the latter (which it probably is considering they list dimensions as the box size) it could bring the actual weight down by as much as 10 pounds, but still… light, it is not. The Darth Vader and Storm Trooper bikes are limited editions sold exclusively at Target for $299. Considering the weight, you might actually get more money recycling them than selling them used.

SPECS
Manufacturer Suggested Age: 18 Years and Up
Gear Speeds: 7
Bicycle Frame Height: 17″
Bicycle Frame/Component Features: Alloy Rims, Adjustable Handlebars
Bicycle Frame Material: Steel
Suspension Type: Front
Seat Features: Adjustable Seat Height, printed seat, Quick Release Seat
Seat Material: Vinyl
Front Brake System: Disc
Rear Brake System: Linear
Brakes Manufacturer/Type: Yake
Bicycle Chain Material: Steel
Pedal Material: Alloy
Wheel Features: Pneumatic Tires
Rim Material: Metal Alloy
Front Wheel Height: 26″
Rear Wheel Height: 26.000
Tire Type: fat tire
Tire Width: 4 inches
Includes: Spokes, Kickstand
Maximum Weight Capacity: 250.000
Care and Cleaning: Wipe Clean with a Damp Cloth
Dimensions: 64.000L x 24.000W x 40.000H
Weight: 58.000
Warranty Description: Multiple Warranties and/or Time Frames Apply
Battery: no battery used:
Assembly Details: adult assembly required
Bike Type: fat tire, Mountain
TCIN: 17148013
UPC: 028914365466
Store Item Number (DPCI): 082-09-0849
Origin: Imported

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anonymous
anonymous
6 years ago

Rear rim brake and front disc brake. Make it stop.

Jimmy
Jimmy
6 years ago

I have no confidence in that weld.

Lucius Lux
Lucius Lux
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy

Its actually a very sweet bike to ride. The 7 gears gives you a good workout. I bought mine used for $150 and I absolutely love it

Steph S.
Steph S.
6 years ago

Really well written. The Death Star of Bikes, indeed.

Eric Hansen
Eric Hansen
6 years ago

The CPSC shouldn’t even let sh*t like this be sold in the US.

Grateful
Grateful
6 years ago

What a terrible shame… It’s really sad that so many “parents” will be so stupid as to spend $300 on that piece of crap.

It should be against the law to build and sell such trash: And Target should be up to it’s ears in a class action law suit for being a party to it.

j
j
6 years ago

shock fork?
and we all know how well rim brakes work on painted wheels…
what where how why did they get to make a rim brake caliper that large.

more like you’ll need the force to stop.

Scott Vines
Scott Vines(@scottvines)
6 years ago

Don’t buy this one.

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JohnnyThaBM
JohnnyThaBM
6 years ago

lol Scott. backward forks make for that handling.

Smitty
Smitty
6 years ago

I actually was (deleted) off riding that thing around the store while the wife was shopping at Target. It is obviously not to anywhere near the standard that anyone who reads this page is wanting. More importantly, the things are being “assembled” by some high school junior who has not ridden a bike since he was 8. All that being said, it didn’t actually feel like 60 pounds, but its still a lot for a little kid to walk up a hill or lift over something they cannot get over… however, Star Wars.

Mr. De Facto
6 years ago

Warp speed, engaged.

liljoe
liljoe
6 years ago

@Scott Vines, you have the internet for the day!! Enjoy it!!

Rick
Rick
6 years ago

Disney is milking Star Wars for all it’s worth. BAN DISNEY

dockboy
dockboy
6 years ago

@j – v calipers will spread out as far as you make the posts. As long as they’re tall enough, you can fit them over anything.
At $300, you can buy a lot of bike, especially if you find a used one.

Rich W.
Rich W.
6 years ago

May the hernia be with you.

jeff
jeff
6 years ago

I assembled the Rebel (white) version a few months ago when Target had their big Star Wars promotion. I am not a high school junior (although I get where that comment comes from). I put it together the way it should be and adjusted everything the way it’s supposed to be and I rode it around as well. It doesn’t feel bad, definitely not 60 lbs. The graphics are cool, and it rides nicer than the other fat bike, but it’s still sitting on the floor after 2 1/2 months. Nobobdy at Target really wants to buy a $300 bike. If they knocked it down to $150, I’d give it a thought.

Chris
Chris
6 years ago

I’m a bike mechanic and I had to pack one of these up for a customer to ship out and we weighed it after attempting to get it in the bike stand and it is right around 52 lbs built up.

Doublefistingbrewsalone
Doublefistingbrewsalone
6 years ago

I enjoy Star Wars just as much as anyone else but this is just over the top AWESOME! You can dress up in a completely odd mash-up of Star Wars theme bike stuff!

Got my Stormtrooper kit with pads, R2D2 themed fat bike, Boba Fett full face helmet and I’m ready to shred the GNAR!

Gmundy
Gmundy
6 years ago

Really astounded that Bike Rumor is even giving this an article. This site is thankfully only viewed by avid cyclists and not folks looking for gift buying tips, but promoting this product is equivalent to selling a knock off iphone. The parts simply will not last, and the assembly is a slap in the face to the consumer thinking they have purchased something that will last.

WV Cycling
6 years ago

Includes: Spokes

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! So happy it includes spokes!

Antipodean_eleven
6 years ago

Excuse me… I need to wipe the sick off my keyboard.

SamBrown
SamBrown
6 years ago

Bet that thing can do the Kessel Run in under five parsecs!

SUMSKILLZ
SUMSKILLZ
6 years ago

I think some city kids will have fun scooting around city parks in the snow. I saw something similar at a campground this summer. Good enough to bike on sand to the better part of the beach a few miles out. Hopefully Target will sell tubes, folks are going to get flats easily on those marshmallows.

Mountain Dew Drinking Flatbiller
Mountain Dew Drinking Flatbiller
6 years ago

I have to ask: Is it ridable?

EN Standard 15194 will eat this bike and spit it out. Might be legal in, let’s say, Tajikistan or Greenland, though.

Eric Hansen
Eric Hansen
6 years ago

It’s honestly nearly impossible to flat on tires running at 5PSI. Tacks and goathead thorns are about the only things that’ll do it. If you want something to pierce these tires, it’s got to be rapier sharp.

Pete
Pete
6 years ago

Doubt these will be showing up at the bike trials’ bunny hop contest.

Bikerhp
Bikerhp
6 years ago

Hey don’t knock target. They made to be the only place to Buy a bike. Because bike shops in the USA keep closing left and right. Lol

Harry Ramsbottom
Harry Ramsbottom
6 years ago

It’s such a shame that junky super store bought bikes are all too often a kids first introduction to cycling. When I was growing up the used Raleigh that I was given was well ridden before I grew out of it and then my younger brother rode it before getting passed on to another kid after he out grew it. For less money you could buy a descent used trek,specialized or similar. I don’t blame the parents, they just don’t know any better! Shame on the stores for selling this junk.

Mike A
Mike A
6 years ago

Was on sale for $209 at my local Target. It looks like a perfectly fine bike for that price, perfect for riding like a goober the couple of times a year it snows or riding to the corner store for munchies.

Andy
Andy
6 years ago

What’s the point of having a monster hydro formed head tube junction but then attaching it to the headtube with 2 tiny weld points?? Not only is selling this junk deliberately misleading, it’s a safety risk.

Will
Will
6 years ago

Listen to all of you speak about ride quality, safety, and precision (or lack there of) assembly. . . Meanwhile, the real shortfall of this bike is it’s total failure in representing the AWESOMENESS that is the DARK side! Get your heads right friends

Papi
Papi
6 years ago

All fat bikes are the same. This one will look just fine locked to the rack outside your local microbrewery.

Dave
Dave
6 years ago

Big fan of tack welding the top and down tubes to the head tube.

The liability is strong with this one.

Burton
Burton
6 years ago

What’s the purpose of this smirking article, and the comments thereto, other than to make everyone feel so superior?

missing the point
missing the point
6 years ago

Seems most of y’all pros forget that more people on bikes means more people on bikes.

Erik
Erik
6 years ago

I won a local fatbike race on this thing earlier this year, unfortunately I was wearing my storm trooper helmet while riding the darth vader model. I can assure all of you doubters this bike is more than capable of handling even the most technical terrains with ease. The extra weight compared to those modern day weight obsessed machines just gives added comfort and durability for tackling those tough descents, and furthermore the ingenious brake combination lends itself well to specifically apply either caliper or disc brake power as needed. The extra weight is also very beneficial for climbing technical terrain since it keeps the rear tire firmly on the ground so losing traction is not an issue.

Stendhal
6 years ago

I have to question the quality control on this one. The front wheel height is 26″ but the rear wheel is 26.000.

Only slackers’ parents will be buying this, as the recommended age for use is 18 and up.

Eddy could have won the Tour on this (and, for a different reason, Lance).

But the real problem with this one is no thru-axle. I’m not certain if it also suffers the problem of lacking a threaded bottom bracket.

JBikes
JBikes
6 years ago

Burton – you are no longer invited to any parties!

Not sure why all the hate. Some kids/parents may not be that into cycling, but may love Star Wars. Maybe this will get them into actual biking. I’m sure many here had POS huffy’s or banana seat streamered Schwinn’s growing up – and probably look fondly back at them.

bad andy
bad andy
6 years ago

the farce is strong with this one…

feldy
feldy
6 years ago

@bad andy wins the comments section. Please close it down now out of respect.

Curt Shelman
Curt Shelman
6 years ago

…Bika the Hut!

Tkmac
Tkmac
6 years ago

These are not the bikes you’re looking for.

thesteve4761
thesteve4761
6 years ago

But are the rims tubeless??

matt
matt
6 years ago

Id hate to see the carnage caused by and end over end crash of a kid getting TKO’d by their bike.

Erich
Erich
6 years ago

Is the gap in the headtube junction the thermal exhaust port? Didn’t they learn anything with the Death Star 1.0?

Erich
Erich
6 years ago

Also, the Storm Trooper model should be the safest bike ever, since we all know storm troopers can’t hit anything. *ba dum, ching* I’ll show myself out…

ryand
ryand
6 years ago

Can you go back to covering bike industry news instead of department store news?

Thanks.

Adam
Adam
6 years ago

Storm Trooper and Darth Vader Models at Target?

Makes sense that they don’t have an Alliance cruise.

Michael A Dees
Michael A Dees
1 year ago

Its 12 parcsecs

RODOLFO
RODOLFO
2 months ago

La verdad que todo lo que dise este hombre es mentira. Tengo una y hasta mi hija de 9 años la monta, es una bicicleta mas de lujo, claro que no vas a ir a un bosque a montarla es para terreno afaltado y plano, no para montaña.