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…
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:
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.
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
Warranty Description: Multiple Warranties and/or Time Frames Apply
Battery: no battery used:
Assembly Details: adult assembly required
Bike Type: fat tire, Mountain
Store Item Number (DPCI): 082-09-0849