Do Walmart Bikes Not Suck? Find Out

One bike expert inspects, calibrates, and takes the store’s new Kent Trouville hardtail MTB for a spin.

Big box stores like Walmart have a reputation for offering customers cheaply made mountain bikes that look impressive but perform like trash. But is that rap well-founded?

As Seth of Berm Peak explains, when it comes to budget bikes, simpler is usually better. By loading down a cheap frame with full suspension and too many features, the bike manufacturer creates more opportunities for equipment to fail. It’s like choosing between “an awesome hotdog or a terrible lobster,” Seth says.

The Kent Trouville MTB, however, has fewer features than its predecessors and appears to offer a lot of bang for the buck.

Is Walmart’s new hardtail MTB an awesome hotdog or a terrible lobster? Watch to find out.

Runtime: 11.5 minutes

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Jilli Cluff

Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing — and life would never be the same. She now works as a contributor, gear tester, and editor for GearJunkie and other outlets within the AllGear family. She is based out of Atlanta, Georgia where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.

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