Even though Muddyfox is not a well-known brand in the United States, it is a brand known for making exceptional bikes in the UK. In addition to other types of bikes, the brand specializes in mountain bikes as well as hybrid, mountain, and flat bar bikes.
The brand also has some adventure and outdoor gear in their inventory. If you would like to know more about the brand in general, feel free to check them out here.
The Tempo 200 hybrid bike is a great entry-level bike for several reasons, which I will elaborate through this review. Apart from its exceptional quality and ease of handling, it comes with a very reasonable price tag, which makes it a winner.
To find out what makes this hybrid bike an excellent option for young riders, students, and other urban riders, let’s dig deeper.
Muddyfox Tempo 200 Hybrid Bike Review
In this in-depth review, I will be talking about the different components, including the frame, gears, saddle, and wheels. I will be covering the design aspect of this hybrid bike, as well.
The Muddyfox Tempo 200 features a unique alloy hybrid frame. This makes this hybrid bike among the most lightweight when compared to other bikes in its price range. It also ensures that the bike is strong and durable as well.
The addition of suspension forks from Suntour CR7 is a feature that you will find most useful as well. Other parts of the frame are also largely of alloy.
One of my favorite features about the Tempo 200 is that it comes in different frame sizes. It includes the 18-inch frame, as well as 20 and 22 inches. This makes this hybrid bike very versatile and unisex.
Of course, you must check the recommended leg measurements before you buy the bike. In general, Tempo 200 is suitable for those boys and girls who are above the age of 12.
The Tempo 200 from Muddyfox is crafted for young riders, and it shows. Equipped with 21 gear combinations, the range of speed is impressive. This is not a feature that is common in the affordable range, such as the Tempo 200. In this regard, Muddyfox has done a commendable job.
Similarly, it also ensures that the bike is effortless to control whether you are on a flat city road or riding through a dirt road on the way to the beach.
Apart from the wide range, the inclusion of the Shimano Altus E-Z Fire Shifters makes this hybrid bike deliver maximum control at all times. This is also one of the reasons why this is an excellent bike for both young boys and girls.
Among all the features, the brakes are what appealed to me the most. It comes with Alloy V-Brakes both on the front and back as well. They work with precision, which is something very crucial for all bikers. Riding a bike with exceptional stopping power is especially paramount when it comes to young bikers who are still in the learning stage.
Thankfully, Muddyfox has given a lot of thought into making this hybrid bike with top-notch brakes. Even if you are someone who has recently started riding a hybrid bike, you will have no problems with the brakes of the Tempo 200.
Wheels and tires
The wheels of the Muddyfox Tempo 200 are as spectacular and can only be matched by some premium-priced versions. It comes with alloy wheels that are double-walled and measuring 700 C. The quick-release hubs make this bike very effortless to repair, in case it is required. This is a feature that will also be indispensable when it comes to its maintenance.
At the same time, the 700 x 35C trekking tires make this bike an ideal choice for riding on harsh road conditions with ease. But of course, you cannot expect it to handle extreme terrain as it is not an exclusive mountain bike.
The saddle of the Muddyfox is not the most luxurious or comfortable. But this is quite forgivable given its very reasonable pricing.
On the other hand, the seats are adjustable, which is a fantastic feature. The addition of the bumpers to the Cionlli saddle keeps vibrations and bumps to a minimum as well.
Design and Aesthetics
In terms of design, there is nothing fancy about the Tempo 200. It is a no-nonsense bike without the frills yet very practical and robust. As I have mentioned above, the frame is mostly made of alloy, including the handlebars.
At the mention of the handlebars, I would like to mention the reasons why I love the handlebars on this one. It features A-head that is adjustable. I find this very appealing and applaud the brand for this thoughtful addition. It is not a feature that you will find in most hybrid bikes in this price range.
The Muddyfox Tempo 200 is largely black in color, with a few splashes of yellow and orange. However, there is another color that is also available, which is mainly orange. At the risk of sounding stereotypical, the former will appeal to the young boys while the latter will be quite attractive for the young lady riders.
Might I add that the Tempo 200 also makes an excellent gift? It is a robust bike that has the right elements of a mountain bike and a street bike. But of course, the straightforward design also makes it a great choice of gift.
After full assembly, this hybrid bike has a total weight of 30 lbs or 14 kg, which puts it among the contenders for the most lightweight bikes. In addition to other reasons, the lightweight aspect also makes this bike suitable for both boys and girls. The lightweight feature does not compromise the structural integrity of the bike in any way.
Although this is not a design aspect, the Tempo 200 can be purchased in parts or a whole, which is a great deal. This allows you to have access to authentic parts whenever a replacement is required. Additionally, the option to replace the parts also gives you the option to save some bucks, so you don’t have to replace your whole bike at one go.
Pros and cons
Now that I have covered all the base of the Muddyfox Tempo 200, hopefully, let’s proceed to the pros and cons.
- The alloy hybrid frame makes this bike robust, lightweight, and durable.
- 21 gear combinations allow you to have a wide range as well as absolute control of your bike while riding it.
- It comes in three sizes, i.e., 18, 20, and 22 inches, which makes it very versatile, and also accommodates a wide range of young riders.
- V-Brakes made of alloy on both the front and the back make it precise so you can ride on dry as well as wet weather conditions.
- The wheels of the Tempo 200 have a quick-release hub, which makes it effortless both for maintenance and repairs when required.
- The A-head stem of the adjustable handlebars makes this bike a total standout among all other bikes in its price category.
- Weighing about 30 lbs after full assembly, the Tempo 200 is one of the most lightweight bikes that you will ever ride.
- This bike isolates bumps very decently, and this is attributed to the seat bumpers.
- One of the main drawbacks of Tempo 200 is that it is very scarce. It is quite a challenge to get your hands on this bike, especially if you are US-based. It may be because the manufacturer is from the UK, or perhaps it is because it is a trendy bike and sells out like hotcakes.
- Fine-tuning of some parts, including the brakes of this hybrid bike, is required. For young riders, they may additionally require professional assistance; this may prove to be a challenge.
Muddyfox Tempo 200 Hybrid Bike is a straightforward bike that does everything that is advertised by the brand. It is light in weight, is reliable, and very easy to control. Among the most notable features that I absolutely fell in love with are alloy hybrid frame, the V- brake, and of course, the variable sizes.
The 21-speed combination is a feature that you will absolutely love, just like I did. The adjustable handlebars are also a fantastic feature that is quite unique to this bike and facilitates ease of riding. Similarly, the alloy wheels and the quick-release hubs combine to make this bike easy on multiple terrains while keeping it user-friendly and straightforward.
There is no doubt that Tempo 200 is an elusive hybrid bike. Unfortunately, this is something that needs to be addressed by the brand, and there is nothing much we as consumers can do. Having said all that, if you can get your hands on this unisex bike, this is one you should not pass. It is a total winner in all aspects, whether it is quality components, craftsmanship, or performance.