I bought this when the price was $199. That is a bargain for what you get. I had it delivered to the store so it only went through shipping in a Walmart truck instead of UPS or FedEx as would have happened had it been shipped to my home. It is less likely to become damaged that way. In fact, the bike was fine when I got it. The bike is double boxed and that makes it even less likely to be damaged.
You have to put on the seat and seatpost, which requires a metric hex (Allen) wrench. You must put on the front tire which requires either the proper size wrench or an adjustable wrench. You also have to put on the handlebars and stem which requires an adjustable wrench and a hex wrench to adjust the handlebars.
The you must attach the front brake cables. If you haven't done this before, it is relatively easy because of the detangler (ask your kid, he'll probably know what that is). Just look it over, loosen everything up, take your time, get those cable ends slips on, and adjust the cable.
I spent more time removing all the paper and cardboard protective pieces than I did putting the bike together.
Once that is done you are ready to ride...well almost, as the bottom bracket on my bike was extremely over-tightened. I could tell when I pedaled it. The bottom bracket is the bearings and parts that hold the shaft that the pedals attach too. If you do not have the proper tools to do this, it is nearly impossible to accomplish. Here is a website that shows this being done on another Walmart bike. While the bike is different, the bottom bracket is the same:
Once I adjusted the pre-load on the bottom bracket bearings, it pedaled much easier. If you do that, it would be good to re-grease the bearings also. There is a thin coating of grease on them, but a little more would be better. Also, be careful, as while the ball bearings are in a cage, the balls are loose and may fall out, roll away, never to be seen again!
But after that, this bike is really fun. Obviously at this price, you will not get a pro-caliber bike, but I don't care. My kids and I have fun on this bike. My youngest daughter and her friends have fun on this bike. We have already gotten $200 of fun out of this bike. So from here on out, it is free fun!
I will probably replace the cranks and bottom bracket bearings on this bike, mainly so I can put a smaller sprocket on the front to make it easier for the kids to pedal when they have their friends on it playing the "monkey". You can't change the sprocket on the cranks that came with the bike because of how it is made. But for bigger kids and adults, the gear ratio is fine anyway.
Anyway, like I said at the beginning, for $200, this is a bargain of fun.
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