The Orkan Lux275 is a mountain bike available for purchase through Amazon. The Orkan is listed as a low priced mtb packed with features not normally found at the low price, $141.
I have had many requests to review an entry level bicycle from Amazon. An alert viewer suggested the Orkan. At first glance it looks like a really good deal. The feature set is better than any other bike at the price:
27.5″ Aluminum Double Wall Wheels
Mechanical Disc brakes on the front AND rear
Wide Mountain Bike handlebars
A-head threadless stem
Microsoft Index Shifters
16.5″ HiTen lightweight frame
MTB Front Suspension
This deal looks too good to pass up. Normally for the price there are shortcuts to get a disc brake. You may get disc up front, but have linear pull brakes in the rear. If you get 27.5″ wheels, they may be heavy steel. Twist shifters…there are almost always twist shifters. The Orkan bike comes with Microsoft Index shifters – or at least that’s what they say. As I’ve mentioned in previous videos. When dealing with a Big Box Bike, or any lower priced new bicycle, there is almost always a tradeoff. For every upscale or nice feature there is usually something else on the bike that was cheapened up to gain the good feature. This can lead to bikes that have some nice components, but mix in some entry level components that can also be found on a $59 bicycle. The Orkan is no different. It just does this in a more misleading way…
The Orkan LUX 275 doesn’t come with Microshift index shifters. It comes with Saiguan branded shifters that are technically index, but mores resemble the function of twist shifters. They are also very poor quality and do not shift well. The disc brakes are on both the front and the rear, but they are PURK branded – a brand I’ve never heard of. The bike also did not ship with double wall wheels. They are aluminum, but they are single wall. The chain is also listed as being KMC – a respected brand – nope….you get a DTO branded chain.
The bike is also incredibly heavy. The Orkan, or ORC we have began to call it, weights in at 38.4 pounds. That’s a really heavy bike. Especially when you’re trying to pedal that horribly shifting 3×7 drivetrain up a hill. Though you won’t have to worry with this for long if you take the bike onto a mountain bike trail, because the ORC won’t last long – at least not the one I received. After less than 2 hours on the trail I started having component issues. The front and rear hubs are both shot, and the front suspension bottoms out on even the smallest bump. The steel frame does its best to flex and smooth out the ride, but the horrible welds make all that flexing a potential problem in the making.
It’s not all bad. On flat ground and small obstacles the ORC does decently well. The included generic 27.5″ mountain bike tires also provide far better traction that I would have guessed possible. There are also the usable components like the handlebars, stem, and the included Shimano Tourney TZ rear derailleur.
All that can’t save the bike IMO. More importantly this bike is an excellent example of why caution should be taken when ordering a bike off a website or from a company that doesn’t have a local store to deal with any issues. I bought this bike to test, so the cost is planned, but for a normal customer they could easily end up with an unridable bike – at least for a trail bike – and be out $141.
I did ride this bike on city streets for about an hour without issue, so there may be some durability to be had as a commuter or casual riding bike, but overall I would spend my money at Walmart or another big box store if limited funds mean I’m shopping for a bike in this price range.
Have you had a similar experience? Comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for watching another KevCentral bicycle video.