The Huffy Nighthawk 26 is a hardtail bicycle available at Walmart for $99. This bike is branded ATB (All Terrain Bike) instead of the usual MTB (Mountain Bike) branding. While the hang tag does say Mountain bike in a few places, the info card is void of the usual “Rough Terrain” claims frequently found on other Walmart bikes. Interestingly enough, the info mentions this is for “light trail” use, yet the bike doesn’t have the normal sticker warning to not use on mountain bike trails.
The build of the bike is nothing spectacular. It shares many components with bikes in the same price range, and a few with bikes that cost $40-50 less. There are components that concern me, like the ultra thin metal crank arms and the super flimsy and small pedals. That said, the frame appears to be of decent strength and there are a few nice components (for the price) such as: Comfortable sport saddle and the JAK front disc brake. I think this bike may work well as an interim bike while someone saved for something better, or it may be a great bike for a taller kid where a light weight rider wouldn’t put too much stress on the bike.
All-in-all…It is the best bike i’ve seen at $99 and survived some mountain bike trail riding. I was on this bike for over 15 miles on the street and it worked great except for the twist shifters. They shifted fine unless my hands got sweaty. If I had remembered my gloves I may be a little more forgiving, but I loathe twist shifters in general.