Written on: 12/01/2013 by Tuds82 (1 review written)
Not a bad bike but not the best. Bought mine years ago and just started riding properly for work. Like most people I have replaced a bit , bottom bracket , brakes grip shift etc but I know people that have spent 4 times as much on a bike and needed to replace things in a similar time frame. I do admit that the stuff I do replace I spend a little more on better quality parts. Think the gears slipping is a common problem with bad chains and cogs again I have now replaced these with good... (read more)
Written on: 18/06/2012
I bought an Apollo FS.26s in a carboot sale in Spring 2011, for £41.My dad thought it is expensive, but I think it is a great value for money. The first thing I noticed about this bike is that the suspension is soft, compared to the other bikes I have ridden. The attempt of cycling it over a small flight of stairs was proved successful, and it absorbd large bumps well, but there is a minimum damage to one of the axles. The rider should take precaution of the suspension's limits. The... (read more)
Written on: 08/06/2012
I bought this bike for my son and it has been nothing but trouble. In the time of ownership it has had 2 back wheels bearing failure not warping, complete front braking components, twist grips broken on 1-7, the main spindle in the rear wheel snapped in half, the brakes need constant adjustments, 2 new brake cables. Now some of these are to be expected but this bike is in the shed and has only had light use. I will never purchase any bike through Halfords ever again. (read more)
Written on: 01/04/2011
I have had bike/apollo fs26 for a 18 months now going to and from work, I purchased the bike from halfords,The good points are it's a tough bike on/off road,I have read the reviews of others I did have problem with the chain slipping off but that was due to my lack of knowledge applying oil on to the chain, so now I just simply use WD40(problem solved bike shop told me so),I also found changing gears tricky ,I found you've got to change gear at the correct speed and also turning the gear... (read more)
Written on: 10/02/2011
I got my Apollo second hand for £50 so I could try commuter cycling without shelling out £100's. I've ridden it to and from work for the last 8 months through all weather, covering 50 miles a week on road and cycle path.
I've had a few problems (chain snapped, bottom bracket broke after about 1500 miles, re-tuned gears, replaced tyres it came with) but for the money this continues to be a great bike. Spent about £74 to keep it running but it's saving me over £100/month in petrol...and I'm... (read more)
Written on: 22/01/2011
i got this bike to goto and from work on, after a couple of days the gears nedded adjusting, as kept getting jammed and slipping.
i have had the bike 8 months and had 2 brake cables snap, bottom bracket bearing replaced, seat replaced front forks replaced ( was told they cant get my forks anymore so i ended up with sr suntour.)after 6 weeks the rear brakes worn out.
so all in all it is a pretty bad bike. it is very heaving like trying to cycle a block of flats uphill.
Written on: 17/09/2010
i know alot of people have put this bike down but i think if you want a bike that lasts and extremely cheap get this i use it mostly for bike rides but some off road i have to say it copes well on both the suspension makes it extremely comfortable but it is very heavy i am getting a road bike soon but if you want off road and a strong bike this is the one for you :D (read more)
Written on: 31/08/2010 by Reviewer 13 (1 review written)
My best friend has one ,and i've got to say it has made me want to get one badly!I think the fs26 is a great,awesome,strong bike and i'm saving up for one:] I always die to get a shot of his bike . I have to honest but i don't think there is anything i don't like about the fs26 Apollo mountain bike and i am dieing to get my hands on it!!!!!!!!! (read more)
Written on: 07/08/2010 by DracNoc (2 reviews written)
I abandoned my FS26. Both pedals snapped, the brake levers repeatedly jammed, and I could never manage to align the gears correctly.
The steering was soft at best, you certainly feel no feedback from the road and it suffered corrosion at levels I've never seen before on a bike.
Overall, the FS26 contains every bad element you would never want to see in a bike.
In the end, it was unceremoniously dumped at a municipal tip. I walked home. (read more)
Written on: 19/07/2010 by Dingoes (3 reviews written)
i purchased this bike about a year ago as it was very cheap from halfords but i soon regreted it. the left pedel broke of in the first 30 days whcih i had them replace, but i also found the tyre treds where so knobbly that on roads the bike seemed to vibrate. also the bike drifted to the left if free wheeling. as others have mentioned the bike is very heavy. making it more hard work than it should be to cycle anymore than short distances. i no longer have this bike. spend a little more money... (read more)
Written on: 13/06/2010
I have owned my 'Apollo FS26s' for two years now and i am still very pleased with it. I have not used it everyday but it has seen its fair share of road. I have recently changed the brake levers as the old ones were damaged in a fall and i have changed the pedals out of choice. Halfords were very good when i asked them how i should fix it and they talked me through it nicely. The bike does need work from time to time and i have spent just under £40 on it in two years, this is incredibly good... (read more)
Written on: 05/06/2010 by patrick the bold (1 review written)
I bought this cycle from halfords the gears have been the main problem because they can slip out of gear without warning.The cycle has been been put back to halfods several times to fix the problem but it is still occuring.The bike is strong and comfortable to ride but the gears are the main problem.I have only owned this bike for a few months. (read more)
Written on: 01/06/2010
Having read all the other reviews I was surprised no one has mentioned the weight of this bike. It may have an aluminium frame but I suspect the tubing has been filled with lead!! The forks are steel as are the suspension arms. This makes the bike too heavy for any serious cycling on or off road. The brake calipers seized after 2 months, although Halfords did replace them. If you intend to do more than cycle to work and back I would suggest a lighter model. I have just purchased a Scott... (read more)
Written on: 28/05/2010 by scottygee (1 review written)
igot this bike 3 year ago and it has been absoletley fantastic ive only had to change the brake pads and one tyre(punctre).it was great value for money and ecellent suspension. (read more)
Written on: 09/05/2010
To start with i wrote a review for the Halfords website giving it 1/5 stars and they did not publish it!
Had this bike for 3 months and nothing but problems: front fork begin to squeak and gears would slip out randomly when going up hill.
Also you are very limited with accessories that fit the bike.
Not to mention very poor customer service from Halfords with regards sorting the faults.In fact to directly quote the sales man in the Cribbs Causeway Bristol store:
'What. You... (read more)
Written on: 04/03/2010
I bought my Appolo FS26 approximately 18 months ago from Halfords. Had nothing but problems with the chain coming off the sprockets, pedals jamming, chain broke after on a month. Not used on heavy terrain. Only use it to get to and from work (3 mile journey each way, by road). Done less than 200 miles and the wheel bearings have just had to be replaced. The spokes on the front wheel have had to be "Trued" as they were practically falling out and now has gone back to the shop for the 12th... (read more)
Written on: 01/02/2010
Just bought this bike from halfords "Apollo FS.26 17" Mens Full Suspension Mountain Bike" , I have read other reviews on here and was worried about it, when I seen the price had come down to £139.99 I jumped at it, and am glad I have for that price I know I can't go wrong with it.
I will be using the bike to get to & from work 6 miles return journey each day, this bike is excellent for this price, I have used it twice and happy so far with it, brakes are really good, suspension is great,... (read more)
Written on: 27/09/2009
GREAT BIKE FOR THE PRICE :D
I have just purchased this Apollo FS 26 bike from Halfords for £138 as it was 1/3 off weekend, they built it for free and are giving me a free service. I have read a lot of other reviews criticising the bike, but seriously you get what you pay for, its a decent bike for its price, I am not going to go up everest on it, so I will probably never need to push the bike to its max, all I know is that it does the same stuff a carrera bike will do for about £150 less and... (read more)
Written on: 12/07/2009
The Apollo FS 26 is very good design and suspension
gears are easily usable (read more)
Written on: 10/07/2009 by Mike Phelan (1 review written)
I own 6 Apollo FS 26S and they spend all their time on rough terrain in the Austrian Alps. For the price they perform amazingly. They get VERY bad treatment and just keep going - albeit with regular maintenance. The original crank bearings did need replacing and the brakes need regular adjustment. The gears cause little problems and chains only come flying off die to mis-treatment and the users lack of understanding about changing gear - you CAN'T just twist the grip! The bikes cost ... (read more)
Written on: 21/03/2009
This Apollo FS 26 bike is the worst bike I have ever purchased! Instead of going for a cheap, unreliable bike, i decided to go for a more expensive one, hoping to get some reliability. I spent 450 pounds on it, and it hasn't worked right once. The gears seem to jam, the crank wears out with 2 months, spokes brake, the front brake gets stuck, the rear brake doesn't even bother to do that, and the suspension was about as much use as a snooze button on a smoke alarm. And finally, the chain... (read more)
Written on: 16/03/2009
I bought the Apollo FS 26 from Halfords, and they are not very good at customer services in my opinion. I've had one for less than a year and so far, the rear wheel virtually collapsed with 7 broken spokes, the brakes frequently jam either on or off, and every time i wash it, more bits of the paint come off. True, every time I take it back with faults, they fix them, or at least try, but they don't seem very happy about it. It looks quite nice - from a distance anyway. (read more)
Written on: 17/11/2008
The Apollo FS 26 is a nice bike but wouldnt pay more than 150 for it. Its got really nice suspention, the new style really works. I dont think that the colour really makes it look good. (read more)
Written on: 11/11/2008
I replaced a non suspension bike with this and noticed a big difference. The Apollo FS 26 is really good for riding normal roads - as they are becoming roungher and rougher with more pot holes. The gears are set very low and Im not too keen on this. (read more)
Written on: 31/10/2008 by Nick7213 (1 review written)
I TOOK MINE BACK IT BEGAN TO FALL APART AFTER 5 WEEKS
I was impressessed when i first bought the bike but just a few weeks later the brake pads wore away so i could hardly brake and the gears kept slipping and the gripshift gear change started to fail.
Halfords fixed the problems with the gears at the free service but wanted to charge me £15 for new brake pads just six weeks after purchase. I got them free after I complained. After the service, the bike really started to fall apart. The... (read more)
Written on: 08/09/2008
Got this Apollo FS 26 as a good cheap replacement for my old Scott USA but doesn't have a patch on the quality. Will do me fine for now. (read more)
Written on: 15/08/2008
Overall i am happy with my purchase. The gripshifts need replacing after about 8 weeks as they seem to be made with cheap plastic. hopefully Halfords will replace them without fuss, and then i will be a happy bunny again. (read more)
Written on: 22/06/2008 by jkallen
Great bike for the price. Has everything you would want from a mountain bike unless of course you are a pro and then I guess you would be considering the weight and would want foot holders etc. My last bike, 8-9 years old, was a Dawes which was quite expensive and was considered a quality bike in its day. As materials are so cheap now days and technology has moved on, the Apollo walks all over the Dawes. Definitely a good buy! (read more)
Written on: 22/08/2007 by kiyawhite (56 reviews written)
The Apollo FS26 was for us a very cheap - about £105 - replacement for my previous Barracuda bicycle (which had cost about £250) that had recently been stolen out of my homes vacinity, therefore not being covered by household insurance.
The bike didn't seem to lack anything that I wanted, and I really liked the appearance of the spokes of the tyres. Circular handle gears are mandatory for most manufacturers now, or so they fell, so the addition of these of this bike was of no surprise since... (read more)