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Tesco paid almost £1m for six Muddy Fox full-sussers

Supermarkets are known for buying the cheapest bikes they can get their hands on – often at the expense of comfort and reliability – and them selling them on in bulk for a tidy profit.

But not British retail giant Tesco – according to legal papers filed at the High Court in London, the company shelled out £984,000 for just six Muddy Fox mountain bikes in August.

Since the accounting error was discovered – the full-suspension bikes should have cost just £984 – the company has done its best to reclaim the money from Essex-based Universal Cycles, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.

Muddy Fox's parent company, a subsidiary of Sports Direct, has allegedly paid back £863,000 but Tesco is demanding a further £121,000. Attempts to settle the dispute out of court have failed. The supermarket hopes to recover the remaining money, legal costs and £1,783 interest.

Universal Cycles declined to comment when approached by BikeRadar. At time of publication, we had not received a response from Tesco.

CW has been riding mountain bikes for more than two decades now. He's the first to admit he's not the fittest or most skilful rider on the hill, but that doesn't stop him sweating up the climbs to have a blast on the downhills.
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