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Nice for the price!
on July 25, 2014
Upon reading the other reviews on this bike and the other Sonoma offerings and after much thought, I decided to gamble and get a cheaper used one listed here on amazon for over $100 less. Well that gamble paid off in spades as A) this bike is really nice for the price (even the new price) and B) this particular used one was a brand new, return with some minor cosmetic imperfections. It had never been assembled. I win! LOL The bike is priced and built to similar levels of walmart, target, academy stores type bikes.
Taking my time, it took me about an hour to put it together and tweak things. It felt a little rough riding it around the block so I came back and checked the shaft and gear assemblies. Both have manuals outlining how to check and lube. I found them both pretty dry so I greased the rear with moly grease, oiled the crank housing, and adjusted the shifter assembly at the rear wheel. WOW, what a difference! Upshifts are truly imperceptible even without pausing in pedaling. Smoooooth.
I'm tired of having time consuming, messy chain derailments and greasy pant legs when I get to work! So, I really wanted to try a shaft drive bike with an internal gear assembly as a light duty commuter and this bike will fit the bill perfectly once I add some fenders. If this bike continues to impress, I'll hand it off to either the wife (yes I'm a guy and don't mind riding "women's" framed bikes) and/or one of my kids and get a $1,000 Dynamic. I'll update if anything negative happens. If not, presume all is well. At the time of this review, there is only one left.