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Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike

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Price: $183.70 - $285.74
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  • Steel frame and fork; 54 centimeter top tube
  • Alloy rims with alloy hub
  • Tig-welded steel frame with horizontal drop out
  • Alloy side pull brakes
  • Weighs 29.5 pounds
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Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike + Kryptonite Kryptolok Series 2 Standard Bicycle U-Lock with Transit FlexFrame Bracket (4-inch x 9-inch) with 4-Foot Flex Cable + Schwinn Thrasher Adult Micro Bicycle black/grey Helmet (Adult)
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Product Description

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An ideal commuter bike, the Takara Kabuto features a strong handcrafted steel frame with horizontal dropouts that can handle the abuse of the big city. The Kabuto has a flip flop hub so you can run it as a fixed gear or in standard freewheel single speed mode without having to worry about adjustments to temperamental components.The 32 hole alloy wheels roll on loud Kenda 700 by 32 tires that are capable of withstanding less than perfect roads. Front and rear alloy side pull brakes round out the specs of this bike that will fit riders 5 feet, 8 inches tall to 6 feet tall with a standover clearance of 31 inches. Specifications:
  • Steel frame and fork
  • Alloy rims with alloy hub
  • Rear flip flop hub
  • Brakes: Alloy side pull
  • Tires: Yellow Kenda 700 x 32
  • Frame: Tig welded steel frame with horizontal drop out
  • Fork: Tig Welded 1 inch Threaded
  • Handlebar: Steel Road 42.5cm wide
  • Stem: Alloy Quill 1-inch 90 deg x 100mm
  • Crank: Steel 3-piece 170mm 44 tooth steel chain ring
  • Bottom Bracket: Loose ball and cone, English thread
  • Pedals: Alloy cage with toe clips
  • Rims: Alloy singlewall 32 hole with stainless steel spoke
  • Hub Rear: Joytech alloy 16-tooth freewheel and fix gear, bolt on
  • Hub Front: Joytech alloy high flange, bolt on
  • Tires: Kenda Yellow 700 x 32
  • Seat Collar: Alloy
  • Seatpost: Steel 25.4
  • Kickstand: Steel
  • Bar Tape: Cork
  • Weight: 29.5 pounds

Product Description

The Kabuto is all about keeping things simple and getting it done without breaking the bank. At the heart of the Kabuto you-Feetll find a strong hand crafted steel frame with horizontal dropouts that can handle the abuse of the big city. City riders told us that they didn-Feett need derailleur-Feets so we listened and outfitted the Kabuto with a flip flop bug so you can run it as a fixed gear or in standard freewheel single speed mode without having to worry about adjustments to temperamental components. The 32 hole alloy wheels roll on loud Kenda 700 x 32 tires that are capable of withstanding less than perfect roads. Front and rear alloy side pull brakes round out this spectacular model.

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  • ASIN: B004W8LG1S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (400 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,312 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

The bike it self rides very smoothly, and comfortably.
Hwan K. Lee
THINGS I WILL CHANGE: I'm not listing any `don't buy' negatives because the bike is good to go.
C. Smith
The brakes hit the frame and the pedals hit the wheel when turning!
Joe Maranto

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401 of 410 people found the following review helpful By Brady Pope on July 22, 2012
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I'm a 32 year old male who bought this bike as my first effort to try out road biking. So far I have put about 1000 miles on the bike in the three months that I have owned it and now feel the need to give a full review of my experience with this bike so far. For your information, I purchased the 57cm bike, am exactly 6'0" tall, and weigh about 200 lbs.

First, I would like to address some common things that come up in the other reviews of this bike. There is much misinformation with regards to the right pedal making a clicking noise at the top of the pedal rotation. One reviewer, claiming to be a bike mechanic, has stated that the problem is due to a faulty crank. I'm an auto mechanic, not a bike mechanic, but I'm quite certain the problem has nothing to do with the crank. I have fixed and reduplicated the problem four times now to be certain that I have pinpointed the problem accurately. THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE PEDAL NEEDS TO BE TIGHTENED MORE TIGHTLY THAN YOU MIGHT INITIALLY THINK. If you happen to own a torque wrench, as I do, you should apply about 40 ft/lbs of torque when tightening the right pedal. If you don't own such a tool, just tighten it with quite a bit of force. In my experience, that will completely eliminate the 'clicking' problem with the right pedal. You might as well tighten the left one a little tighter while you are at it.

Some reviewers are unhappy with the brakes. As I have said above, this is my first jump into road biking and so perhaps it is because I don't know any different, but I have found the brakes to be perfectly capable of stopping me whenever I have needed. I have had to stop very quickly (a deer ran right in front of me the other day) and much of the terrain I cycle on has very steep hills.
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106 of 115 people found the following review helpful By iankirby on May 4, 2011
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I bought this bike back in Jan 11. Packaging for the bike was as expected, very solid. The set-up for the bike is nice and easy and required only basic tools to get her up and running within 10 minutes. So, with that that said, this is great for someone looking to buy an affordable, high quality, and stylish bike. Flashy colors, big tires, comfortable to ride, though maybe it is a bit on the heavy side, but nevertheless smooth, fast and simple and the flip-hub feature, which gives you the option of riding in fixed gear, is a great addition. I ride this in Austin, TX where there are a lot of hills and it is a little less than ideal, but very manageable once you become familiar with the area. So, maybe if you live in a hilly area and are new to biking then a single speed may not be what you are looking for (but to each their own!). Here in Austin there is a big bike scene so naturally a lot of people ask about the bike. They always seem surprised when I say it was only 220 and I keep hearing how much of a steal it was. And by the way, the colors are a huge hit; I get compliments on that all the time. Also, please take into consideration that you are not getting road bike tires. The tires seem to be cross or hybrid, meaning they are much bigger and thicker than road tires. Though, to be fair, I am not sure what the actual tire type is called. The tires also say 80 PSI max but that, to me, felt low and prevented the bike from catching that speed that I knew it had. So I ride mine at (the not recommended!) 110-120 PSI, which feels great and allows me to catch all the speed I want. Final note on the bike: the tires are a bright mustard yellow while the handlebars are a darker more true yellow.
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By peter on November 29, 2012
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I have owned this bike for a few months and I will say it's a great bike with a few grievances that I can help you with. I won't review the bike but tell you things you should know about it along with random helpful facts. I will avoid saying things that have already been said in previous reviews. I hope this saves you some time.

0. If you don't like the color,the only parts that are yellow are the stickers, the handle bar tape, and the tires. All 3 are easily replaceable at a cost of less than $40.

1. If your wheels aren't spinning freely as you would like , the bearings are being squeezed to tight. Loosen them by using two adjustable wrenches. You do not need a cone wrench (even if you think you do) for this because the nut is large enough to fit a 6" adjustable wrench. The nut-looking thing closest to the hub is the cone and the next farthest out is the nut you want to loosen.

2. If you want to go faster, you can get 700c x 25 tires. I did it and I can ride at a higher psi which results in lower rolling resistance. You can probably even go lower than that.

3. The pedal straps can be irritating, but they are easily removable/replaceable.

4. You only need two tools to assemble and maintain. A set of allen wrenches and a 6" adjustable wrench. No more no less.

5. Brakes can be nearly impossible to center because they are low quality and not "dual pivot" If you're brakes touch one side of the rim, pull on the cable housing, adjust the tension of the bolts, and get thinner brake pads. It will take some ingenuity to get it right. Or just get new brakes.

7. A water bottle cage is easily attachable.

8. The chain and freewheel are 1/2 " x 3/32"

9. The freewheel is not good. It has high internal friction.
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