Top positive review
53 people found this helpful
Good Value, with some "gotcha's"
on April 30, 2012
First off, I like this bike a lot. It is a good looking bike, with some really nice looking stuff attached. However, it has has some problems, and I think buyers should be aware of them.
1. The Packaging. I am not sure if they intended to ship me an open box, but they did. There is no way this box should have been delivered to a customer. The protective shields (for the axle ends) were all busted. The box was previously opened, but reclosed with a packing strap and some box tape. When I cut the strap, the box literally fell open. It was horrible.
2. The saddle will need to be replaced. I'm not sure what type of animal that seat was designed for, but certainly not a human. It is "swooped" up in the back which forces you to put more weight on the front wheel. This made the handling a little touchy, If you replace the seat, it really improves the handling, and the bike. I got a good quality, moderately priced seat from a local bike shop that gave me priceless advice on buying a seat. The improvement in the bike was dramatic.
3. Expect to spend some more money down the road for a new rear bearing. I ride it daily to work, and frankly I am not a small person. So I expected to wear out the rear bearings a little quicker than most, but not in a month.
4. You will need to take it to a local bike shop. Not only will they true the wheels, but they may find other problems. Mine had a cracked brake lever. Since those were on my "replace them eventually" list, I went ahead and replaced them. But let a pro check the bike for you.
Still with me? Ok. Now the good news. It rides great, its light, but feels sturdy. With the new seat it feels nimble and quick. I plan on getting better pedals for it, as well as other mods. I think of this as a good platform to build a really, really great bike. Maybe its just mine, but I almost feel like its got a personality.
It is really a wonderful bike, and you will get lots of comments on how it looks. But go in with your eyes open.