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I love the bicycle! It's a great value! =),
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Hi...I have read some reviews on here and else where and it's really sad when you hear bad reviews on this bike. I feel from my own personal experience that this bike is not as bad as people state it is. I feel that the people that have harsh comments for this bike are very picky and expect perfection on anything they buy. Nothing is prefect that's what makes life so unique. Also consumers need to be more educated on how each bike is built and what set budgets they have to adhere to. If you buy a 100 dollar bike do not expect the bike to have high end parts. If you buy a bike for 1 thousand dollars expect the bike to have more high end parts. Also the majority of bicycles today hire companies from Asia. Hard to escape that in today's econonmy. I gave this bike a 4 star rating and not a 5 because the only weak point on this bike is the brake calipers front and the extra adjustments on the chain guard and wheel guard.
Now, I am a bike builder and I love bicycles so obviously this bike caught my eye. At first I did not want to buy because of some of the harsh reviews. But I took a chance out of curiousity. Oh boy!...I am glad I did. Well boxed. First glance I was impressed. Overall design is great! The frame structure seems great! The paint on this bike is flawless...seems like a black underbase with a nice clear coat. Could be powered coated but I did not double check. I love it so does not matter. The graphics are silk screened on self stick clear material and stuck on frame. Stickers are just fine no probably there other than it could have been nice to silk screen on the frame. The racks very strudy both front and rear. The light it's plastic than again what is not plastic today. Despite that the light is very nice. Very retro looking and better it's battery powered. The seat not too bad. Has foam under padding with a brown vinyl covering and stapled underneath. Has a spring support underneath for added comfort. Seat is good enough to do the job so no real big issue there. However, it would not hurt to upgrade the seat later. No hurry.
The wheels are great. The rims are aluminum. The spokes are chrome and thick. Not sure of gage at moment. Hubs standard steel off shelf type. Rear hub is a generic coaster. Not the best but works fine. Here you probably could turn it into a single speed or maybe upgrade in future to a Sturney Archer 3 speed. The tires are 700c by 32c I believe. And pretty nice tire. Nice tread design. All black. You probably can upgrade to a nice white wall tire or gum wall could not hurt but the black wall looks nice.
Nice touch on the pin strip on the fenders. Fenders are steel and pretty durable. The Fender supports are good. Another nice touch on the white accent on rear fender.
As far as the plastic parts some reviewers really bad mouth...let me say that they are not as bad as some say. The plastic parts are on the wheel guard and chain guard. The plastic thickness is right on. Not to thin and not too thick just right. Also plastic is smooth and not wrinkled. Nice graphics pin strip. Well sewn on wire frame. Now, the only down side on the plastic parts is some of the seams could have been better made. Some areas pleat off just a bit. Also you need to adjust the chain guard and the wheel guards some so it will not hit on the rotating parts. Other than that okay. The one reason they made this part plastic is to keep the weight down. The other reason I feel is to keep the production time down in order to stay within the manufacturers budget.
The handle bars and stem are brazed on so you can not adjust but than again this handle bars are only meant to go up or down. So it works here.
The only real weak point on this bicycle are the brakes at front. These brakes calipers are very economical to put it mildly. I mean they can work with some adjustment. However, it's best to upgrade to a better quality brake to get the best braking power. You do not have to really since you have the coaster brake rear...but it's advisable that you do. I know I will.
I would recommend that you take this bicycle to a bicycle shop and have them assemble it for you if you do not have alot exerience building bikes. Because there are some adjusts that need to be made so the bike can ride better. Some adjustment that are needed are the bottom bracket cup adjustment needs to be a little looser and maybe add more grease to bearings, the handle bar stem need to be adjusted just right and tigthen correctly, the front brake calipers need to be upgrade and the chain guard are needs to be adjusted so it will not hit the moving parts. Please keep in mind that this is a very unique bike (retro custom) and this is expected. Anything unique and custom always need to be adjusted a few times to get it right. Most new bikes always need adjustments. So this is normal. However an experenced bicycle mechanic is needed in these cases. ( NOTE: Some bike mechanics and bike shops sometimes have a habit of saying dumb things about department store bikes. So beware of that. Remember the bike is yours and is beautiful and it's your bike not theirs. They have a job to do so they should just do there job and not have so much opinions. Be proud of your bike no matter what bike it is.
Last, I am glad I bought this bike. From a display point of view the bicycle is a beauty and a piece of art to me. I love this bicycle. And I am glad it has a retro rear kick stand. No worries of the bike falling over hear... I will certainly ride it alot in the future. I am glad Cycle Force imported this bike to the USA. Yeah!!!!
That's my review. Good lucky and happy riding! =)
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Initial post: Nov 18, 2012 8:21:13 AM PST
Finally, another review by someone that has actually purchased and assembled this bike.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2014 9:42:37 PM PST
Shaun Snapp says:
Finally, a fake review which is placed by the manufacturer to cover up this bike is a Chinese Scam-cycle. A bike pretending to be from the Netherlands when it is made out of pot mettle and assembled in a sweat shop.
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