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Kent Men's Avondale Hybrid Bicycle with Sure Stop Brakes, 19"
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- Frame: 6061 Aluminum
- Brakes: Linear Pull Aluminum (V-brakes) with Sure Stop One lever Anti-lock Braking System equipped
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tourney (7speed) RD-TX35
- Shifters: Shimano RevoShift SL-RS25
- Cassette: RNR 14T 14T/28T
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The Kent Avondale hybrid bicycle features the technically advanced sure stop braking system. This braking system provides one lever braking that virtually eliminates over the handle bar accidents Caused by sudden braking. The Avondale hybrid is equipped with a light weight, hand crafted aluminum frame, Shimano 21 speed Shifters and Derailleurs, and aluminum rims with bolt on hubs for theft deterrence. Perfect for around town, campus or commuting. Fits riders 5'6 to 6'2 frame: 6061 aluminum effective top tube: 22.5 center of the BB to top of the top tube: 19 head tube: 5 stand over: 30.5 fork: high tensile steel. Brakes: linear pull aluminum (v-brakes) with sure stop one lever anti-lock braking system equipped. Handlebar: steel riser 24.5 wide stem- aluminum angle adjustable quill cranks: 170mm aluminum. 42T-34t-24t front derailleur: Falcon rear derailleur: Shimano Tourney (7Speed) rd-tx35 cassette: rnr 14T 14T/28T Shifters: Shimano revoshift sl-rs25 wheels: 700c aluminum rims (Silver). front hub: 36H aluminum/Silver. Bolt on. Rear hub: 36H steel/Black. Bolt on. Tires: wd 700 x 38c assembled weight : 29.9 lb.
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* It's a big framed bike. Be aware of the 30.5" stand over height and large 700c wheels. Medium to tall adults only I think. I’m 5ft- 10 in and I feel it’s as big as I can handle.
* It's light due to the aluminum frame. Has a steel front fork.
* It came mostly assembled with only a few adjustments necessary.
* Seat was a bit small and hard as they tend to be from the factory. I've already replaced with a larger cruiser type gel seat.
* To get comfortable upright position I raised seat and replaced handlebar with a 5" rise version. Ahhhhhhhh Nice.
* The SureStop single lever braking system is clever and designed to insure rear brake is applied first. It applies rear then front progressively.
* Didn’t need fenders here in Nevada so Avondale was a good choice for me.
* Chose the 21 speed (gear ratios) capability because of the hilly terrain here locally.
* Hybrid is a good choice for me. Tires good for pavement but also capable on smooth paths etc.
* Don't let the bad reviews stop you. I suspect most are due to poor adjustments, poor assembly techniques. If you're not comfortable with tools let a bike shop put it together properly.
UPDATE 6-9-16: I'm really enjoying the bike now after some earlier problems climbing the many hills in my Nevada neighborhood. The solution for me was to add an e-bike kit which uses a small, electric, hub motor on the front wheel. This motor comes ready to use as a complete front wheel assembly and has now allowed me to tour the area with just enough "boost" to make it fun while still peddling for exercise. This Kent bike does have a mostly aluminum frame but, thankfully, has a steel front fork which is recommended for many e-bike conversions.
I also like this bike because it came with a SureStop brake set-up which has proven to be a nice safety feature. As a former development engineer I'm impressed with the SureStop brake technology. The inventors recognized a long-standing problem with typical bicycle brakes and used innovative design to solve the problem. The technology works. I know because I recently had someone step right in front of my bike as I was traveling downhill at about 25-30 mph. My bike stopped quickly, safely, and without any tendency to pitch forward. The SureStop applies the rear brake first and then the front brake. All bikes should have this safety feature.
The odd break system set up works well, odd to me anyway since I am used to having two levers. I have logged around 20 miles so far, no issues shifts and rides well. Like most bikes the factory seat is ok for short rides but I will replace it with something more comfortable.
If this bike holds up well it really is an amazing deal for $200.
Chatted with Amazon Customer Service and despite being outside of the return window, they are shipping me a new bike. I'll update again when it arrives and I take it out for a spin. Upgrade from 1-star to 3-stars for now.
Some issues with the bike out of the box for me:
- Brakes were completely messed up. Had to spend a lot of time learning how to adjust them myself
- Gear shifting needed heavy adjustment. It was pretty bad. The chain would fall off or run on the gear changing mechanisms and make terrible noises.
- Handlebars were assembled incorrectly and had to take them apart and fix them
Now all these things could be done at a bike shop with a tune up but all the bike shops around here wanted $90-$100 for a tune up which didn't make a lot of sense on such a cheap bike so I learned how to do them myself.
Overall I am happy with my purchase because I paid so little for the bike and it gets the job done. I just wanted to make people aware what they're buying and if you want something that just works well out of the box, this is not going to be it.