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Best bike! Worst bike! Best bike! Worst bike....!!!????
on September 19, 2017
Well which is it?
Depends on who did the unboxing. It's funny how many people look at a bike named "ROADMASTER" and buy it thinking it would do well on off road trails. Maybe that doesn't excuse this bike from being less equipped for off road trails but at the end of the day if you're buying this like I did just for casual road riding to get some exercise you're in great hands. This is honestly a far better bike than the price would suggest but for some reason it keeps getting terrible reviews because several persons who bought it figured that because it came 90% pre-assembled that getting it going would be a no brainer! WRONG! you still have to know what you're doing even though it's just the front wheel, pedals, seat and handle bars that require very basic attachment.
The most common failure i'm seeing is the issue with the front wheel hitting the shoes of the riders when turning which OBVIOUSLY indicates that you installed the front forks backward. (see attached photos). This is probably a common mistake simply because the bike ships with the forks rotated 180 degrees backwards towards the frame of the bike. Considering the fact that the manual that ships with this bike is the best I've ever seen in my life there is no excuse for the error but it seems almost half of the bad reviews stem from this simple mistake. There may be a few lemons out there concerning the handle bar attachment parts and pedal attachment issues but I am more likely to believe that these are also being assembled incorrectly by many of the people who are experiencing problems. Get someone with professional tools and a working knowledge of the mechanical assembly of bicycles and I guarantee you that the only problem this bike has that I find truly unforgivable is the fact that the seat is the hardest most uncomfortable thing i've ever had the displeasure of sitting on which is by no means a deal breaker since gel seat covers cost less than 10 bucks and for less than 20 bucks you can replace the entire seat with a super comfortable gel seat with integrated red LED tail lights. For a bike that cost under $99 there is NO REASON AT ALL not to love this bike. I only gave it 2 stars because people read negative reviews first and hopefully reading this will help them avoid making the same silly careless mistakes during assembly. Use common sense if you insist on assembling it yourself. Look at the pics of it here on amazon when you're done putting it together and make sure everything looks exactly the same.