Rated 3 out of 5 by Anonymous Good, but....
Bike is good for the most part but you will not be jumping off anything as the description states: the single walled rims are a major weakness. My rear rim bent on the first ride to the point of rubbing the frame! I am a good wrench so the tension was good before riding. The front now has a noticeable wobble after a couple days commuting. Geometry is comfortable. Not trusting the front rim is not comfortable.
12 June 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Anonymous Big tires really roll over anything, and have serious traction, even in the wet.
Looks awesome, and has a nice finish.
Had to take a half link out of the chain, however, and fork ends are very short. Also had trouble keeping the rear wheel from sliding forward, until I got a chain tensioner.
Automatix gear change speed is way too low, I'm trying to decide whether it's worth it to open it up and re-set the spring for a higher change speed.
21 December 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Anonymous I've used this bike every day to get to work and back for two months and these are my observations:
Pros - It's a nice looking bike with good geometry, feels good to throw about when standing up. The automatic hub from Sram works well and is very low maintenance for urban riding. Saddle is nice and tyres are good quality.
Cons - It's a heavy bike, and with a few cheap components for the price you pay: the v brake noodle has rusted fairly quickly, the chainring seems to be wearing faster than I'd like, and the rims should be double wall at this size. Had a few issues keeping tension in the chain, the dropouts are too short to fit most chain tugs and the axle tends to slip forward on the drive side meaning that without regular inspection/adjustment the tyre can rub on the frame. There's not a huge option for fitting mudguards if you want them...
At the end of the day it is still fun to ride around town, and with a few upgrades and maintenance it should last. Just wish there were integrated chain tensioners.
10 December 2012