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James M.

James M.

James M.

James M.wrote a review of on June 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So the shipping time with them having to "build and test" the bike took too long if you ask me. REPLACE THE SEAT (order a seat before the bike, it is horrible!) For a hilly area the gear ratio is great, if you live in a more flat area be prepared to switch it up which is super easy as the rear hub is shimano (took 8 minutes) The tires that it came with are great for dirt but I am switching over to road style as you loose so much power with them commuting distance. Here is the break down.. I will load video of the bike in action later when I get some good video and am not so damn sore.
Pro's
- Nice welds
- Low Flex
- It looks better than in the pictures
- Easy to switch rear hub depending on needs
- Works great in bad weather
- Strong wheels and front fork
- Many midgrade components
CONS:
- Shipping time (yea you said you built it tested it yada yada yada) for $75 bucks + and it being built the disc breaks should have gone on and flowed smooth, instead... spent thirty minutes re calibrating them at my friends shop
- Crap Seat... I feel like I got prison raped
- Cheap break levers (Im replacing with cane creek)
- Doesn't have pannier set up so you have to go with a seat post mounted (can hold up to 25 pds)
- Bar tape and ends are cheap
- Need to take the time to take the china grease out of the bike and put some good grease in the moving parts (even REI does this!!)
- Wheels though strong look cheap

Conclusion: I love this bike, it stands out its strong, it is good in multiple situations. It is not a track bike but it will get you there. Some of the parts that come with it are just crap (seat, break levers). Really should be drilled for pannier set up. Overall a beautiful bike, light weight (dont listen to the reviews you might see on other sites, compared to other steel frames this thing is a good weight) If you commute make sure to amazon some good tires, because the ones it comes with are evil for distance commuting on road

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