Lightweight hand-built step-thru steel frame design with an upright riding position designed for urban commuting, leisurely riding, and exercise
Equipped with Shimano 7-speed drivetrain and Revoshift twist shifters for ultimate precision, speed, and control
Front and rear linear pull brakes to keep you safe and in control of your ride at all times
Kenda 700x35C tires grip the ground for a smooth and sure footed ride every time
Arrives 85% built and comes with assembly tools and instructions so you can easily finish putting together your bike
Description: The beaumont-7 from Critical Cycles is about to put the COMPETITION to rest. Whether you'll commute to work, leisurely stroll through a park, or make your away across campus, the beaumont-7 is the ultimate city bike choice. Upgraded componentry marks this bicycle as a most worthwhile competitor. The hand-built, tig-welded, high-tensile strength steel frame is available in both a step-thru style as well as a classic diamond shape. We know what it's like to have control of your ride and to lack control of your ride. Like you, we prefer the former. That's why we've equipped our beaumont-7 with a Shimano rear derailleur and revoshift twist shifter. Not only will you be able to shift gears with precision and speed, but you'll also never have to give up command of your bicycle. A simple twist of the hand while you're in motion allows you to effortlessly change gears so you can combat hilly and flat city streets equally well. The alloy stem, single piece crankset, and double wall rims elevate this beauty of a bike into a beast of a machine. Stop on a dime with the front and rear linear pull brakes. Kenda 700x35C tires provide a smooth and surefooted ride to take you everywhere you want to go. We've also included a steel rack on the back of this bike so you can bring your stuff with you as you travel from a to b to z and back again.
★★★★151 real customer reviews average rating: 3.5 stars (scroll to see all)
4 Stars By Vanae on 2017-03-16 Good First Impressions based on my average expectations Prefacing his review by saying I'm an experienced bike owner that has always done my own bike maintenance. I ride nearly every day and am pretty good at handling all the basics of bike mechanics. This bike is replacing my precious Globe Live 1 that I owned for seven years and kept in excellent condition. Why the downgrade? I wanted a step thru frame and more gears as I now have two babyseats and no longer live in a relatively flat area. I was only going to spend on a bike what I could get from selling my Globe. After a bunch of market research and failing to find what I wanted used near me, I decided to go for a "cheap" new bike from amazon.
I've only owned this bike 24 hours but wanted to post a review of my first impressions from unpacking through assembly, and the first ride. I will update this review again in a month.
Out of he box but still bundled up, I was pleased. It appeared to have been packaged well and I didn't see anything to cause alarm. As I unwrapped it I found a couple tiny nicks in the paint. I expected to find a few of these, and was thus looking out for them. I intend to contact the company and see if it's possible to get a little thing of matching paint to repair these nicks and thus avoid rust. It was only a few and within the realm of what I expected. Nothing appeared to be bent out of shape.
Assembly went well, apart from it taking three times longer than it should since I had a five year old and a one year old "helping" with everything. Took about 90 minutes, but if I'd been alone I imagine it would have taken about 30. Everything was really straight forward to me and I didn't feel the need to use the instructions, but followed along with them just so I could see what they were like as other reviewers complained about them. The instructions seemed perfectly fine to me. I DO suggest you make sure you have some bike lube already on hand. As a bike owner you should already have at LEAST lube and a pump to begin with. The lube was necessary for getting one of the pedals screwed in to place and the instructions actually recommend lube on multiple steps. I spent a little more time getting the front wheel properly aligned. If you are assembling the bike yourself and have no experience working on a bike, I recommend watching a YouTube video to learn how to do this. It's normal for it to take a bit of force to get it in. Once I had it in I did find the fork to be ever so slightly bent out of shape. I imagine it got smashed from side a little in the box so I just gave it a good stomp in the other direction and presto! BUt I don't necessarily recommend my technic ðŸ˜…. After that was taken care of I aligned and tuned the brakes. The instructions recommend that if you are inexperienced with this to take it to a bike shop. Good advice! But, if you plan to be a regular rider it's also one of the most important hints to know how to do yourself, so don't be afraid to once again look up some YouTube videos and learn how to do it yourself. I also fully removed he brake pads and roughed them up with sandpaper To prevent squealing. They may not have squeaked at all, but I highly doubt it. Every time I've ever put new brake pads on a bike they have required a little roughing up.
The rest was really straightforward, follow the instructions and you will be fine! My first spin around the block was good and everything seems to be working well. After I've ridden it a couple weeks I DO intend to take it in to a more experienced bike mechanic for a good check-up to make sure everything is running true and that I haven't missed anything. Bikes often go through a settling in period and even when assembled by a proffessional it's good sense to take it back after about 20 hours of riding to have it checked over again. I imagine by then my wheels will need to be trued, specifically having the spokes properly tightened and that's a bit beyond my own capabilities.
I detracted a star because of the nicks, the bell doesn't ding at all (no worries, I already own a far superior bike bell) and because it is definitely a basic, cheap "made-in-china" bike. though so far seems like a pretty good bike for the price.
If you're intimidated by assembly, please don't hesitate to take it in to a bike shop! Most assemble bikes for $30-$50 and you could ask to watch and be walked through basic bike maintenance while they do it. Then you'll not only know it's properly assembled (and if there's anything "off" they'll know how to handle that) but you'll learn some good bike maintenance skills yourself!
UPDATE: the third time I road the bike the gears started acting rather finicky. I tuned them up and they are shifting smoothly again and haven't had a problem on the several rides since. I DID contact critical cycles about getting some paint for touch up and they informed me they were out of olives Rene and likely would not be getting any time soon. That was a disappointment. They did offer to send me a free gift instead and so while I will have to touch up my bike with nail polish I DO have some free nicer tires on their way to me! Which leads me to my next update of: the tires the bike comes with are rather low quality. They're cheap, basic road tires and they don't hold air very well.
All in all, still pretty happy with the bike.
1 Stars By ktshan13 on 2016-09-01 Don't buy this bike Well it may be super cute but I've gone on 3 rides and already had to spend $120.00 on repairs. New brake cable and an whole new free wheel (sprocket assembly). Disappointing and I would not recommend anyone buy this product.
5 Stars By RICKVOO on 2016-06-19 What a nice bike. We call it the Coral Princess. This is a nice bike. I bought it for my wife who, at age 65, appreciates the step-through frame design. She says the bike is â€œprettyâ€ and I have to agree. The coral color she chose is striking and cute. Initial set-up was fairly easy and all parts fit well. The usual handle bars, fenders and pedals needed to be installed but are not difficult. I was pleased to find real steel fenders which I remember from years past. The derailleur (gears) came perfectly adjusted but I did have to fuss a bit with the brakes and pads. A small collection of tools is included since everything is metric as expected. I canâ€™t comment on the usability of the supplied â€œmetric wrenchâ€ since I had my own tools which I prefer. I imagine the supplied tools will get the job done though. The steel frame is strong but heavier than an aluminum framed bike. In this case I prefer the steel frame because we added an electric hub motor and front wheel which is best used with a stronger steel frame. The hub motor makes climbing the many hills in our Nevada neighborhood much, much easier. The overall quality of the bike is good and my wife loves the "coral" color she chose. Weâ€™re very pleased with this purchase. Oh, I did buy and install a different seat immediately. A nice, wide, soft, gel seat. Sure feels better than the rather hard, narrow seat that is supplied with the bike. Ouch!
5 Stars By Kourtney loves Reviews on 2016-07-18 BEST BIKE EVER! I've been looking for a bicycle that is retro inspired, practical, and shorter than average and I found this with the Critical Cycles Beaumont bicycle.
I absolutely love it. First of all, it's way shorter than average but still has large wheels and an adult looking style. The seat and handle bars are both adjustable so if I needed it to be for a taller person it would be possible. I prefer to have my feet touching when I come to a stop and at 5'1 that is a hard bike to find. I ordered the smaller size. I also love the curved bar where you step through, makes it much easier to get on and off.
The seat and handlebars are made of a faux leather material, or plastic that looks similiar to leather. They are firm but still comfortable. If someone was riding really far they made need a more comfortable seat but this is a very nice seat for coming with a smaller priced bike. The back "saddle" area has a tension thing, so you could put a book or something under there. I think I plan on adding a milk crate with a bungee cord. I already added a basket that I also purchased from amazon for my dog to ride in.
My biggest con is the fact that the box did arrive damaged. I do think they tried to prevent the pokey area by the wheel from poking through the box with a plastic cap that has a flat side, but mine was floating in the bottom of the box so it either wasn't put on well or fell off. I'm not overly angry because my bike wasn't damaged but I could see where someone would be very frustrated with receiving a bike that wasn't in perfect condition. I also wasn't crazy about the fact that there was not pictures for the directions with installing. I know to most that you probably think it's common sense to put together a bike but I haven't so I put a few things on wrong and then had to take apart and adjust. Pictures would solve that problem, or even better would be if they had information on where a video to watch is located online. I tried youtube but didn't find this model.
I think the quality is absolutely amazing. Many of the other reviewers were complaining but I'm actually shocked at the quality to price ratio. Typically finding a bike this cheap would mean it was purchased at Walmart or Target and everything would be less than par. This bike might not compare to 1000 dollar bikes but it is definitely worth it's price.
Pictured is my 10 year old daughter that is very tall. She was test driving it for me but she has a 26 inch bike (taller than this)
5 Stars By Samantha on 2017-05-27 Amazing and cute bike! I love this bike!! I used to ride a lot as a kid, but am just getting back into biking as a 30 year old. I was nervous - wanted something simple but high quality, and didn't want to pay a ton in case I wasn't into it. This was perfect for me!!! I'm 5'2" and it's not too tall. The 7 speeds are just enough for what I want to do, and of course it's just stinkin' cute. It comes with a bell and rear rack, and I've added a basket to the front. I love going on rides with my fiancé! The only downside is that it doesn't work well with a car bike rack, but I purchased a bike bar for like $10 that goes on and off and it works fine now. It does require a good amount of assembly, so definitely have it checked out by a bike shop or put together by someone who knows what they are doing.
1 Stars By Allison M. on 2017-03-31 Severely Damaged Bike My bike came with severe damage to the metal frame. There are multiple spots (some very large) where the paint has chipped and even the frame itself is chipped. The package itself was also damaged, however the damage on the bike itself definitely looks as if it happened before the bike was packaged. To think someone saw the damage and packaged the bike up anyway is extremely disappointing.... I would not recommend this product to anyone.
4 Stars By Leann on 2016-05-22 I'm pretty happy with this very affordable bike so far I'm pretty happy with this very affordable bike so far! It had all the elements I was looking for: step-thru frame, fenders, chain guard, a 'comfort' saddle, (but one without springs, which I dislike). I added a simple Greenfield kickstand and removed the chintzy bell. If it weren't for my worry about theft, I'd spring for the Public 7-speed with an internal hub, but the Critical bike is a happy compromise for hundreds of dollars less anxiety! (I also prefer the black tires on this Beaumont model.) The only comparable things in this price range were Schwinns and the like from Big Box stores, and the Critical bike is much more subtle and stylish and also lighter than most of those options. (I weighed my size 44 assembled: 36 pounds) It didn't take long to assemble-- I needed to adjust the position of the brake grips and I may need to do some adjusting on the shift cable, but will wait for it to stretch a bit. The angles and the saddle all feel very comfortable.
My one complaint, or perhaps comment, is that the bike seems to be geared rather high. I bike around the hillier parts of DC, and the lowest gear on this model does not let you sit back and relax up an incline of any significance. I can deal with it (half the point is exercise), but if I'd designed the bike, I would have stepped all the cogs down a notch (i.e. up in size). I doubt I will use the gears above #5 often.
One other small issue-- I had a flat tire after my first ride. The tires arrived highly inflated, and my guess is that the factory slaps these on fast, and the tube had been pinched. I'd recommend deflating your tires before riding, wiggling them around, and re-inflating them. It was a pain to take the whole rear wheel off a brand new bike to change the tube.
1 Stars By The Corporate Communicator on 2018-06-04 Don't Waste Your Money What I love: the price and aesthetics. What I hate: the craftsmanship. "Made in China" says it all. The build quality is just laughable on this bike. First, before you go to the effort of putting everything together, I would HIGHLY suggest snipping off the zip ties around the back tire and check the alignment and rotation; the back tire was fine on this one, however I also ordered the men's bike and on that one the tire was rubbing hard against the wheel guard and it could not be repaired.
Back to this bike, the back was fine (just needed adjustments to the brakes) but the front rim was so warped that it was rubbing in one particular spot on the left front brake pad (it was not the brake pad that was out of alignment...literally when you spin the tire you can see that the rim is warped by how it wobbles. There was no damage to the box so I don't think it was damaged in transit...I think it's just a crappy rim job)!
Here's the other MAJOR problem with this bike (and I had the same issue with the men's bike I just returned): The chain rubs against the chain guard regardless of what gear it is in. I'm not talking a slight brush against the guard...it's literally rubbing constantly and it's LOUD! I'm debating whether to either a) take it to a bike shop and see if they can help or b) simply remove the guard. This completely defeats the purpose of the guard plus it looks great on the bike, but it's not going to be very relaxing to ride a bike while the chain is scraping the guard constantly, so we're going to have to address that issue before our first ride. EDIT / CORRECTION: It's actually rubbing against a bolt holding in the chain guard, and it appears to be caused by a warped sprocket. I am contacting the company to figure out what to do...but this is the type of stuff you can probably expect with a Critical Bike. Sigh.
I would NOT buy this bike again, but I am also not going to return it after spending several hours working on it. Hopefully a shop will be able to help, but I also suspect they will spite me for bringing in a cheap foreign-made piece of crap to their shop.
4 Stars By Geitgey .... on 2016-06-21 Also my wife found it pretty difficult to ride the hills around north ATL area ... Fare bit of setup on this bike to get it just right but not hard if you can turn a wrench. Also my wife found it pretty difficult to ride the hills around north ATL area so I had to down size the front sprocket $8 and it fixed it.
4 Stars By David Lanagan on 2016-09-10 Affordable and Stylish for a casual Biker Just assembled (VERY easy) and definitely pleased. I was very skeptical ordering this bike, based on the seriously mixed reviews, but figured it was worth a shot based on price and how much I liked the looks of it. I'm a casual biker-- typically rely on city bike shares (which are notoriously always sort of run down) so, to me, this bike feels rock solid. Haven't even gotten the brakes fully adjusted yet and I already feel safer than on CitiBike/DecoBike/CapitalBikeshare/you-name-it. Paint does seem to chip easily, and my frame did arrive with the same underside damage that other reviwers have pictured-- but you can't even see the bottom of the frame when it's assembled, so who cares. My front reflector is also cracked, but I'm hopeful the company will replace it. End take away? Great bike for my needs, but a serious biker should be looking for a more serious roadside anyway.