3 Stars By Utnapishtem Rorschach on 2017-01-18
Good deal, could be excellent with a bit of attention to detail.
Update: Knocked another star off. It's not quite a year old yet, and upon starting my commute this morning, the left handle bar snapped off. I was just pushing down on the pedal, thus pulling up on the handle bars, and the left bar folded straight up and came off. The break is about 6 inches from the center. Looks like cast aluminum, maybe? Also, the rear chain ring exploded after about 6 months. But so far, the frame is still holding together. In another couple years, there's not going to be anything original on this bike.
First, why I knocked two stars off:
- 6mm front fork eyelets. This is non-standard. If you buy fenders for this, the standard 5mm bolts won't work. But the rear eyelets are the standard 5mm.
- No grease on the seat-post stem or handlebar stem. If you put it together without grease, the metal will chemically weld itself after a few years. Get it put together at a bike shop, or buy some grease for this.
- Came with a plastic chain guard that has no points on the frame for mounting. Just something to throw in the trash.
- Toe Overlap: I guess this is normal on most racing bikes - on low-speed, sharp turns, you may strike your foot on the front wheel. So I'm not docking a star for this, but you should be aware that it's a feature of this bike.
Now, on to the good.
- Very simple construction - not a lot to go wrong here, so they were able to build a good quality bike for very cheap.
- Lightweight. Not a $3000 carbon-fiber light, but still very light.
- Packed well.
- Simple instructions and labels on everything. Seriously, if you put something on backwards, you would have to overlook the stickers and the instructions.
There's not a lot of inexpensive options for a good quality, single-speed bike with coaster brakes. Fortunately, this one delivers exactly what I was looking for with adequate quality.
If these were included, I'd be willing to pay more for this bike, if it included:
- Some packet of grease for the seatpost and handle bar stem.
- Quick-release for both wheels
- Slightly longer handle bars. This is more personal preference.
- Fenders included
- Option for wider tires - maybe as a $50 option?
And finally, these come pre-packaged from China. The fact that there's no grease is probably an artifact of rushed manufacturing. If you take this into account and plan to spend a bit more for some upgrades, it's still an awesome deal. Just don't expect to have *everything* ready to go - need some oil on that chain and grease on any metal-on-metal components.
5 Stars By Mark Patrick Phelan on 2017-01-21
A Minimalist Gem
I live in Chicago, where there is very little gradient. I bought this bike as an alternative to using public transit and to use for leisure during the summer. After six months of regular use, I can say that I've been very impressed with this bike. Assembly was straightforward and I have had no issues with any parts. Without extra gears and brake pads, the minimalist design is ideal for first time buyers and bikers who don't much care about custom parts or fittings and just want to...ride a bike. I highly recommend!
4 Stars By JY on 1969-12-31
I'm just under 6' tall and the large model is perfect. I live in downtown Detroit and commute a ...
Let me start by saying I got my bike through Warehouse Deals for about $150. It was a brand new bike, just repackaged. Delivery took 2 days longer than expected, but it wasn't a guaranteed arrival item. Can't really complain for the price. I took the bike out of the box, it was well-packaged and secure. You'd really have to try to damage this bike in shipping. I ordered a set of bullhorn bars for mine so I put those on instead of the stock ones, taped them up and I was riding 30 minutes and 80 psi later.
I had never ridden a true road bike before, so the geometry and narrow tires took a while to fully adjust to, but now this bike is solid. I'm just under 6' tall and the large model is perfect. I live in downtown Detroit and commute a little over a mile each way to work on this bike. A very short commute, to be sure, but this bike gives no trouble. I added a front and rear light, and a frame pump. A bottle cage is next, as I have been riding around town every chance I get. I average about 50 miles per week, including my ride to and from work, and I've not had an issue yet.
I'll likely upgrade some components for durability and comfort as necessary, including pedals, saddle, and probably a wheel set with sealed hub bearings. The absence of cables is nice but the coaster brake doesn't have quite the stopping power of calipers, especially front and rear combo calipers. As I said, I ride in Detroit and the coaster brake is just adequate. If you do a lot of riding in more traffic jam-heavy cities like Toronto or New York, I would definitely recommend a model with front and rear hand brakes for the quick stopping power.
Fit and finish on the bike is good, with nicely finished welds on the frame, smoothly machined spoke holes on the rims, and smooth wheels, headset and bottom bracket. Again, sealed hubs would be nice, but $150 for the complete bike is a screamer of a deal and sealed hubs can wait.
Overall, this is about the best deal on a bike you'll find if you want a cheap and reliable way to get around town.
4 Stars By Tyler G. on 2017-12-19
FUN COASTER but Buy something else if you have more money. Get it on sale or donâ€™t get it at all.
This is absolutely not the best bike on the internet. It is however, the cheapest coaster brake road bike. I got mine on sale for 150. I would have returned it if I had to pay the full price for it. Itâ€™s a bike and it works like a bike.
The brakes: they work and theyâ€™re fun thatâ€™s why I bought it.
The good: it hasnâ€™t broken yet and after adjusting literally everything, it fits me well enough. For the rock bottom price of 150 it was totally worth the crap itâ€™s put me through.
The bad: For being the most simple bike available in the entire world, itâ€™s actually pretty heavy. The seat to ground distance is INSANELY long for how well the top tube distance fits me. I run it with the seat pretty close to the top tube. My comfortable distance to the pedals is higher but if it was any higher than I run it, I couldnâ€™t reach the ground. The geometry is simply-put, retarded. Iâ€™ve adjusted everything and itâ€™s usable.
4 stars at $150
2 stars at $190
Buy something else if you have more money.
4 Stars By Rafael Cepeda on 2017-04-23
Simple, Quick, and Efficient.
I have owned this bike since November 2016 and I've commuted back and forth to work with it Monday-Friday ever since. My job is 5 miles away and my travel time is ~28 min.
You must do three things if you care to enjoy the bike over the long term:
- Follow the traffic laws and consider your safety above all.
- Maintain air pressure.
- Keep the chain tight.
Maintenance takes ~10 min / week.
5 Stars By Zlatko O. on 2017-08-30
Very nice bike for less than $200
Came nicely packaged in the box.
Beautiful paint job,needed about 45 minutes to put it together. Just came back from 6 miles ride and it feels solid. For less than $200 this is beautiful bike.
Just came back from my local bike shop and they installed 700x32 tires on my bike ðŸ˜.
Im 5'9" and 53 fits me perfectly.
5 Stars By Kindle Customer on 2017-05-14
Loved and lost
Loved this bike. It was super easy to assemble and everything worked perfectly. I loved the minimalist design and the smooth ride. I was a little nervous about the coaster brake at first but it was super easy to pick back up from my child hood days. Definitely much smoother and controlled brake than with regular hand brakes.
I unfortunately just had this bike stolen within a month of my purchase but I definitely want to buy this bike again with a u-lock instead of a cable lock.
5 Stars By Lance Nelson Porter on 2017-06-02
I think it is a great bike. I've seen reviews that say you can ...
I've had this bike for two weeks now, and I have been riding it every day. I think it is a great bike.
I've seen reviews that say you can put it together in fifteen minutes. Nonsense! It takes fifteen minutes to unpack it and unwrap the parts. Unless you are a professional bike mechanic, it will take you more like 45 minutes or an hour. But all the parts fit together nicely.
I am totally pleased with the bike. The value for the dollar is incredible. And it looks great! I won't leave it unlocked for a second, for fear someone will steal it.
3 Stars By Andrew C. on 2017-02-09
Good for the price, but will need maintenance to achieve optimal performance
Aesthetically, this bike is fantastic. It's got a great looking matte finish that I love. In terms of mechanics, however, it leaves a lot to be desired. While Critical Cycles advertises that it uses name brand components on its bikes, this should not be taken to mean that said components are of the highest possible quality. In particular, the crankset is pretty crummy and the chain line was completely off (even after adjustment) due to the fact that the bottom bracket was the wrong size.
Since replacing both the crankset and the bottom bracket, this bike has been great. I should note though that removing components from this bike (even with a liberal application of WD-40) was a real knuckle-buster. Even with the right tools I was not able to remove the stock crankset without ruining the stock bottom bracket (not that it mattered anyway because the bottom bracket was much too wide).
With all of that having been said, if you're looking for an affordable new bike to customize then this is definitely a good one. Just know when you purchase this bike that some TLC will be required from the outset if you want it to function at its best.
4 Stars By Confidential on 2018-01-29
Nice for the price.
There were some manufacturer defects but it still rides well for a $180 bike. Max tire size I would recommend is 38 x 700 c, inflated to 64 psi. Rack and panniers handled 70 lbs although I would keep it under 30. One thing no one tells you about foot brake bikes is that a derail = no brakes. This can be dangerous if your chain happens to derail while going down hill.