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Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike Review
June 26, 2012 9:25 pm|Comments (0)

Product Description:

The Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike is a competitively priced road bike which comes with a sturdy, handcrafted steel frame that makes commuting around the city a breeze. The built in flip hop hub allows you to run the bike as a fixed gear or in a standard freewheel single speed mode. In addition to this, the high quality 32 hole alloy wheels and 700 by 32 yellow Kenda tires ensure that you have a smooth, comfortable ride. It comes in a choice of two frame sizes (54cm and 57cm) and the bright, stylish yellow design will ensure that you are the envy of all your friends.

Product Features:

  • 700 by 32 yellow Kenda tires which are both stylish and comfortable.
  • 32 hole alloy wheels with stainless steel spokes for improved handling.
  • Alloy rims with an alloy hub for improved handling.
  • Alloy side pull brakes for easy stopping.
  • Flip flop hub which allows you to run the bike as a fixed gear or in standard freewheel single speed mode.
  • Supports riders as small as 5 feet, 8 inch and as tall as 6 feet.
  • Tig welded steel frame and fork with a 54cm top tube and a horizontal drop out.

Pros (features we liked):

1) Stylish Design:- One of the first things you’ll notice about the Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike is its eye catching design. Bright yellow tires and handlebars might not sound like the most inspired design choice for a bike but they really work well on this model. This is one of the best looking bikes you’ll find and if you want to cycle in style, there are very few other bikes that can compete.

2) Fast:- While a good looking bike is great for impressing your friends, it doesn’t do you much good if the performance isn’t up to scratch. Fortunately, the Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike has both style and substance and is extremely fast for a single speed road bike. Although you can’t change gear, pedaling is very easy on this bike and if you cycle hard, you can get it going at an impressive pace.

3) Smooth Riding:- If you’ve never ridden a road bike before and are worried that the lack of suspension may translate into a bumpier ride, you need to give the Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike a try. Although it doesn’t have suspension, the wheels and tires do a very good job of handling uneven surfaces and allow you to enjoy a smooth, impact free ride, even at high speeds.

4) Low Price:- Not only does the Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike look good and perform well but it also costs less than $250 which makes it one of the cheapest road bikes around. If you are on a budget but looking to get value for your money, the Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike is a very wise investment.

Cons (what we did not like that much):

1) Heavy:- One of the common problems with lower priced road bikes is that they’re generally quite heavy and unfortunately the Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike follows this trend. It’s not so heavy that you can’t lift it but when you do have to lift it, you certainly notice the weight. The weight doesn’t really affect the speed and it’s still a very fast road bike. However, if you want something that’s light and easy to carry, you’re best off avoiding the Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike.

2) Poor Quality Brakes:- Another area where the Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike falls down is the brakes. They’re made from cheap plastic, they’re very brittle and they break quite easily. In addition to this, they don’t have much stopping power, especially when you’re cycling downhill. When you consider the speeds that the Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike can generate, these brakes are simply not good enough and unless you are a very light user of the bike, they will need to be replaced.

Summary:

The Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike strikes the perfect balance between style, performance and price. It looks good, it can reach impressive speeds and it gives you a smooth ride without breaking the bank. It’s not perfect and is heavy for a road bike, so if you want a light bike, this one isn’t the right choice. Additionally, the brakes are poor quality and you will probably need to upgrade them which adds an extra cost to your purchase. However, when you consider that the bike costs less than $250, these really are minor issues. The Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike does the majority of things that a road bike should do very well and is quite a bargain.

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Schwinn Men’s Prelude Bicycle Review
June 26, 2012 9:17 pm|Comments (0)

Product Description:

The Schwinn Men’s Prelude Bicycle is a fully loaded bike which is perfect for gentle bike rides and commutes. It comes fitted with a lightweight aluminum road frame, drop handlebars and a Schwinn road fork which all combine to ensure that you have a smooth, bump free ride. In addition to this, the 14 speed Shimano drivetrain with responsive A0505 shifters and lightweight alloy cranks allows you to maintain a high cycling speed at all times.

The Schwinn Men’s Prelude Bicycle also comes fitted with a comfortable Schwinn Quality padded saddle for a smooth cycle and a kickstand which allows you to easily prop your bike up whenever you decide to take a break from cycling. The bike is finished in an eye catching, red design which is subtle yet visually appealing.

Product Features:

  • 700c deep dish alloy wheels for lightweight cycling.
  • 14 speed Shimano drivetrain with responsive A050 road shifters and lightweight alloy cranks for fast, responsive gear changes.
  • Aluminum road frame for lightweight cycling.
  • Clips and straps for the pedals to keep your feet secure.
  • Drop handlebars with padded tape for optimum comfort.
  • Dual pivot road brakes with alloy levers which provide fast, efficient stopping power.
  • Kickstand which allows you to easily balance the bike whenever you take a break.
  • Schwinn road fork.
  • Schwinn Quality padded saddle for optimum comfort.

Pros (features we liked):

1) Lightweight:- The Schwinn Men’s Prelude Bicycle is an extremely lightweight bike. It has an aluminum road frame which is complemented by lightweight cranks and lightweight alloy wheels. This makes it really easy to handle and also allows it to pick up pace very quickly.

2) Comfortable:- Although the Schwinn Men’s Prelude Bicycle has a number of lightweight, aluminum parts and comes fitted with fairly slim tires, it stands up to bumps and uneven surfaces surprisingly well. For a road bike, it’s pretty smooth and gives you a very comfortable ride.

3) Low Price:- Being lightweight and comfortable are not normally things you would associate with a bike that costs less than $250. However, the Schwinn Men’s Prelude Bicycle gives you all this at a very good price. If you are on a budget, this is definitely a bike to consider.

4) Stylish Design:- Despite the low price, the Schwinn Men’s Prelude Bicycle does not look cheap and is very easy on the eyes. The red handlebars are eye catching and make this bike stand out while the splashes of red across the frame and the subtle use of red text come together to create a beautiful design that is sure to get you lots of positive comments.

Cons (what we did not like that much):

1) Poor Quality Tires:- The main problem with the Schwinn Men’s Prelude Bicycle is the tires that come with it. They are constructed from pretty poor quality material and as a result are very brittle and susceptible to blow outs. If you purchase this bike, you will need to replace the tires which adds to the overall cost.

Summary:

Overall, the Schwinn Men’s Prelude Bicycle is a brilliant bike. The only let down is the tires but once you have replaced these it will serve you well. It’s lightweight, comfortable, stylish, pretty nippy and outperforms many bikes that are twice the price. If your budget can stretch to $250 plus the cost of replacement tires, the Schwinn Men’s Prelude Bicycle is definitely a worthwhile investment.

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Schwinn Katana Road Bike Review
June 26, 2012 9:11 pm|Comments (0)

Product Description:

The Schwinn Katana Road Bike is a perfect road bike for commuting around the city at pace. It comes with a 14 speed Shimano drivetrain with a quick shifting A050 rear derailleur and lightweight Tru-Vativ IsoFLow alloy cranks which allow you to cycle at high speeds with ease. It also comes with a choice of two frame sizes; 54cm (which is suitable for riders between 5 feet, 6 inch and 5 feet, 9 inch) and 58cm (which is suitable for riders between 5 feet, 10 inches and 6 feet, 1 inch). The bike is finished in a stylish gunmetal and blue color which makes it visually appealing as well as functional.

Product Features:

  • 14 speed Shimano drive train with a quick shifting A050 rear derailleur.
  • 2 choices of frame size which collectively support riders as small as 5 feet, 6 inch and as tall 6 feet, 1 inch.
  • Deep dish alloy wheels with paired spokes.
  • Lever gear shifters located next to the stem.
  • Lightweight Tru-Vativ IsoFlow alloy cranks.
  • Super light, alloy Aero aluminum frame.

Pros (features we liked):

1) Durable:- The Schwinn Katana Road Bike may not be the cheapest rode bike around but you certainly get what you pay for. All the parts are high quality and built to last which means you should be able to put thousands of road miles on this bike and use it for years and years to come.

2) Stable:- Another useful benefit of the Schwinn Katana Road Bike is that it’s very stable at high speeds. Even if you are racing at speeds of 50mph and over, this bike won’t wobble or shake as you cycle. Instead it will hold firm and give you a solid, stable platform to race on.

3) Fast:- When buying a road bike, one of the most important features is speed. The Schwinn Katana Road Bike doesn’t disappoint in this area and is a really nippy unit. It can quite easily maintain speeds of around 20mph and if you’re really pushing to the max, you can cycle at over 50mph. When you consider that this bike is only 14 speed and not 21 speed like many other road bikes, this pace really is quite impressive.

4) Lightweight:- The Schwinn Katana Road Bike is made from extremely lightweight materials. Not only is the alloy Aero aluminum frame super light but other components including the Tru-Vativ IsoFlow alloy cranks help keep the weight down. Not only does this keep the bike nippy but it also makes carrying the bike a whole lot easier.

Cons (what we did not like that much):

1) Poor Quality Brakes:- The main problem with the Schwinn Katana Road Bike is the brakes. They’re not the worst brakes in the world but they don’t allow you to stop instantly. When you consider the bike can reach speeds of 50mph +, better quality brakes really should have been included.

Summary:

The Schwinn Katana Road Bike is a great value for money and ticks most of the right boxes for a road bike. It’s built to last, it’s lightweight, it’s fast and it gives you the stability you need when travelling at high speeds. The only disappointing area is the brakes but ultimately these can be replaced at a cost. If you’re willing to upgrade the brakes and have a budget of around $400, the Schwinn Katana Road Bike a great road bike which is suitable for both beginners and more experienced cyclists alike.

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GMC Denali Womens Road Bike Review
June 25, 2012 9:10 pm|Comments (0)

Product Description:

The GMC Denali Women’s Road Bike is a budget women’s road bike which does a great job of getting you from A to B. It includes a 21 speed drivetrain with Shimano Revo grip shifters and a Shimano derailleur which allow you to change gears quickly, smoothly and efficiently. It also comes fitted with powerful Promax 501A caliper brakes which allow you to stop almost instantly when required.

Since it’s a women’s bike, the GMC Denali Women’s Road Bike comes with a traditional dropped top tube women’s design. The frame is lightweight and allows you to maintain high speeds as you cycle through the city streets and it also comes with high performance tires which can stand up to everything the urban environment throws at them.

Product Features:

  • 700c high performance tires which can stand up to the demands of daily street cycling.
  • 21 speed drivetrain with a Shimano derailleur and Shimano Revo twist/grip shifters for quick, smooth and simple gear changes.
  • 19.5 inch lightweight aluminum 7005 straight gauge road bike frame for fast, efficient cycling.
  • Alloy water bottle cage for instant hydration as you cycle.
  • GMC Series 7000 steel fork.
  • Promax 501A alloy caliper brakes for instant stopping power.
  • Traditional dropped top tube women’s configuration.
  • Vitesse alloy racing rims for improved handling.

Pros (features we liked):

1) Comfortable Seat:- When it comes to buying bikes, the standard seat almost always lets you down. Whether you’ve spent $200 or $2,000 on the bike, the chances are that the hard, uncomfortable seat will need to be replaced. However, the seat that comes with the GMC Denali Women’s Road Bike is surprisingly comfortable, even on longer bike rides. It’s not quite as good as a gel seat and you may still wish to replace it. However, it’s nice to know that if you choose not to, you can still have a relatively comfortable bike ride.

2) Quick Gear Shifting:- Another great feature of the GMC Denali Women’s Road Bike is the Shimano Revo twist/grip shifters which make shifting between gears a breeze. All you have to do is roll your hands forwards or backwards and the gears will shift up or down in line with your hand movements.

3) Drop Handlebars:- The GMC Denali Women’s Road Bike is one of the only women’s bikes on the market that comes with drop handlebars. Drop handlebars are more aerodynamic and allow you to build up a greater cycling speed than regular handlebars. They are also more comfortable in general and offer a wider range of hand positions than standard handlebars.

Cons (what we did not like that much):

1) Difficult To Carry On Bike Racks:- Although the drop handlebars on the GMC Denali Women’s Road Bike are functionally very good, the curved design makes attaching the bike to a standard bike rack very difficult. If you travel regularly and are looking for a bike that you can take with you using a bike rack, the GMC Denali Women’s Road Bike is probably not the best choice.

2) Water Bottle Cage:- Another frustrating feature of the GMC Denali Women’s Road Bike is its water bottle cage. While it’s a nice idea, the actual design is very poor and the water bottle cage itself isn’t large enough to fit a standard sized bike water bottle. While you probably can find a bottle that fits if you look hard enough, it really should have been built to the correct size in the first place.

Summary:

Overall, the GMC Denali Women’s Road Bike is a solid, low priced option. The seat is comfortable, the gears are quick and easy to change, the drop handlebars are a very nice touch and the bike as a whole costs less than $200 to buy. Unfortunately, the design of the drop handlebars makes it very difficult to attach the bike to a bike rack, so if you want a bike that you can take with you on weekend trips, this is probably not the one for you. Additionally, the water bottle cage is a very odd size and if you want to use a standard sized bike water bottle, it will need to be replaced. However, performance wise, the GMC Denali Women’s Road Bike does everything you need a road bike to do and if you are only planning to cycle close to your home, it’s an excellent way to get started without breaking the bank.

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