3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good for the price I paid., 17 May 2013
17 May 2013
Bike was partly assembled as described. Just to fix the peddles,seat post, handle-bar and then attach the bell,reflectors. I fixed a reflectors light, better diamondback peddles and changed to 2.0 Continental mountain king tyres. All came to 14.5Kgs.
Had to adjust brakes.
As one reviewer mentioned, peddles are cheap plastics. Seat stays are square shape which I did not quite like but is a minor issue. Label on the box says "Made in Italy" but a sticker on the right crank say "Made in China". Not sure the crank or the whole bike was made in China but again doesn't matter to me.
I just wanted a bike to commute to work rainy or sunny than going on the expensive road bike. This bike is perfect for that.
Had a trial run of 10 mile ride and gears are not as silky as Shimano Tiagra or Ultegra but shouldn't expect to be so for this price range. Ride itself is very good and the bike is willing to go with less effort. Comfortable seat and off road handling is very good. V Brakes were sticky and make creaky noise. Adjusted again and oiled the levers.
16 November 2013
AS I said before I used this bike in all weather conditions about 500 miles up to now. For few weeks pedal start making misses specially when riding uphill and also got harder to pedal. My average speed started falling. I knew something was wrong. Cleaned the jokey wheels and the chain but no joy.
Decided to remove the bottom bracket. AS instructions said it was a sealed cartridge and not serviceable. Replaced it with semi sealed serviceable cartridge. Original one was a cheap looking 113.5mm X 68 cartridge semi frozen!I have added a photo of that in product gallery.
I have given 4 stars before but decided to make it 3 stars.