Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Calgary, Canada
Bikes: Commencal Meta 5.3, Marin Verona, Cannondale F3000 single speed, Standard STA
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Clevelands are really good bikes for the money.
I'm not a fan of the cranks, but for the price you can't get anything better from any other brands. What I don't like about the cranks is that they have loose ball BBs and are kinda heavy and unsofisticated. The BBs can come loose often if you ride lots - one of the reasons sealed BBs are so much better. Oh, i think the sprocket is a bit of a weak point - the iron crosses look great but if you hit them in the wrong spot they dent kind of easily. Oh, and the bearings in the rear wheel are not available at bearing shops - only through DK and DK dealers - so keep an eye on the bearings so you can order some as soon as you see/hear signs of wear.
I personally think the Cleveland is one of the best deals (if not the best) for a good quality cheap bike. Am I biased towards them because I sell them? No, more like I sell them because they're good.