I thought I would restart this thread - as the one I started before disappeared. Shame, because there were good discussions about Magnesium as a material, postings of a different bike with the same frame, as well as a video of how it folds. I also wanted to have the thread have a proper starting title, hence my rational of starting it fresh instead of continuing the where did the Kent bike thread go - thread.
Anyway, I finally got my Kent bike today from Amazon (who are now sold out for the time being by the way - maybe due to this forum? It more or less met my expectations. The frame is great, really stiff, seems really strong, and is ultralite. The casting is quite amazing actually. I really like the way the bike looks. The bike came assembled - but will need plenty of adjustments. The wheels are pretty true. The brakes will just need a little adjustment, and are pretty decent. The rear derailleur seems really poor - and will need adjustment to shift the full range (if it ever will). The fork stem is over tightened and will need adjustment. Regardless, I was able to just pump up the tires, and try out the bike tonight. So here's the good, the bad, and the ugly:
- Handlebar, handlebar stem, seat post, rims, quick locks, brakes, baggage rack, and crank arms are all aluminium alloy and look to be pretty good quality - better than expected.
- The bike is full sized - meaning it's meant for adults
- The bike is light as advertised
- Shows well
- Crank length: 155mm - too short. The bottom bracket is pretty low - so putting on longer cranks may be an issue. I'll do it anyway.
- Drive train really rough - haven't figured out which part yet, but either the bottom bracket, the freewheel, and or the derailleur run rough and sticky. I'll need to take the BB and the frewheel apart probably and adjust.
- Handlebar - it's got a great handlebar that's welded together with the stem (which fits in and adjusts in the fold up aluminum tube). It's light, but it's really high, and too close to the rider. I'm 5'10" and the handlebar, at its lowest setting, feels too high for me. So I'll have to get a new stem and handlebar.
- Saddle - I hate seats with springs - will need to put on another one
- Tires - they look like molded plastic tires - hold on - they are molded plastic tires!
- Derailleur - need a new one, the grip shift looks decent enough though
- Pedals - the folding pedals are really poor quality, hardly spin, and are annoying, since you can only use 1 side.
Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the bike. Keep in mind the price. I'll swap some components and it should come in even lighter. One thing I'm thinking of is swapping the 16" wheels out - the back will take a 20" wheel, and if I swap the fork out, I'll be able to upgrade it to a 20" folder. The only reason I'm thinking about this is to raise the bike overall, in order to fit a 175 crank comfortably. Thoughts on this?