Bavel Commuter

62/100
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Users (41 ratings)
72
Experts (0 reviews)
0
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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on Bavel Commuter. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

6 reasons to buy

  • The colorways and graphics appealed to buyers.
  • Owners mentioned that the Commuter weighs in at a reasonable 27.3lbs.
  • Some users were satisfied with the functioning of the Shimano disc brakes.
  • Owners’ experience of gear-shifting ranged from ‘pretty good’ to outstanding.
  • A handful of users found assembly easy.
  • Ride quality was, at times, described as ‘smooth’.

9 reasons not to buy

  • Gearing was too low for some riders, leading to slow speeds on flats and spinning downhills.
  • Pedals were described as light plastic and rotated stiffly.
  • Tires were described as thin and sometimes arrived with holes.
  • Brakes were often noisy and weak. Front and rear calipers sometimes arrived bent.
  • The pre-configured handlebar height was too low for some riders.
  • Customer service received some glaring reports. One owner received the wrong model bike and found the manufacturer difficult to contact and reluctant to fulfil a return.
  • Some factory assembly issues included untrimmed cables and a front wheel axle that was too short.
  • Tubes sometimes arrived with slit seams.
  • More than one rider found that a screw from the seatpole was rubbing on their leg.

Bottom line

Bavel seems to only manufacture two bike models. This includes the Commuter and a road bike. The Commuter seems to be constructed around an attractive and relatively light aluminum frame. However, components are low-end and difficult to adjust. A bike mechanic described it as ‘a huge pain’ and found fine-tuning difficult. In general, the Commuter will require numerous upgrades in the short term, compromising the savings its low price initially suggests.

Expert Reviews

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So this is a great beginner bike, very inexpensive. I would recommend it.

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User Ratings

72/100 based on 41 ratings
  • 5 star
    49%
  • 4 star
    22%
  • 3 star
    10%
  • 2 star
    5%
  • 1 star
    15%

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62
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