Brand-X Road Bike

80/100
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Users (93 ratings)
90
Experts (1 reviews)
70
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Summary of Reviews

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

12 reasons to buy

  • The Road Bike is praised for its phenomenal value for money.
  • This budget beauty rides well as is, but with skill progression it becomes eminently upgradeable.
  • Users said the Road Bike was a smooth ride and a ‘pleasure to be on’.
  • Many buyers noted that the Road Bike came close to fully built, with remaining assembly proving easy.
  • Some owners felt the Road Bike was well protected without wasteful, excess packaging.
  • Reports called the Road Bike sturdy, well-built and tough on city commutes.
  • An ergonomic riding position provided comfort on longer rides.
  • One expert felt the stock saddle was surprisingly comfortable.
  • The 7-speed Shimano Tourney groupset was minimal but ample. It worked well.
  • A steel fork on this aluminum frame, showed forgiveness and resilience on imperfect surfaces.
  • One owner completed a 1000 mile ride without any problems, not so much as a puncture.
  • Numerous owners felt the Road Bike was lighter than expected.

8 reasons not to buy

  • An expert felt that gearing could have benefited from a lower bottom gear: 34x35 instead of 34x28.
  • It’s no featherweight. At 25lbs, you probably won’t smash crits on a Road Bike.
  • A couple of Road Bikes arrived on owners’ doorsteps sporting scratches.
  • One expert felt that non-cartridge brake blocks worked OK but warranted replacement.
  • By most reports, pedals were cheap and yearned for hasty replacement.
  • A bevy of butts found the saddle to be stiff and uncomfortable.
  • Some said the stock crankset was cheap and machined from soft metal.
  • The Road Bike comes in one tone, variously dubbed ‘graphite gray’ or ‘flat matte black’, depending on the review.

Bottom line

It wasn’t uncommon for owners to single out the ‘almost-nameless’ Brand-X Road Bike as the best budget bike they had ever ridden. It isn’t perfect and it’s not a lightweight race machine that competes with high-end professional rigs. But for the low-low price, that isn’t to be expected. Some corners are cut, to deliver what is a reliable machine with quality, mid-range parts. A great majority of owners loved the Road Bike and couldn’t believe the value-for-money it offered. It was frequently deemed to be a great commuter as well as a worthy entrance into road cycling. The Road Bike came highly recommended.

Expert Reviews

70/100 based on 1 expert reviews
70
BikeRadar

Brand-X Road Bike Review

Level 5 expert

The Brand-X Road Bike is one of the cheapest road bikes on the market and for commuting, riding for fitness and the occasional longer ride, it represents superb value for money.

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User Ratings

90/100 based on 93 ratings
  • 5 star
    66%
  • 4 star
    27%
  • 3 star
    2%
  • 2 star
    1%
  • 1 star
    4%

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