Detroit Bikes Sparrow

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Detroit Bikes Sparrow. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

17 reasons to buy

  • At 22 pounds for a low-cost singlespeed, the Sparrow is very lightweight bike,
  • The Sparrow is designed and assembled in Detroit, USA.
  • Assembly of the Sparrow was easier and quicker than for many delivered bikes. Setup was 90% complete, with owners only needing to adjust saddle height and attach the front wheels and pedals.
  • Sparrows come packaged with a floor-pump, bell and required tools.
  • Owners appreciated the simple, straight-forward approach of this no-frills bike.
  • Buyers saw the componentry as quality, with mention given to the solid FSA headset.
  • The 44 / 17 gear ratio was well-suited to city riding, hills and attaining decent speed.
  • Owners praised the simple, clean design of the Sparrow. It was described as beautiful.
  • The Sparrow’s caliper side-pull brakes worked well.
  • Customer service from the manufacturer was said to be outstanding.
  • Tires were not skimped on. The WTB Thickslicks at 28mm wide, were perfect for city streets.
  • In a rare situation for a new bike, the SDG Duster was rated highly for comfort.
  • The ample packaging only received compliments from buyers, who received bikes scratch-free. This is unusual for a bike distributed through a major online retailer.
  • Ride quality was deemed to be smooth and fast.
  • Handling on the Sparrow felt responsive.
  • Owners regarded the construction of this bike’s frame as sturdy.
  • Reviews often mentioned the attention to detail given to the Sparrow, describing it as ‘beautifully finished’.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The plastic Wellgo pedals gave the impression of being cheap.

Bottom line

The Sparrow is a new kid on the block and is yet to receive many long-term reviews. This might be the reason for the limited amount of criticism the bike has received. However, it might just be the case that this is a solid, simple, lightweight singlespeed bike with high quality-control values. Detroit Bikes assembles the Sparrow in the USA, making it 90% ready out of the factory. One of the benefits of this is that the wheels are hand-trued before being sent out. The lack of negative reviews is a good indicator that solid mid-range componentry and a focus on simplicity leads to a more reliable budget product. At this price and weight, it could be a wise move to shortlist the Sparrow for a singlespeed / fixed-gear purchase.

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