Firmstrong Bruiser

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Number of Gears
1, 3, 7
40.0, 38.0, 33.0, 43.0, 34.0 lbs
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Summary of Reviews

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

10 reasons to buy

  • Owners describes the appearance of the Bruiser as clean, simple, cool, stylish and bad-ass.
  • A lot of reviewers said that it rode nicely.
  • Riders over 6 ft said the Bruiser fit them well.
  • Some people found the wide, plush saddle comfortable.
  • Assembly was easy for many buyers.
  • Despite being noisy in two gears, reports say the 3-speed Bruiser shifts well.
  • Owners describe this as a solid and sturdy rig.
  • There are many reports of this bike being a comfortable ride.
  • Fat-tire enthusiasts loved the 3.0 tires on the plus-size version.
  • Buyers appreciated this cruiser’s affordability.

9 reasons not to buy

  • Wheels were sometimes wobbly and untrue on arrival.
  • This bike often arrived with scratches. Shipping damage was reported as not being under warranty, faults required return of the entire bike.
  • Inappropriate parts included an oversized seatpost and an undersized chain.
  • Purchasers lamented the lack of water bottle bosses.
  • Missing parts (when new), included handlebars and nuts.
  • Componentry failures on the box-fresh Bruiser included; a hub leaking grease, frayed brake cable, freewheel failure, punctured tubes, defective chainring, defective crank-bearing and a faulty kickstand.
  • Numerous people had trouble fastening the handlebars to the stem. For one owner, the stem cracked in two.
  • Many buyers were disappointed by the manufacturer’s customer service.
  • At 40 lbs, the Bruiser is a heavy beast.

Bottom line

The Firmstrong Bruiser is built to be simple and easy. This is especially true for the basic model; a singlespeed with a coaster brake. For buyers who understand that cut-rate prices mean a roll-of-the-dice on componentry-quality, shipping and customer service, then maybe this is a budget beach bike that will brighten your summer. The fat-tire version invites low-pressure cruising at another level of comfort.

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