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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.