Huffy Panama Jack

85/100
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42.0 lbs
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Summary of Reviews

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

11 reasons to buy

  • A lot of Panama Jack owners chose to have their bike assembled by professionals. Those that didn’t found setup easy to complete in around an hour.
  • A portion of users experienced easy shifting from geared models.
  • The retro stylings of the Panama Jack drew many an admirer.
  • Several owners just had a lot of fun atop this rambling dobbin.
  • Multiple consumers had no trouble adjusting the Panama Jack for a good personal fit.
  • Quite a few buyers commented on the number of compliments this bike received.
  • A smooth ride was reported from multiple cyclists.
  • Extras were appreciated on this cruiser, including the basket, cup holder, bottle-opener and rack.
  • Owners loved the colors available. They were also impressed by details including woodgrain and floral detail. They called it cute.
  • It was reported to be offered at a great low price.
  • Some vendees found a wide, padded and springy saddle to be quite comfy.

14 reasons not to buy

  • Poor quality tires were reported by some consumers. They replaced them before they were worn.
  • Amongst reviewers, the rear hub was notorious for a persistent grinding that some owners traced to damaged bearings. Absolute failure occurred on the first day of riding for one owner.
  • Extensive damage was reported on new models. This included many frame scratches, dents, broken reflectors, broken screws, faulty tubes and a ripped saddle.
  • In an ironic twist for a beach-cruiser-styled bike, the Panama Jack was highly prone to rusting, even when stored indoors.
  • Substandard brakes sometimes hobbled this machine’s ride quality.
  • Componentry was not recognized as the best, even being deemed ‘flimsy’.
  • At least two consumers received bikes that seemed to be used.
  • The Panama Jack is known to be hefty, which isn’t unusual for cruisers. It was a hard slog on hills for singlespeeders.
  • The wrong color was delivered to a handful of buyers.
  • Parts were infrequently missing, on arrival.
  • Packaging was criticized for being insufficient, allowing parts to rub and scratch.
  • Wheels sometimes arrived untrue.
  • The saddle was squeaky and a little too squishy for some.
  • Repeated punctures were reported, due to poor rim tape and damage from spokes.

Bottom line

The Panama Jack instantly appeals to lovers of 1950s and 60s beach-cruiser style. In this regard, it does not disappoint. How many bikes come with wood paneling, a cup-holder and bottle-opener? Not a lot. But this Huffy is cheap and buyers will get their money’s worth. There will be some quality concerns for some consumers. Home-delivery risks damage, due to an apparent laissez-faire attitude toward packaging. But if you get a good specimen and upgrade as you go, reports suggest that you will be in receipt of a beautiful, comfortable and fun beach-steed.

Expert Reviews

0/100 based on 0 expert reviews

User Ratings

85/100 based on 195 ratings
  • 5 star
    62%
  • 4 star
    22%
  • 3 star
    3%
  • 2 star
    4%
  • 1 star
    9%

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Rankings

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#4 Best Beach Cruiser
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#53 Best of All Bikes
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Comparison

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Huffy Panama Jack
85
Average All Bikes
80
Average Huffy Bike
79
Average Beach Cruiser Bike
79