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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the 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.