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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Kent Thruster 700c. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
9 reasons to buy
- There’s no doubt that the Thruster dangles a temptingly low price before you.
- Several Thrusters gave their owners a smooth ride.
- Some riders said the frame was compact, quick and maneuverable.
- A segment of the customer base found assembly to be easy.
- Likewise, multiple owners felt that it was simple to maintain their Thruster.
- Without giving details, a portion of riders said the Thruster was reliable.
- Overweight riders found the hi-ten frame was strong enough to support them.
- A modicum of owners depicted the Thruster’s aesthetic as ‘stylish’.
- Red, white and black was the most well-liked color-combo available.
22 reasons not to buy
- It was very common for both wheels to arrive wobbly and untrue.
- Brake pads were highly criticized for being plasticky and ineffective.
- Braking surfaces were painted, limiting braking ability.
- Cheap plastic parts made brakes difficult to assemble and tune.
- At 30lbs, Thrusters are about 10lbs heavier than the average fixed gear bike.
- The Thruster often came with no flip-flop hub, meaning that it is not a fixie.
- A bottom bracket stripped out as it appeared to be installed over wet paint.
- Plastic-coated crank-arms sometimes came loose or bent after a few days use.
- After hitting a pothole, fork dropout welds broke, causing an accident.
- A fixed-gear cog slipped when a rider was skid-stopping, causing leg injuries.
- Plastic pedals bent and broke easily.
- It was available in one size only, suiting riders from 5’8” to 6’, at best.
- Bearings on new bikes often needed to be packed with grease.
- The 40/18 gear ratio suited hills but easily spun out on flats.
- Assembly was not easy. It took an expert 8 hours to make the Thruster safe.
- Fragile tires only inflated to 50psi and were not suited to commuting.
- At least two Thrusters arrived without a seat clamp.
- Owners decried the discomfort of the stock saddle.
- The bike does not have bottle bosses, even though they’re shown on sale sites.
- ‘Toeverlap’ was present, as is natural for short-wheelbase fixie and track bikes.
- One expert reviewer found their bike was only wrapped in thin paper.
- One buyer received a “psychotic circus nightmare” color scheme with mismatched tires, wheels, handlebars and fork in orange, red and yellow.
Expert Reviews0/100 based on 0 rated expert reviews
I Rode 100 m̶i̶ km On A $100 Walmart Fixie, So You Don’t Have To
I’m about 2mi out, the chain fell off… the tires are nice and cushiony… There’s only one size… The fit for me is quite cramped… I am simply not having fun any more… It’s surprisingly adequate… it’s slow, it’s heavy, it’s long-term reliability is questionable.
The McFixie: Or, the Kent Thruster Review
…rear brake was bent… Braking surfaces are painted, severely limiting braking efforts… rear wheel is slightly out of round… drivetrain is squiffy… pedals are plastic yet shown as metal… Chain ring can not be changed… It’s freaking heavy… Don’t expect to get what’s pictured on the website.