Margaritaville

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Facts

Gender
Release Year
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
7, 1
Weight
32.0 lbs
Suspension
Brake Type
Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

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

9 reasons to buy

  • Extras are the cherry-on-top of these Margaritaville bikes. The Parrot squeaky-toy ‘horn’, bottle-opener and cup-holder are all appreciated by Margaritaville fans.
  • Handlebar-mounted baskets are useful for toting essentials.
  • Some consumers assessed the ‘Coast-is-Clear’ as a good quality machine.
  • Assembly is not difficult for a portion of owners. One described the bike as ‘70% assembled’.
  • Fans of these bikes thought the graphics were great, even going so far as to call it ‘rideable art’. They are deemed cute by owners, who admire colorways and floral details.
  • The ride offered by these cruisers has been described as smooth and comfortable.
  • A few riders find the aluminum frames to be lightweight.
  • Beach-goers and ‘parrot-heads’ love these bikes for their fun approach.
  • Cyclists praise the soft, pliable material used on these bicycles' handlebar grips.

11 reasons not to buy

  • A fair number of buyers rate the bikes' quality as generally poor.
  • Side-pull caliper brakes are deemed ‘OK’ at best. Pads squeal and owners often choose to replace them.
  • These bikes sometimes arrive with untrue or warped rims.
  • The ‘Coast is Clear’ has shown damage, fresh out of the box. This includes a hole in the fork, a bent frame and scratches.
  • Assembly is said to take a decent amount of time and patience. The headset, bottom-bracket and hub bearings needed adjustment or greasing. The provided instructions were not for this model.
  • Some commuters are disappointed with the small size of the basket.
  • For more than one owner, the bottle-opener was installed upside-down on the seat-tube.
  • The parrot-bell was reported to be a squeaky-toy and broke after 3 weeks for one owner.
  • The ‘Coast is Clear’ was accused of being overpriced by some consumers.
  • Upset buyers received their bike with stickers already peeling off.
  • Rusting and discolored chrome was an unwanted surprise on new bikes.

Bottom line

As these bikes come with a parrot-shaped bell perched on the handlebars, it may not be a surprise to know that they are not intended as serious performance vehicles. For laid-back beach-goers and easy-going commuters, Margaritaville bikes are satisfactory. The enjoyability of these bikes is somewhat hampered by quality concerns, but only for a segment of the customer-base. They do seem to avoid some of the catastrophic failures of other bikes in this price range, so buyers could do worse. In the end, they're inarguably fun, beachy bikes.

Expert Reviews

0/100 based on 0 rated expert reviews

User Ratings

84/100 based on 40 ratings
  • 5 star
    63%
  • 4 star
    20%
  • 3 star
    13%
  • 2 star
    0%
  • 1 star
    5%

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