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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the PUBLIC C7. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

13 reasons to buy

  • This bike is available in three builds, the C7 and C7i (both 700c) and a version with 24" wheels.
  • The C7 24" fits riders from 4'4" to 4'10". The 700c builds fit riders from 4'10" to 5'10".
  • Buyers can choose between a Shimano external derailleur (C7) or an internally geared hub (C7i).
  • Several users say the C7 is ideal for fun, casual riding and makes a great city bike.
  • The step-through frame and upright riding position make the C7 comfortable and easy to ride.
  • A reviewer says the C7 suits both experienced riders and beginners.
  • The C7 is available in a wide range of eye-catching colorways. It also has colored cable housing and a color-matched chain guard and fenders.
  • One tester notes that the 32lb C7 is relatively light for a Dutch-style bike.
  • The fenders, chain guard, and kickstand enhance the bike's practicality.
  • Riders say the C7 performs well up hills (for a Dutch-style bike) because of its moderate weight and 7-speed gearing.
  • Several users highlight the bike's stylish looks.
  • A tester enjoys how easy it is to slip on and off the C7.
  • Several users compliment the C7's handling.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The C7 doesn't include a rear rack or basket.
  • The lack of quick-release axles makes fixing punctures more difficult.
  • The C7 is marketed as 'Dutch-style.' However, it lacks key characteristics of a genuine Dutch city bike, such as a fully upright riding position, relaxed steering, and an enclosed chain.

Bottom line

The PUBLIC C7 is a 'Dutch-inspired' commuter with a relaxed riding position, 7-speed gearing, and a choice of external derailleur or internal hub gearing. A 24" version is also available for smaller riders. The fenders and chain guard make it suitable for riding in everyday clothes. Reviewers enjoy the eye-catching looks, relatively low weight, and easy handling. The C7 offers plenty of style and practicality at this price. However, buyers that want a true Dutch-style bike should look elsewhere.

Expert Reviews

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Momentum Mag

PUBLIC C7 City Bike Review

Overall, this bike made me feel happy, carefree, and like a kid again. It was easy to ride, performed really well on hills even though it’s an upright model, and was also super light.

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Endless Velo Love

Return of a PUBLIC Bike: Thoughts on the C7

I am extremely happy that I went ahead with the purchase, and I’m sure it will serve splendidly as the transportation bike.

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PUBLIC C7: Longer Rides, Pros and Cons

I’ve had my bike a few weeks now (the small C7), and…there’s a lot of almost with this bike, it’s almost lots of things, and I’m not sure how I feel about it beyond its being definitely pretty.

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User Ratings

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