Surrey Classic

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Summary of Reviews

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

3 reasons to buy

  • Owners described this machine’s framework and build as sturdy.
  • This quadricycle features independent freewheels in each crank, allowing 1,2,3 or 4 people to pedal at any one time.
  • The Surrey Classic sports super-fat, “monster-gauge” spokes for strength under large weights.

11 reasons not to buy

  • At 190 pounds, the two-seater Surrey Classic is a behemoth.
  • Buyers lamented that the Classic required a lot of assembly.
  • Owners received inappropriate parts in the form of brake cables and accessories that did not seem to fit.
  • Customer service was described as neither helpful nor understanding.
  • Quality control seemed to be lacking, including missing small parts and overtightened screws.
  • More than one owner deemed the Classic to be pricey.
  • Construction issues included holes not being drilled to size – and sometimes misplaced.
  • ‘Poor quality’ powder-coating resulted in paint covering holes that are vital to assembly.
  • One owner found welding to be poor quality.
  • Families accused the Classic of being slow and difficult to pedal.
  • Apparently, this vehicle is almost impossible to pedal uphills.

Bottom line

The Surrey bike is designed to be used primarily as a recreational vehicle. Its native habitat is flat path beside the beach or alongside a river. The Classic is only available as a single-speed. At 190lbs, this means that avoiding inclines is a foregone conclusion. The Surrey bikes do incorporate some clever and unique technologies; such as independent drivetrains and lever-actuated drum-brakes but - until a carbon-fiber version is released - it will probably remain a tourist attraction.

Expert Reviews

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Bikeman 4 U

Surrey Built For Four – Quad Bike Check

The thing is tough – yeah, there’s four people but it just doesn’t have enough oomph to get out of its own way. But it’s a great application for a lot of fun.

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The Smartypants

The Family Bike

I don’t think I can pedal this for an hour. Even slightly uphill it gets really hard… I was thinking we might like to own one of these but I’m having some serious second thoughts.

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Hum of the City

4 Wheels Bad, 2 Wheels Good

I’m glad we rented a Surrey because it was important to our kids and they enjoyed it… It is an unbelievable behemoth of a bicycle-like machine… pedalling at a rate slightly slower than walking…

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User Ratings

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