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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Takara Kabuto. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
12 reasons to buy
- Large numbers of Kabuto enthusiasts remarked upon its striking good looks.
- Owners who received a well-packaged bike were very pleased.
- A lot of consumer reviews mentioned how assembly was straight-forward.
- Some owners said the Kabuto was very reliable.
- A few even said this bike was just generally a good quality machine.
- Decals could be easily removed, which pleased reviewers.
- The Kabuto is incredibly inexpensive. Some owners noted that this removes the fear of theft because a replacement was only a small purchase and a click away.
- The ride was described as fairly smooth.
- More than one daily commuter found the Kabuto durable after daily use.
- Some riders thought the cranks were great, despite a persistently reported clicking from new.
- Wheels were reported to be great once they have been trued to straighten them up.
- The Flip-flop hub allows switching between freewheeling-singlespeed and fixed-gear modes.
12 reasons not to buy
- Brakes and brake pads were described as having little stopping power. Numerous owners were annoyed by the squeaking noise they produced. The front brake broke while tightening during assembly, for more than one owner. Five-star reviews often suggested replacement.
- The front wheel, with provided 32c tire, sits very close to the frame. Grit or debris may get lodged here.
- This bike is built with the geometry of an aggressive track-bike (but without the required high-end componentry). Riders toes can easily hit the front wheel when turning, which could be a hazard.
- The tires were reportedly weak and able to be popped by pine needles. Their bright colors were known to fade.
- At 35lbs, this bike is heavier than a number of full-suspension bikes. Owners found it cumbersome to carry upstairs.
- Some buyers were unable to tighten the handlebars, which caused an injury for one owner.
- Parts often fell off this bike while riding, despite tuning by the local bike shop, with the lights and reflectors going first.
- The freewheel sometimes failed– causing an accident and incurring injury in one instance.
- Packaging was extremely poor for a number of buyers.
- Welding was described as ugly and messy.
- While many owners chose to remove the decals, they left a sticky residue which was difficult to remove, even with solvents.
- Wheels often arrived out of true.