Vilano Neutron

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Release Year
Charge Time
3 Hours
Maximum Range
30 Miles
Top Speed
18 Mph
Volts and Amp Hours
36V 8.8Ah
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
49 lbs
Brake Type
Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

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

11 reasons to buy

  • Buyers reckoned that the Neutron delivered good value for money.
  • A maximum range of 30 miles was verified by owners.
  • A top speed of 18mph was easily attainable.
  • The bike is quiet and smooth at lower speeds and when pedaling.
  • Fat tires absorbed vibration and aided comfort.
  • Owners felt that the Neutron looked sharp.
  • A reviewer said that their rear brake worked smoothly .
  • Some owners said that the battery held charge well.
  • The bike adjusts well for tall riders, 6’4” and above.
  • Assembly was said to be straightforward.
  • The Neutron can be carried by a handle at the base of the seat post.

19 reasons not to buy

  • Front brakes sometimes locked up on slippery surfaces.
  • The Neutron was not as powerful as efficient mid-drive bikes.
  • At full load during acceleration, the motor can be noisy.
  • The motor vibrated the whole bike under maximum power.
  • Power ramped up aggressively from dead stops or low speeds.
  • This bike sits up high, requiring dismounting when stopped.
  • Rear derailleurs come bent to avoid rubbing on rear rim.
  • The Neutron’s geometry may not be suited to shorter riders.
  • Generic instruction manuals are not specific to this model.
  • The battery pack rattled inside the Neutron’s frame.
  • Spokes required tensioning from new, to avoid wheel vibration.
  • The rubber cover on the charge point doesn’t stay in place.
  • Gaps in the instructions omit important assembly information.
  • The chain rubbed the tire in the lowest gear.
  • 4 inch knobbly tires were noisy on-roads.
  • The neutron reportedly lost power quickly, when unused.
  • Rims were not completely round, due to uneven seam joins.
  • Slight wobble was evident in the steering tube assembly.
  • When folded, brakes rubbed against the frame.

Bottom line

Owners were generally impressed with the performance of the Neutron, for the asking price. Range and top speed were good. For a small bike, it fit taller riders well. Short riders may find it a bit of a reach. A decent amount of tuning was required from new, which suited mechanically minded buyers. Others might have to take the Neutron to a bike mechanic, especially since some steps were absent from the instructions. Folding ability was OK but not outstanding.

Expert Reviews

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User Ratings

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