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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Vilano R2. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
4 reasons to buy
- Some buyers felt that the R2’s low, low price made for big, big value.
- To a number of owners, this bike seemed lightweight.
- One owner said that, after 18 months, the R2 gave them few troubles.
- A couple of owners said that assembly was easy, using online videos.
17 reasons not to buy
- Damage on new bikes included broken handbrakes and bent chainrings.
- The R2 often required extensive and / or expert servicing to assemble.
- There were regular reports of brakes breaking upon assembly.
- Chains sometimes broke on initial or early rides. This is a safety issue.
- Brake levers felt like too much of a reach, for a number of cyclists.
- Chainrings sometimes arrived bent and with uneven teeth.
- Forks were sometimes crooked on new R2s.
- An expert mechanic found the derailleur bent on a box-fresh R2.
- Wheels felt flexible when ridden and made popping sounds.
- The cassette is only a freewheel and frequently wobbled.
- Flatbar shifters required riders to move their hands away from the brakes.
- An expert mechanic noted that there was no grease on freewheel threads.
- A number of owners found the Vilano heavier than expected.
- The saddle was uncomfortable and used a clamp that fatigued and broke.
- Tires were disliked. They inflated to 85psi and punctured or wore out quickly.
- Tubes were weak and punctured easily, sometimes upon inflating.
- Customer service laughed at some customers and suggested that quality issues were to be expected at the price.
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The Problem With Vilano Bikes
Being deceitful and condescending with a brand new customer is probably not the best… if you’re not mechanically inclined or don’t want to spend the money with a bike shop to finish out tuning and setting up the bike, your mileage may vary.