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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.
Expert Reviews0/100 based on 0 expert reviews
Vilano R2 Road Bike Assembly
…it wants to pull the chain right off in the middle gear in the highest speed… Amazon buy – you buy it super cheap, you get it super-cheap… Damn mail-order bikes… This bike is SO bad. Please don’t buy Vilano bikes
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.
Vilano Complete Road Bike Review New 2015
The wheels were not true… it does not take 30 minutes to assemble… it took me 8 hours, an entire day to assemble… The wheels felt very flexy… I swapped them out… The handlebars are pretty good.