Kent Sierra Madre Men’s Comfort Bike » Pinterley

Better quality components than Walmart Next Avalon my men’s Sierra Madre shipped extremely fast (via “free” ground) and arrived with only minor damage (broken front reflector, paint/words of right handlebar shifter rubbed off by friction with box enclosure). Although the packaging is not very protective, the bike does come with a 6 months warranty for parts and I’m happy (replaced both reflectors with head and tail lights; never notice rubbed off paint on shifter when riding).I ride on 3/4 mile of dirt road and grass to get to a paved road. Although no bike is totally comfortable, this one is surprisingly so. Note that the rear suspension pivot is behind the crank so that one’s feet are insulated from shocks (and the distance from seat to pedals remains fixed). The tires are large (26 x 2.125) with 50 psi max with no kevlar and with cheap tubes (plan on replacing these to prevent flats). The other components are inexpensive but name brand and they look good. if I didn’t have to go uphill on grass, I might not need the granny gear. one poster mentioned the quirk shifting from 1st to 2nd chainwheel. FYI, there is no problem shifting between 2nd and 3rd chainwheel, and from 3rd to 2nd and 2nd to 1st. On paved road I use 2nd and 3rd chainwheels only. I will drop to the granny gear (1st chainwheel) while going uphill on grass. The rear sprockets shifting system works perfectly.Walmart has a sort-of similar model named the Next Avalon (same manufacturer). The frames are practically the same, but the gearing (21 speed vs. 7 speed), brakes, shifters, etc., are different (more toy-like, as on their other below $100 bikes). I also bought an Avalon for my wife recently. these two bikes have the same frame features and the same seats. The rest of the components are different and I can see and feel the quality differences. I’m tempted to return the Avalon and get another Sierra Madre (for the better quality, not the extra speeds which my wife doesn’t need).I found Kent International very responsive to my questions. Should I decide to change bikes in the future, I will surely consider their products for purchase.

Kent Sierra Madre Men’s Comfort Bike » Pinterley


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