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Esprit Superlite. Good but not worth the extra $100
Product: Reide Esprit SuperLite.
Packaging: It seemed OK. no visible dents, so good courier.
Weight: with Basket= 13.65 KG (Advertised as 11.9 KG without basket <no way basket ways 1.75 KG> )
Assembly: Fairly easy (no cable cutting required), just screwing in bits. I had to bend the basket in order to get it on which felt a little dodgy. The hardest thing to install was the mud guards which took a little fiddling. Adjusting the gears also took some time to get perfect but no more than 5-10 mins. Overall i think i spent under 2 hours putting it together.
No Quick Release Components: Annoyingly the bike doesn't come with any quick release wheels or seat (which may be the classic look, but it is not practical in anyway).
Nice style but built out of the wrong materials
Oh the irony, if you see an actual vintage bicycle around you know it lasted because of a quality build, most of these vintage styled Reid bikes will probably be in the landfill within a decade of their life. My bikes tyres, rims and pedals all broke within the first two years use ( pretty minimal use too). All the exposed chrome was rusting within six months and it was stored in a weather proof bike shed, the arms to the mudguards were the worst, the outer chrome coloured coating fully flaking away from the bristling rust. I see these bikes around town occasionally and they are all rusting.
The front basket with the removable inner basket is one of the better design features and very practical.
Drives me up the Wall
I adore this bike - I have for four years. However, I have been dealing with the front mudflap coming loose for a large majority of this time. Between my bike mechanic and I, we have tried everything to keep it in place and I cannot find the black plastic "hole thingy" that the metal prongs insert into anywhere.
It so embarrassing and incredibly annoying to be stopping cycling every time I go over a bump to put it back into the hole - because if you don't it clangs SO loudly. I'm at the point where I want to chuck it over a bridge - but unf...ortunately, I need it to get to work. I am writing this review because I have seen on the other complaints that Reid cycles appear to have helped the situations people are having with this bike. So if you are reading this Reid Cycles - Please help me by telling me where I can buy the black plastic "hole thing" that the metal prongs insert into... before Sydney Harbour acquires a new bike. Regards, A woman at the end of her patience.
You get what you pay for
I bought this bike in white, from the Reid store on Victoria St, Melbourne (4 years ago). It looked very nice and the price, $300 was very appealing to a poor uni student with no car (probably the main demographic of Reid) It rusted after 2 weeks, even though I kept it inside at night. The fragile wheels could not handle cobble stone or bumps in the road and buckled. I got puncture too easily. The wheel started making a very embarrassing "clunk" (busted ball bearing in wheel?). I rang the store and to their credit they said bring it in and they...would fix it, but without a car it was quite inconvenient to get the bike into the city so I just let it sit in my spare room and eventually sold it for $25. If I had invested $600 on a decent bike with good quality parts, instead of the poor quality bike, I would still have a decent bike today. These bikes are expendable and not built to last.
Beautiful and graceful bike! Ride in style!
I bought this bike partly because she had the right mix of features and price, but more than that: because she was the most gorgeous bike I could find at any price! Since buying her 16 months ago, we've covered 5,000km, including 100km on the 2015 Brisbane-to-Gold-Coast ride. (And I plan to ride her again in this year's event).
With her bright, cheerful, red paintwork and classic good looks, she gets lots of nice comments. Once, when returning to where I'd left her tied up in a park, I found a photographer taking pictures of her. A friend a...lso borrowed her as a prop in her wedding photos! I particularly enjoy riding her in "Style over Speed" events, where she completely looks the part among genuine vintage, classic bikes. To ride, this bike is stable, tame, and very comfortable, and a perfect mount for even a very inexperienced rider like I was when I started. The combination of her weight and gears did make Brisbane hills a challenge at first, but a few weeks of commuting got me past that. When getting started, it's no crime to get off and push for a bit anyway. The only reason this isn't a 5-star review is that the quality of some of the components is very poor. A few other reviews here have already called attention to the chainguard, which is extremely flimsy and will be bent out of shape in no time. Fortunately, it's just as easily bent back into (something like) shape -- but if you look at the chainguards of any of these bikes you see on the street, they're almost all warped and bent, so it's a common flaw. I've also had to replace the saddle, grips, and a rear wheel whose spokes broke. That probably sounds like a lot, but I bet many of these bikes never travel the kind of distances we've travelled: it's the equivalent of many years of casual, weekend riding. In short -- a beautiful bike at a great price! Highly recommended!
Questions & Answers
Hi, I have had this for a year, and my wife only rode it twice in that time. Trying to get it ready again for her to ride last week, i realized parts of the braking surface on the rims were peeling off in chunks. Now where and how do i get replacement for these? Front and back wheels. Could i use any road bike wheels and slap on the 7 speed cassette?
Reid sells replacement wheelsets for $70 (you get both wheels). But there's nothing to peel off the braking surface: these surfaces are bare alloy. Anything peeling off is therefore some kind of contaminant. I'd recommend taking it into a bike shop so a mechanic can take a look in person and advise.
Additionally, the wheels on these bikes don't have cassettes; they have an older (rare now) setup called a "freewheel". Although these look like cassettes, they're not interchangeable with them. So to fit a different wheel, you would either need a wheel that could accept the freewheel from this bike, or you would need a conventional ("freehub") wheel with a 7-speed cassette. I think these rims are also wider than a typical road bike rim, to take the wider tyres these bikes use.
So, in short, my guess is that there's nothing wrong with these wheels that cleaning won't fix; and that if they ever need replacing you're better off with the Reid parts.
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