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I just got this bike today and man I am impressed. The colors are awesome (I got the blue,white,red combo) and it rides just fine. I got the pro assembly or whatever its called so I couldn't be to blame for any problems in assembling the bike. I was not so happy though when I put less than 50 psi in the back tire before the tube popped. The "pro bike" builder should have tested the tubes to make sure they held air fine... But a trip to my local bike shop and a new long stem 700x25 tube later I was back in business. Oh and I upgraded the saddle as well because the one it came with was about as comfortable as sitting on lava rock. Overall great product. It still shipped really fast even though I was hit with a blizzard a few days ago. Definitely thinking about buying one for my girlfriend!
I have about 100 mi on my Vilano Edge so far. This bike seems to take a lot of bad rap, but I don't think that such negativity is deserved. Here are the two complaints I've seen:
1. Poor quality components: Not true at all. The brakes, handlebar, stem, crank, chain, freewheel and seat post are all very respectable. I have seen lower quality parts on more expensive bikes in all categories. The handlebar and stem are especially undervalued; the stem is high quality aluminum with dual restraining bolts on both axis and a nice look as well. The bullhorn handlebar is annodized aluminum colored to match the bike and has a smooth feel and stiffness to match.
2. Wears quickly: This is a bike that will require a break-in period and that means adjusting it after every ride. This is normal! Here is a tip: incorporate a quick tune as part of your cool-down period. It takes only a few minutes after a ride to snug up the crank arms, headset and brakes. Add to that every second or third ride a check of the cones and wheel-true. This simple routine will enhance every ride on all your bikes.
Frame: This is a medium-end steel frame and fork. The quality of the tubes is above-average for the price point, but the welding suggests a slightly lower quality. Most joints are above average but there are two points which would not make it past top-level quality control. Will these affect the ride of the bike? Ha, nope.
Wheels: Any deep-vee rims provide two interesting effects by providing great aerodynamics but also will "catch" cross-winds affecting speed and steering. The Vilano wheels are quite heavy, which counters the cross-wind effect but adds makes them heavy to spin. Call them "flywheels" and they're decent. I ordered the pro-build, so these wheels were perfectly true and destressed. No adjustments to true have been required(!).
Seat: Replace this. It is a retro-style of a style that should have been forgotten. The seat on a fixie/singlespeed is *critical*. Don't skimp on an upgrade, which you will need.
Brakes: These are an unbranded Tektro lever and caliper. Both are excellent quality aluminum and worked perfectly out of the box. After 100 mi I am only now at the limit of the adjusters. Maybe I don't use my brakes very much, but these have been great from day-one.
Drivetrain: The freewheel, chain, crankset and pedals are all excellent. After 50 mi I pulled the rear wheel and freewheel for inspection and found all parts in great condition. I removed the crankset and cleaned then replaced with fresh layer of grease in preparation for winter. Expect to have to check tightness after every 50 mi from this point onwards. Basically, just remember that a square-taper bottom bracket "wants" to come loose; your job is to prevent it. I was thrilled to see a decent set of toe-clips come with this bike! I haven't used toe-clips since the 90's but this is a commuter bike so I need to wear my work-shoes while riding. The toe-clips match the pedals perfectly and I'm still using them, despite having several campus pedals in my stock.
Tires: The stock tires and tubes were rubbish. I was able to replace these easily from stock so didn't even ride them. I wouldn't use them except for demo or setup.
The Vilano Edge is an excellent bike but requires some knowledge and tools to keep running right. This is expected of any single-speed. This bike is a "steal" of a steel and I would recommend to anyone who isn't afraid of a little tuning.
I purchased this bike with some hesitation as I was not sure about a single / fixed speed bike and I was not familiar with this brand and their quality of products. I have been delightfully surprised regarding how much I enjoy riding this bike. It is a great alternative to an expensive road bike as long as you live in a flat area. I would not recommend this bike in an area with hills as the gears / torque are needed to extreme inclines...but the little bridges and hills in Florida are breeze. The bike was easy to assemble and has been great thus far....
I've now had my bike for a year and it was the best decision I've made in awhile. Not only do I get non-stop compliments while out it rides very smooth and is pretty fast. I bike for hours in Manhattan. I also use it to commute to work 15 miles each way. Great bike.
Obviously it is an amazing looking bike but you need to get the wheels trued and probably new pedals because the ones they come with are super ghetto. That said I am super happy with the bike.
I got the bike in black and white and it is absolutely beautiful. It rides smoothly and is super fast. I love it. Quick shipping sweetened the deal even more. Absolutely great deal.
I've had this bike for a month and a half. I cannot stress enough to get the bike tuned or professionally built. It is a quick bike when properly set up. The factory chain is weak, and my chain alignment was completely off from the factory. I snapped the chain a month and a half after owning the bike pedaling quickly. The frame quality is good, and the bike is fairly light, and most of the components are a great buy for the money. Overall considering I only had to sink in an extra 36 bucks after labor I can still say this bike is a good buy.
I can't really add much to what others have said about this bike. I've mostly ridden MTB and wanted a better in city commuting bike and wanted to try a fixed gear. This bike has been great!
I use this bike to commute to work a couple of time a week, 16 miles round trip and have had no problems after 3 months. It's not the most solid bike out there, but it can definitely take a beating; I ride it hard and it responds well. You'll probably want to upgrade some small parts like I did, such as the saddle (not built for a female rider AT ALL, severely painful after just a few miles) and I chose to replace the stock bullhorns with straight handlebars, the bullhorns are just not right for me on longer rides. Make sure that you tighten everything really well, I can tell that some of the nuts and bolts aren't the best quality and could easily come loose while riding.
Overall, you get what you pay for and if you are looking for a cheap albeit really great looking bike that can take some abuse this is the one.
I recently purchased a vilano edge and honestly am smitten with it bottom line great bike for a great price
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