Single Speed Commuter Bike Review

The Takara Kabuto single speed commuter bike is a great road bicycle, with a solid handcrafted steel frame with horizontal dropouts to help handle pot holes as well as various other street imperfections as you ride over the city. It is lightweight bike, weighing just below 30 pounds. Features with a flip flop hub so you’re able to run it as a fixed gear or in standard freewheel single-speed mode, never having to worry about adjustments to temperamental components.

The 32 hole alloy wheels roll on loud Kenda 700 by 32 tires, which are ideal for withstanding sub-standard streets. Front and rear alloy side pull brakes complete the specifications of this bike, designed to fit with riders who are 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall with a 31 inches standover clearance. This affordable road bike is all about keeping things simple and getting it done without spending a lot of money.

Features of Kabuto

  • Steel frame and fork; 54 centimeter top tube
  • Alloy rims with alloy hub
  • Tig-welded steel frame with horizontal drop out
  • Alloy side pull brakes
  • Weighs 29.5 pounds

The set-up for this bike is easy, fast, and requires only basic tools to get it up and running, just within 10 minutes. It is great for someone who is looking to buy an affordable, high quality, and stylish bicycle. Flashy colors, big tires, and comfortable to ride though it is a bit on the heavy side but nevertheless smooth, fast, and simple. The flip-hub feature, which gives you the option of riding in fixed gear, is a great addition.

Negative Reviews

Most of the customer comments are very positive. However, some reviewers have pointed out negatives in comments about the bike. One user felt that the inner tubes were not up to their expectations or standards and one of them blew a tire on his second ride. Therefore, it is highly recommended to check the inner tubes before embarking on any biking journey. There also a comment about the brake issue; the brakes were very temperamental when trying to adjust them, it is highly recommended to bring it to a shop and let the pros do for better setting.

Positive Reviews

Most of the customers expressed their satisfaction on the bike’s performance and outstanding for the price they paid and the sturdy steel frame. The assembly is easy, a 10-minute assembly with only needing a few basic tools to get the job done. Riding Takara Kabuto is very comfortable, smooth, and fast.

Most customers liked the flip-hub feature on the cycle, which provide them an alternative of riding in a fixed gear. However, most of the reviewers felt the bike is a steal, because of its quality and affordable price. One of the reviewers added that most people he encountered when riding the cycle liked the look of it and that he received compliments all the time. He also mentioned that the tires on the bike were much larger and thicker than normal, standard tires used for a road bike.

Another customer, who was happy with the purchase, said that the Takara was an amazing cycle. He felt the bike was manufactured with high-quality materials, that it was strong and durable. The gear ratio is excellent, allowing it to be ridden over hills as well as go at a fast pace. It is easy to pedal as well as to accelerate. When the tires were set at the right pressure, he said the bike could coast for quite a distance too.


This bike is great for riding around town and getting to work or school in the city on less than ideal roads. I highly recommend this bike to anyone around 5’ 8″  looking for a great and cheap road bikes. The bike is rather cheap at the price range of $190-250, but rides like a much more expensive bike.