Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike Review

While road bikes with a wide range of gears are extremely popular, many riders are moving towards single speed road bikes. This is because single speed road bikes are uncomplicated to use, and usually cut down the time it takes to commute from one place to another. However, when buying a single speed bike you need to be careful, as there are many inferior bikes on the market.

Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike

One bike that has caught my attention is the Takara Kabuto. I would like to say that the design and features of the road bike are what caught my eye, but the truth is that its vibrant color scheme is what I noticed first. This inexpensive bike has been built with simplicity in mind, and that is why we will be reviewing it below.

So if you are interested in learning more about the Kabuto, read the in-depth review below.

Who is it made for?

The Kabuto is an ideal commuting bike to school or work. This affordable single speed bike is perfect for all riders who are not in the position to spend a lot of money.

Features of the Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike

Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike is designed to meet the needs of the consumers. After hours of research, testing and analyzing the features, we put Takara Kabuto Single Speed is a one of the best in our Road Bike List.

Strong Frame

Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike reviewUnlike most bikes that use aluminum frames, the Takara Kabuto has been designed with a hand crafted steel frame. This strong and durable frame is complemented by horizontal dropouts, allowing the bike to survive the abuse thrown at it by the city. The steel construction also ensures that you won’t be paying an arm and a leg for the bike.

However, steel is heavy, and that is why Takara has opted to use alloy components in order to achieve weight savings. The Kabuto might not be the lightest bike on the market, but it will last longer than its counterparts.

Flip Flop Hub Design

Instead of the gearing mechanism that you might be used to, Kabuto is outfitted with a flip-hub feature. This design has come about in response to city riders who have said that they do not require a derailleur. You therefore have two options; you can ride it in freewheel or single speed mode. This eliminates the need for complicated adjustments as you ride.

There is a single handle that is built into the rear hub, which you can flip when you want to switch between the two modes. As you can see, this flip flop hub design is incredibly versatile.

Smooth Rolling

Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike reviewTakara has also crafted the Kabuto with 32 hole alloy wheels, and Kenda 700 x 32 tires. The wheels are strong, stable and durable, and will guarantee smooth rolling on all terrain. Additionally, the large and thick Kenda tires give you the comfort and traction needed on all terrain, making your ride enjoyable.

Reliable Stopping Power

Unless you want to end up in a ditch, you need to ensure that your road bike comes with quality brakes. Thankfully, the Kabuto Single Speed  comes with front and rear alloy side pull brakes, which deliver reliable stopping power on all terrain. Your safety is therefore assured with this bike.

PROS

  • Well made
  • Affordable
  • Fast and smooth
  • Easy to operate
  • Comfortable seat
  • Comes with a kickstand

CONS

  • Brakes need to be changed
  • Handlebars are not very comfortable
  • Heavy

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. Would this bike do well on a long distance ride?

A. I would not recommend this bike for long distance ride, due to the fact that it is heavy and only has one speed. This bike is perfect for commuting, but you will need an endurance bike if you want to travel for long distances.

Q. Does the bike come assembled?

A. No, the Takara Kabuto comes partially assembled. You will still need to tighten all the components, put on the seat, and put on the tires. This process is quick and should take you about 20 minutes.

Q. Does the front bike tire have a quick release?

A. No, the front tire does not have a quick release.

Features at a Glance

  • Steel frame and fork
  • Good beginner bicycle
  • Gear hassle free single speed

Final Verdict

If you are looking to venture into the world of single speed road bikes, then the Takara Kabuto is the perfect entry-level choice for you. This bike has been carefully crafted to ensure that you enjoy your ride; however, some of its components are not of superior quality. Nevertheless, you will be getting value for your money.

 

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About the Author Matthew R. Duncan

I am proud to be the go-to guy among my circle for bike advice. I take it personally when someone I know buys a new bike without consulting me first!

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