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Vilano R2 Commuter Our Review for 2019

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PROS

  • Easy Assembly
  • Easy to Transport in Car
  • Smooth Shifters
  • Quick Release Seat and Wheels

CONS

  • No Kickstand
  • Tires and Brakes Could Be Better

Review Summary

A multi-speed bike is an excellent choice for those looking to ride on a diversified cyclocross course. The Vilano R2 Commuter sure does fit the bill. Don’t let the name deceive you; it’s not just for commuting – the bike can handle harsh terrain as well.

Single-speed machines aren’t bad themselves, and they do perform well on flat surfaces. However, if you plan on climbing steep hills, a multi-speed bike is a safe choice. The Vilano R2 Commuter performs well both on uphill stretches and flat trails.

Specifications

  • FRAME – 6061 Double Butted Aluminium Frame

  • WEIGHT – 27 lbs

  • WHEELSET– 700c Double Walled CNC-machined

  • FLAME SIZES – Small (29.5″) to Large (32″)

  • SHIFTERS – Shimano A050

  • DRIVETRAIN – Shimano 21-speed
Vilano R2 Commuter

Vilano R2 Commuter – Features

The Frame, Fork and Design

The Vilano R2 sports a lightweight aluminum-6061 double butted frame. It comes in an attractive glossy black color.

The glossy look gives the machine a classy feel. The welds and contours are well done.

The weight could perhaps be a bit lighter, but it’s still acceptable. It’s great for trails that have steep inclines. The frame is quite durable, so, with proper care, it will certainly last you a while.

Despite its low price point, the design is superb. The ride features a Hi-Ten steel fork, which is a pleasant surprise as one would expect a lesser-quality alloy at this price. It’s one of the reasons behind the ride’s excellent durability.

Derailleurs

The Shimano Tourney and Shimano Derailleurs do not miss in gear changes. The manufacturer is famed for its commitment to functionality, both on their light-end and low-end components.

As you can tell by its price, this is an entry-level, low-end ride, but some of the components are top notch and certainly make it worth the purchase. The derailleurs can be considered up to date when compared to the latest in the industry and are highly accurate.

Shifters

The front rings come with friction shift which takes some getting used to. The innovative STI shifting mechanism is a relatively recent innovation and has been only recently introduced to the world of biking. The maintenance is as easy as it gets, but you can also have them be serviced professionally.

The Shimano 1050 21-speed thumb shifter translates to seven rear indexed speeds and three front friction speeds. Meaning – you get just the right gear you need and can adjust it to the road ahead – no matter how harsh or smooth it is.

Wheels, Brakes and Functionality

If you were wondering why the bike comes at such a low price, you’d find your answer when looking at the tires and brakes. There have been complaints about tire quality. The brake pads have also received their fair share of criticism.

Luckily, the bike’s quite flexible as maintenance and upgrades are easy. You can easily replace any part you are not satisfied with.

If you don’t like the brake pads – don’t worry! You can replace them for cheap, spending no more than five to ten bucks.

The wheelset features a quick release skewer, making things much easier. If you opt for professional assembly and maintenance, you’ll still save some money as its really not much work.

Vilano R2 Commuter Brakes

Downsides

 

Tires and Brake Pads

Due to the low price of the ride, some sacrifices had to be made. Quite frankly, it’s a surprise there isn’t more of them.

Riders have complained about the quality of tires and brake pads, and those complaints surely are justified. Thankfully, replacing them is easy and inexpensive.

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No Kickstand

Since the bike has the word “commuter” in its name, one would expect it to come with a kickstand.

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Verdict

The Vilano R2 is surprisingly light for a commuter with 21 speeds. It’s an excellent starting ride for beginner CX riders or commuters. One of the best features of this cyclocross bike is its high functionality.

You can easily upgrade every component and tailor the machine to your specific needs. A very affordable price does naturally mean cheaper components. Luckily, there aren’t that many of them and the ones that are, such as tires and brake pads, are easily replaceable.