Does The Vilano Rampage Single Speed Road Bike Have Urban Youth Appeal?
Behind all the bright colours that are available this Vilano fixed gear bike also has a forged alloy Crankset, 46T replaceable chainring and 45mm Deep-V anodized wheelset, alongside other, fairly low-end components and it is described as being a “stylish urban fixed gear bike”.
Clearly there is a certain demographic being sought after here rather than a wider market, but are the city-dwelling youth as impressed by this bike as Vilano hope?
What positive comments have riders made about this Vilano Rampage Fixie Single Speed Bike?
The most interesting factor about the user testimonials for this fixed gear road bike is that there is much more talk about the looks and the lack of assembly required than the way its handles the streets or many of the specific components, suggesting style and convenience really is more important to this demographic than the specification.
The component that is highlighted with regularity is not the gears or tyres but rather the flip-flop hub that means that this is not just a single speed bike at all, it can also be switched to fixed gear model. The style really is the biggest advantage in many riders’ eyes because it looks expensive even though it is actually quite cheap.
This is achieved with the clean lines and unusual colour options; there is a plain black version but the champagne/orange and the grey/green are very appealing.
Does this low price meant that this Vilano Rampage Fixed Gear Single Speed Road Bike has plenty of disadvantages too?
As should be expected, not all of the features in the bike will be first rate and buyers have reported making a number of upgrades and have complained about the quality.
The “urban” saddle is one such part that can be quickly replaced upon purchase, as can the brakes which are said to be poor with pads that squeak far too much.
There are also questions over the urban geometry 700c tig-welded fork, because it bent rather easily upon impact during one particular crash, and the wheels, which do not take a standard spoke wrench.
Finally, there are mixed views on the weight. It said to be around 22 lbs, which is heavier than many road bikes, but most buyers do not seem to mind too much.
Summary: do this downsides limit the Vilano Rampage’s appeal to urban riders?
The focus on looks and style in user reviews shows that this Vilano road bike really has caught the imaginations of the young rider on a budget that it was designed for and that it has fulfilled it purpose.
In the end, this is a low-end fixie bike for those that want something that looks good as well as giving a good performance; you will have to spend some money on tweaks and upgrades but, given the incredibly low cost. You will end up with cool looking model with a better spec that is still cheaper than other options and proves to be a great entry level option.