After not riding for 20 years, I decided to start riding a bicycle for fitness. I was looking for a strong bike to accommodate my size and considerable weight. This bike looks strong and is strong. I have owned the bike for a few weeks and ridden a little over 70 road miles. The bike was fairly easy to assemble right out of the box. Gears and brakes have worked great in the factory setup. The bike is very agile, even with the large tires. The bike tracks well and feels very stable when you are riding. I removed the factory seat after the first ride and replaced it with a much more comfortable saddle. A relatively cheap ($25) improvement. I like this bike a lot.
Pros: + Looks nice + Has some name brand components + Tires are not very nubby which makes it look more like a hybrid tire which would seem to suit it for it's intended use (per the sticker warning it is not built for off-road use) Cons: - SLOW - SEAT VERY UNCOMFORTABLE AFTER FIRST 10 minutes - GEARS AND CHAIN CLICKS VERY LOUDLY IN MANY GEARS - Takes an incredible amount of energy to ride on pavement - Tires more of hybrid pattern not very nubby for actual off road use - Mountain looking bike is built so suspect that the manufacturer warns it is "not for off-road use." * Much of the peddling energy expended going up hills and riding on pavement gets stolen by the front fork suspension leaving legs drained and peddle efforts lost ** When standing to peddle or when peddling harder the front fork flexes downward way too drastically and much of the peddle energy pushes the bike frame down into the fork making peddling very mushy and reducing amount of peddle energy that is sent to the wheels to propel the bike forward as most of it is absorbed into the fork suspension *** Manufacturer website has a FAQ question and where it talks about receiving warranty coverage it mostly talks about how you cannot be unreasonable and ask for warranty coverage for "this" and "that" but never tells you how to receive warranty coverage if you need it MANUFACTURER?: Instructions actually state, "not for off road use" though this bike is built to resemble a "mountain bike" and is terribly slow and hard on the legs for on-road use. After I bought the bike I found out the original bike manufacturer went out of business several years ago but appears a larger bike company bought the name to keep selling it. WHO SHOULD consider this bike? Perhaps someone who just plans to ride lightly for less than a mile at a time on a mild dirt trail or paved trail WHO SHOULDN'T consider this bike? Perhaps anyone who plans to do serious riding on paved trails or roads for longer than a mile (or anyone planning to ride seriously "off-road" for that matter as the manufacturer states this bike is not intended for off-road use). Anyone interested in receiving any kind of warranty coverage?
Bought this bike because I was looking to do more riding on the numerous trails in my area. The Osprey 4.0 does not disappoint! I've ridden over 1400 miles since I got it and I have no major complaints so far. When I first rode it there was some calibration issues on the gears and brakes since Sears assembled it (not professional bike builders). After a trip to the local bike shop for a tune up it it now runs great. The seat would be the only thing that could use improvement but that's an easy fix and depends on rider. I haven't had it off-road really so I can't comment on its performance there.
If you are looking for a bike for paved trails this is a great step up from the big box store budget bikes!
Well, first off, Sears made the buying and pick-up process really easy. I set up an account on their website and chose the pick-up merchandise option. I went to an area outside the store that was clearly marked and I was assisted by one of the workers. There was a check in process on a machine that resembled an ATM. All
I had to do was was swipe the card that I used for payment and I was good to go. The bike was not assembled, but I had no problem taking it to a professional cycling shop nearby and they built it for me. As for the bike itself, it was a great buy. I really got a whole lot of bike for the price I paid. And it's super light...aluminum frame. I can see myself riding for a long time!!
Got bike as present.
First time riding SOOOOOOOO uncomfortable...adjusted seat
SECOND TIME OUT KICKSTAND LOOSENS
THIRD TIME CHAIN BREAKS
FIX CHAIN BRAKES GO
DON'T BUY THIS BIKE!
Awesome bike . Happy with everything!
I couldn't be happier with this bicycle. It's a tall bike best suited for a tall person. I have put 700 miles on it since November 2016 and everything works just fine.