Added a product review for 2013 Stolen Saint 24" Bike 5/24/2013 7:08 AM
The Good: Solid, smooth
The Bad: pedals?, brake pads
I'm re-entering the bmx scene after 15 years. At 6ft, I didn't feel comfortable on a 20", so I did a lot of reading and settled on the Stolen Saint. There were better bikes, but for my budget, I felt this was the best fit for me.
On initial assembly, I was instantly pleased, it felt like what I remembered 20" bikes to be when I was younger/smaller. The cranks were like butter and it was a very forgiving bike. I couldn't wait to get on it every chance I got. I added a pivotal seat and a 320mm seat tube so I can sit and ride comfortably.
Now, nearly 2 months later, I am still very pleased, but have a few minor "issues" I'd like to report. As people had posted on other sites, the brake pads are not extremely grippy, I have a set of Koolstops on order which should solve that problem I hope. My main gripe is with a creak I am getting when I pedal under tension, specifically when my right foot is on the down stroke of the cycle. In full disclosure, I have to store my bike outside, additionally, after a long session on a damp dirt track, I used a hose to remove the mud from my bike, and I noticed the creak on subsequent rides. I tightened my cranks and shot some oil into everything that moved, which significantly lessened the creak, but it remains. I blame it more on my abuse of the bike than anything, but it is slightly disappointing having this noise after only two months.
All of that aside, I've never owned a bike that I enjoyed more than this. Simple and very smooth/forgiving for a 2nd time beginner like me. If I can get the crank squeak settled, I will remain a very happy customer.
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