Kennedy City Bicycles

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  • Hi all,

    Been looking at these bikes as an off-the-peg option. Sound pretty nice, good components for the money compared with the big brands.

    http://kennedycitybicycles.cc

    Anyone have any experience of them?

    Thanks!

    John

  • Stinks of Foffa.

  • Why not look in the classifieds, will get far superior product for yer money. Or if you really want new, try genesis or surly. Both good companies, with time proven products.
    Had a quick look at kennedy, very little info on frame spec, and as to the quality of components, meh.

  • ^agreed. minimal to none tech specs on anything. the frames are a complete mystery.

    would not buy.

    also with you on that the classifieds section beats buying otp 100-0 on value for money.

    also the components offered for builds are basic noname parts branded to every other new fixie brand, except for system ex hub, sram 2 speed hub, and promax levers. Dicta freewheels are crap.

    this feels like the newest brand trying to ride the Phicksy Wave.

  • Well, according to their blurb they make a lot less margin than big brands so spend more on the components, especially the tires.

    I was hoping someone on here owns one and could provide some objective(!) feedback?

    Am also considering 2015 Fuji Feather when it comes out, how would that compare in terms of value?

    JC

  • http://kennedycitybicycles.cc/insurance/­4581913504

    Insurance Insurance is a bit of a thorny subject, so we thought it best to share what we know on here. The sad reality is that bicycle theft is rife. Covering yourself against the financial and emotional pain of a lost bicycle seems like a good idea to us based on the prices we've seen.

                               Our bicycles cost £495 or £580. This may sound like a  lot, but by bicycle standards it isn't. As such, a Kennedy City Bicycle  is relatively inexpensive to insure. Insurance providers have different  pre-requisits when it comes to eligibility, but having surveyed the  landscape through our customers **we've found a 10% off part of the Cycle  Guard website (the 10% off is meant for TFL)** - based on the N1 post code  of our workshop this insurance costs about £44 a year. Bearing in mind  this is well under a tenth of the price of the bicycle it seems like a  smart decision to us. Visit the site [HERE](http://www.cycleguard.co.uk/home.­asp?product=Cycle&promCode=201106)               
    
                               The insurance requires you to use a lock with at least a  bronze sold-secure rating for the single speed, and a silver rating for  the two speed. Both the locks we sell are silver so will work for  either bicycle.               
    
                               So that's where we're at for the moment, but we're  pretty new to insurance so if you have any comments on the above or  recommendations of your own we'd love to hear them on 0207 241 4819 or  <hello@kennedycitybicycles.cc>               
    
                               On a side note - these forms of insurance don't tend to  include parts, so if you have your saddle stolen you're not covered for  that. As a result, anyone who purchases a Kennedy City Bicycle is  entitled to purchase replacement parts off us at cost price. We've been  there, and we want to make the process of getting back on the road as  easy as possible.               
    

    lol

    In the event your bike is stolen you could be the one they ask for some tfl staff id as you used a promo code and find you aren't covered all as the shop advised you to save £5...

  • Well, according to their blurb they make a lot less margin than big brands so spend more on the components, especially the tires.

    I was hoping someone on here owns one and could provide some objective(!) feedback?

    Am also considering 2015 Fuji Feather when it comes out, how would that compare in terms of value?

    JC

    at some point you don't actually have to ride a certain type of bicycle to know that it most certainly isn't a nice ride.

    this comes from years of experience watching new brands emerge with the same purpose, plan and parts. also listening to stories and user feedback helps..

    I did own a fuji track and liked it. The parts were nothing major, but it was light and so a pretty easy ride.

    -

    but for a hippedy-hipster looking for a flashy leather finished rig for rides when it's nice out there, the kennedy will probably be just fine. if you don't have knowledge about anything better you can't compare and thus you're happy.

    i see a friend of mine enjoying his terribly heavy and uncomfortable blb track bike. he likes how it looks and the weight and everything else is clearly secondary.

    *objectively yours,

    *

  • Well, I just want something that:

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    • Looks good (subjective, but for me that means steel, traditional geometry, no Deep-Vs nor loud brand logos everywhere)
    • rides well for all-round general urban use, tough yet not Charge Plug heavy
    • isn't stupid money


    These seem to fit the bill, but I'm not an expert by any means. Fuii Feather seems to tick all the boxes after the Kennedy bikes.

    I'm not a messenger or polo player or competitive racer or anything, just want a decent looking, comfortable bike for getting fit, bombing around town and longer weekend rides.

    Alternative suggestions (and where to get them) welcome! :-)

  • at some point you don't actually have to ride a certain type of bicycle to know that it most certainly isn't a nice ride.

    What is it about the Kennedy bikes specifically that make you say that? The comparison with Foffa seems a bit harsh.

    Be good to get the owner on here to defend himself.

  • Defend? He's not done anything wrong surely!

  • These bikes are all new so its not fair to compare to a Foffa I wouldnt think as Foffa were death trap old 2nd hand painted bent forked wagons of cost.

    These are a bit pricey for VERY basic bikes considering the components but at least it appears its all new parts so safe at least.

    I think their advise on insurance is pretty skecthy though. Doesn't instill confidence to say "erm we don't know a lot about this but....."

  • Defend? He's not done anything wrong surely!

    Well, exactly. I'm just surprised how quick people jump to conclusions without ever seeing and/or riding a bike!

  • Well, exactly. I'm just surprised how quick people jump to conclusions without ever seeing and/or riding a bike!

    People are just always lookig for a witch to burn.

    Also unfortunatly for new companies like this I think UNIPACK/CREATE and the INFAMOUS FOFFA have set a bad president for the basic bike market.

    Time will tell I guess. They all like an inflated price though tut tut.

  • Well, exactly. I'm just surprised how quick people jump to conclusions without ever seeing and/or riding a bike!

    you seem to have some idea about what you're looking for so why not go ahead and buy the bike?

    then you can review your experience for the rest of us.

    :)

  • Also unfortunatly for new companies like this I think UNIPACK/CREATE and the INFAMOUS FOFFA have set a bad president for the basic bike market.

  • I can't see anybody witch hunting, but if you're a new company, in a very competitive market, you should be giving as much info as you can, what the frame is made of, butted or not? Components are said to be of good quality, but look like so many other entry level components. And as for the images, well beardy types riding/standing with yer bicycle does not a quality product make.
    True, I have no experience of them, but you wanted opinion, opinion you got. By all means purchase one, give us a review, and let us eat humble pie, when they turn out to be the best thing sliced bread.
    Still say you should look in classifieds though.
    Live long and ride well my friend.
    Peace n love. Jon

  • kennedycitybicycles.cc/components/458163­5415

    Not awful but nowhere near the price tag imo.

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