700c Kent RoadTech Road Bike from Walmart

700c Kent RoadTech Road Bike from Walmart

I purchased a Kent RoadTech road bike from Walmart to use with an indoor cycle trainer. This is my first road bike, so I didn’t know what to expect, or if I would enjoy riding it. The drop bars and geometry of a road bike didn’t seem like it would fit my riding style, and I didn’t want to drop $800 or more on a road bicycle only to find out I didn’t like the ride. That’s where bikes like this one or other similar Big Box Bikes are great. You can get a cheap bike and if you don’t like it – you aren’t out a large amount of money.

It turns out I’m not a road bike guy. I don’t like the ride positions, and I most certainly do not like impacts from road imperfections rattling up to the base of my skull. I prefer a hybrid where the larger tires can absorb more of the bumps. That said, aside from the vibration and the cheap 3×7 gearing the Kent Road tech 700c road bike is a decent bike for the money. I was pleasantly surprised with the linear pull brakes. Usually linear brakes on a low end bike make horrible noises within the first mile or two and get progressively worse. The Kent Roadtech’s brakes are smooth and quiet. They haven’t made a noise at all – even after over 30 miles of riding.

I haven’t owned any other Kent bikes, but if this bike is anything like the rest of their lineup they may have a leg up on Pacific Cycle’s bikes. Make no mistake, this is still far from a LBS bike, but it is a decent bike for the money.

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Readers Comments (50)

  1. I have a mountain bike

  2. i like a rigid mountain bike with road tyres.i don’t go racing or downhill in the woods. I’m on the road going to work and shopping.

  3. The derailleur hangar is actually replaceable I did it on my Bca sc29 they use horizontal dropouts so you can use a clamp on rear derailleur hangar its hard to find aluminum ones though because this style is outdated and on vintage steel bikes

  4. bought mine last year. 400 miles later no problems

  5. That’s my bike! I’ve had it for about 5 years now.

  6. Thanks, interesting. When I watch your reviews though always one important point is missing: what kind of bearings are in the hubs and bottom bracket…? On a cheap bike one often finds hubs with Joy Tech loose ball cup & cone bearings, which are pretty awful, and they will not be properly adjusted from the factory or “big box store,” and the buyer will not know how to adjust them or have the cone wrenches to do it. Or do some of these bikes have cartridge bearings…? That would make a very big difference in the amount of effort to ride and the enjoyment derived from it. Really key info to know. Thanks…!!

  7. I got something

  8. I like bicicle green color 😍😍😍😍😍 for my

  9. Nice bar and dual brake set up – safe in traffic areas. Road bikes really arent that safe for riding on city streets no matter what the brand, Skinny tires are a rough ride, the position is not safe to see or be seen. Out in the country or official bike path without baby strollers and there great. Worst part on the bike is the derailleurs, the back one’s put more chains into spokes than any other shimano rear drealier made, too much flex. The faster and harder you ride a road bike the better it feels.

  10. Skikxa Xylahnicles November 25, 2020 @ 7:18 pm

    Honestly I like all bikes except fixes low gear n rebashebas

  11. Road bikes are great if you want Speed, but are bad at just about anything else. If you only have one choice of a bike, get an MTB or hybrid unless you have the smoothest of roads. Narrow road tires are not fun on bad roads.

  12. 30 miles? Is that a joke? I put 325 miles on my road bike the first week I had it.

  13. stopglobalswarming November 25, 2020 @ 7:22 pm

    That is a dump truck compared to a corvette.

    Id still ride it, though. Good disposable city bike

  14. Abraham The Bad Badger November 25, 2020 @ 7:24 pm

    Now the real question is
    Are the stem shifters better than twist shifters?

  15. Hey Bro, how tall are you? I’m struggling to find out what size frame this bike is

  16. Greetings my Friends. Good comments

  17. seriously heavy for a road bike, my 80s roadie is about 10kg and is heavy by todays standards. you’ll feel everything with harder tyres but they can’t be beat for opening up on straight roads. mtb’s more rolling resistance and are more fun for tacking around winding tracks, more upright position if you prefer that.

  18. Universal Redguard November 25, 2020 @ 7:27 pm

    I been riding used road bike from the 70s and 80s off offer up and letgo for 50 dollars . It got me through the 4hr rides to work and back just fine. So any new road bike from walmart will great, like the nazz road bike I just got.

  19. Toographictosayontelevision November 25, 2020 @ 7:27 pm

    Road bikes for me are good for early AM rides, when there’s no cars on the road and you feel like you’re king.

  20. Check around for a bike like this now. Good luck. Affordable road bikes are nowhere to be found. Because of Covid 19, the bikes online are either out of stock, or the prices for anything available has almost doubled. 😡😠😤🤬

  21. I like cross country or mtb bikes better this week I got a serious Rockville mechanical disc hardtail mtb bike it’s 24 speed with a 3by 8 shimano tourney derailleur system i got it for 360 UK great British pounds from a German website called bikester a company based in Stuttgart Germany it was shipped and tracked via ups all in all the Rockville disc hardtail by serious is a Jack of all trades bike probably the best budget mtb bike I’ve ridden

  22. Making Wonderland November 25, 2020 @ 7:32 pm

    Really llike your viewpoint of these bike.

  23. Can someone 6′ tall ride this bike…he usually rides a bike with 29" tires?

  24. smart choices and nice video 👌

  25. Lobalu Huntington November 25, 2020 @ 7:33 pm

    Road bikes aren’t my things,, so let me do a review on a road bike??!?!?!?

  26. I’ve purchased a few Kent bikes from Walmart. Just cruisers since most of the trails near me are sand being close to the ocean. They have done well and haven’t had too many issues. But I’m sure there is room for improvement. It’s nice to finally see someone review any of their stuff who actually provides good feedback.

  27. Love your video, I like honest people. Thanks a lot. I’m going to buy it!

  28. I had this bike for 4yrs, it’s a beast!

  29. Richard VanMeter November 25, 2020 @ 7:37 pm

    Africa hybrid would suit me the not replaceable aluminum hanger throws me on this Lake I have 110 in my Fleet I’m going to have to go to my local Bike Co-op to work on it because it keeps getting a Twist and a chain or don’t have a chain removal tool and I am not experienced in chain repair yet I just know to put a new Link in it and not reuse the old link

  30. I think you did the right thing. Get a cheaper bike to see what it’s like and upgrade if you feel the need.

    BTW, it is possible to get into a ‘bike snob’ brand without breaking the bank and it could be worth it. I started out in the late 90’s on a 15yo Trek (1983 Trek 520) for $125 and loved it. The components were all far more durable than anything on a big box store bike. That Trek lasted for hundreds (maybe 1000+) of miles and was still functioning well when I got rid of it. My experience with Walmart/Sears/Kmart bikes is that the shifters and derailleurs never operate as smoothly and wear out quickly.

  31. To each his own. The good thing is that you get your exercise by cycling on a bike you like. Congrats!

    I much prefer road bikes, but not every kind. I own a racing bike and don’t ride it any more because the gears are too aggressive (i.e., the lowest gears are really tough going up hill); the wheelbase is short, which makes the steering twitchy and extra-sensitve; the frame is VERY stiff, so you feel all the bumps in the road surface, even the small ones; the normal riding posture is to be bent far forward, so your torso is low, so more aerodynamic; and the tires are very thin, so they make for less cushion and a harsher ride.

    The other kinds of road bikes are time trial and climbing bikes, two specialized kinds of racing bikes.

    I much prefer the endurance road bike I bought later. The riding posture is more upright, so it’s easier on your back and shoulders, the wheel base is longer, so the steering is smoother and the ride more stable, and the tires are wider (28 c) so they cushion the bumps much better. Endurance bikes trade off speed for smoothness and comfort (but they can still pretty darned fast, just not as fast as racing bikes).

    Drop handlebars are also offer more hand positions than flat bars, which is important on the long rides prefer (25 to 85 miles). And when your shifters are integrated into the brake levers, you never have to take a hand off the handlebars to shift, which is safer and uses less energy.

    Road bikes made of aluminum or carbon fiber are also lighter than those made of steel. At 22 pounds, my Fuji Sportif endurance road bike is much lighter than the Kent you bought, and it’s considered to be on the heavy side for a road bike. The lighter the bike, the less effort it takes to make it go, which makes for a more pleasurable ride.

    I think that if I had a hybrid I wouldn’t enjoy it nearly as much doing the rides I like to do. But like I said, to each his own kind of ride on the right kind of bike for that ride.

    To get a decently equipped endurance road bike, you’ll need to spend at least $750 to $850 these days (June 2020). Your Kent was much less expensive but was built with less desirable materials and components. Few avid cyclists ride steel bikes anymore because they’re too darned heavy.

    Cheers, and happy cycling!

  32. Study times with Danish November 25, 2020 @ 7:39 pm

    I dream of getting one, started cycling over half a month ago
    Been riding a moderate level mtb
    that belongs to my younger brother.

    At this point even the cheapest road bike with fairly decent gears, will work.

  33. Mountain bikes are grate but it’s pretty hard not to like a road bike when you’re doing longer distances like 50-100 miles at a time

  34. awesome… thinking about a permanent bike for an indoor trainer… did you follow through with it?

  35. I ride road bikes and never wear spandex 🙌😝🍕

  36. Expensive road bike means expensive maintenance bill

  37. I’m not a fan of drop handlebars either. They’re great to get you in an "aero" position for racing, but that whole leaning forward on your arms thing is horridly uncomfortable and hard on your crotch, and not good for any other kind of riding.
    Drop bars becoming "cool" in the seventies on "ten-speeds" was a huge mistake by the herd mentality trying to copy Tour de France racers.

  38. I like all bikes simply because they are bikes. Having said that, about 60% +/- of my riding is on a 20.5 lbs. ’83 Centurion Dave Scott Ironman. Smooth, lightweight CrMo. I ride anywhere (except mountains). Gravel, light single track, road. I’m used to the increased pedaling efficiencies of a road bike. I do love grabbing the gravel and mountain bikes for the adventures. Great days and nights to tell stories about. Maybe a touring bike might suit you well. Make some nice multi-day camping trips?? Less twitchy and comfortable. Thanks!

  39. Kev, this takes me back to my youth! If we didn’t like the road position, we used to rotate the bars about 100 degrees, so the levers were facing upwards and slightly towards us, giving a more upright position, and you could still work the brakes … never tried this as an adult though!

  40. 구독하면부자됨 Subscribe to get rich November 25, 2020 @ 7:53 pm

    is it good Road bike first time?

  41. Make more reviews of road bikes from walmart!

  42. Speed > Comfort

  43. I am 5’7"/5’8", the specs on the bike are 69" x 18" x 38 with 700c tires, would this bike fit me? Or is it too big?

  44. I have this joint and it definitely needs more gears it’s the $129 issue if it’s faster and easier to shift that means they’re better 😳

  45. Stefanos Prokopis November 25, 2020 @ 8:01 pm

    To think this bike is far superior than the bikes that were used for the 1903 tour we France.

  46. I love your videos man, but this is the first one I have to disagree with. I think that using this bike to help see if you can get into road cycling is absolutely misleading. The joy of being roadie vs mtb imo is
    1. Acceleration and sprint speed. it’s a such a feeling to feel the difference from your road and mtb bike. this one is MONSTROUSLY heavy for a road bike. Having really good drop bars let’s you really be able to pull up with your tricep on every downsteoke and you get massive acceleration and it’s a unique feeling.
    2. the fit. unfortunately, road bikes take forever to get that fit just right. makes sense since you are in the saddle so long. but once you have it really dialed…. it’s like fitting into your favorite pair of underpants.

    I think this bike doesnt give you these senses. My exp is seeing hundreds of these at my college and having my friends ask me to help with thier gears.

    I hate to say it, but road bikes are where it I think the $ is a little better spent

  47. The very first thing you should do with this bike is to replace the cheap stock tires with a nice set of Bontragers. I have a similar Kent with a flip flop hub (single speed/fixie) and I fit 700×25 tires on it. It turned it into a fast road bike.

  48. Had to subscribe (fellow Alabamian)….and quite honest and unbiased

  49. Christian Gardner November 25, 2020 @ 8:05 pm

    Good review! I recently bought this bike from Walmart. I noticed Walmart is not good at Assembly and I took it to a bike shop to make sure the brakes gears and everything screwed on tight. Really nice ride. No complaints so far.

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