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Anyone else got a Kent Nazz 700c gravel bike?

Old 10-22-21, 10:22 PM
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Anyone else got a Kent Nazz 700c gravel bike?

its a steel frame for 240$ out the door at walmart...was wondering if anyone put the bike up to some abuse.
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Old 10-22-21, 10:29 PM
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Originally Posted by psystemupdate View Post
its a steel frame for 240$ out the door at walmart...was wondering if anyone put the bike up to some abuse.
anyone know if its the cheapest gravel bike with double disc brakes out there? or can someone top the kent nazz?
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Old 10-23-21, 12:15 AM
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https://www.walmart.com/ip/Kent-700c...lack/795789960

The bottom barrel components are not going to like abuse. Frame is probably over built steel so that may be survive abuse.

Look past the "double disc brakes", any decent rim brake will stop better than cheap disc brakes.
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Old 10-23-21, 02:05 AM
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I would almost rather have no bike at all instead of that one. It's a piece of crap. You can find decent or very good bikes with low miles for that price on craigslist and facebook marketplace.
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I hope you don't live somewhere that has hills.
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What a piece of junk.
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Old 10-23-21, 05:23 AM
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Great choice! Buy one or two and report back.
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I would imagine few if anyone here has that bike, but many here have seen similar bikes after they have been used for a while.

Low quality bikes generally have such poor bearing surfaces and are so poorly assembled that bearings disintegrate over time. I’ve often wondered if all the loose and caged bearings were replaced with quality bearings, with adequate grease, and proper adjustment, probably ongoing, if the result would be the same.

It uses a 7 speed freewheel and stem shifters. It would be possible to use friction stem shifters and the bike would function well enough to be ridden, although gravel riding enjoyment might be significantly diminished. The rear axle will probably need to be replaced if it bends, but that is a cheap fix.

Aside from weight and probably low performance. Cheap disc brakes are probably the biggest problem. Even though cheap rims are usually never straight and cheap stamped calipers are not good, replacing the calipers with even slightly better ones is an inexpensive fix.

I’m not sure what can be done with cheap disc brakes other than just replace the system. I would think setup and maintaining the proper gap so the bike will stop would be a nightmare.

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thanks for replies

you guys are right about needing to replace all the bearings to at least mid grade products, lots of creaking coming from the bottom bracket...disc brakes work fine with adjustments, but definitely not as well as shimano hydraulic discs...most people would have their bike crap out because of walmart assembly, thankfully i know how to optimize most parts with some repair skills.
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Old 10-23-21, 12:49 PM
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The minute you mention Walmart, you lose the snobbish riders!
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some people got money

Originally Posted by gringomojado View Post
The minute you mention Walmart, you lose the snobbish riders!
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some people got money, some dont, at least its steel and can have a few upgrades to bring it up to par with something entry level worth taking out on long trails
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Originally Posted by psystemupdate View Post
its a steel frame for 240$ out the door at walmart...was wondering if anyone put the bike up to some abuse.
I dont understand why that is considered considered gravel bike.
It has 40mm tires...and that's it. The gearing is atrocious.

Note- I am staying away from discussing the component level.

This just looks like pure marketing for the laggards.
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Originally Posted by psystemupdate View Post
anyone know if its the cheapest gravel bike with double disc brakes out there? or can someone top the kent nazz?
Most likely almost any other bike will top the Kent Nazz.
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Old 10-24-21, 07:12 AM
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Thinking Walmart may now have stores in Manila.
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Fills a gap

I own a Kent Nazz, I own a Rocky Mountain. The Kent Nazz fills a gap for most casual riders. I wanted a drop bar bike that I could use for road, light trails and everything in between for fitness. I put most of my biking budget into my Rocky Mountain so I needed something that didnít break the bank, enter the Nazz. Iíve logged thousands of miles on this bike over the past 2 years and havenít had any issues other than braking the plastic chain ring guard. With normal bike maintenance the bike has held up great it fits the bill for a budget friendly bike that I can use over different surfaces as a tool to maintain my fitness. Yes itís steel, itís heavy, that only makes training better. The only people who would turn their nose up at a guy riding a Nazz are bike snobs. At least they are on a bike and not the couch is my opinion.

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Old 07-03-22, 10:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Earl5607 View Post
Yes itís steel, itís heavy, that only makes training better..
That's why all the pros ride cheap, heavy, steel bikes when they train.

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The only people who would turn there nose up at a guy riding a Nazz are bike snobs.
Nah, it's not snobbery, it's just knowing better. And it's "their."
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That's why all the pros ride cheap, heavy, steel bikes when they train.
4130 chromoly is used a lot on professional frames and forks and guess what itís still steel.
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Originally Posted by Earl5607 View Post
4130 chromoly is used a lot on professional frames and forks and guess what it’s still steel.
You said that heavy steel makes training better.

In any event, it's been a couple of decades since professional frames (i.e., those used in races by riders on professional teams) were steel.

That said, your Kent Nazz looks as if it would be an enjoyable ride, especially since it sounds as if you know what you're doing with respect to maintenance. I have a bunch of high-end bikes in carbon, aluminum, and steel, but I'm just as happy riding my old hybrid that weighs around 36 or 38 pounds with rack and panniers. It's still the same rider, regardless of what bike I'm on.

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Originally Posted by Earl5607 View Post
4130 chromoly is used a lot on professional frames and forks and guess what itís still steel.
No professional outside of BMX rides a 4130 chromoly frame. And that Kent is not 4130 chromoly. Now, you can rationalize buying the thing any way you want to, but the myth that riding a heavy bike "makes training better" has long since been debunked. A watt is a watt.
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Originally Posted by Earl5607 View Post
4130 chromoly is used a lot on professional frames and forks and guess what itís still steel.
All my bikes are steel, but even I can see that your claim is incorrect.
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What a beautiful piece of junk...
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Originally Posted by katsup View Post
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Kent-700c...lack/795789960

The bottom barrel components are not going to like abuse. Frame is probably over built steel so that may be survive abuse.

Look past the "double disc brakes", any decent rim brake will stop better than cheap disc brakes.
The threaded headset and the freewheel hub won't stand up to the abuse.

For a budget modern gravel bike, it should at least have sealed cartridge bearing wheel hubs with freehub rear cassette, sealed cartridge BB bearings, and threadless headset with sealed cartridge bearings. 1x drivetrain would be advantageous as cheap as these go, having less # of parts will be beneficial. These would be more expensive, probably at least $350 but is sure to stand up to the abuse of gravel riding.
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