We found the 7 gear range to be more than enough for the Cruiser, with how fast this bike can go it was rare we were in gears 1-3. It was still nice to have the lower gears for when we got tired, or things got steep but overall lots of our time was spent in the harder gears.
After lots of testing, we determined The Shimano 7 Speed setup Himiway has provided on the Cruiser is the right groupset for the job. Another perk of this drivetrain is the fact it’s made by Shimano – because of this your LBS (local bike shop) will know how to tune the drivetrain if needed, and will likely have replacement parts in stock.
Grips and saddle
After lots of miles on, and off-road we think it’s safe to say that the Velo Cruiser saddle and lock-on grips check all the boxes when it comes to comfort and positioning.
The Velo Saddle felt great below us, even on super long rides. It also came with a handle on the underside that was a lot of help when lifting the bike, and moving it around in general.
While the grips were comfortable we would have liked a little bit more of a tacky feeling on the grips. The leather-feeling rubber can be rather slick in off road situations, but when cruising around they’re just fine.
Overall, we think most riders will be just fine with the saddle and grips that are on the Himiway Cruiser, and if that isn’t the case both of these components are easily interchangeable.
The 27.8mm/650mm alloy handlebar with a 70mm rise felt a bit thin in width, and thickness. For such a large bike, a 27.8mm bar just didn’t feel as strong as the rest of the bike did, it also was a bit thin for our liking. We would have liked at least a 700mm bar for the Cruiser, as a wider bar would help with balance, and control especially in off-road situations. On a positive note, the 70mm rise was a nice touch that kept us riding a little bit more upright, resulting in less fatigue over time. If you are planning on doing casual cruising on the Cruiser this bar will likely be just fine for you, but if you’re planning on taking the Cruiser offroad, we think a wider bar would definitely improve the experience.
The pedal platform has pins that improve grip and control but aren’t so large that you can’t get your foot off when you need to. These pedals also come with reflectors to improve your visibility to others. Because these pedals are alloy, they are going to feel supportive below you, and hold up to pedal strikes just fine.
Similar to the grips, and saddle we think most riders will be just fine with these pedals. If that isn’t the case pedals are easy to switch out.
These tires proved to be decently puncture-resistant too, as we never had a flat even when running extremely low tire pressures. Having a quality set of tires is crucial for the performance of your bike, and we feel the Himiway Cruiser has the right set of tires for its all-terrain purpose.
Another perk of the Kenda Juggernauts is the sheer amount of air they hold, because of how voluminous these tires are you are able to run a wide variety of tire pressures that provide drastically different feeling, and performance.
The Himiway Cruiser comes with a rear rack that’s great for paneer bags, the rear rack can hold up to 45 pounds comfortably. Himiway also offers a front basket addition for $89.99 USD if you want the additional storage space.