Creating innovative products to get you moving is what Kent International Inc. all about. This is a company that concentrates on making the safest yet most fun bikes you will ever see as well as their related accessories. Kent International Inc. focuses on manufacturing bikes with unique designs without foregoing the latest advances in technology and presenting the results to the public at an affordable price. They use only the best materials during the making of all of their products and Kent claims to have the highest quality standards in the market. Since this brand was started in 1909, they sure will know what they are talking about.
The Thruster KZ2600 Dual Suspension Mountain Bike is one of Kent’s entry level mountain bike. It is perfect for both beginners and experienced cyclists who are looking for a bike to use every day. The highlights of this bike is the lightweight, sturdy frame, unique suspension system, and the wide base tires. If you are looking for a mountain bike that will fulfill your every need, from commuting to an outdoor adventure, the Thruster KZ2600 may just be the answer. Let’s look further into the specifications below.
Kent constructs the Thruster KZ2600 Mountain Bike with a sturdy hand welded aluminum. This type of frame is not only lightweight but it also can withstand a great amount of abuse from the terrain as well as the weather, so you can expect to have a bike that will last for a very long time. As for the lightweight quality, the Thruster KZ2600 weighs only 40 lbs which is among the lightest entry level mountain bikes.
This mountain bike comes in a stylish dark black and blue color with a powder finish which makes it look quite expensive. The frame size is 19 inch and this bike is good for anyone with the height between five feet four inches to six feet.
The Kent Thruster KZ2600 Mountain Bike is a dual or full suspension type of rig. The front suspension is a floating beam suspension which ensures durability, especially during long travel distances. This bike also has a 65 mm travel suspension fork that is welded tight to the frame. This type of fork will greatly smooth out uneven terrain and therefore, will provide rider with a greater control over their mountain bike. The shock that is produced by the impact against the off road trails will also be absorbed well as the 65 mm travel gives the bike a smooth landing.
This bike may be suitable to use for trick riding but as usual with full suspension rigs, the power transfer from the pedal to the rear wheel will be slightly inhibited due to the existence of the suspension. This will cause the bike to stall a bit when climbing steep hill, which means you have to pedal harder and faster for the bike to ascend.
There are 21 speed levels available in the Kent Thruster KZ2600 Dual Suspension Mountain Bike. Kent uses Shimano shifters for this mountain bike to assure that riders are able to do smooth shifting while biking in fast conditions. The rear derailleur is of a Tourney brand. Combined with the Shimano shifters, cycling and gear changing will feel a lot more streamlined. The handling during pivoting or turning is also excellent thanks to this system.
Two different braking systems are used in the Kent Thruster KZ2600 Dual Suspension Mountain Bike. The front wheel is equipped with a mechanical disc brake, while the rear wheel uses a linear pull brake or a rim brake. The disc brake is an easy to use Shimano aluminum brake levers. This type of brake really do have a stellar stopping power. Though the disc brake is considered as a new piece of technology in the biking world and therefore is one of the most expensive component, Kent sure does not hesitate to install this feature into the Thruster KZ2600.
Though not as efficient as disc brakes, the linear pull brake on the rear will do its job properly. It still complements the disc brake well with its own amazing stopping power. However, two kinds of braking systems do mean that you may need to spend a bit more time to get to know them and fine tune them to your needs.
The Thruster KZ2600 may feature the standard 26 inch tires but the tires’ width is 2.1 inches, which many may know as knobby tires. This kind of tire definitely will give riders excellent traction in all kinds of terrains and help them to roll over any kind of obstacles in front of them. The material of the tires is stiff, of a high quality and durable to add balance and speed to the mountain bike.
The wheel rim is made of alloy, which usually means a combination of aluminum and a small amount of some other metals. This combination creates an amazingly strong and light support for the tires. Alloy wheel rims are also generally preferred over other types due to their aesthetic appeal.
- Stylish, expensive design
- Sturdy hand welded aluminum
- Light, only 40 lbs
- Dual suspension: floating beam and 65 mm travel fork
- 21 speed levels
- Shimano shifters
- Tourney rear derailleur
- Front disc brake
- 26 inch knobby tires
- Alloy wheel rims
- The two different brakes may take a getting used to
- Uncomfortable seat
A full suspension bike is the best bike you can choose for your everyday bike. The Kent Thruster KZ2600 Dual Suspension Mountain Bike sure does fit this criterion. Moreover, this bike has a maximum weight capacity of 300 lbs so you can confidently do your errands such as shopping or towing a small cart without having to worry. This mountain bike does need a little bit of assembly once it is delivered to your door, but keeping in mind its durability, comfort, and versatility, as well as its economical price, the Kent Thruster KZ2600 Dual Suspension Mountain Bike is one of the best mountain bike choices you can ever make.