Vilano Blackjack 29er Mountain Bike Review
Mountain biking is one of the most exciting sports out there, and it is definitely one of my top 5 favorite things to do. However, before you head outdoors, you need to have a quality mountain bike, in order to ensure that you enjoy your time riding and exploring paths and trails. The first mountain bike I got was difficult to operate, and I’d spend half my time trying to fix the chain and adjust the seat.
That is why I was happy to come across the Vilano Blackjack 29er, which guarantees comfortable and enjoyable riding on all terrain. This bike is dirt cheap, and can outperform many of its higher priced competitors. And we cannot forget the fact that it can take on pavements, paths, dirt roads, and trails without much effort on your part.
After a few weeks of riding the Blackjack 29er I have decided to create an in-depth review, so that you can learn all there is to learn about this bike.
Features of Vilano Blackjack
The first thing that I noticed about the Blackjack 29er was its handcrafted aluminum frame, which is lightweight, strong, and incredibly durable. Due to the light weight of this bike, you will struggle less when traveling over rough terrain and up steep hills. Furthermore, the geometry of the frame has been built to take on hilly terrain, meaning that you can ride over a variety of landscapes with ease.
I was also happy with the suspension forking with 80mm travel, which efficiently absorbed shock when I was riding over rocks and roots. Thanks to this suspension I remained comfortable throughout my ride, even on rough terrain.
Another thing that amazes me about this bike is the quality of the Drive train and brakes. This mountain bike comes with a 21-speed drive train, which includes Shimano EZ Fire shifters. These shifters work magnificently, so that you can change gears accurately and quickly when you are riding. The high quality drive train therefore gives you the freedom to travel at whichever speed you dream of.
And if you like traveling at high speeds, then you need some assurance that you can stop with ease. That is why Vilano has equipped the Blackjack 29er with disc brakes (front and rear), which provide you with all the power that you need when stopping. Accidents are therefore minimal with this bike.
Rims and Wheels
The rims of a bike are often ignored; however, they are an important component that you should look at. In this case you have strong double wall alloy rims, which allow for a smooth and stable ride. When you also factor in the large 29 inch wheels, you have a bike that can handle all terrain with ease.
Low Profile Handlebars Last but not least, the Vilano uses a low profile handlebar design. This design makes the bike easy to handle and maneuver, in addition to maximizing the balance you have as you ride. The handlebar design also ensures that you can maintain full control of the Blackjack on rough terrain. What more can you ask for?
- Great frame geometry
- Easy to handle
- Strong wheels
- Smooth shifting
- Some customers have complained of loose screws and bolts
- You might need to replace the brakes
Specifications of the Vilano Blackjack 29er Mountain Bike
- Frame is butted 6061 aluminum
- Fork is 29-inch alloy suspension fork with 80mm travel
- Number of speeds is 21
- Shifters are Shimano EF-51 EZ Fire 7-speed
- Brakes are alloy disc
- Pedals are MTB alloy
- Wheels are double wall alloy 32H
- Saddle is MTB Black
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What type of terrain can the Vilano Blackjack handle?
Ans: This 29er will perform well on a variety of terrain, including paved roads, gravel paths, and mountain trails.
Question: What is the difference between the Blackjack and the Blackjack 2.0?
Ans: The Blackjack 2.0 comes with 3 more speed ratios, upgraded Shimano parts, and a different fork. However, the suspension travel is the same.
Question: Is the Vilano Blackjack lightweight?
Ans:Yes. This bike uses an aluminum frame and alloy group sets and shocks, which allows for considerable weight savings.
Finding the perfect entry level bike can be difficult, especially when you consider how many subpar bikes they are out there. Thankfully, we have bikes like the Vilano Blackjack 29er, which are designed to meet our riding needs with precision. Though some customers have complained about the quality of assembly of this bike, I still maintain that it is a fun and affordable entry level model that you.