SE Bikes has a history in BMX bicycles, and they currently have a wide range of BMX bikes, several different fixed-gear urban bikes (such as the SE Draft and PK Ripper), and even offer some beach cruisers too. The SE Stout is really the company’s only “mountain bike”in the typical since of the word, but it is a very interesting 29er mountain bike – as it is one of the more reasonably priced single speed 29er mountain bikes available. So, the Stout seemed to be a natural fit with the bikes that we review here at Cycling For Beginners.
I picked up a Stout from the good folks at SE Bikes a few weeks ago, but due to winter conditions here I have not been able to get out on the bike very much yet. However, I did get out to play in the snow a time or two, so this will be my preliminary SE Stout review, and I will post another review after I get a chance to ride the Stout more.
As you can see from the photos, the SE Stout is quite a good looking bike. They call the color “Matte Sand” and I really like it. Combined with the nice looking saddle, the uncluttered appearance, the big 29 inch mountain bike tires, and the understated decals, the Stout gives the appearance of a military vehicle ready to fight.
A note about the sizing for the SE Stout: I’m 5’10” with about a 31 inch inseam, so SE recommended the 17 inch frame for me. Turns out that’s perfect, and allows me enough room to come down off the saddle rather unexpectedly (say, while messing around in snow that’s too deep) without injury.
SE Stout Bicycle Specifications
The SE Stout’s frame and rigid fork are both made of Cromoly Steel, and it is over two pounds lighter this year than last year’s Stout. The SE Stout frame includes water bottle mounts and also includes tabs in case you want to switch to disc brakes in the future. The bike comes from the factory with Tektro linear pull brakes in the front and rear. [If you have questions about the bicycle parts mentioned in this post, please see my Tips for Buying a Beginner Mountain Bike post for definitions.]
The SE Stout is a single speed bike, with a 32 tooth chainring on the crank, and an 18 tooth freewheel on the back. The Stout rides on Kenda Nevagal folding tires riding on Alex DM-18 double-wall rimsWheels tires. The riser handlebar and the saddle are both SE’s own. The pedals are Wellgo B102 platform pedals with removable pins (which provide extra grip).
I’ve enjoyed the few rides that I have had on the Stout so far, and I’m looking forward to putting it through its paces more in the next few weeks. Be sure to check back with us for our next SE Stout review, and also check out the Stout on the SE Bikes website. UPDATE: You can now read our review after riding the Stout more here: SE Stout review