Showing posts with label Swobo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Swobo. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Swobo Novak


Swobo Novaks are internally geared three-speeds. Photos courtesy: shop.swobo.com

The Swobo Novak is a steel 3-speed with an internal gear hub that costs around $650.

We haven't talked about Swobo since the days of Tim Parr and Sky Yaeger.  If you're unfamiliar with those names, I'll wait here while you get acquainted through google.

Back in 2008, we discussed Swobo's Sanchez, Folsom, and Otis models. Since then, Parr got bought out by Santa Cruz Bicycles, which is best known for making gnarly mountain bikes like the Tall Boy.  Santa Cruz was co-founded by a guy named Rich Novak, so it wouldn't surprise me if this model is named for him.  (By the way, Santa Cruz was just bought by Dutch cycling company Pon Holdings BV, which also owns Cervelo.) In any event, Swobo still offers updated versions of its Sanchez and Folsom.

And now they also have the Novak, the 3-speed models pictured above, as well as the 8-speed Fillmore models that go for about $900.  The Novaks and Fillmores come with Shimano Nexus internal gear hubs, hammered fenders, and a bell. They come in 5 sizes, ranging from a 48 cm seat tube to a 60 cm.  You can see the Novak in action in this youtube video.

Additional Novak specs:

  • Frame and fork: TIG welded Swobo Chromoly
  • Crankset: Samox outboard bearing with chainring bashguard
  • Hubs: Swobo branded (F)/Shimano Nexus 3spd (R)
  • Wheels: 700c/36 hole/Alex DA22 rims/14g Stainless spokes
  • Tires: Kenda Kwick Trax/700x32c/Puncture resistant with reflective sidewall
  • Brakes: Tektro forged dual pivot caliper
  • Seat/post/stem/bars/grips: Swobo branded
  • Extras:  Brake lever integrated bell, fenders.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Swobo Sanchez

Swobo Sanchez. Available at Bike Rack with front brake for $625.

There's a lot online about the Sanchez and Swobo generally:

Bike Evangelist on Swobo's Street Bikes.

More about Swobo:

Mtbr: The Swobo Story.

Crooked Cog podcast: An interview with Swobo's Tim Parr.

2008 Specs:

Frame: Butted CroMo (sizes: 46, 50, 53, 55, 57, 60, 62 cm)
Color: Galvanized
Handlebar: Alloy, 30mm rise
Brakes: Not included
Crankset: Truvativ Touro, 48T
Chain: KMC, white
Fixed Cog: 16T
Hubs: Swobo high flange, nutted and flip-flop
Rims: Alex 28 hole
Tires: Continental UltraSport, 700 x 23c
Saddle: Swobo, w/ custom bottle opener
Pedals: Wellgo, 1-piece resin
No Rack & fender eyelets

If you have any feedback on the Swobo Sanchez, please leave a comment.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Swobo Folsom

Swobo Folsom. This 1-speed coaster bike is available at Bike Rack for $450.

There's a lot online about Folsom and Swobo generally:

Cool Hunting Review and interview with Swobo's Tim Parr.

More about Swobo:

Mtbr: The Swobo Story.

Crooked Cog podcast: An interview with Swobo's Tim Parr.

2008 Specs:

Frame: 7005 butted aluminum (sizes: 16, 20")
Color: Matte Gray
Handlebar: Alloy, 4" rise
Brakes: Shimano coaster rear
Crankset: Truvativ Isoflow, 42T w/ CNC alloy guard
Chain: KMC
Cassette: Shimano 18T
Hubs: Shimano coaster rear; Swobo fr. nutted (not Q/R)
Rims: Alex 36 hole
Tires: Kenda K-RAD, 26 x 1.95
Saddle: Swobo, w/ custom bottle opener
Pedals: Wellgo, 1-piece aluminum body
Rack & fender eyelets (fenders/rack not included)


If you have any feedback on the Swobo Folsom, please leave a comment.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Swobo Otis

Swobo Otis. Available at Bike Rack for $650.

There's a lot online about this bike and Swobo generally:

Competitive Cyclist - a well-written review.

Dirt Rag Magazine's review.

Bicycling Magazine: Otis makes its "commute in style" feature.

More about Swobo:

Mtbr: The Swobo Story.

Crooked Cog podcast: An interview with Swobo's Tim Parr.

2008 Specs:

Frame: 7005 butted aluminum (sizes: 16, 18, 20, 22", 16.5" step-through)
Color: Matte Black
Handlebar: Alloy, 30mm rise
Brakes: SRAM iMotion coaster rear; Avid BB5 mechanical disc front
Crankset: Truvativ Isoflow, 38T w/ CNC alloy guard
Chain: KMC
Cassette: SRAM 19T
Hubs: SRAM iMotion 3 rear; Swobo fr. w/ locking Q/R
Rims: Alex 36 hole
Tires: Kenda Kwest, 26 x 1.5, puncture resistant
Shifters: SRAM iMotion 3-speed twist shifter
Saddle: Swobo, w/ custom bottle opener
Pedals: Wellgo, 1-piece aluminum body
Rack & fender eyelets (fenders apparently not included, although the step-through version is pictured w/ fenders)


If you have any feedback on the Swobo Otis, please leave a comment.