Showing posts with label Virtue. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Virtue. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Virtue Truck


An affordable cargo bike. Courtesy: Virtue Bike
Virtue's Truck can haul up to $110 pounds. Accordingly to Chris Baskind (h/t), a Truck can be purchased for less than $600.


We wholly endorse Virtue's mantra: "It's not a sport; it's not a hobby; nor is it recreational. It's lifestyle."

Back in 2012, when we reported on the Virtue 6, owner William Mulyadi told us that Virtue can keep its prices low because it actually owns the factories. So that may be one reason its cargo bike is so affordable. But Virtue also cut costs by skipping the disc brakes, which have become a standard feature on cargo bikes. The Truck has Tektro v-brakes, which should have plenty of stopping power.

Here are the specs:

2014 Virtue Truck Green
AVAILABILITY: IN STOCK
SKU: 30037
COLOR: GREEN
SEAT TUBE SIZE:
C-T = 52 CM
C-C = 48 CM
TOP TUBE SIZE:
C-C = 60 CM
SPECIFICATION:
HANDLEBAR: PORTEUR Alloy, Silver (Width: 50 cm, Clamp: 25.4, Tubing: 22.2)
GRIPS: VELO Stitch, Brown
HEADSET: NECO Threadless, 1-1/8”, Silver
STEM: 90 mm, Threadless, Silver
SEATPOST: 27.2 Polished Alloy, Silver
SADDLE: VELO Suspension Comfort, Brown
SHIFTER: SHIMANO SIS 7 SPEED Thumb Shifter
FREEWHEEL: SHIMANO MEGA RANGE MF-TZ31, 7 Speed, 14-34T
REAR DERAILLEUR: SHIMANO ACERA
CRANKSET: ALLOY, 38T, 170MM, Silver
CHAIN: KMC Z72, Silver
BRAKE LEVERS: TEKTRO CL720
BRAKESET: TEKTRO 839-AL V-BRAKES, Silver
FRONT RIM: 20”, MSW, 36H, Polished Alloy, Silver
FRONT TIRE: KENDA K-RAD 20X2.125, Black
FRONT HUB: 36H, Sealed Bearings, Silver
REAR RIM: 26”, MSW, 36H, Polished Alloy, Silver
REAR TIRE: KENDA K-RAD 26X2.125, Black
REAR HUB: 36H, Sealed Bearings, Silver
PEDALS: WELLGO B087, Platform, Silver
BOTTOM BRACKET: Sealed Bearings
EXTRAS: KICKSTAND, CHAIN GUARD, BELL
RACKS: TIG Welded Steel, Heavy Duty Flat Crate, Dimension (WxL): Front: 20" X 14.5" Rear: 14.5" X 20"
CARRYING CAPACITY: 55lbs per Rack, 110lbs total.
*Components are subject to change without notice. Product specifications (weights, dimensions, and colors) may vary slightly.



Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Virtue 6

Virtue 6 out and about. Photo courtesy of Virtue bikes.

The Virtue 6 sells for MSRP $ 399.

Special thanks to Robert W. for letting us know about Virtue bikes. Here is what Robert had to say after a test ride:

I took a Virtue Six for a test ride today. It’s a sweet bike, but not quite right for me. I love the look and it was a fun, smooth ride, but it weighs 28 lbs [with fenders] and is a 6-speed. I want a lower low gear to get around in San Francisco. I’m also of two minds about the lack of quick release wheels. They’re less likely to get stolen, but I’d need to carry a wrench. I also wish it had a chain guard. But the price is hard to beat — $425 for the one I tested. 


Virtue 6 with rear rack. Courtesy: Virtue Bikes.
I contacted Virtue and got the inside scoop from owner William Mulyadi.  He said he designed Virtue's first bike, the Virtue One, which came out in the mid-2000's, after asking bike shop customers about their ideal bike.

"It seems Pashley Guv'nor is the winner," William said.  "Knowing that many like the character and feel of the bike but quite limited on the budget, I designed the bike with that idea in mind. Then many requests came for gears [which led to the] Virtue Six; then ladies versions Curve 1 and Curve 6, etc."



Virtue Curve 6.  Courtesy: Virtue Bikes.

William explained that Virtue can keep its prices low (the 6-speeds are $399 and the 1-speed is $299) because they actually own the factories.

Here are the specs on the Virtue 6:

Gloss black full chromoly frame and fork (sizes: 52cm, 56cm, and 60cm)
Fender clearance
Alloy porteur handlebar
Alloy riser stem
Brown Velo stitch grips
Brown Velo riveted saddle
Silver alloy single crankset 46T 170mm
Silver alloy chain guard
Tektro CL530-RS brake levers
Tektro V-Brakes
Wellgo road pedals
Shimano SIS thumb shifter
Shimano Tourney rear derailleur
Shimano 6 speed freewheel 14-28T
Double wall black rims
700x32C Cream Kenda Kwest tires
Silver KMC chain
Front and rear fenders
Silver brass bell
*please note that size 52 and 56 come with quill stem, silver rims, and rear rack
*previous batch of Virtue Six with brown/white 700x32 Kenda tires and wide townie handlebar are still available
William has given me a preview of some other interesting models -- including a cargo bike -- that Virtue will be coming out with soon.