Showing posts with label frontcarrier. Show all posts
Showing posts with label frontcarrier. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Electra Townie Commute 8D

Electra Townie Commute 8D in "aubergine." Courtesy:
The Electra Townie Commute 8D is a steel 8-speed that goes for about $770 (available in the Washington, DC area at Spokes Etc., Revolution Cycles, The Bike Lane and other fine stores).

In its Townie Commute series, Electra offers 8-speed or 27-speed bikes that have all the essentials for commuting or utility cycling: 2-inch wide Schwalbe Frank tires, integrated front and rear racks, fenders, chainguard, and dynamo-powered lights. It even comes with a bell!


Frame: Townie Commute 6061-T6 Aluminum w/Patented Flat Foot Technology
Fork: Hi-Ten Steel Uni-Crown, Straight/Tapered Leg 
Headset: 1 1/8" Steel Threaded/Semi-Integrated 
Rims: Alloy 700c x 32h w/Machined Sidewall 
Spokes: 14 Gauge Stainless/Brass Nipples 
Front Hub: Shimano Nexus Dynamo 32h 
Rear Hub: Alloy Low Flange 32h w/QR 
Tires: Schwalbe Fat Frank 700 X 2.0" Balloon w/Puncture-Resistant Kevlar® Guard Casing, 67TPI 
Crankset: Forged Alloy 170mm 
Pedals: Alloy Platform w/Non-Slip Rubber Tread 
Shifter: Shimano Acera Rapid Fire Plus 
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tourney 8-Speed 
Cog: SRAM 8-Speed 11-32T 
Chain: KMC 1/2" x 3/32" Anti-Rust 
Brake Levers: Alloy Reach Adjustable
Saddle: Ergonomic w/Shock-Absorbing Elastomers 
Seat Post: Alloy 27.2mm X 300mm 
Handlebars: Alloy Custom Bend 24.8" Width/3.5" Rise 
Stem: Forged Alloy 25.4mm Quill 
Grips: Ergo-Shaped Hand-Stitched Leatherette 
Extras: F&R Spanninga Dynamo Led Lights, Internal Cable Rounting, Rust Resistant Hardware

Monday, November 28, 2016

Specialized AWOL Expert

The Specialized AWOL Expert is a do-everything bike. Photo courtesy:
The Specialized AWOL Expert retails for $2,500.

If you follow bicycle retail, you've probably noticed some interesting models labeled "adventure," "bikepacking," "gravel" or "offroad touring."  These are bikes like the Soma Wolverine, the Salsa Marrakesh or Vaya, and Surly's Troll or Ogre. They take wide tires, they tend to be made from high quality steel, and they come with disc brakes. Basically, they're designed to handle the rough stuff while carrying a load.

Specialized's offering is pricey, but it has it all: dyanamo-powered lights (add it to Edwin's list!); fenders with mudflaps; front and rear racks; disc brakes; really wide (comes with 700x45) tires; and a many gear combinations.  You could ride across the continent on this, or you could just ride to work. It will do whatever it is you want it to do.

Here is a 2014 review from Bicycle Times. 

Here are the specs:
    • FRAME

      Heat-treated custom-butted Premium Cr-Mo tubing, internal light cable routing-ready, Adventure Geometry, post disc mount, fender/rack mounts, kickstand plate
    • FORK

      Butted premium Cr-Mo, unicrown, heat-treated

      Shimano Dynamo hub, Center Lock disc, 32h 
    • REAR HUB

      Shimano Center Lock disc, 32h
    • SPOKES

      Stainless,14/15g w/self-locking threads
    • RIMS

      Specialized 29" disc front, 6061-T6 aluminum, 32h

      Standard, Presta valve

      Specialized Borough Armadillo, 60TPI, 700x45mm

      Specialized Borough Armadillo, 60TPI, 700x45mm

      Shimano Tiagra


      Shimano Tiagra

      Shimano Tiagra

      Shimano Tiagra

      Shimano Tiagra

      Shimano, 10-speed, 11-36t
    • CHAIN

      KMC X10EPT Anti-Rust, 10-speed, w/reusable MissingLink

      TRP HY/RD, hydraulic disc, 160mm rotor

      TRP HY/RD, hydraulic disc, 160mm rotor

      Specialized Adventure Gear AWOL, alloy, 125mm drop, 70mm short-reach, 12-degree flare-out
    • TAPE

      Specialized Adventure Gear S-Wrap Canvas Tape
    • STEM

      Specialized, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise
    • SADDLE

      Body Geometry Phenom Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm

      Specialized CG-R, FACT carbon, single bolt, reflective, 27.2mm

      AWOL forged alloy, CNC, stainless bolt, 29.8mm

You can ride it in the country; you can ride it in the city. Photo courtesy:

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Republic Bikes

Republic's Plato Dutch Step-through available through Urban Outfitters. Photo courtesy of Urban Outfitters

Republic Bikes' Plato Dutch diamond and step-through 3-speeds are advertised for $499 at Urban Outfitters.  The singlespeeds are $399. They can also be ordered directly from Republic.

Republic Bikes jumped on the fixie/singlespeed bandwagon in the late 2000's.  Republic fixies were quickly derided by bike snobs as cheap and heavy.  They were, after all, made from tensile steel (*gasp*).  There were also grounds to mock Republic fixies based on the partnership between Republic and Urban Outfitters.  In 2009, the world's funniest bike snob commented:

You can certainly continue to enjoy something after it's received the Urban Outfitters treatment, though you can no longer tell yourself that the fact that you enjoy it makes you special.

Bike Snob was talking about fixies and hipsters, but the same sentiment can now be applied to "Dutch bikes" and the city dwellers who love them.  Yes, we know these are not *real* Dutch bikes.  But will Dutch bikes ever hold the same allure after receiving the "Urban Outfitters treatment"?

The Republic Bikes/Urban Outfitter "treatment" includes a web page where you "build your own bike," by which they mean you get to choose a color scheme.  I'm not going to make fun of this.  Urban Outfitters sells fashion, and "Dutch" bikes have long been considered a fashion accessory.

Republic has built a fleet of these "Dutch" bicycles for Google employees to cruise from building to building at the Googleplex campus in Mountain View, California.  These are useful bikes, even if they are tanks designed as fashion accessories.


Total assembled weight: 40 lbs (18.14 kgs)

Frame: Custom lugged design in hi-ten steel. Adjustable alloy seat tube clamp. Front and rear pipe carrier racks included.

Forks: Crown Lugged, hi-ten steel.

Gearing (1-speed): 36T chainwheel, 18T freewheel

Gearing (3-speed): Shimano Nexus 3-speed internal hub, 36T chainwheel, 18T freewheel

Grips: Custom stitched comfort grips.

Saddle: Custom two-tone button saddle with Republic logo plate.

Chaincase: Fully covered PVC chain protector

Skirt: Clip-on PVC skirt nets attach to rear fender.

Wheels: Alloy 26 x 1.5". Nutted axles to both front and rear.
Tires: 26 x 2.25" custom hue balloon tires

Rear hub (1-speed): Coaster brake hub with 18T freewheel.

Rear hub (3-speed): Shimano Nexus 3-speed Coaster brake hub with 18T freewheel.

Front hub: Shimano Nexus roller brake.
Chainset: Steel 1/2 x 1/8 x 36T with 165mm Alloy cranks

Handlebars: Alloy, 600mm wide semi-raised.

Pedals: 9/16 PVC with reflectors.

Brakes: Rear coaster brake, front Shimano roller brake.

Seat post: Alloy 28.6mm x 400mm.

Center kickstand included.

Front, rear and wheel reflectors included.

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
SKU: 30037
C-T = 52 CM
C-C = 48 CM
C-C = 60 CM
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
CRANKSET: ALLOY, 38T, 170MM, Silver
CHAIN: KMC Z72, Silver
FRONT RIM: 20”, MSW, 36H, Polished Alloy, Silver
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
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.

Friday, May 9, 2014

BULLITT Cargo Bike

While a number of North American designers have developed "longtail" cargo bikes, where the kids or freight are carried in back, the Dutch and Danish prefer keeping things up front. LARRY VS HARRY, a shop in Copenhagen, designed the BULLITT to be a relatively light-weight and speedy way to transport cargo and children.

Most of the models come standard with a 7 or 8-speed internal gear hub in the rear, disc brake in the front, a custom kick-stand and fenders. Derailleur gearing and e-assist are also available. The riding position is somewhat leaned-forward, especially for taller riders, and there is no step-thru frame option. The modern-looking aluminum frame is meant to be extra stiff, to prevent twisting even with heavy loads.

I had a chance to test-ride this bike alone and with kids in the front (in a version that has an added kid seat); the handling is similar to a road bike, with responsive (or twitchy) steering which takes a minute to get used to. Disc brakes are a good idea on a bike meant to carry weight at high speeds.

These bikes have been reviewed by:
Josh Volk
Lovely Bicycle
Momentum Magazine

Many of the Bullitts in the USA are sold by Splendid Cycles in Portland, Oregon, but they are also available in a few other cities. The bike comes as shown, but most people pay for a child seat or cargo box to be added, and an electric bike version with a lithium battery pack is also very popular. A frameset costs $2350 alone. The complete bike with Alfine 8-speed hub is $3500. The e-bike version with a BionX rear hub is a grand more, $4500. Dynamo hubs and lights are an option.

Due to the relatively narrow cargo deck (no wider than the handlebars), one child can fit easily, but only small kids can double up.  Winther, another Danish bike company, makes an adaptation of the Bullitt frame called the Wallaroo, which has a wider child carrier included, to fit two kids side-by-side. However, there is only one current USA dealer, JC Lind in Chicago.
BULLITT Specifications (ALFINE 8 version):

shifterAlfine 8 speed
rear drivetrainAlfine 8 speed
bottom bracketAlfine
chainSRAM 9-speed
brake leversAvid
brakes frontAvid BB7
brake rearAvid BB7
rotorsShimano centerlock
HeadsetFSA Pig
stemCivia Midtown 25.4
gripsCivia Ergo
pedalWellgo Platform
fenders20″ front/26″ rear black
tire frontSchwalbe Marathon 20×2
tire rearSchwalbe Marathon 26×2
tube frontSlime tube 20″
tube rearSlime tube 26″
rim stripSchwalbe rim liners
wheel frontAlfine/Alex DM24 rim/stainless spokes
wheel rearAlfine/Alex DM24 rim/stainless spokes

BULLITT Geometry:

Monday, April 28, 2014

Biria CitiBIKE

Biria CitiBike 700C Step-through 3 Speed - Orange
While priced the similarly to most entry-level hybrids ($545 shipped from an online shop), the Biria CitiBIKE is much more useful, due to the inclusion of a front rack and rear rack, full fenders, a kickstand and a chainguard, with a 3-speed internal gear hub. A 7-speed derailleur version is also available. The components are not the most expensive, but should be reliable if looked over by a quality local bike shop. And the steel frame, especially the step-thru version, has a timeless look, and should last if you don't leave it out all winter.

Like this diamond frame, the step-thru is also available in a lovely sky blue; the fenders are also painted on that model, unlike the silver fenders on the diamond frame model:


Frame:  Hi-ten Steel, with cromoly seat tube
Fork:  Steel Unicrown
Rims:  Aluminum, black with CNC wall, 700c
Tires:  700c x 32 mm, Tan or black
Front Chainrings:  Single
Rear Hub: Shimano 3-speed
Pedals:  Platform
Front & rear Brake:  Alloy V-brakes
Shifter:  Revo Grip Shifter
Handlebar:  Aluminum alloy
Stem:  Aluminum alloy, threadless
Grips:  Brown
Saddle:  Brown cruiser w/ springs (Lady's), Brown unsprung (Men's)
Chainguard:  Chainring only on Men's, partial chainguard and chainring on Lady's
Kickstand:  Yes
Fenders:  Yes; painted metal
Rack:  Front and Rear (Lady's only)
Lights:  No
Colors:  Black, Sky Blue, Dark Green
Sizes:  44cm, 48 cm (step-thru), 46cm, 56cm (diamond)
Lady's Sky Blue - Lovely!
[But note the real bike has linear cantilever brakes, not roller brakes]
We previously mentioned the unusual looking Biria Easy Boarding bike, which is also still available.

Monday, April 21, 2014


While not made in the USA, like the Bike Friday folding bikes, Brompton folding bikes are often touted as the bike with the most compact folded size and a very quick fold. This makes them a good option for people who need to combine a bike trip with trains or buses which do not allow full-sized bikes, or who want to fly with a bike when visiting another city. They fold down to a package that is a few inches larger than their 16 inch wheels.

The bikes and most of the special components are made in England, and there are many customization options, including all of the options we like here at Bikes for the Rest of Us: fenders, dynamo hub and lights, rear rack and a front bag or basket. Most are sold with a unique 6 speed drivetrain which combines a 3-speed internal gear hub with a tiny 2-speed derailleur.

There is no kickstand option, because the bike itself is designed stand up when folded, and there are small wheels on the rear carrier to allow it to be rolled around like a shopping cart when taken into a store. The front bags or basket attaches directly to the frame, above the small front wheel, instead of to the fork or stem as with most front baskets. This means a front load does not affect handling, and a surprising amount of cargo can be carried on one of these bikes.

Bromptons are also designed with surprisingly quick handling and a slightly leaned-forward position. This combined with small wheels, which accelerate quickly and light weight make it handle more like a road bike than a traditional city bike. The frame is meant to accomodate a range of riders, so taller people will have a more leaned-forward posture, and shorter riders are a little more upright. This can be partially counteracted by different handlebar options.
The most expensive options, including a titanium frame and fork, can cost over $3000 (above).
But the complete bike at the top of the page with 6 speeds, dynamo hub, lights, fender and the addition of a rack is under $2000. The most basic model is just over $1400.

For people in some cities, bike sharing systems, and access for full-size bikes on buses and trains, have made folding bikes less essential for multi-modal trips, but they can still be the perfect solution for some people, so it is no surprise that Clever Cycles in Portland has trouble keeping Bromptons in stock.

Monday, November 11, 2013

#5 Sally's Stable

Sally has great taste in bikes.  Here's what she has to say about each of her 3 bikes:

Nice vintage Takara. All photos credit Sally.

I have three bikes in my stable. I love them all. 
1. First up is the gem who got me back on a bike three and a half years ago (and more than 18,000 bike miles ago): An 80s Japanese road bike, a 52cm Takara Tribute in an iridescent light purple, 27” wheels. I bought it off craigslist from a man who used to own a bike store. It was his wife’s bike, lightly ridden and had been sitting in the garage for years. The tires needed to be replaced (crumbly sidewalls), it needed a tuneup and fenders (I live in Oregon). I knew nothing about bikes. But it fit me, wasn't "too girly" despite the color and the quality was miles beyond the cheap Huffy in the shed. I started commuting to work and biking for fun and well, just kept going. 

Sally's Bridgestone overlooking Crater Lake.

2. By May of the following year I was hankering after maybe a little lighter and faster bike. Guided by size (hey this one will fit me) and not by any expert knowledge, I bought a 52cm red Bridgestone 700 with crazy mustache handlebars wrapped in a zebra-y black and white tape and thinner, 700 tires. It became my Summer Bike. It gets a lot of "cool bike" shout outs.

Sally's LHT, fully loaded and ready to go.

3. Of course I kept an eye out for other bikes but with two solid, steel-framed steeds, it was hard to justify buying anything else. I didn't need a lighter bike (not a racer!) and these two fit my needs pretty well (commuting year around, weekend rides, shopping/errands). But then I began to think of touring....and hauling more stuff....and....and...this fall I fell for the Surly DiscTrucker. Hard. Boy, talk about a practical bike. Wide 26” wheels, front and back racks, disc brakes (did I mention it rains in Oregon?) and built to haul almost anything. I talked myself in and out of buying it many times but then it was Labor Day weekend and there was a sale at my local bike store...well. I did it. I bought a NEW bike. Paid for by the money saved in car costs from my 3+ years of commuting. It's a workhorse and perfect for wet, cold weather and when I need to haul almost anything. 

Sally Hunt
Eugene, OR


Monday, June 10, 2013

Legacy Frameworks

Legacy Model 2. Courtesy: Legacy Frameworks.
Legacy Frameworks makes handbuilt city bikes in Chicago.  A basic singlespeed model, ready to ride, starts at $1,100, and belt drive models start at $1,360 (orders can be submitted online).  As pictured above, they are available as a diamond frame and as a step-through.

These are simple yet elegant steel bikes that allow for an upright ride.  Levi Borreson, who founded Legacy in 2011, describes the thinking behind the design:

took my experiences from riding in the city and translated them into a bicycle design that puts the fun and comfort back in riding, lessens the load up flights of stairs and as all readily available parts that can be maintained or replaced by anyone. Also keeping in mind the cost, and keeping it down to a reasonable level.
The step-through model debuted at the 2013 North American Handmade Bicycle Show and can be fitted with a Gates carbon belt.  The NAHBS model also included a dynamo hub for lights, drum brakes, and powder-coat paint described as "retro-reflective."

Here are a few specs that Legacy describes as standard: 

- Cartridge bearing bottom bracket and headset
- Alloy Crank with replaceable chain-ring
- Single speed or Internal hub compatibility
- Double walled 700c rims, stainless spokes and alloy hubs
- High quality puncture resistant tires
- Stainless steel brake cables
- Cantilever Brakes for great stopping and fender room.
- Alloy stem, seatpost and handlebars.
- True Temper Double Butted Chromolly Steel Tubing
- TIG Welded construction combined with Brass and silver brazing
- Powder Coated finish for durability
- Upgradable with highly available aftermarket parts. No proprietary interfaces

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Kona Doctor Good

2013 Doctor Good. Credit:
Kona's Doctor Good has a 7-speed internal gear hub and an aluminum frame.  It retails for about $900.

Another porteur bike?  This one looks like it could work. Kona says it went with short chainstays and seat stays for stability.  It gives the bike a nimble, compact appearance.  Comes with a bell conveniently located near the brake lever.

Frame Material Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted
Sizes C46, C49, C53, C56, C59, C61cm
Rear Shock N/A
Fork Kona Project Two Aluminum Disc
Crankarms FSA 316BT
Chainrings 38t/Bash
B/B FSA 7420
Pedals Wellgo C169
Chain KMC Z610 RB
Freewheel Shimano 18t
Shifters Shimano Revo 7spd (rh only)
Brake Calipers Avid BB5 (fr) Shimano Roller Brake (rr)
Front Brake Rotor Avid G2 Cleansweep 160mm
Rear Brake Rotor N/A
Brake Levers Tektro 4 Finger w/Bell (fr)
Headset TH ZST No.10
Handlebar Kona Handplant
Stem Kona Commuter
Seatpost Kona Double Clamp w/Offset
Seat Clamp Kona Clamp
Grips Velo Ergo
Saddle Kona Comfort
Front Hub Formula
Rear Hub Shimano Nexus 7
Spokes Stainless 14g
Rims Freedom by WTB Cruz Disc
Front Tire Continental CityRide 700x32C
Rear Tire Continental CityRide 700x32C
Paint Color Green w/Grey
Extras Front Rack, Fenders, Front Stabilizer Spring

Monday, February 4, 2013

Viva Strada

Viva Bike Design began in 2006 by Lars Anderson, a cycling superstar in Denmark.  

The Strada is all about a comfortable stylish transportation bike.   It's branded as a luxury bike and looks the part with paint-matched fenders, rack and chainguard.  The drivetrain is a simple Sturmey Archer 3 speed with a SA drum brake up front.   I expect the Schwalbe Delta Cruiser tires to give it a smooth ride.  The bike has unique pedals and chain guard, swoopy V and all.   Overall the bike is a nice balance between masculine and something that's too delicate. 

The front rack separates the Strada from the other models.  It looks good but I'm not sure of the capacity due to it's three point mount.  I'll contrast it with more typical frame mounted racks (that don't move with the front wheel) or stenco-type racks that mount to the handlebars and the wheel axle.   Still, if you had to carry a purse, backpack, box of pastries, or dozen doughnuts this rack would work just fine.   There are mounts for a rear rack as well.

The price for the Strada is $1200, but you might be able to find them for less.

If you'd like to hear more about Viva check out the review of the Kilo at Bicycle Times. The Kilo upgrades to 7 speed (Shimano) rear hub with rollerbrake, dynohub and lights.  Mikes Bikes has the Kilo classic (sans dynohub and lights) marked down from $1400 to $999 at the moment.

All images compliments of Viva.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Felt York

Felt York. Credit: Felt Bicycles
The Felt York may look like a fixed gear, but it actually has a 2-speed Sturmey-Archer hub. The MSRP is $829.

This is a gorgeous bicycle.  It's a beautiful "Duke" blue with a porteur rack painted to match, with a stained wood base.  The aluminum fenders are polished and even the color of the tires is aesthetically pleasing.  Take a closer look at those tires, though, and you wonder whether they are a bit too skinny (700 x 25) for a bike that poses as one that can heft a full front load. 

That's the real question about the York:  Is it all beauty and no brawn?  A porteur bike should be designed to carry stuff, after all.  This is no cargo bike.

Still, it's beautiful and it may be just the thing for those who wish to cruise around town with the ability to carry light loads.  I'm sure the front rack could carry a six-pack.  I also give Felt lots of credit for trying something different, and for making a piece of art.

The Bicycle Times has a review here.

Here are the specs:
  • Finish:
    Duke Blue
  • Sizes:
    700c x 51, 54, 56, 58, 61cm
  • Frame:
    Felt single speed custom butted 4130 tig welded cr-mo tubes, butted tapered seatstays w/ cr-mo dropouts, horizontal top tube
  • Fork:
    Felt urban design, 100% cr-mo, 1-1/8" threadless steerer & oversized curved fork blades: 43mm offset w/ drilled flat crown for front brake
  • Headset:
    1-1/8" threadless press-In cup style, Felt Tornado aluminum top cap
  • Stem:
    Felt aluminum forged threadless quill, 31.8mm w/ -15° Rise
  • Handlebar:
    Felt design aluminum English touring bar 31.8mm, 30mm rise, 580mm wide, 50 degree sweep
  • Grips:
    No flange Felt design with stitched cover
  • Crankset:
    Felt TkR Pista inspired cold forged aluminum, w/ 144mm B.C.D. ; 51cm-54cm=165mm, 56cm-61cm=170mm
  • Chainwheel
    Skip-Tooth Hess Chainring, 24t x 1/8", aluminum
  • Chainguide:
  • Bottom Bracket:
    FSA 68mm w/ forged cr-mo square taper
  • Pedals:
    Aluminum "Rat Trap" style pedal
  • Chain:
    KMC Z410 1/8" width
  • Freewheel:
    coaster brake cog -22T x 1/8"
  • Brake Levers:
    Tektro front aluminum retro brake lever
  • Brakes:
    Tektro dual pivot caliper, stainless hardware, teflon bushings
  • Cables:
    Felt Slick Brake
  • Saddle:
    Felt urban classic road saddle w/ riveted custom cover and steel rails
  • Seat Post:
    Aluminum micro-adjust, 27.2mm x 300mm
  • Seat Post Clamp:
    integrated in frame
  • Rims:
    Alex ACE 19 double wall aluminum rim
  • Front Hub:
    Sturmey Archer, hi-flange, sealed bearing, track nuts, 32H
  • Rear Hub:
    Sturmey Archer 2 Speed kick back aluminum coaster brake hub, 32H
  • Spokes:
    14g stainless steel w/ brass nipples, 3X front and rear
  • Tires:
    Felt All Weather 700c x 25
  • Fenders:
    Front and rear full aluminum fenders with stainless struts
  • Accessories:
    Front rack with wood bottom

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Opus Ivan

I first spotted Opus Bikes in a small shop in Canada.  The Opus Ivana, the loop-framed version of the bike above, appears on an ad on the back of Momentum Magazine this month.   The Opus Ivan, pictured above, is an Aluminum-framed city bike with upright geometry and a large front basket.  I think you'll agree it has a unique style that's somewhat contemporary while honoring the classic lines of a city bike. 

The really exciting news is that Opus bikes are coming to the USA! They have a large selection of practical transportation bikes.  Most of them have an Aluminum frame, which helps keep down the weight for those who have to carry their bike or climb hills.  As someone who rides a traditional city bike that weighs north of 50lbs, I find it appealing to have all of the city bike features in a more lightweight package.

Opus Ivan specs (provided by Opus):

Meta 10
Shimano HBIM40 & SG7R46
Alex Z1000 26" Black
SS spokes
Dark Silver
ORA Urban
45mm - 1-1/8
CH-918TW integrated sealed
ORA Urban 70R X 50S
ORA 158, 80o, TIG,  25,4
VLG617 Synth. leather - Brown
7 speed
Tektro CL330 BL - LF
Shimano Nexave BR-IM50
Roller brakes
Bottom Bracket
Wellgo LU-206T Flat
Front Derailleur
Rear Derailleur
Shimano Inter 7 Nexus
Internal gear
Inter 7 Nexus
7 speed
Innova 218 - 26"
Black 26 X 2.0
Ora Voyage
Ora 242 Aluminum
Micrometric 27,2
Miscellaneous Parts
Fenders/rack/chain cover/kick stand