Showing posts with label lights. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lights. 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

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Bobbin Hummingbird

2017 Bobbin Hummingbird. All photos courtesy: Bobbin Bicycles Facebook Page

Bobbin has introduced two new 8-speed models for 2017: The Hummingbird (pictured above) and the Kingfisher, a diamond frame model.  It's available for preorder for £645 (about $839).

Bobbin, based in London, was founded 10 years ago and is cocky enough to call itself a "utopian brand."  Bobbin offers many attractive and practical bikes, and most come standard with racks, a chainguard or full chaincase, and fenders. 

The Hummingbird and Kingfisher come with front and rear battery-powered lights, Shimano Nexus 8-speed internal gear hubs, and hydraulic disc brakes. The frame is made from an alloy that Bobbin claims (in an instagram post) is a "MUCH lighter alternative to those serious German/Dutch commute bikes.").  Apparently, that means it's slightly under 30 pounds.  In "midnight blue sparkle," this is a beautiful bike.

The gears are inside.

The specs aren't available on Bobbin's website yet, but you can requeest more information by emailing Bobbin at

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:

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Scott Sub EVO 20

The 2016 Scott Sub Evo 20. Photo courtesy of Scott Sports.
The Scott Sub Evo 20 is currently on sale at Big Wheel Bikes for $800 (the MSRP is $1,000).

The first thing we need to do is add this to Edwin's list of bikes that come with lights. The front headlight is a Busch and Muller Eyc, which is powered by Shimano Deore dynamo hub.  The rear light is also from B and M.

Scott calls this a 30-speed.  It comes with a cassette with a range from an 11-tooth cog up to a mountain-tackling 34-tooth large cog.  The Sub Evo has an aluminum frame and fork and is equipped with Shimano disc brakes.  Overall, my impression is that this bike can handle a mix of terrain and climates.

The Sub Evo comes with fenders and a Racktime rearcarrier.  Racktime is a complete system which works with "snap it" accessories, as depicted in this youtube video.

Overall, this looks like a well-designed and thought-out bike.  There's a review of the Sub Evo 30 bike on youtube (a similar, but not the same, model).



SUB Evo 6061 Tig welding

Sub Evo Alu Rigid Forged

VP-A41AC Semi integrated

Rear Derailleur
Shimano RD-T610 SGS 10 Speed

Front Derailleur
Shimano Deore FD-T610

Shimano SL-T610

Brake Levers
Shimano BL-M355

Shimano BR-M355

Shimano FC-T611 Black 48x36x26 T

Included with crankset




JD JD-SP68T.1.

Syncros Urban Solution 2.5

Hub (Front)
Shimano Deore DH-3D37 Dynamo 32h

Hub (Rear)
Shimano FH-M615 CL 32h


Shimano HG62 11-34 T

Pillar Steel 14G

X12 Disc, 32h

Continental City Ride II

Front B&M EYC and Rear Integrated B&M Ilu Jr

Rack & Fenders
Racktime Standit w/ spring clamp
Curana C-lite D45 with integrated Rear Light

Approx weights in KG

Approx weights in LBS

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Viva Juliett

The Viva Juliett is a Danish-made 7-speed.

The Viva Juliett is currently on sale at Nashbar for $970.  Viva is a small Danish company that was started in 2006 by Lars Andersen.

First I was struck by the beauty and elegance of this bike: the intricate design on the chaincase, the spokes on the rear fender where, traditionally, the skirt guard/coat protector would be, the rear carrier which appears to be wound with bamboo.  Then I was impressed that it's available for less than $1,000.

The Juliett comes with dynamo lights and roller brakes (which should make Mr. Hembrow happy). Here are the specs:

CRANKSETViva Classic
CHAINRINGS42 t alloy
CHAIN COVERViva Signature alloy cover
BOTTOM BRACKETCartridge bearing, allen bolt
PEDALSViva classic pedal
RIMSViva 700c alloy
FRONT HUBSturmey Archer drumbrake/dynamo
REAR HUBShimano 7 speed Rollerbrake or 3 speed coaster
TIRESchwalbe Delta Cruiser. Kevlar on Entry model
INNER TUBEPresta valve
SADDLEGyes leather saddle. Vinyl on entry models
SEATPOSTAlloy 26,2 mm
CARRIERViva design alloy

Monday, September 22, 2014

Marin Fairfax SC6 DLX

The Fairfax SC6 comes in any color you want so long as it's black. Credit:
The Marin Fairfax SC6 DLX comes with an 11-speed Shimano Alfine internal gear hub, Gates carbon belt drive, hydraulic disc brakes, aluminum frame and fenders, an integrated rear rack, and a Super Nova E3 lighting system powered by a front dynamo hub. It retails for about $2400.

Edwin mentioned this bike when he did his roundup of bikes that come with lights, aka, Lights for the Rest of Us.  Unlike the Trek Lync, the Fairfax SC6 light system is battery free.

Here are the specs:

Frame: Series Three 6061 Aluminum, 700c Wheels, Eccentric Bottom Bracket, Relieved Head Tube, Internal Cable Routing, Post Mount Disc Specific Forged Dropouts, Belt Drive Compatible

Front Fork: RFE Carbon with Alloy Steerer tube

Rear Suspension: Drive Train Specs

Crankset: Shimano Alfine With 50t Gates CenterTrack Front Sprocket and CNC Ring Guard

Shift Lever: Shimano Alfine 11 Rapid Fire Plus Derailleur

Cassette: Gates CDX CenterTrack 22t CNC Stainless Steel Rear Sprocket

Bottom Bracket: Shimano HollowTech II

Integrated Chain: Gates CDX CenterTrack Belt, 115 Tooth

Hub Rear: Shimano Alfine 11 Speed Internal Gear Hub, 409% Gear Ratio
Hub Front: Shimano Alfine Dynamo, 6V-3W

Rim: Maddux SR300 700c, 30mm Tall with Sleeve Joint, 32 Hole

Spokes Nipples: 14 Gauge Black Stainless

Tires: Continental Sport Contact II 700x32c with Safety System Puncture Protection And Reflective Sidewall

Brakes Front: Shimano T445 Hydraulic Disc, 6” Rotor

Brakes Rear: Shimano T445 Hydraulic Disc, 6” Rotor

Brake Levers: Shimano T445 Hydraulic Cockpit

Handlebar: Double Butted Flat Top, 6061 Alloy, OS-31.8mm, 700mm Wide

Grips: Ergon GS1 Locking Ergonomic

Stem: Marin OS Alloy Threadless, 31.8mm Bar Clamp

Headset: FSA Orbit C, 1 1/8

Seatpost: Marin 3D Forged with Alloy Micro Adjust, 15mm Offset, 400mm Length

Saddle: Ergon SM30 Comp Accessories

Pedals: CNC Sealed Bearing, 2.5mm pin

Rack: Racktime Custom Integrated Match-It QL3, With Snap-It and QL3 Mounting Systems For Ortlieb And Racktime Accessory Mounting

Monday, September 8, 2014

Trek Lync

The Trek Lync has lights front and back. Photos courtesy of

The 2015 Trek Lync 5 27-speed will go for about $1320; the Lync 3 9-speed will go for around $990. Trek calls the Lync a "dedicated, low-maintenance, tricked-out commuter bike."

Let's start by giving Trek some credit for finally producing an off-the-shelf bike with an integrated light system. These are not dynamo hub powered lights, but are instead powered by a lithium ion battery that is rechargeable by USB. It will be interesting to see the longevity of these batteries. 

In any event, when Edwin did his comprehensive post "Lights for the Rest of Us," Trek was one of the big guys that was noticeably absent from the bikes with lights market. So, welcome aboard Trek.

I have minor criticisms of the Lync model. First, why don't they come with integrated racks, like the apparently discontinued Trek Belleville.  And why can't it be as stylish as the Belleville? And, as always, I'm not a fan of straight bars that only allow one hand position.

The bike media has greeted the Lync with enthusiasm, including this preview by the Bicycle Times.

Specs for the Lync 5:

Colors Matte Trek Black
Frame Alpha Gold Aluminum with Lync on-board lighting system, DuoTrap S compatible, internal cable routing
Fork Lync, Alloy
Sizes 15, 17.5, 20, 22.5, 25"
Front Hub Formula DC20 alloy
Rear Hub Formula DC22 alloy
Rims Bontrager TLR disc, 32-hole
Tires Bontrager H2 Hard-Case Lite, reflective, 700x32c
Shifters Shimano Acera M390, 9 speed
Front derailleur Shimano Acera
Rear derailleur Shimano Deore
Crank Shimano Acera M391, 48/36/26 w/chainguard
Cassette Shimano HG20, 11-34, 9 speed
Pedals Wellgo track-style alloy
Chain KMC X9
Saddle Bontrager H1
Seatpost Bontrager SSR, 2-bolt head, 27.2mm, 12mm offset
Handlebar Bontrager Low Riser, 31.8mm, 15mm rise
Stem Bontrager Elite Blendr, w/computer & light mounts, 31.8mm, 7 degree
Headset Slimstak, semi-cartridge bearings, sealed
Brakeset Shimano M355 hydraulic disc
Grips Bontrager Satellite Elite, lock-on, ergonomic
Extras Lync front and rear lights, full-coverage color-matched fenders, chain keeper

Monday, May 19, 2014

Legacy Rambler

When we last talked about Legacy Frameworks (it was last year), the Chicago framebuilder had put out two thoughtfully designed complete bike models - a diamond frame and a step-through. Now Legacy has refined those models with the Rambler series, which includes a step-through, a diamond frame, and a disc brake model. They go for around $1,750, but you should contact Legacy for details.

Rambler Step-Through.

Rambler Diamond

Rambler diamond with disc brakes. All photos courtesy of Legacy Frameworks.
There are some nice touches here. The following come standard: belt drive, full fenders, drum or disc brakes, rack options, double-walled rims and (are you there Edwin?) hub-generated lighting.

Busch and Muller LED headlight. Taillight also included.
Check out that powder-coated finish. Legacy offers these as singlespeeds or with up to 15 gears with internal gear hubs.

Nice looking bikes, and they're designed, manufactured, and assembled in Chicago.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Tern Link P7i and Swoop D7

Tern is a new folding bike company, which split from Dahon. They now offer a wide range of folding bike designs. Similar to Bike Friday and Brompton folding bikes, there are meant for people who want to travel with their bike, who need to keep a bike in small space, or who have a multi-modal commute which does not allow standard-sized bikes.
Tern Link P7i
The Link P7i, "The equipped one" as they say, comes with almost everything you could want. Dynamo hub and lights, a Shimano Nexus 7-speed internal gear hub, rear rack, fenders, and chainguard  (attached directly to the chain) are included. There is a bracket on the front of the frame to attach a bag or front basket, which does not affect the steering. It is available for $1200 at Clever Cycles and other shops.

Tern also sells the Swoop d7i for $1000. It also has a rear rack and optional dynamo lighting, with a 7-speed hub, and a standard chainguard.
Tern Swoop d7i
And at the high end, they offer an Alfine 11 speed IGH equipped bike with disc brakes and dynamo lighting, the Eclipse S11i:
Tern Eclipse S11i
NYCEWheels Video - Eclipse S11i
Lovely Bicycle - Swoop d7i
London Cyclist - Link
Turbo Bob - Link


Link p7i
Color: (Black/Grey)
Wheel Size:20 inch wheels
Weight:14.2 kg
Folding Time:10 sec
Folding Size:38 x 79 x 72 cm
Frame Sizes:One size
Gear Inches:33" - 81"
Rider Height:142 - 190 cm
Max Rider Weight:110 kg
Fork:Aluminum, 6061-AL
Handlepost:Physis T-Bar, aluminum, 
Headset:cartridge bearings
Grip/Bars Tape:BioLogic Arx
Saddle:BioLogic Como PRM
Seatpost:BioLogic PostPump 2.0
Seatpost Clamp:Syntace, stainless bushing
Brakes: V-brakes
Brake Levers:BioLogic integrated bell

Front Hub:BioLogic Joule II dynamo
Rear Hub:Shimano Nexus 7 
Spokes and Nipples:Stainless steel, brass nipples
Rims:Kinetix Comp by WTB, doublewall, CNC sidewalls, powder finish
Tires:Schwalbe Marathon Supreme, 42-406, RaceGuard puncture protection, Reflex
Shifter(s):Shimano 7 spd twist
Crankset:Kinetix Supra, forged 6061 cranks, 6061 chainring, CNC chainguard
Cassette/Freewheel:SRAM for hub gear
Bottom Bracket:Cartridge, sealed bearings
Chain:RustBlock, GST coated, 3/32"
Pedals:Suntour folding, alloy body

Chainguard:BioLogic FreeDrive
Kickstand:Premium single, aluminum
Clip System:Magnetix 2.0
Luggage Socket:Yes
Front Light:Valo, HiLux LED with StandLight
Rear Light:Spanninga Premium, LED
Fenders:SKS, stainless hardware
Rack(s):BioLogic Portage 20, tubular aluminum, KlickFix compatible

Color: (Black/Polish)
Wheel Size:24 inch wheels
Weight:14.7 kg
Folding Time:10 sec
Folding Size:42 x 89 x 76 cm
Frame Sizes:One size
Gear Inches:30" - 120"
Suggested Rider Height:148 - 195 cm
Max Rider Weight:115 kg
Frame:7005-AL TIG welded 
Fork:aluminum, 6061-AL
Handlepost:forged aluminum
Headset:cartridge bearings
Handlebar:double-butted 7050-AL
Grip/Bars Tape:Ergon GP1 BioKork
Saddle:Kore Sola for Tern
Seatpost Clamp:Syntace, stainless bushing
Brakes & Levers:Avid Elixir

Front Hub:BioLogic Joule HG, disc
Rear Hub:Shimano Alfine, 11-speed
Spokes and Nipples:Double-butted 18/10 stainless,
Rims:Kinetix Pro, niobium alloy
Tires:Big Apple 50-507
Shifter(s):Shimano Alfine, 11 spd.
Crankset:FSA Vero, ISIS BB, CNC Guard
Cassette/Freewheel:Shimano for hub gear
Bottom Bracket:American Classic, ISIS
Chain:RustBlock, GST coated, 3/32"
Shifter Cable & Housing:Shimano
Chainguard:BioLogic FreeDrive
Kickstand:Premium single, aluminum
Clip System:Magnetix 2.0
Luggage Socket:Yes
Front Light:Valo, HiLux LED with StandLight
Rear Light:Spanninga Premium, LED
Fenders:SKS, stainless hardware
Rack(s):BioLogic Portage Racks