We specialize in distinctive, high-performance urban bikes that are as much foul-weather friends as fair. We’ve built one of the world’s deepest selections of ultra-low-maintenance bikes equipped with the trifecta of year-round urban cycling: Gates Carbon belt drive, internally geared hubs, and disc brakes. These bikes all have a set of common attributes:
- their drivetrains and brakes are weatherproof, extremely reliable, clean to the touch, and rarely need maintenance
- all were made for fenders and racks
- all offer strong climbing ability, excellent downhill control
- all can be equipped with a front dyno hub to power both front and rear lights (and your smart phone too, if you like)
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The Spot Acme
Tout Terrain Metropolitan: This German brand makes probably the most sophisticated and toughest touring and urban bikes in the world. Joe Bike is one of only three Tout Terrain dealers in North America.
The Raleigh Misceo 4.0. Don’t let its stealthy urban-brawler demeanor fool you: this bike is packed with the most advanced drivetrain and brakes and kind of beefy tires that handle trails and paved roads equally well (and are thus appropriately named Happy Medium). Misceo 4.0 good choice for light touring, especially off-road bikepacking. Kind of an incredible price, too: $1499. Outfit it with dynamo lighting, racks, and fenders for full effect.
Chain-drive bikes: From among the hundreds of bikes that excel at a couple of different uses–think of touring or cyclocross models that also make excellent urban bikes when equipped a bit differently–we selected what we think are the very best, particularly for Portland. These include several steel, disc-brake models from Minneapolis-based Surly and Vancouver BC’s Norco, Canada’s oldest bike manufacturer.
Surly Disc Trucker: This is the disc brake version of the venerable Long Haul Trucker, and that’s the only version we sell. The Trucker a classic long-distance tourer that makes an extraordinarily nice, stable, and comfortable commuting and city bike. Because it’s made for fully loaded touring, it’s a bit on the heavy side.
Surly Straggler: This is essentially the disc-brake version of a Portland-streets institution, the Cross Check steel cyclocross bike. Cross Check makes for a versatile urban ride, and the only reason we’ve never carried it as that it didn’t have disc brakes. Enter the Straggler. Many of the same attributes as the Trucker, but about 10 lbs. lighter.
- Norco Indie Drop: Not to be confused with the Norco Indie IGH, the Drop is a full cromoly, drop-bar urban road bike with disc brakes. Responsive, fast, uncannily smooth, and blessed with a most comfortable double-butted cromoly frame.
Norco Indie Drop Alfine Di2. A unique integration of two of the bike industry’s newest and most advanced technologies: Di2 electronic shifting and the Alfine 11 internally geared hub. Based on the same buttery smooth cromoly frame as the Indie Drop. Like the Disc Trucker, this is a favorite among our staff.
Other bikes we like:
We don’t usually keep the following in stock, but we like and frequently special-order them, often for custom builds.
Norco Indie IGH: A no-nonsense, flat-handlebar urban machine that doesn’t seem all that special until you look closely. That’s when you’ll notice it has an Alfine 8-speed internally geared up, hydraulic disc brakes, a light and stiff aluminum frame, and full rack and fender friendliness, at an excellent price ($1165) for what you get.
Spot Bikes Dualie: Steel, belt drive, two-speed kickback hub, and a tight track geometry. (Can’t accept full fenders or a rack, though!) Special-order only.
Soma Buena Vista: among the most graceful-looking steel frames made today. We custom build these to suit you, from the frame up.
Soma Stanyan: a sporty urban road bike that makes you say, “I didn’t know they still made bikes this beautiful.”
Soma Double Cross: double-butted chromoly cyclocross bike that cleans up very nicely. Frameset/custom builds only.
Surly Troll: The first of a bunch of what might be called adventure-touring bikes, tractor bikes, or camping bikes.
For light to moderate urban riding (let’s say for rides of 3 miles or less), if you’re not in much of a hurry, we recommend these. They’re currently available by special order only
- Civia Linden: When Civia discontinued the Linden complete bike in 2012, we snapped all the framesets we could get, and now offer them as custom builds that dress up well. Ideal for light to moderate everyday urban riding in style.
Note: If we don’t carry what you’re looking for, we can still special order any bike available from Salsa Surly, Norco, Spot, Raleigh, Tout Terrain, or any of our other brands, plus Speedhound, Van Dessel, and others. In most cases, you get free shipping (to our store) and free assembly, while paying zero tax. Exceptions may apply.