Classy, handsome and unassuming in the manner of a tailored gray suit. That’s how we think of the Champa. It features the same streamlined steel frame as the Wazee but with a more reserved demeanor thanks to its warm and elegant metallic graphite finish. Kitted with a clean and quiet belt drive paired with an Alfine 8-speed, the Champa speeds down boulevards and bike paths without fuss or fanfare. Sometimes, making a statement means just getting the job done. Champa Street connects the upscale neighborhoods of Curtis Park with the high rises of Denver’s downtown core, a trip that symbolizes the vibrant lifestyle enabled by a new era of urban cycling.
Our highly experienced mechanics, not assemblers, build, ride, and tune all bikes before packing and shipping them. This is a $60 value, at no charge.
Recommended Fenders: Portland Design Works Full Metal Fenders (City)
Recommended Rack: Axiom Streamliner Disc DLX flat black
Recommended Dynamo System: Shutter Precision PL-8 dynamo hub, B&M Eyc or Cyo IQ Premium front light, and B&M Top Light Line Plus with brake light, rack-mounted.
Together, these things form what we call the Portlandistan edition of any bike we sell. We also like to suggest
--a Crane or PDW brass bell
--PDW Whiskey or Cork Chop grips, or Ergon BioKork
--A Kryptonite Mini-Messenger dual U-lock
--And a PDW 3_Wrencho tool, which combines a 15-mm box wrench for the rear axle with a steel-core, nylon-covered tire lever, plus a third tool which we can't quite remember. Oh, wait, it's a bottle opener.
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I commute to work in New York City and the Champa may be the perfect bike. Tough steel frame, smooth belt drive, a wide range of gears in a maintenance free IGH, attachment points for anything you could think of, and of course great style. Also, I have nothing but the best things to say about Joe and his team. Professional, quick to respond, and very helpful. No better place to buy a bike.
As a friend said, "That is like a murdered-out Oldsmobile." Yes, what a psycho grandma would ride--but I'm a dude in his early 40s who uses it for commuting, but it feels more like a cruiser. Anyway, it's a smooth, silent panther that sits quietly, just waiting to pounce. The shifting? So fast that it almost knows you want to shift before you do. You're not even done pushing the lever and it's made the shift. Insane. A rare breed, too, I've only seen one other in NYC, and it was a diff paint scheme. Val and Joe were great to work with. Got me set up nicely and delivered to NYC. I just had to put the pedals and handlebars on. Only drawbacks: - A bit bumpety through the seatpost as the seat stay hits the seat tube lower than the top tube. Or maybe that's me not knowing what I'm talking about frame-build wise. I do know it's a bit bumpier. That could be because the rest of the experience is so smoove. - Squeaky front disc. Might go away. Hope it goes away. - Wide-body handlebars, I will be shortening them as trying to get through cars in Manhattan is tricky.