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Commuter/Urban

Surly Big Dummy Frameset
$999.00 - $1,050.00
Big Dummy is a long-tail cargo bike, which means that not only can you haul a serious amount of cargo, different accessories can be added to your Big Dummy frame and deck depending on what you want to carry. Being a dedicated single-piece frame, instead of an add-on to an existing bike, it's stiffer and resistant to torsional flex, which provides a better ride and longer lasting frame than long-tail add-ons. Like all Surly's frames, it's made of their size specific, 4130 CroMoly steel – a tube set engineered for cargo that sports lots of little touches that you've come to love in a Surly, like clearance for big tires and the use of common component sizes. Figure on being able to carry about 200 pounds (90kg) of cargo. The load weight, and how it's loaded, will affect the handling somewhat. Also, plan on using gears, especially as cargo weight increases. This may seem obvious, but as you get comfy with it, you will use your full range of gears as never before. It's suitable to loaded as well as unloaded riding. Bags, deck, rails, and rail collars are all designed to improve on previous offerings and work together to make sure your stuff is transported with safety and stability. It's an unbending interface, which when you're carrying lots of cargo, is a good thing to have. Get creative, and get hauling. If you intend to carry a passenger on your Big Dummy, Surly requires use of their Dummy Rail Collars. These provide a secondary retention system for the rack, as well as stiffen the rack system. These are included with MY17 Big Dummy bikes and frames, as well as available AM for older Big Dummy bikes and frames (compatible with all generations of Big Dummy bikes/frames). In addition, a stoker handlebar set up, found on tandem bicycles, is recommended as well. Make sure to check with seat post manufacturer for stoker handlebar compatibility. If you are planning to carry a child on your Big Dummy, Surly recommends the use of a child seat. They've tested the Maxxi Yepp seat. Yepp makes an adaptor that allows their seat to mount onto Surly's deck. It works well with the Big Dummy. At this time other child seats are not recommended and will void your warranty. Surly is testing other options. Note: keep in mind Big Dummy weight limits when carrying a passenger.
Marin Fairfax SC6 DLX frameset
$259.00 $699.00 63% Savings
These are new framesets that had been assembled into complete bikes at the factory. Alloy frame, carbon fork. Compatible with a chain or belt, and with conventional drivetrains, internally geared hubs, or single speed. (Note that if you use a belt, your gearing options are limited to either single speed or an internally geared hub.) The bottom bracket is eccentric, but belt tension is independent of that, so you don't need to mess with the bb when you change a tube or tire or when you reinstall the rear wheel for whatever reason. Want to build your frame up with a conventional drivetrain? Order the rear derailleur hanger along with the frame (see Related Items). *Note that there is no place to mount a front derailleur.* Headset and seatpost collar included. Note: some of these framesets are from the "2016" model year and others are "2016". The only difference is a subtle change in graphics, with the 2017/2018 having a bit more white striping. The photo here of the complete bike is of a 2016. Please let us know your preference in the notes field at checkout. We'll do our best to honor your request.
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$199.00 $599.00 67% Savings
Dr. Dew frameset is a 650b-based alloy frame with a steel fork that has midblade eyelets. Also includes black plastic fenders, seat, seatpost, stem, and headset. This frame has a 52 effective top tube.
Surly Big Dummy
$2,150.00
Big Dummy is a long-tail cargo bike, which means that not only can you haul a serious amount of cargo, different accessories can be added to your Big Dummy frame and deck depending on what you want to carry. Being a dedicated single-piece frame, instead of an add-on to an existing bike, it's stiffer and resistant to torsional flex, which provides a better ride and longer lasting frame than long-tail add-ons. Like all Surly's frames, it's made of their size specific, 4130 CroMoly steel – a tube set engineered for cargo that sports lots of little touches that you've come to love in a Surly, like clearance for big tires and the use of common component sizes. Figure on being able to carry about 200 pounds (90kg) of cargo. The load weight, and how it's loaded, will affect the handling somewhat. Also, plan on using gears, especially as cargo weight increases. This may seem obvious, but as you get comfy with it, you will use your full range of gears as never before. The parts kit is good quality, and suitable to loaded as well as unloaded riding. It's got a 3x10 drivetrain, Avid BB7 disc brakes, quality Shimano Deore hubs, and 26x2.3" Kenda Kiniption tires. They've outfitted it with Surly-designed bags, deck, rails and Dummy Rail Collars; everything you need for the majority of stuff you might carry, like groceries, shovels, bags of charcoal or mulch, guitars, lamps, mannequins, whatever. Bags, deck, rails, and rail collars are all designed to improve on previous offerings and work together to make sure your stuff is transported with safety and stability. It's an unbending interface, which when you're carrying lots of cargo, is a good thing to have. Get creative, and get hauling. If you intend to carry a passenger on your Big Dummy, Surly requires use of their Dummy Rail Collars. These provide a secondary retention system for the rack, as well as stiffen the rack system. These are included with current Big Dummy bikes and frames, as well as available for older Big Dummy bikes and frames (compatible with all generations of Big Dummy bikes/frames). In addition, a stoker handlebar set up, found on tandem bicycles, is recommended as well. Make sure to check with seat post manufacturer for stoker handlebar compatibility. If you are planning to carry a child on your Big Dummy, Surly recommends the use of a child seat. They've tested the Maxxi Yepp seat. Yepp makes an adaptor that allows their seat to mount onto Surly's deck. It works well with the Big Dummy. At this time other child seats are not recommended and will void your warranty. Surly is testing other options. For the most up to date compatibility/options, check http://www.surlybikes.com/safety Note: keep in mind Big Dummy weight limits when carrying a passenger.
Surly Flat Bar Cross-Check
$925.00
The Surly Flat Bar Cross-Check: a different take on an old favorite, and a go-to for those seeking solid two-wheel, non-motorized transport. It’s still the same Surly Cross-Check frame that has reliably carried people from here to there for decades, only with a spec that moves it deeper into the category of practical transportation. The Cross-Check frame is constructed of size specific 4130 chromoly ‘Natch tubing and adorned with a simple and straight forward build kit comprised of SRAM X5 components, tough Alex rims, and our do-it-all Knard 41 tire. Instead of the standard drop bar, there’s a comfy flat bar with a 27-degree sweep to keep you sitting pretty, and an MSW Pork Chop rear rack to carry you and all of your stuff with the greatest of ease. One of Surly's goals with this bike was to keep the price tag low and the usefulness high. That way, you’ll have some cash leftover just in case you want to stop for a happy hour on the way home from work. - 100% Surly 4130 chromoly frame, main triangle is double-butted; 1 1/8" threadless brazed chromoly fork - Bosses front and rear for cantilever or linear-pull brakes, rack and fender eyelets at the dropouts, dual water bottle mounts, eyelets at the crown, and fully threaded through-blade fork eyelets for a front rack - Semi-horizontal dropouts with a derailleur hanger for geared or singlespeed drivetrains and/or wheelbase adjustability - Works with all single, double, and triple road or mountain cranksets - Includes Surly brake hanger, seatpost clamp, and dropout adjusting screws - Clearance to run 700c x 45mm tires; 40mm with fenders
Surly Flat Bar Cross-Check
$925.00
The bicycle is a great way to get around. It’s a lot less expensive than a car and a lot less crowded than public transportation. These days, many bicycle companies forsake practicality in the name of speed, weight, or some other frivolity. Well, not us. Behold the Flat Bar Cross-Check: a different take on an old favorite, and a go-to for those seeking solid two-wheel, non-motorized transport. It’s still the same Surly Cross-Check frame that has reliably carried people from here to there for decades, only with a spec that moves it deeper into the category of practical transportation. The Cross-Check frame is constructed of Surly's size specific 4130 CroMoly ‘Natch tubing and adorned with a simple and straight-forward build kit comprised of SRAM X5 components, tough Alex rims, and Surly's do-it-all Knard 41 tire. Instead of the standard drop bar, there’s a comfy flat bar with a 27-degree sweep to keep you sitting pretty, and an MSW Pork Chop rear rack to carry you and all of your stuff with the greatest of ease. One of Surly's goals with this bike was to keep the price tag low and the usefulness high. That way, you’ll have some cash leftover just in case you want to stop for a happy hour on the way home from work.
Surly Pack Rat
$1,475.00
Over the years, Surly has been finding new and better ways to haul stuff on the front of their bikes — from fork braze-ons to racks to bags. The Pack Rat is the culmination of all those years and is specifically designed around porteur-style racks and front-loading optimization. Why would someone want to strap a bunch of crap to the front of their bike? Glad you asked. Having your stuff in front of you means it’s close at hand and easily accessible. It also allows for better weight distribution. We’ve all ridden with a pannier full of groceries. Some of us have wiped out around a sketchy corner and watched as our precious eggs and bananas go flying every which way in an act of Mario Kart-level carnage. A front load keeps the bike nimble and allows you to more efficiently use your body English to steer from the rear and avoid such a super market massacre. The drawback with front-loading on a lot of bikes, however, lies in how it affects the bike’s handling. The weight pulls you through turns in an awkward sort of way as if the load is doing the steering and you don’t even have control over your own life anymore. It makes for an overall less enjoyable ride. The Pack Rat’s front cargo-specific design eliminates that steering issues but also rides great without cargo. There’s no need to load it down with cans of beans every time you want to go for a ride. Unless that’s your thing. We’re not here to tell you how to live. In an effort to jumpstart your front cargo carrying dreams, Surly includes a 24-pack rack on the complete bike version. The Pack Rat rolls on 26” wheels in the smaller sizes and 650b wheels in the larger ones. Smaller diameter wheels keep the weight of the load lower than a 700c wheel would, thereby improving handling and ride feel. Pack Rat’s fork also includes some handy internal routing for generator hubs so you can safely ride off into the night. Dedicated commuters, credit card tourers, those who enjoy the occasional sub-24 campout, and sweaty back people looking to leave their backpack behind need look no further than the Pack Rat.
Soma Grand Randonneur 650b - Frameset
$489.99
Soma's Grand Randonneur is a true low trail geometry randonneuring frame set, which means it rides better with a front load than other touring and road bikes. Co-designed with Mike Kone of Rene Herse/Boulder Bicycles. It will fit all the gadgets a good rando bike should have. The traditional diameter tubes lend a smooth comfortable ride. They have tweaked the geometry for 2015. We increased frame stack by 15-20mm. Seat tube extension has been reduced. - Designed for 650b wheels and cantilever brakes - Max. tire fit: 650 x 42mm slick tires w/fenders - Max. fender width: 50mm
Soma Wolverine v2.0 Daily Grinder 11 54cm
$2,250.00 - $2,350.00 $2,750.00 - $2,850.00 Up To 18% Savings
Our last v2 Daily Grinder is built for all-weather, ultra-low-maintenance city riding. It features an Alfine 11 internally geared hub, belt drive from Gates Carbon Drive, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, Shimano Alfine dynamo, Panaracer Pasela 700x38 gumwall tires, Supernova front and rear lights, Velo Orange metal fenders, and a Racktime rear rack. Priced down to $2250, $500 less than the 2019 v3 Daily Grinder which has the same components. Option: Soma All-Road carbon fork, an additional $100. This is a size 54cm.
Raleigh Cadent i8 belt-compatible frameset
$199.00 $550.00 64% Savings
Did someone say Fun Bike Project? Did someone say inexpensive belt-drive bike? Now you can build up your own disc-brake, belt-drive bike without spending very much at all. The Cadent frame can be built up almost any way you like: belt/singlespeed, belt/internal gearing, chain/singlespeed, chain/internal gearing, or (with an available derailleur hanger) chain/conventional derailleur. Drop bars can be used instead but will affect handling and body position a bit--remember drop bars will effectively lengthen the cockpit, so you may want to downsize if you're geometrically on the fence. The Cadent i8 frame has a basic road geometry but is designed for flat or swept-back handlebars. It excels as a speedy around-town bike but can be used for much more. Constructed of AL-6061 custom-formed butted alloy tubing with a seatstay splitter (so the belt can go in) and an eccentric bottom bracket shell. Carbon fork with alloy steerer. Includes a quick-release seatpost collar and a headset. Does not include a bottom bracket. Room for tires up to about 36mm. Fender and rack mounts. Belt guard can be removed. This frame is notably lighter than the beefy Raleigh Misceo i8 framesets that we also have, and of course the carbon fork is much lighter than the Misceo's steel fork. These frames are new but were assembled into complete bikes at the factory before we got them.
Raleigh Wilder
$399.99
Raleigh's Wilder combines the clean, simple aesthetic of yesteryear and the modern functionality of a stripped-down town bike. The smooth-riding steel frame and heads-up riding position give you all-day comfort and a great view of the road ahead. And, the classic sprung saddle provides incredible support. Sometimes a single-speed is all you need, with its low maintenance and streamlined parts spec., but when it's time to bring things to a halt, the Tektro disc brakes feature loads of well-modulated stopping power. Since it all rolls on sturdy Weinmann wheels and tough Schwalbe Century commuter tires, you can be sure that each ride will be just as good as the last.
Kona Ute
$1,499.00
Multiple Bike-of-the-Year awards speak for themselves. The Ute is a well-designed, carry-everything utility bike that makes quick work of trips to the store, dropping the kids off at school, and bringing the tree home for the holidays. The 7005 aluminum frame keeps it light and strong, and a Shimano 18-speed drivetrain supplies plenty of gearing for spinning up steep hills and across long flat roads alike. And for maintaining control under load, front and rear hydraulic disc brakes put the power down when you need it most. No utility vehicle would be complete without the necessary cargo-carrying essentials, so Kona throws in a composite rear deck with left- and right-side bags for all your haulin' needs. Finally, a kickstand and front and rear fenders finish this extremely versatile build, giving you the opportunity to do more — maybe everything! — by bike.
Civia Lowry Step Over 7-Speed
$479.00
Roll down to the local boulangerie for a fresh baguette aboard the Civia Lowry Step Over 7-speed. It combines the grace and elegance of classic commuting bikes with a low maintenance and an easy-riding ethos, that'll have you feeling instantly at home. The reinforced steel frame and fork features an upright riding position for comfort and easy viewing of the road ahead. The 7-speed Shimano drivetrain provides reliable, crisp shifting, an ergonomically bent handlebar keeps your hands comfortable, and strong brakes slow you down even when the bike is loaded with heaps of fresh pastries.
Civia Lowry Step Thru 7-Speed
$479.00
Roll down to the local boulangerie for a fresh baguette aboard the Civia Lowry Step Thru 7-speed. It combines the grace and elegance of classic commuting bikes with a low maintenance and an easy-riding ethos, that'll have you feeling instantly at home. The reinforced steel frame and fork features an upright riding position for comfort and easy viewing of the road ahead. The 7-speed Shimano drivetrain provides reliable, crisp shifting, an ergonomically bent handlebar keeps your hands comfortable, and strong brakes slow you down even when the bike is loaded with heaps of fresh pastries.
All-City Macho Man
$1,499.00
All-City's Macho Man has been many things to many people — back alley bandit, CX shredder, all-round road runner — and now it's back for more fun, more comfort, more style, and in more sizes than ever. You get all the features that made Macho Man great in the first place, like a 612 Select chromoly frame and fork, disc brakes, double bottle cage mounts, plus hidden fender and rear rack mounts, but with size-specific wheels to accommodate smaller frame geo's and flat-bar, laid-back comfort for cruising all day. Take it across town for happy hour, make it your full-time commuter, or prove your mettle in the next Bandit Cross event. This Macho Man's built for you.
Raleigh Misceo 4.0 belt-compatible frameset
$99.00 $450.00 78% Savings
If you're belt-drive curious and budget conscious, we now have sturdy, versatile framesets that we're clearing out at very low cost. This frame can be built up almost any way you like: belt/singlespeed, belt/internal gearing, chain/singlespeed, or chain/internal gearing, or (with an available derailleur hanger) chain/conventional derailleur. Great for on-road or trail use. Alloy frame, steel fork. 135 mm rear spacing. Plenty of room for wider tires (up to 45 mm without fenders, 40 mm with) make this suitable for pothole-smoothing urban stompers as well as ungroomed nontechnical trails, rail trails, and the like. Includes seatpost collar and eccentric bottom bracket shell. Does not include a bottom bracket or headset. See Related Items for the derailleur hanger you would need if you're going to use a rear derailleur. These frames were originally built up as complete 2015 bikes in a factory. We disassembled them. They are new. We can ship to anywhere in the contiguous 48 states. If you are outside that area, get in touch for a shipping quote and please provide the frame size, your postal code, and your country.
Kona Dr. Dew
$1,099.00
Urban riding doesn't have to be about getting from Point A to Point B. The seasoned commuter knows that an efficient drivetrain, hydraulic disc brakes, fenders and a kickstand are essential. Running on pavement-gripping, surefooted WTB 650b x 47mm Horizon tires, weatherproofed by fenders, and powered by a SRAM 1x11 drivetrain, the Dr. Dew has everything a seasoned, knowledgeable rider could want in a bike. Recommended rack: Axiom Streamliner Disc DLX ($45).
Montague Allston
$1,899.00
The Allston is Montague's new full-size folder featuring belt drive, Alfine 11 internal gearing, hydraulic disc brakes, a rack that doubles as a kickstand. And it uses Montague's new DirectConnect folding mechanism for a stiffer, stronger bike with easier folding.
Kona Coco
$499.00 - $699.00 $699.00 Up To 29% Savings
Spend a week in comfort and style astride Kona’s Coco and you will start describing your daily commute with phrases like: “gliding across town,” or, “fresh air and sunshine.” The low-step women's aluminum frame is lightweight and makes for effortless mounts and dismounts. You’ll enjoy the comfort, efficiency, and puncture protection of easy-rolling Schwalbe tires, with the added safety of reflective sidewalls. A svelte, 9-speed drivetrain makes short work of hills about town, and the powerful, all-weather disc brakes ensure your downhills are just as easy-going as the uphills. Add racks for extra utility, if you like, using the built-in front and rear rack mounts. And, Coco comes equipped with sleek, full-coverage fenders to keep you clean and dry even when the street is not.
All-City Macho Man Disc Frameset
$650.00
When is a 'cross bike more than a 'cross bike? When it's All-City's race-course-blasting, dirt-road-ripping, commute-crushing Macho Man Disc. The proven 612 Select cross frame and fork has disc tabs that allow for incredible, all-weather stopping power. It sports classic, hand-built frame details such as: a custom head badge, bi-plane lugged fork crown, internal top tube cable routing, signature brazed-on seat collar, signature vertical dropouts, and a custom bottom bracket. All-City sized the smaller frames to fit 650B wheels. Finishing touches include a rust-fighting ED coating, reinforced bottle cage bosses, and hidden fender mounts for those less than perfect training rides and trips downtown. The result is a favorite with the cross crowd, trail riders, gravel racers, and commuters.
Marin Larkspur CS2
$449.99
The City Sport series is all about having a fun ride. Marin's Larkspur CS2 provides a comfortable position and great pedaling efficiency for work or fitness. It has a lightweight Series 1 aluminum frame, fast-rolling 700c wheels with durable puncture-resistant tires, a Marin Sport Plush saddle and an upswept handlebar with ergonomic grips. To ease the burden of hills the SC2’s 24-speed Shimano drivetrain features EZ-Fire shifters and a wide-range gearing.
Soma Wolverine v3.0 Daily Grinder 11
$2,450.00 - $2,850.00
We're calling this a 2019 model, and here's why. The newest edition of our Wolverine commuter housebuild, which we call the Daily Grinder, gets major upgrades yet costs around $500 less than the best 2017/2018 Wolverine Daily Grinder: -The new V3 Wolverine frame with redesigned rear dropouts and new colors (red and pearl black), handbuilt with Tange Prestige cromoly. (We still have some V2 frames if you'd like to save $100) -Alfine 11 internally geared hub with your choice of 50/22 gearing (ideal for high speeds and flatter terrain) or lighter 46/22 gearing (better for climbing). Previous editions used the Alfine 8 hub. -A Shimano dynamo hub powering Supernova premium lights. -Panaracer Pasela 700x38 gumwall tires for a confident and supple road feel (substitutions OK with a price differential). -Ergonomic grips. -Lighter, stiffer rims for strength and speed. -Full-coverage alloy Velo Orange fenders We're also carrying over the best features from the previous edition: -Gates belt drive -Shimano hydraulic disc brakes -Your choice of a traditional lugged steel fork or Soma's All-Road carbon fork (with a price differential) -An alloy rear rack If you'd rather have one of the previous Wolverine colors (pumpkin orange or flat black) on a V2 or V2.1 frame, we can do that for $100 less, subject to the availability of your size and color. Just get in touch. Notes: specs subject to change without notice. Specs last updated 8/14/18. The photos may show optional equipment.
Marin Fairfax SC1
$489.99
Marin's Fairfax SC1 can get you from point A to point B in the quickest way possible or take the long way home with equal ease. As a fast-rolling bike for commuting and fitness riding, the Fairfax features a lightweight, formed Series 2 aluminum frame with a sporty riding position that blends comfort and efficiency. A smooth-riding chromoly fork and puncture-resistant tires help take the edge off of potholes, while a 24-speed Shimano drivetrain ensures easy shifting.
Marin Fairfax SC2
$599.99
The Fairfax SC2 gets you there quicker with its lightweight Series 2 alloy frame and upgrades that include a lighter weight aluminum fork and wide-range 3 x 9-speed Shimano Acera drivetrain. With 27 speeds, durable double-wall rims, and Schwalbe Road Cruiser puncture-resistant tires, plus an ergonomic saddle and grips, the Fairfax SC2 transforms your daily commute into a comfortable daily adventure.
Marin Fairfax SC2 IG
$649.99
Marin’s Fairfax SC2 IG is a no-nonsense commuting machine that makes short work of day-to-day trips. Its sporty aluminum frame is light and nimble with an upright riding position that blends comfort and efficiency. A lightweight aluminum fork keeps the steering true without adding unnecessary weight. Its Shimano Nexus 8-speed internally geared hub provides a wide gear range while keeping the mechanical parts inside the rear hub and protected from weather. This means that you get reliable shifting day after day with very little maintenance, even in sloppy weather. And, long-wearing Schwalbe tires with puncture protection keep you rolling worry-free. The front and rear rack and fender mounts make it easy to turn your bike into an all-weather-ready load-carrying machine. Transform your daily commute so that every day starts and ends with a smile.
Marin Fairfax SC3
$709.99
The sun is up, the sky is clear and it is going to be a beautiful day. Throw a leg over Marin’s Fairfax SC3 and start the day right! Its sporty aluminum frame is light and nimble with an upright riding position that blends comfort and efficiency. A lightweight aluminum fork keeps the steering true without adding unnecessary weight. Its 27-speed Shimano drivetrain has the gears you need no matter where your day takes you, and tough, long-wearing Schwalbe tires with puncture protection keep you rolling worry-free. The front and rear rack and fender mounts make it easy to turn your bike into an all-weather load-carrying machine. And, even with everything you need on board, the Fairfax’s hydraulic-disc brakes will bring you to a stop quickly and safely in all conditions. Today is just right for a bike ride, and the Fairfax SC3 is ready to go.
Marin Fairfax SC4
$929.99
The Fairfax SC4 has true road bike speed with urban bike utility. High tech details like a lightweight carbon blade fork and 30mm deep-v rims offer fast and responsive handling when paired with the highly-formed and butted Series 3 aluminum frame and 18-speed Shimano Sora drivetrain, giving you the ability to tackle your first Bike to Work Day or metric century with ease. For everyday use, hydraulic disc brakes and long-wearing, puncture-resistant Schwalbe tires ensure trouble free riding for work or play.
Marin Fairfax SC4 Belt
$979.99
Marin’s Fairfax SC4 Belt delivers utility, comfort, and fun in a streamlined, easy-to-maintain package. The sporty aluminum frame and lightweight aluminum fork offer an upright riding position that blends comfort and efficiency. The Gates Carbon belt drive provides whisper-quiet power transfer to the Shimano Nexus 8-speed internally geared hub, a combination that virtually eliminates the need for drivetrain maintenance. The deep-profile, disc-specific wheels wrapped in puncture-resistant, long-wearing Schwalbe tires will keep you rolling worry-free regardless of where your day takes you. And, you can easily add racks and fenders with the smartly integrated mounts. And, even when you're fully loaded, the hydraulic-disc brakes will bring you to a stop quickly and safely in all conditions. Make your life a little simpler with the Fairfax SC4 Belt!
Marin Fairfax SC6 DLX
$1,899.00 $2,349.00 19% Savings
Marin has given us permission to ship the SC6. We fully assemble, ride, and tune bikes before shipping them. No tax for non-Oregon residents. Oregon residents have a $15 bike tax, but we'll pay that for you just this one time. Unlike almost all other bike manufacturers, Marin seems to have paid close attention to the national "ultimate urban bike" and "ultimate utility bike" competitions that Oregon Manifest has organized in the past few years. A preponderance of those bikes share a set of attributes that we wish were on all urban-oriented bikes: Gates Carbon Drive (belt drive)--cleaner, more durable, much lower maintenance than a chain An internally geared hub such as Shimano Alfine 11--cleaner, more reliable, longer lasting, with far less maintenance, no rust, and scant or zero gunk Disc brakes, particularly hydraulic disc brakes for superior stopping power and modulation in all kinds of weather (especially rain) A dynamo hub with front and rear dynamo lights--a complete, very powerful, autonomous lighting system you pretty much never have to worry about Fenders--of course A rack--of course Now, these also happen to be the attributes that most of the bikes we sell go out the door with. That is, after we're finished rebuilding the front wheel around a dynamo hub and adding the lights, rack, fenders, and whatnot. Marin has made its own version of such a bike, right out of the box: the Fairfax SC6. This one is sold mostly in Northern Europe, with small numbers available in North America. Not skimping on the details, Marin spec'd the Fairfax SC6 with exactly the things we use on high-end custom builds: outstanding Supernova front and rear lights, which are about as good as it gets Shimano Alfine dynamo hub Super high-quality, puncture-resistant, long-lasting tires (Schwalbe Marathon Supreme, 700x32) stiff aero rims (seriously, you'll be surprised what a difference this makes to your speed) Shimano T445 hydraulic disc brakes High-quality 6061 aluminum tubing Carbon fork with alloy steerer Internal cable routing Alfine 11 internal gearing with a very wide, 409% gear range Gates Carbon Drive CenterTrack belt system with 50/22 gearing, which optimizes the Alfine 11 hub's range for spirited city riding in places without steep hills. We can adjust gearing down to 46/22 without a problem, for $65. Ergon brand ergonomic grips Fenders (alloy) powdercoated to match the stealthy, matte black frame A Racktime Custom Integrated Match-It QL3 rear rack with mounting systems for Ortlieb and Racktime bags (as well as other bags) A chainstay-mounted kickstand In short, it's like Marin gets us. For sizing information and more information, see Marin's SC6 page.
Marin Kentfield CS2
$449.99
The City Sport series is about having fun riding. Marin's Kentfield provides a comfortable position and great pedaling efficiency for commuting or fitness. The Kentfield CS2 offers a low stand-over Series 1 aluminum frame, fast-rolling 700c wheels with durable puncture-resistant tires, a Marin Sport Plush saddle and an upswept handlebar with ergonomic grips. To ease the burden of hills the SC2’s 24-speed Shimano drivetrain features EZ-Fire shifters and a wide-range gearing.
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