The lucky riders will give a more full report â€“ a mini-test, if you will â€“ on their experiences aboard these machines later on. Watch this space for more details.
Here is the lineup:
– Felt CafÃ© 8 Deluxe, a relaxed but practical 8-speed bike with an integrated rack (and cupholder!)
– Felt X:City 2, a bit more speed-oriented, with a Shimano Alfine internal 8-speed hub
– Giant Twist Freedom DX W “hybrid” bike â€“ hybrid as in propelled by a combination of pedal and electric motor power
– KHS Urban-Xtreme, a lightweight flat-bar road-ish bike with big gears (here’s a link to the ’08 version)
– Pashley Roadster Classic, a proper English bike and a “whale among minnows”
– Raleigh Clubman, a steel-framed “cafÃ© racer” with drop bars and Shimano compact road gearing
– Rans Alterra, a prototype crank-forward mountain bike â€“ yes, a recumbent, sort of (here’s a link to the bike it’s replacing, the Dynamik Pro)
– Masi Soulville, a curved-frame steel bike with full road gearing and a swept-back handlebar (’08 version here)
There are a lot of different options for commuting and other types of road riding these days, and this is but a small dip in the pool, but we aim to shed some light on those options. We’re also scoping out bikes for future full reviews. Stay tuned for more…
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