Breezer Uptown 8-speed - $899 at Big Wheel Bikes or $999 at City Bikes.
Breezer is a company that specializes in utility and commuter bikes. The Uptown is one of its more upscale models.
Sizes: 17” (S), 19.5” (M), 21.5” (L), 23.5" (XL)
Shimano Nexus 8-spd Premium
Frame: 7005 aluminum
Tires: CST Europa 26 x 1.6 w/ reflective sidewalls
Front light (halogen); rear light (LED) & Senso Auto
Light generator: Shimano Nexus 3N30 (hub-driven dynamo)
Here's an upbeat review from Bicycling.com.
Some comments I’ve received about the Breezer Uptown:
Locus: I had a Breezer Uptown I commuted with for the last four years. It was a complete tank of a bike. I never needed to put anything new on the bike but tubes (DC has a lot of broken glass). I purchased the model because I wanted a fire-and-forget option--it came stock with the works (lights, fenders, susp. seatpost, theft-resistance, etc.) However, I've traded it in for a Jamis Coda Comp one month ago. Despite the steel frame on the Jamis, I think I still dropped ten pounds with the new wheels. I don't begrudge my Breezer, but I've been commuting solid for the last four years straight and I wanted something faster. Still, it's been a pain getting it spec'd for city commuting. It's also been an adjustment switching to the skinny 700cc tires.
If anyone else has feedback on the Breezer Uptown, please leave a comment.