Monday, March 10, 2008

Swobo Otis

Swobo Otis. Available at Bike Rack for $650.

There's a lot online about this bike and Swobo generally:

Competitive Cyclist - a well-written review.

Dirt Rag Magazine's review.

Bicycling Magazine: Otis makes its "commute in style" feature.

More about Swobo:

Mtbr: The Swobo Story.

Crooked Cog podcast: An interview with Swobo's Tim Parr.

2008 Specs:

Frame: 7005 butted aluminum (sizes: 16, 18, 20, 22", 16.5" step-through)
Color: Matte Black
Handlebar: Alloy, 30mm rise
Brakes: SRAM iMotion coaster rear; Avid BB5 mechanical disc front
Crankset: Truvativ Isoflow, 38T w/ CNC alloy guard
Chain: KMC
Cassette: SRAM 19T
Hubs: SRAM iMotion 3 rear; Swobo fr. w/ locking Q/R
Rims: Alex 36 hole
Tires: Kenda Kwest, 26 x 1.5, puncture resistant
Shifters: SRAM iMotion 3-speed twist shifter
Saddle: Swobo, w/ custom bottle opener
Pedals: Wellgo, 1-piece aluminum body
Rack & fender eyelets (fenders apparently not included, although the step-through version is pictured w/ fenders)

If you have any feedback on the Swobo Otis, please leave a comment.


Anonymous said...

"Planet Bike fenders shown are optional, and when ordered along with a bike are $30.00...that's a $9.99 savings over ordering your fenders after the fact." —

Anonymous said...

without a lot of extra $$$ spent on new components (wheels, pedals, seat, shimano internal hub) you don't have much of a bike here.

that said, i've put >6k in strictly urban riding (with the good components) and have found the bike to be more than adequate. but why spend 50% of the retail price on components that actually make the bike work?

swobo customer service folks aren't very helpful/nice either.