Remember the S.A.T.? Trek is to Coke as Specialized is to Pepsi. Just as good. Maybe better. But not quite as popular.
The Vienna series is Specialized Bicycle Compenents' Bike For The Rest Of Us, and it's a good'er. The base model is the Vienna 1, offering:
- A relaxed but sporty riding position,
- More gears than you'll ever need,
- Full fenders,
- Rear carrier,
- Bell (of course),
- Kickstand, and
- Front and rear lights, powered by a dynamo hub!
Here is the step-through version:
I think it's got nice lines. The "diamond-frame" version too, which is distinctly not diamond-shaped, has a fine aesthetic sensibility. I'll stick with "relaxed but sporty."
If you've got the dough, the Vienna Deluxe 3 is a terrific upgrade. The biggest change is that the external drive-train of the Deluxe 1 is replaced by a Shimano 8-speed internal gear-hub. You don't have as many gears, but you DO have a virtually maintenance-free gear system with enough gears for almost any purpose, a single shifter you can use anytime (stopped, coasting, or pedalling), and a full-coverage chaingaurd. Other upgrades include:
- Puncture resistant tires with reflective sidewalls, very cool,
- A slightly nicer saddle, maybe some other bits here and there, and
- Double wall rims.
Here's the difference between a single wall rim and a double wall rim:
On the left, single wall.
On the right, double wall.
On the left, weak.
On the right, strong.