Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Shinola

There actually is good news coming out of Detroit these days and it involves watchmaker Shinola, which also happens to be producing elegant, American-made classic lugged steel bikes for the rest of us. They are assembled in Detroit; production is done by Waterford in Wisconsin.

Shinola has done a nice job of creating publicity, most recently with their Shinola Bike Tour.
If you want to read more about Shinola, I recommend Bicycle Retailer and Let's Go Ride A Bike. The latter went on a tour of Shinola's Detroit facility.

Runwell



The Runwell goes for $2,950 (hang in there, Al). It's in the porteur style that is so popular these days (did those old-time Parisian newspaper distributors have any inkling that there bikes would one day be the subject of so much adulation?), and includes an 11-speed Shimano Alfine internal hub, disc brakes, and internal cable routing. Fenders are not included, but Shinola assures us that racks and fenders fit easily on the frame. The chainguard is included.

Here are the specs:

FrameLugged, TrueTemper double-butted CroMo, custom tubing configurations
Frame DetailsShinola custom laser-cut dropouts, Internal brake and gear routing
ForkTrueTemper CroMo, custom cast fork crown, disc mount, rack and fender eyelets
HeadsetPolished alloy, 1 1/8”
HandlebarCivia Aldrich, alloy, 50º backsweep, 580mm width, 25.4mm clamp
GripsShinola leather w/alloy grip clamps, 130mm
StemPolished alloy, 1 1/8”, +/6º (*+/- 6º) rise
BrakesShimano mechanical disc w/160mm rotors
Brake LeversShimano levers
ShiftersShimano Alfine 11-sp RapidFire Plus
CranksetFSA, F. Gimondi, 44T ring
Bottom BracketShimano, cartridge
ChainShimano, 1/2" x 3/32"
Chainguard-
COGShimano Nexus, 18T
Front HubShimano disc front, 32º, bolt-on
Rear HubShimano Alfine 11-sp disc rear
RimsSun CR-18, 32º, one-eyelet, P/V, polished silver
SpokesDT Swiss Champion, 14g, stainless
TiresContinental Contact Reflex, 700x32C, w/reflective strip (* Schwalbe Delta Cruiser, Crème-Reflex, 700x35C, w/reflective strip)
PedalsMKS Sylvan Touring, aluminum, toe-clip compatible
SaddleShinola leather, silver rails and rivets
SeatpostPolished alloy, 27.2mm x 350mm
ExtrasFront rack, bell and Shinola chainguard



Bixby (men's)




The Bixby goes for $1,950.  It's a 3-speed with a Shimano Nexus internal hub and disc brakes.

Here are the specs:

Frame DetailsShinola custom laser cut dropouts
ForkTrueTemper CroMo, custom cast fork crown, disc mount, rack and fender eyelets
HeadsetPolished alloy, 1 1/8"
HandlebarCivia Aldrich, alloy, 70º backsweep, 580mm width, 25.4mm clamp
GripsShinola leather w/alloy grip clamps, 130mm
StemPolished alloy, 1 1/8", +/6º rise
BrakesShimano mechanical disc w/160mm rotors
Brake LeversShimano levers
ShiftersShimano Nexus Revo
CranksetFSA, F. Gimondi, 44T ring
Bottom BracketShimano, cartridge
ChainShimano, 1/2" x 3/32"
ChainguardShinola Chainguard
COGShimano Nexus, 18T
Front HubShimano Deore disc, 32º, bolt-on
Rear HubShimano Nexus 3-sp disc, Silent Clutch
RimsSun CR-18, 32º, one-eyelet, P/V, polished silver
SpokesDT Swiss Champion, 14g, stainless
TiresContinental Contact Reflex, 700x32C, w/reflective strip
PedalsMKS Sylvan Touring, aluminum, toe-clip compatible
SaddleShinola leather, copper rails and rivets
SeatpostPolished alloy, 27.2mm x 350mm
ExtrasBell and alloy fenders


Bixby (women's)


The women's Bixby is also $1,950. 

Here the specs:

FrameTrueTemper double-butted CroMo, custom tubing configurations
Frame DetailsShinola custom laser cut dropouts
ForkTrueTemper CroMo, custom cast fork crown, disc mount, rack and fender eyelets
HeadsetPolished alloy, 1 1/8"
HandlebarCivia Aldrich, alloy, 50º backsweep, 580mm width, 25.4mm clamp
GripsShinola leather w/alloy grip clamps, 130mm
StemPolished alloy, 1 1/8", +/- 6º rise
BrakesShimano mechanical disc w/160mm rotors
Brake LeversShimano levers
ShiftersShimano Nexus Revo
CranksetFSA, F. Gimondi, 44T ring
Bottom BracketShimano, cartridge, square taper
ChainShimano, 1/2" x 3/32"
ChainguardShinola Chainguard
COGShimano Nexus, 18T
Front HubShimano Deore disc, 32º, bolt-on
Rear HubShimano Nexus 3-sp disc, Silent Clutch
RimsSun CR-18, 32º, one-eyelet, P/V, polished silver
SpokesDT Swiss Champion, 14g, stainless
TiresSchwalbe Delta Cruiser, Crème-Reflex, 700x35C, w/reflective strip
PedalsMKS Sylvan Touring, aluminum, toe-clip compatible
SaddleShinola leather, Women's shape, copper rails and rivets
SeatpostPolished alloy, 27.2mm x 350mm
ExtrasBell and alloy fenders

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