Friday, May 2, 2014

Kinn Cascade Flyer

Kinn is new company with 1 model of family oriented bike in Oregon. The frame, wheels and many other parts are made locally.

The Cascade Flyer is part of a new class of bikes called "mid-tails", shorter and lighter than a "long-tail" cargo bike, such as Yuba Mundo or an Xtracycle, but long enough to carry a kid plus a couple of panniers. And it comes with everyone you need, except for lights: integrated rack, fenders, chainguard, dual kickstand, 8-speed internal gear hub, disc brakes and a leather saddle.


The designer wanted a bike that was sturdy and long enough to carry his grandkids along with a couple of bags of groceries, but short and light enough to ride to work and around town. It also is just short enough to fit on a bus rack for bikes, with the front wheel turned backwards: this explains the curve in the down-tube. The geometry is designed to handle similarly to a modern hybrid or city bike, with 72 degree frame angles, and full-size 700c wheels (built by hand in Portland).

Front wheel twists so the bike can fit a standard bus rack
The 8-speed Alfine IGH version costs $2350 for a complete bike as shown. A 27-speed derailleur option is the same price. Unfortunately, there is no small size; riders shorter than 5'2" are out of luck, but medium to tall people should fit.

This can be a good option for a person who wants a made-in-the-USA, fully equipped bike that can haul groceries and a kid, and also serve as a commuter bike and city bike. I wish the complete build included dynamo lights. Considering that the wheels are hand-built locally, it may be possible to add this on to the order for an additional cost. If not, the front wheel should sell easily on Ebay.

You also get some fancy extras, like the bamboo rack top with hidden lockbox:


This bike has been reviewed by Lovely Bicycle and covered by Bikeportland

Specs:
FRAME FORK
Hand made in Portland Oregon from heat-treated Cro-moly steel tubing. Fits tires up to 1.75″ wide (700x42mm) with fenders.
Fork has eyelets for front rack at dropout and mid-blade.
Sizes
Regular  (5’2”-5’10”)  or  Large (5’8”-6’4”)
Three Colors
Sardinian Sea, Red Earth, Clean Slate
Built-in Rear Rack
Rated for 130lbs (60kg) to easily carry a child and groceries.
21″ rack with bamboo deck.
Child Transport
Built-in Yepp EasyFit window for direct child seat mounting.
Integrated footpeg mounts.
Cargo Capacity
Pannier rails fit standard panniers even with a Yepp child seat attached
 GEARING
27 SPEED DERAILLEUR
ALFINE 8 SPEED INTERNAL
Cranks
Shimano triple 44-32-22
Kinn 36t Aluminum Crankset with Ring-guard
Cassette
Shimano 9 spd 11-34 Cassette.
Shimano Alfine 8-speed Internal hub
with 20T cog
Shifter
Shimano Alivio 430 trigger shifter
Shimano Alfine Trigger

WHEELS
Hand-built in Portland by Sugar Wheelworks
Rims & spokes
Alex DM-18 700C silver rims, with 36 14G stainless steel spokes
Hubs
Shimano SLX  or Shimano Alfine hubs
Tires
700c x 35mm, with reflective sidewall and puncture guard
Brakes & Levers
Avid BB5 mechanical disk brakes for all weather stopping power
Levers
Tektro 3 finger levers
Pedals
VP-560 silver alloy platform pedals
Handlebar, Grips & Bell
Alloy touring/city bar and lacquered cork grips and classic brass bell
Saddle
Velo comfort saddle
Seatpost
Silver alloy 27.2mm x 350mm
Stem
Polished aluminum stem. 90mm (small) 110mm (large)
Fenders
Alloy full coverage fenders with mud flaps and rear reflector.
Other:
Chainguard, double kickstand, footpegs

4 comments:

Edwin said...

You know I am all about dynamos.... so I have my bias. But to sell a bike for more than two thousand dollars that could be an easy car replacement without integrated lights.... is a shame to me.
Living the dynamo dream,
Edwin

Ron Richings said...

Not really a new concept/category. Kona Min-Ute or the Double Dutch have been around for quite a few years
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Joseph E said...

The Kona MinUte came out as a 2012 model. The Yuba Boba Boba also debuted that year, so I would say that the mid-tail concept is still relatively new: This blog as been around longer.

Rex Frazier said...

The Kona MinUte has been discontinued and the Boda Boda looks too much like a beach cruiser in my opinion.

This is a nice looking mid-tail and the fact that it is handmade in the USA my justify the price to some.