Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Simcoe Bicycles





From the top down: Simcoe Step-Through Classic; Simcoe Roadster Signature; Simcoe Roadster Classic; Simcoe Step-Through Signature. All photos courtesy http://simcoebicycles.com

The Toronto-based Simcoe Bicycles makes European-style upright steel bikes that include fenders, chaincases, rear racks, and internal gear hubs. A 7-speed Classic goes for about $900; a 7-speed Signature for around $1100.

Simcoe calls itself "the renaissance of the everyday bike in North America."  Momentum Magazine included Simcoe in its gear guide as one of "21 City Bikes for 2015."  Lovely Bicycle tested the Signature Roadster in 2014 and observed that it had "that intangible 'vintage bike feel' in a modern machine."

There's so much to like about Simcoe.  The 7-speeds, whether Signature or Classic, come with a rack.  The Classic is also available as a singlespeed (MSRP $580)  or a 3-speed (MSRP $700), and in a 20 inch or 22 inch frame.  The major difference between Classic and Signature is the brakes. The Classic has caliper rim brakes; the Signature has Shimano roller brakes (which should please David Hembrow). The Signature also comes with a Brooks B68 saddle.

Here are the specs for the Roadster Classic:

Frame Mixed chromoly frame absorbs road vibration and reduces weight. Includes clever braze-ons for Dutch-style rear wheel lock to deter theft.
Paint A four-step paint process, including a phosphate base layer and ultra-durable polyurethane clearcoat, create a highly chip-resistant finish with a rust-resistant undercoat.
Fork High-tensile steel legs with a chromoly steerer tube that naturally absorbs road vibrations.
Headset FSA sealed bearing keeps steering smooth and protected from rain and snow.
Brakes Tektro dual pivot brakes give brand-name stopping power.
Brake Lever Tektro brake levers blend clean lines with excellent power.
Front Hub Bolt-On alloy front hub discourages theft.
Rear Hub One speed hub features a coaster brake while three and seven speeds feature low maintenance, weather resistant Shimano internally geared hubs.
Spokes 13 gauge (14 gauge for 7 speed) rear, 14 gauge front spokes provide lateral wheel stifness and superior stability.
Rims Extremely strong touring-grade rims with double wall construction, 36 spokes and stainless steel eyelets.
Tires Kenda EuroTrek tires have a puncture resistant lining and a reflective side wall for added safety.
Shifters Ergonomic Nexus rotary shifter on three speed and high-tech Rapidfire shifter on seven speeds.
Crankset Samox alloy cranks with fluted details.
Pedals Alloy with boron axle. Rubber top keeps shoes in good shape
Bottom Bracket FSA sealed bearings keeps things running smooth and protected from the elements.
Chain Tough KMC chain for durability.
Stem Kalloy 25 degree rise stem on the Step Through model puts you in an upright position for comfort and control. Zero rise on the Roadster model for a more powerful and agile position.
Handlebar Alloy with a 35 mm rise and Classic Japanese style 50 degree backsweep bend for perfect ergonomics.
Grips Velo grips offer great shock absorption.
Seatpost Kalloy 375 mm seatpost with elegant swan neck.
Seat Durable vinyl saddle with extra springs for added comfort.
Chainguard Alloy chainguard resists rust and provides total clothing protection.
Rack Features on seven speed models the 16 mm rack is extra strong (up to 55 pounds) and features a plate for permanent, theft-resistant light installation.
Fenders Fenders are made of a lightweight alloy and painted to match making them extremely rust and chip resistant. Added features include a fluted silver tip, single alloy stays, and leather washers.
Kickstand The Classic single arm design is both durable and handsome.



3 comments:

Jihad said...

I think in $900 it's a really nice and stylist bike that i had ever seen...

Ronn said...

Wow! What’s a cool bike for men,but its so much expensive!!

Rakibul Islam said...

Simcoe calls itself "the renaissance of the regular bicycle in North America." Momentum Magazine included Simcoe in its rigging guide as one of "21 City Bikes for 2015." Lovely Bicycle tried the Signature Roadster in 2014 and watched that it had "that impalpable 'vintage bicycle feel' in a cutting edge machine."

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