Friday, 27 March 2015

Urban Bike: Foffa Urban 7

FRAMESET – Lightweight Chromoly 4130 steel for extra flexibility and a fairly compact geometry for additional comfort and responsiveness. It has eyelets to fit a rear rack and mudguards as well as a set of bottle cage bosses, to make it fully functional.

GROUPSET – 7-speed Shimano Nexus hub to make it ideal for any hilly ride and Revo Gear Shifter for low effort rotational twist shifting and comfortable handling.

WHEELSET – 40mm double wall Foffa alloy rims laced to track hubs for a robust feel and 700x28c puncture protection tyres" for smooth rides on most terrains.

WEIGHT – 12.9 kg

Hmmm...nice bike eh? 7sp internal gear hub, high wall rims and single speed look. Look perfectly suit a "urban assault" bike. It's a "fixie" look with multi gear performance.

I love her clean simple look and classic geometry.

Here's a review from web about her:

In fact, it's more than pleasant, it's lots of fun. The bars are narrow enough for traffic gap-storming without crossing into knuckles-against-the stem fixie hipster territory and the handling is steady and forgiving without being dull.

The Shimano Nexus 7 hub gear has a range of 244 percent. The trade-off for its simplicity and ease of use is that you don't get the gear range of a typical double-chainset system, which is more like 340 percent. But in practice all that means is that you have to choose the gear range you'll use most.

For the flatlands of Cambridge, I spent most of my time in the middling gears, never used the top ratio and hardly ever the second-from-top. If I lived somewhere hillier, I'd fit a bigger sprocket to drop the whole range and enjoy gravity's free ride on the descents.

The Urban's fairly short stem had me wishing for a bit more room. I wanted to be able to lean into the bike a bit more. It's fine if you like a very upright riding position, but even on flat-bar bikes I like to stretch out.

Quills may be hip and retro, but there's no practical excuse for them in this day and age.

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Ride On!

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