Spotted on Cyclingnews, the Gary Fisher Simple City … will post more details as we find them. Interesting the bike falls under their Fisher brand and not Trek proper, joining their Fast City line. Photo credit: Tim Maloney/Cyclingnews.com
nice, though that front rack is a little showy (is that lace?) for a bike called “simple.”
I think I’d prefer something a little more industrial on there. Maybe a CETMA (http://cetmaracks.com) 5-Rail.
I’m in love!
Kogswell should sue.
I love this bike and I think the detail in the basket is a very nice touch. From what I could see in other photos, it is more of a geometric pattern than a typical lace pattern. Either way, I like it and I think the all white color scheme looks great.
I need one, or two.
Rumor is that something like this will be introduced early 2008. $400 for 3-speed, $800 for 8-speed. More details at my blog.
This and any other urban bike, I say, “hills!” We all don’t live in Amsterdam and I sure wish product manager would add another chain ring or gear it more appropriately. Our test and review of the Biomega was a good example—a cool bike, shaft drive is debate, but you’re not going to ride them up any hill at all.
Byron, there’s an 8-speed Alfine hub on the back of this bike. Should be fine for hills, even in San Francisco. Besides, that’s what Muni is for ;-)
Yep or that [bike escalator](http://bikehugger.com/2007/07/dude_i_need_one_of_these.htm), and the single speed crowd would just muscle it, but regarding more people on bikes, making hills easier is design goal, at least I think so.
Alfine - really?! Is it really $400 difference for the 8speed setup?
Either way, $400 for something that pretty is going to sell a lot of bikes.
After seeing that Alfine stuff again…maybe I need to go that route for my new single-speed cross bike. That crank and hub are BEAUTIFUL. Too bad the only shifter option is a topmount (I run drops).
Best looking single speed cranks I’ve seen
Such pretty hubs
8spd Nexus or Alfine with the right cog / chain ring combo will get you up the hills. The Nexus 8 has a 305% range - I’m setting up all of our Vermont Bakfiets with a 38t front ring and a 22t rear cog. Gear inch range from 23” to 72” - so far so good for heading up the steep stuff from the lake to town. The city bikes come with a 44 - 22t setup on the Nexus 8 - a range from 28 gear inches to 87 gear inches.
I’m not looking for high end speed on these things - I’ve worked out where we need the low end for carrying cargo and kids around, and let the range of the hub do the rest.
Itâ€™s a direct rip-off of this bike, right down to the color!
Andrew - you can buy an adapter called the hub bub that will allow you to use drops with twist shifters. see [url=“http://www.jumboproxy.net/index.php?URL=aHR0cDovL3N0b3Jlcy5jaGFubmVsYWR2aXNvci5jb20vZWJpa2VzdG9wL2l0ZW1zLzAwNC1MRDYwODc=” rel=“nofollow”]here
Anon - Two creme coloured bikes with fenders and racks does not a rip-off make. Especially when the Kogswell is only sold as a frameset.
It does look like the Fisher bike was inspired by the Kogswell. The Kogswell is 650B, which the Fisher obviously is not. What size wheels are on the Fisher? The Kogswell was designed to carry a heavy front load. If the Fisher has standard road bike geometry(high trail?) it won’t handle well. But I’m sure Fisher thought of that.
Kogswell’s suit would claim….uh, “we copied this before you did”? LOL!
Hopefully Fisher will offer other colors.
or that Masi’s new urban bike is a flashback to the Milano? I think they’re are similarities, sure, but not a rip-off and expect more of this as the industry launches more urban bikes and they become more mainstream.
Joe Breeze has been trying to form an urban bicycle market for nearly a decade and Iâ€™m not sure that heâ€™s getting rich doing it.
It seems like urban cyclists are a pretty savvy bunch who are motivated by the low cost of do-it-yourself bikes OR by the attention-to-detail sophistication of a Kogswell or custom.
Correct and branding nicely-spec’d Dahon’s—I rode one all over [Beijing](/tag/beijing). From what I’ve heard, the Simple City isn’t just a Gary-labled bike, but a real passion and we’re working hard on the back story to this bike. [At Interbike](http://interbike.bikehugger.com), we’ll focus on urban bikes and post all that we find.
Looks like this would make a good all-round, all-season commuter bike. With its 8-speed set-up, alumnium frame, and lightweight fenders/chainguards, I actually expect it to be perfectly suited for any areas that feature a hilly geography.
Also check out some more high-res pictures of the bike (and its female counterpart) that were posted on
the Bike Galleryâ€™s web site.
I love the idea of this bike, but agree that the “tray” in the front basket would be more appealing if it were something more industrial. The rather baroque design turms me off.
Does anyone have a geometry chart on these bikes? I haven’t been able to find a thing. I can speak with some confidence when I say that the tray will not show up on production bikes…
Three speeds will be fine for most small hills, and eight speeds will be amazing, esp. with an aluminum frame vs. the more durable steel frame. The colour, btw, and the overall look are very reminscent of the unique Kronan out of Sweden, which aside from its weight (50 lb) is THE ultimate city bike.
Any idea when the SC will hit the stores?
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