City riding isn't just about getting from A to B; it's about travelling in style. We've carefully curated a range of chic urban and commuter bikes that look the part and deliver on performance. Here are five of the best as picked by Cycle Surgery Bike Buyer Sam Bannister...
Characterising reliable urban use, the Whitechapel is part of Whyte’s fast urban range and delivers a quick and stable ride. Inspired by and designed around their mountain bike geometry, Whyte have been able to create a riding position that remains nimble through traffic yet assured on longer weekend rides. A relaxed head angle creates high speed stability and a shorter stem allows for excellent slow speed maneuverability. Versatility is assured with rear rack and mudguard compatibility and powerful hydraulic disc brakes ensure you stop effectivity in any weather.
The Whitechapel owes it success to its pure simplicity. A single chain ring at the front, nine at the rear, hydraulic disc brakes and internally routed cables all create an integrated and cohesive bike that will perform time and again.
Specifically designed for female riders, the Carnaby takes all the great features from Whyte’s fast urban range and condenses it into a compact fit. The same mountain bike inspired geometry is present in the Carnaby as with the Whitechapel – allowing for low speed maneuverability without hampering stability at speed. As with all Whyte’s models, style is key and the Carnaby is no different – coming in a striking light blue and orange decals, it’s sure to stand out.
Whyte have combined speed and comfort in equal measure with the Carnaby by using 32c tyres on wide 20mm rims. The result is a fast ride thanks to the quick rolling 32c tyres, however comfort comes from the wider 20mm rims – meaning the Carnaby can tackle anything from the toughest urban commutes to an open road adventure.
Getting out on your bike is the perfect way to get fit and unwind at the same time. You need something reliable, and the Sirrus with its no-nonsense approach to its design is the ideal. It is constructed from durable and lightweight A1 SL Aluminium, and features a set of components that will withstand years of daily abuse. Powerful hydraulic disc brakes provide confident stopping power that you can trust, even in wet and muddy conditions. A steel, straight blade fork offers a responsive ride and spec’d out with Specialized Body Geometry touch points, that are sure to take the sting out of the longer ride, complacency just met its match.
The same great model and components, just two slightly different geometries and finishing kits that suit the male and female anatomy respectively.
Giant intended on creating a lightweight and comfortable ride when they developed the Escape Disc 2 – and that’s exactly what they got with the range. With an ALUXX-grade aluminum frame construction the Escape Disc 2 rides smoothly and confidently through any urban situation, whether you’re commuting to work on a Monday morning or getting out for a Sunday morning fitness spin. Incorporating all the things you’ve come to expect from Giant’s extensive urban range including Tektro hydraulic disc brakes and an optimized riding position for a confident experience in the urban environment.
Coming as standard on the Escape Disc 2, puncture protected tyres in a 32c width give the rider a perfect balance of grip and fast rolling capacity. The Puncture Protect composition gives that extra level of peace of mind when riding around the city’s sometimes less desirable road surfaces.
Marin’s city do-it-all rig, the Fairfax is rapid on the daily commute yet and offers all round capabilities. Designed around a comfortable but fast geometry, the Fairfax the rider in the perfect position to stay alert to traffic, delivers fantastic slow speed maneuverability without sacrificing stability at speed.
Constructed out of 6061 aluminum, Marin have been able to produce a lightweight overall build that remains super strong and durable. In built features such as rack and fender mounts increase the Fairfax’s versatility so you can carry more things and cover more distance.
Cube have had huge success with their SL Road range and the Pro goes from strength to strength in the 2018 season. Prioritising speed and simplicity, the SL Road Pro will be sure to get you across the city at lightning speed and maximum comfort. Going off the ethos of having everything you need but nothing you don’t, the SL Road Pro incorporates effective stopping power thanks to hydraulic disc brakes with an 18 speed Shimano SORA groupset. Everything you need to go from the city to country roads and nothing you don’t require.
With the same great components and ethos behind the ride experience, just two different anatomical measurements suitable for the male and female bodies.