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CITY - A relatively new concept for us, but one we’ve been testing for over a year, is the “maintenance-free” year-round commuter bike. It revolves around a Gates Carbon Drive Belt system with Shimano Alfine 11-speed hub gear, disc brakes, STI-style shifting, plenty of clearance for mudguards and wider tyres and a “soft-touch” paint finish for extra durability.

Our test model just finished an entire year of school runs, commutes across London, shopping trips and even weekend club runs, with just an occasional hose down. Our tester loves the bike so much, we can’t get it back to take pictures! If you hate having to clean and lubricate your bike after every ride in “British” weather, you’ll want one of these. This is the future of the commuter bike, make no mistake. As with all our bikes, it’s all custom – you can have tougher and more comfortable 26” wheels or the pure speed of 700c. And if you really want to push the boat out, or you need 14-speeds for your daily commute, you can always specify Rohloff hub gearing.

Roberts Cycles, 89 Gloucester Road, Croydon, Surrey CR0 2DN, England

Tel: +44 (0)20 8684 3370

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