We last had a look at the affordable $500/550€ Pure Cycles road bike when they were previewed back in the fall, transitioning the company as Pure Fix away from just offering cheap consumer-direct fixed gears & single speeds to having more geared options. Now we have word that the Pure Cycles road bike is actually available in a few different versions in the European and American online stores, plus a US-only flat bar version. There is also an even cheaper flat bar commuter series available that gets a 8 speed drivetrain, disc brakes, and fat road slicks for cruising to work on either side of the pond. Get a closer look at both bike variants after the break…
Classic Road bike
The Classic Road series is all about getting more people out cruising around on road bikes, with modern geometry, decent tire clearance, and rack & fender compatability. You’re not going to get a lot of new tech or light weight for a $500/550€ road bike, but the chromoly frame and threadless fork should give a decent (albeit weighty) ride.
Available in the black Veleta, blue Bonette, or US-only gray Dornbush, each gets the same spec with a 2×8 speed compact Shimano Claris drivetrain, and alloy wheels with 28mm Hutchinson Nitro tires with plenty of room to spare. Claimed weight for a 56cm complete is 11.8kg/26lb with pedals, which is surprisingly reasonable at this price.
Flat Bar Road bike
In the US there is also an option for a flat bar variant in the red Wolf or black Turnbull, which share the same price & specs, just with a more upright position.
All of the road bikes come in a six size range from 49-60cm.
Urban Commuter bike
New as well, Pure Cycles has added an Urban Commuter series at just $450/450€. Like the road bikes, they get a no frills chromoly frame & fork, this time opting for an 8 speed SRAM A1 rear derailleur and 11-32 cassette to offer a wide enough gear range to hit your local city streets.
Tektro mechanical disc brakes bring the Urban Commuters to a stop in all weather, and 32mm wide WTB Slick comp tires offer plenty of cushion and grip paired with some 32 hole alloy 700c wheels.
Fit and geometry is more upright with a gentle backsweep flat bar, a longer toptube, more slack 70.5° headtube angle, and long wheelbase. Available in three frame sizes as the teal Ando, blue Peli, black Wright, or white US-only Frey, the commuters also get rack & fender mounts, and look like a solid bike to lock up outside the office.
For the most part each of the bikes is in stock and shipping both from the EU & US online stores. In Europe the road bikes are technically on pre-order still, although Pure Cycles assures us that even those will ship out in the next week or two. Each of the new Pure Cycles bikes can be delivered straight to you for the final assembly and setup at no extra charge beyond regular shipping costs, or to a local bike shop for a pro build for another $75/50€, or built up and delivered ready to ride at your house for $100/100€ in most locales.