The Wright Brothers have landed with updated versions of their original 1896 classics, the Van Cleve and the St. Clair. Both maintain the styling of the time and are designed to handle commutes around town and weekend cruises with ease. The frames are still built in the Wright Brothers’s hometown of Dayton Ohio and are made with Reynolds 725 double-butted Chromoly steel. Furthermore, a portion of each sale is donated to the Wright Brothers Family Foundation which supports aviation-related scholarships and historical preservation efforts relevant to Wilbur and Orville Wright’s past.

Van Cleve 1896

The Wright Brothers Van CleveThe Wright Brothers Van Cleve

The Van Cleve – derived from their mother’s family tree – is made for casual commutes and comfortable weekend tours. It was their top of the line bike in 1896, and it remains on top today. It gets a Co-Motion eccentric bottom bracket, 2 cage mounts, front and back fender mounts, rear rack mounts, and front low rider mounts. The drivetrain includes a Shimano Alfine crank with a Gates CenterTrack 39t cog, Gates CDX 118t belt, and an 11 speed Shimano Alfine internally geared hub with a matching shifter. Its cockpit has a Chris King NoThreadSet 1-1/8″ headset, Thomson Elite 100mm stem, FSA City handlebars, Thomson Elite 27.2ø seatpost and a Selle Anatomica X1 leather saddle. The Van Cleve is brought into the 21st century a bit with 160mm TRP Spyre disc brakes. it rolls on 700 x 35c Vittoria tires beaded on Velocity Dyad rims. The $4,750 ride comes in black with sizes ranging from 46 – 62 and weighs in at just over 24lbs. Oh, and it gets a classic center stand!

Specs:

  • Accessory Mounts: 2 water bottle mounts, rear rack mounts, front low-rider mounts, front and rear fender mounts
  • Bottom Bracket: Co-Motion eccentric with Shimano external bearing cartridge
  • Brakes: TRP Spyre, PM front, 160 mm 6-bolt rotor. TRP Spyre, IS rear, 160 mm center-lock rotor
  • Crankset: Shimano Alfine 170 mm arms with Gates CenterTrack 39t front sprocket (U.S.A.)
  • Drive: Gates Carbon Drive CDX belt 118t (U.S.A.)
  • Fork: Co-Motion taper-gauge Cro-Moly with CNC steerer (U.S.A.)
  • Frame: Co-Motion-designed Reynolds 725 heat treated double butted Cro-Moly tubing (U.S.A.)
  • Gears: Shimano Alfine 11-speed, internal rear hub
  • Grips/Tape: Co-Motion/Lizard Skin Lock-on grips, Black
  • Handlebar: Co-Motion/FSA city bar
  • Headset: Chris King NoThreadSet 1-1/8″, Black (U.S.A.)
  • Kick Stand: 2-leg center stand
  • Levers: Shimano flat bar levers, road pull
  • Saddle: Selle Anatomica X1, Black with gunmetal rivets (U.S.A.)
  • Seatpost: Thomson Elite, straight, 27.2 mm diameter, Black (U.S.A)
  • Shifter: Alfine 11 Rapid Fire
  • Stem: Thomson Elite, X2, 100 mm, 10 deg, Black (U.S.A.)
  • Tires: Vittoria Randonneur Pro 700 x 35
  • Wheelset: DT 350 Disc front hub/Velocity Dyad Rim 700c. Shimano Alfine 11 rear hub/Velocity Dyad rim 700c (U.S.A.)
  • Color: Metallic Black
  • Sizes: 46 cm, 50 cm, 52 cm, 54 cm, 56 cm, 58 cm, 60 cm & 62 cm
  • Weight: 24.2 lbs (54 cm size)

St. Clair 1896

The Wright Brothers St. Clair

The Wright Brothers St. Clair
photo c. The Wright Brothers

The St. Clair gets its name from the first president of the Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois region – then known as the Northwestern Territory – Arthur St. Clair. Its frame also has 2 cage mounts, fender mounts, rear rack mounts, and front low-rider mounts. The drivetrain consists of Shimano Alfine crank with a 39t chainring and an 8-speed shifter for the internal rear hub. Its cockpit includes an FSA Orbit 1-1/8″ headset, FSA Gossamer 100mm stem, FSA City handlebar, Selle Italia Nekkar Flow saddle and a Race Face Ride XC 27.2ø seatpost. Avid BB5 disc brakes stop its 650b wheels with 160mm rotors. At $3,950 the St. Clair is available in blue with sizes ranging from 46 – 62cm and weighing in at just over 26lbs. PS. It too has a center stand.

Specs:

  • Accessory Mounts: 2 water bottle mounts, rear rack mounts, front low-rider mounts, front and rear fender mounts
  • Bottom Bracket: Co-Motion eccentric with Shimano external bearing cartridge
  • Brakes: Avid BB5, 160 mm rotors, 6-bolt front, center-lock rear
  • Crankset: Shimano Alfine, 170 mm arms, 39t chainring
  • Drive: Sram 850 chain
  • Fork: Co-Motion taper-gauge Cro-Moly with CNC steerer (U.S.A.)
  • Frame: Co-Motion-designed Reynolds 725 heat treated double butted Cro-Moly tubing (U.S.A.)
  • Gears: Shimano Alfine 8, internal rear hub gearing, 8 speeds
  • Grips/Tape: ESI Extra Chunky silicone grips (U.S.A.)
  • Handlebar: Co-Motion/FSA city bar
  • Headset: FSA Orbit X 1-1/8″, Black
  • Kick Stand: 2-leg center stand
  • Levers: Avid flat bar levers
  • Saddle: Selle Italia Nekkar Flow
  • Seatpost: Race Face Ride XC, straight, 27.2 mm diameter, Black
  • Shifter: Alfine 8 Rapid Fire
  • Stem: FSA Gossamer, 100 mm, 6 deg, Black
  • Tires: Schwalbe Marathon 650B x 42
  • Wheelset: DT 350 Disc front hub/Velocity Dyad Rims 650B, Front. Shimano Alfine 8 rear hub/Velocity Dyad rim 650B (U.S.A.)
  • Color: Graphite Blue
  • Sizes: 46 cm, 50 cm, 52 cm, 54 cm, 56 cm, 58 cm, 60 cm & 62 cm
  • Weight: 26.4 lbs (56 cm size)

Bikes are available at:

TheWrightBrothersStore.com

More details about the Wright Brothers Family Foundation at:

TheWrightBrothersFamilyfdn.org

9 COMMENTS

  1. All this effort creating a highend spec and it has mechanical brakes. However it was smart to use the Co-Motion fork and design on the frame. Co-Motion is a great company and do things right.

  2. “Sourced from the finest manufacturers in world. Assembled in . . . Dayton.”
    Sure, but where are they welded?

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