Want a fast, light weight bicycle but don’t want to pay a lot? Then a fitness hybrid may be a good place to start. Take a hybrid bike with 700c wheels and ditch all the heavy parts like a suspension fork, and you’re left with something lighter, more efficient, and usually fairly affordable. That’s where bikes like the new Batch Fitness Bicycle come in.
Priced at $399.99, the Fitness Bicycle is within reach of a lot of riders but still offers a decent mix of parts to provide a quality ride. The 6061 aluminum frame is offered in three sizes – 16″, 18″, and 20″, all with 700c x 35mm tires. A rigid hi-tensile steel fork is used up front, and the bike uses a 3×7 drivetrain with Shimano EF-500 and TY-300 components. Elsewhere, the components are quality but budget oriented with nameless double-wall aluminum rims, steel 32h hubs, and a rigid seatpost and threadless stem with a 31.8mm handlebar.
Offered in Gloss Batch Blue and Matte Pitch Black, claimed weight is listed at 29.25lbs for a medium. Expect these to be available in mid-October, with the bike currently available for retailer and distributor pre-order.