The Shinola brand is certainly an interesting one. Centered in Detroit they produce a line of city bicycles, and a selection of other random items like watches, leather goods, clothing, stationery and even pet accessories. Whether they’re putting their stamp on a bicycle, a pencil sharpener or a winter jacket, Shinola’s goal is to bring back the pride in high-end American manufacturing with their upscale design and style.
Shinola has just introduced their first single speed urban bicycle. The Detroit Arrow is a streamlined city cruiser that gets you from point A to point B in style, with a hand-made American frame at its heart.
Check out more details and the limited edition nickel-plated Detroit Arrow below…
The Detroit Arrow is assembled and tested by hand in Shinola’s Detroit workshop, and its TrueTemper steel frame is hand-welded at Waterford Precision Cycles in Wisconsin. The frame is available in four sizes from 53-61cms, and also comes in a women’s version with a lowered top tube.
The Arrow’s fork is made from double-butted chromoly, and features threaded eyelets for racks and fenders. The frame’s laser-cut rear dropouts are similarly equipped for racks or fenders, and both the dropouts and front fork crowns proudly feature the Shinola “S” logo.
Available in white or black, either option is built with all-black components including a Shinola leather saddle, alloy fenders, chain guard, Tektro caliper brakes, cork grips and a bell. The Detroit Arrow rides on Continental Contact reflex 700x32c tires with 3M reflective strips for visibility.
Shinola is releasing just 25 limited edition nickel-plated Arrows, which are built with double-butted chromoly tubing. Aside from the high-lustre nickel finish on the frame, fork and chain guard, this model also comes equipped with a chromoly front carrier rack and silver colored componentry. The limited edition Arrow sells for $1700 and is only available in 55cm and 57cm sizes through the company’s website.
Compared to the $48 Shinola candle and $62 paperclip bowl, I was surprised to see the Detroit Arrow selling for $1000.00 USD. You can probably find a better equipped Specialized or Giant for the price, but in reality, the price is quite reasonable for a bike that’s hand-welded and assembled in the USA.