CB2 Now Selling City Bikes from Republic

Looks like CB2 is stepping (or rather, peddling) out of the home and into the realm of urban transportation. The latest addition to their product line-up is the Abuela 3-speed bike from Republic—a retro-looking city bike that are meant to invoke the classic Dutch opafiets (grandpa's bikes).

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Republic Bikes (also makers of the Urban Outfitters bike a few years ago) are known for offering bike customizations. You can choose all the elements you want for your bike, then they build it, box it, and ship it out. Their bike silhouettes start at $399.

Considering that fact, I don't know that I'd be that inclined to purchase this bike from CB2 because a) it's the same price or more expensive that a customized bike I could order from Republic directly, and b) these bikes are all made in China, whereas bikes I order from Republic's website are assembled at and shipped from their distribution center in Florida. Not to mention the fact that I'm not a huge fan of the yellow/red color combo. It looks a little too "McDonalds" for my taste.

The CB2 bikes retail for $499.

Specifications

  • Designed by Republic Bike
  • Hi-ten steel frame with a grey gloss finish
  • Alloy handlebars with stitched red PVC grips
  • Oversized red steel bell
  • Red vinyl saddle seat with quick-release lever seatpost
  • Chrome-plated steel accents
  • Shimano Revo 3-speed shifter and Nexus internal hub 3-speed with coaster brake and 18-tooth freewheel
  • Steel chainguard
  • 9/16 threaded PVC pedals with embedded reflectors
  • Kenda custom yellow tires with alloy rims and amber wheel reflectors
  • Fully covered steel mudguard fenders
  • Kickstand and rear carrier with 3-band red bungee strap
  • Made in China

What do you think?

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