Fresh from spending last weekend at the Berlin Bike Show (Fahrradschau in German) here are our picks of the best city cycling bikes on display there.
8bar KRZBERG V6 Team Edition - €1,062
This little beauty is more than just a rather pretty paint job, it is a nimble track bike in its own right thanks to the triple butted 6066 aluminium main tubes, aero airplane tubing and deep set rims. 8bar pride themselves on nifty custom builds from their minimalist showroom in the heart of Berlin’s up and coming Freidrichshain-Kreuzberg district (think Shoreditch, c2005).
Available instore from 8bar, Wrangelstraße 18, Freidrichshain-Kreuzberg, Berlin and online at 8bar-bikes.com
Nevi Vintage - £2,100 (frame only)
Nevi are not so much bike makers as Italian artists specialising in the medium of titanium. The Vintage is an understated build, melding classical 1940’s frame design with titanium tubes and the archetypal Italian Campagnolo Record groupset with old school downtube shifters and toe clips. Suave yet understated, lightweight yet strong, technical yet classical.
Available online at www.nevi.it
Coboc One ecycle with Gates Carbon Drive - €3,799
Fresh from scooping the prestigious Eurobike ebike Gold Award in 2015, Coboc have released another ebike that, well, looks and weighs like a beautifully made city bike. The One ecycle tips the scales at a svelte 13.5kg and the model that was on show at the Wingwheels stand (below) comes with the added bonus of a Gates Carbon Drive system and drop bars. As well as its sharp looks and low maintenance needs, the One’s motor delivers an impressive 80km reach and 25kph top speed from just a two hour charge of its battery, which is neatly hidden away in the downtube.
Available instore from Wingwheels, Kastianenallee 64, Berlin and online at www.wingwheels.de
Brick Lane Bikes Aeon - £799
A carbon frame and forks combined with a deep set rim rear wheel and a tri spoke front make for a seriously lightweight and aero fixie. The Aeon will be released in August, when the final paintwork will be confirmed but if BLB stick with this matt black finish it would definitely make the Aeon technical and moody looking enough that Batman would ride it if he decided to ditch the Batmobile.
Available instore from Brick Lane Bikes, 118 Bethnal Green Rd, London and online at www.bricklanebikes.co.uk from August 2016.
Eddy Merckx Kessels Van Steenbergen Bicycle 1976 - €9,990
Love him as probably the toughest guy ever to pedal on two wheels or loathe him for allegedly being one of the forefathers of doping, the name of Eddy Merckx has no equal in cycling folklore. This build was custom made in 1976 by Kessels for Rick van Steenburgen, Belgium’s cycling hero pre-Merckx. The famous Molteni team orange that Merckx won so many races in combined with a complete Campagnolo Nuovo Record groupset, Mavic rims and a Cinelli Unicanitor saddle make for a truly classic bike. Dream of gloriously climbing Alpe d’Huez as you part with a serious chunk of salary.
Available instore from Steel Vintage, Weidenweg 63 10247 Berlin-Friedrichshain and at www.steel-vintage.com
Colnago x Futura Special Edition - POA
With only 20 frames ever made this absolutely belongs in the special edition file. A collaboration between legendary Italian framemaker, Ernesto Colnago and renowned graffiti artist Futura, and featuring gold plated handlebars, cranks and chainwheel it definitely belongs in the ‘buy to be seen’ category. Several of these seemingly sit in storage boxes around the world waiting for Futura’s work to appreciate even further, and The King of Bling himself, Kanye, apparently bought one of these frames for $50,000.
Available instore at Cicli Berlinetta, Schönfließer Straße 19, Berlin and online at https://shop.cicli-berlinetta.de