Same spec and same price as last years award-winning Edinburgh Courier. Why change a good thing?
- Tough but lightweight aluminium MTB frame.
- Chromoly fork - takes full-length mudguards.
- 8-speed Shimano Rapidfire gears.
- 1 gear lever, 1 derailleur and 1 chainring makes for a simpler (less to go wrong), lighter-weight transmission that's still more than adequate for most terrain.
- FSA single chainring - very deluxe cult USA chainset.
- Chainguard and chain keeper help prevent the chain getting unshipped (the front derailleur usually helps here).
- Fast 26x1.5 tyres.
- Cassette rear hub makes for a strong back wheel as does the stainless steel spokes and deep-section, machined alloy rim.
- WTB (Wilderness Trail Bikes) Speed saddle, with Love Channel cut-out, helps prevent perineal pressure.
- Beautiful black stealth finish.
The 2002 version of this bike was voted Cycling Plus magazines Budget Bike Of The Year.
'Not only is this bike phenomenal value at £239.95, but it is also impressively well thought out and equipped for its function - city commuting. It may not boast the road bike speed of the runners up but it's no slouch either. This is a robust, slick shod, alu 7005 MTB frame. The frame sports eyelets for front and rear mudguards, bottle bosses and a replaceable dropout on the rear drive side. All up weight is a respectable 28lbs, helped by jettisoning unnecessary items such as the front mech. You still get 8 gears though with a 36-99" range - more than adequate for most cities.'
Dan Joyce, the magazine's ex editor, added his personal view.
'My favourite bikes of this year all ran with 26" wheels. Top 3:
1. Edinburgh Courier (£239.95)
A commonsense stripped down 8-speed mountain bike for hacking around town, the Courier's under 28lb and £240. It's equipped with slicks but with a tyre change is off-road capable. It'll take mudguards and, with P-clips, a rack. An indestructible bargain.'
For the record, St John Street Cycles XTC (from £999) was Dan's No. 2 and the Cannondale Bad Boy, number 3.
Cycling Plus: Christmas 2002.
That review was no one-off. WhatMountainBike? magazine reviewed the Edinburgh Courier in Sept./Oct 2002
'Excellent value off-the-shelf street hack
As well as selling big-name brands, Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative offer a selection of good value own-brand bikes. The Courier is a city bike aimed squarely at city use. It's the kind of bike, they say, that their mechanics were building up for their own use for hacking around on, instead of risking their best bikes.
The heart of the bike is a rebadged 7005 aluminium frame. This is the key to the low price. If a bike's rebadged, the retailer can sell it for whatever he wants. The Courier frames are resprayed a utilitarian charcoal black, given some Edinburgh decals, and equipped with some suitable components. The decals aren't underneath any lacquer, so will peel off if you want to make your bike completely anonymous.
It's not nearly as nice as the Cannondale Bad Boy, of course, but the Courier's frame is TIG welded neatly enough. There's a gusset where the headtube meets the downtube for added strength. Forks are Chromoly, and there are eyelets for mudguards front and rear - though none on the seatstays, so you'll need to use P-clips there if you want to fit a rack. There are 2 sets of bottle bosses and the gear-side dropout is replaceable.
The significant thing about the gearing is that there's only one chainring (a 42). This makes sense on a city bike. Not only is it lighter and cheaper, there's less to go wrong, and with an 11-30 cassette you've still got a wide enough range to cope with any terrain. There's a plastic chain keeper on the seat tube to stop the chain jumping off in low gears, while a chainguard on the crankset helps keep trousers clean. Gearing is Alivio, which is exceptional but perfectly functional. It's a bit rattly in bottom gear because you can't shift the chain inwards at the front end (no front mech!) but it still works fine.
Along with the Scott Street, the Courier was equal comfiest bike on test. This is due to one thing: 1.5" tyres. A bigger air pocket equals more comfort. The Courier's Camel semi-slicks won't roll as well as the Cannondale's Hutchinsons or Vredestein's Slicks but for all that you can only get 65psi in them, they don't run much slower. The Vuelta semi-deep section rims are theoretically stiffer and harsher than shallower rims, but with 1.5" tyres fitted, it's irrelevant. All up weight for the Courier is under 28lb including pedals. At the price, it's impressive. If you wanted you could retrofit a triple chainset: the cable guides are already there. You could even ride off-road on it with a change of tyres (and not even that on hard-pack).
So while as a basic mountain bike it's good value, as a street bike the Courier outclasses anything in its price range. For what is, frankly, silly money, you get a durable workhorse with functional gears and tyres and nice finishing touches. It might not be as smart as the Cannondale Bad Boy, but it's less conspicuous, does the same job, and is one third of the price. A bargain.'
Performance 8/10. Value 10/10. WhatMountainBike? Gold Award.
The name change
We launched the Revolution range in 2003 in response to customer requests for bikes that were more specialist, yet still retained the essential Edinburgh Bicycle values. Think Tescos Finest over the standard fare. This year we have rationalised our offer further. If its a home-brewed sub-£230 bike, its an Edinburgh Bicycle. If its over £230, its a Revolution.
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Double butted Chromoly with mudguard eyelets.
Vuelta Freeway black alloy alloy rims.
|Alloy QR hubs (freehub rear).|
|Stainless steel spokes.|
|Tyres:||CB529 26 x 1.5 tyres.|
8-speed Shimano Rapidfire shifter (just one).
Shimano Alivio rear gear (again, just the one).
FSA CK700 CT chainset with single 42t chainring and chainguard.
|Tioga MTB pedals - take toeclips.|
Tektro V-brakes with Allen key-fit brake blocks. Tektro levers.
Alloy flat bars. Velo 097 Kraton grips.
|Alloy front loader Aheadstem.|
|Saddle:||WTB Speed saddle on alloy micro adjust seatpin.|
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