Our comfort-oriented utility bike is built on a specially-sourced ergo frame with a much longer head tube than you'll find on a regular ATB. This makes the handlebars higher and closer-reach. This enables you to ride more upright, so there's less strain on the back; less crick in the neck; less pressure from the nose of the saddle; and less weight on the hands, arms and wrists.
If you're young and supple, and like to stretch out on the bike, you won't be interested in the Revolution Pathfinder. But if you don't aspire to the flat-back posture of the honed athlete, high bars are the one sure route to more comfortable biking.
This style of comfort bike is generally marketed as a recreation bike, perfect for wending your way along towpaths. This is true, but also slightly demeaning. Get a Pathfinder and you'll discover that it doubles as a terrific touring bike (Megarange gears and pannier rack bosses) while the mudguards and reliable spec make it a more-than-competent commuter.
- Sturdy but lightweight 7005-series aluminium ergo frame. Eyeletted seat stays (new for 2005) and dropouts makes it easy to fit a pannier rack neatly.
- SunTour CR870 suspension fork with 50mm travel to cushion the cobbles. Alloy monocoque lowers keep the weight down. Coil springs = reliability. This is a fine, dependable piece of kit from a company that makes 3 million suspension forks a year.
- Decent alloy chainset, also from SunTour. The chainguard helps keep trouser cuffs clean.
- Shimano EZ Fire gear shifter - very light action means they are as easy to use as their name implies.
- Shimano Megarange gears, with Acera rear mech and 14-34 freewheel help flatten hills.
- Alloy wheels - lighter weight and better braking surface than steel rims. QR (quick release) for convenience - no need to carry a spanner to remove the wheels.
- Semi-slick 26x1.95 tyres - wide as a mountain bike's but far less knobbly so they're faster on the road while remaining sure-footed on defined trails.
- 3/4-length mudguards with anti-splash tails and stainless steel stays.
- Velo comfort saddle and Kraton dual density grips help cushion your contact points with the bike, as does the suspension seatpost.
- Tektro V-brakes are the best Shimano knockoffs we've had the pleasure to use.
- A chainstay guard and the lacquered-over decals (both new for 2005) help the frame keep its good looks.
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Strongman Airline 26" double-wall alloy 32h rims.
|Formula alloy QR hubs.|
|Tyres:||CST 26x1.95" semi-smooth ATB tyres.|
Shimano Altus EZ Fire 21-speed gear shifters.
Shimano Acera rear / CO51 front gears.
|SunTour CW-XCC 170mm alloy cranks with 28/38/48t chainrings and smoked nylon chainguard. Cartridge-sealed bottom bracket.|
|Shimano 14-34 freewheel.|
|VP990S steel-caged pedals, toeclip compatible.|
Tektro 845 alloy V-brakes. Shimano levers.
HL 30mm-rise alloy bars on adjustable-rise Aheadstem. Velo Kraton grips.
|Saddle:||Velo Comfort saddle on HL suspension 27.2x300mm micro-adjust alloy seatpost. Kalloy CNC-machined seat binder clamp.|
|Approx. Weight:||Approximate Weight: 34lb/15.5kg.|
S, M or L.
Matt Metallic Blue.