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An Introduction to the 2013 Swobo Fillmore

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A guest post by Laura of Loose Nuts Cycles in Atlanta, GA

I love a good mountain bike ride, but if I can’t make it out of the city, there are few things better than cruising around town on a beautiful, warm day with a great bike underneath you.  Atlanta had it’s first glimpse of spring this past weekend.  It was sunny, almost 70 degrees, just a little breezy, and quite literally the perfect day for city cycling.  I had several errands to run and was looking forward to being out and about on a new machine.

First impression

The 2013 Swobo Fillmore is designed to be a stylish and adventurous city bicycle.  At first glance/ride, it certainly lives up to that purpose.  The Fillmore’s internally-geared 8-speed rear hub keeps the look of the bike super clean and still provides enough gear variety to handle Atlanta’s hills.  The riser handle bars keep you sitting up, so city sight-seeing is a breeze.  The steel frame and fork stand up to the pot holes and other road hazards with which urban cyclists are so familiar.  The disc brakes even add to the fun of the Fillmore riding experience.

I’ll be spending a lot more time on this bicycle over the next couple of weeks.  Once I’ve put it through all of it’s paces, I’ll offer a full review.  Until that time, BSG readers, meet the Swobo Fillmore.

Stock set up

Rear Full Drive Side

Crank arm
Shimano Nexus / 170mm / 38t
Rear hub
Hubs: Shimano (F)/Shimano Alfine 8spd (R)
Tektro Aquilla mechanical disc
Tektro Aquilla mechanical disc

Front Full Drive Side

Frame and fork: TIG welded Swobo Chromoly

Size: 51 cm

Crankset: Shimano Nexus / 170mm / 38t

Hubs: Shimano (F)/Shimano Alfine 8spd (R)

Wheels: 700c/36 hole/Alex DA22 rims/14g Stainless spokes

Brakes: Tektro Aquilla mechanical disc

Extras: Aluminum fenders and chain guard

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