A set of wheels are in for review and in the midst of getting installed on the famous Salsa Casseroll. Utilizing a Shimano Alfine groupset I have been piecing together in the past 6 months, and the new Velocity Dyad Halo reflective rims.
The wheels and review are also based all around the Shimano Alfine groupset, as I’ve been interested in internally geared hubs (IGH) since trying the Civia Loring with SRAM i-Motion. Combine the IGH and a Dynamo front hub for a motion powered front light.
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.
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
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
Have a few bike builds on tap right now since traveling and demoing bikes is part of my day job, along with trying to enjoy cycling as much as possible.
I’m going to be trying out a Shimano Alfine rear 8-speed hub on a 29er mountain bike, that will be mountain biked hard. Everything is built, just need a rear 160mm centerlock disc rotor for the back wheel. Can’t really mountain bike with only a front brake! (This is an 18″ and on my older Karate Monkey frame)
16″ Karate Monkey should be delivered tomorrow that I’ll be putting a RockShox Reba RL on the front. Trying to convert more and more women to 29ers and hopefully single speeds!
You’ve seen the pictures. 18″ Fat bike that I’m lending to shops in the area to get folks interested and going ga-ga over.
Dropped off the parts this morning for my goto mechanic (when I don’t have time) to build up a medium Orion with Shimano Ultegra and Fulcrum Racing Zero wheels.
My goto mountain bike right now, short travel, big wheels, and orange!
Another fatbike that is living currently in SC to help take over the dirt road centuries!
Salsa El Mariachi
You’ve seen the photos of the Mariachi’s. Dominate with the alternator drop out. Single speed, geared – it don’t matter – just do it.
Built with passion and love, please don't steal anything