Interbike 2011: Urbana Bicycles

I met up with Urbana Bicycles at the NuVinci booth to check out their redesigned bike. First thing they added was a NuVinci hub.

Then they beautified their frame by smoothing out the welds.

Their famous RNR rack is still on the Urbana, by the way, this rack is rated to carry heavy objects, as much as an adult.

They outdid themselves by going with the reliable Gates Belt Drive.
The rear drop out had to be redesigned to make the belt drive serviceable.

I noticed something on the frame and I asked what it was supposed to be. Turns out they’re working on a front rack that connects to the frame. Unlike most front racks that are connected to the fork, this design promises to be more stable.

Another thing I noticed was the bike itself looked shorter. Turns out the Urbana engineers tweaked the head tube angle and brought it in closer. I forget the exact numbers, but the shorter wheel base will help the Urbana become more nimble and easier to handle.