I drove down to the Nirve Bicycles head quarters in Fountain Valley, Ca. to pick up their new Ultraliner. This bike has the similar components and design as the Shimano Coasting Group, but only better!
Here are the specs:
# NEW AUTOMATIC SHIFTING TECHNOLOGYShifts automatically just like your car to always keep you in the right gear
# No more guessing which way to turn the shifter and ending up in the wrong gear
# Climb hills easier. Keep up with your friends with less effort
# Nirve 17” aluminum Sport Cruiser frame
# Lightweight & easy rolling alloy 700C wheels w/Stainless spokes
# SHIMANO 3 speed Automatic transmission for varied terrain conditions
# Upright alloy Nirve Sport Cruiser handlebars for comfortable cruising
# Nirve comfort saddle w/springs
# Tough impact resistant Polycarbonate fenders
# Alloy Kickstand
I met up with Dan Bon, President/CEO of Nirve. He went into great detail about the Ultraliner. One of the features that stood out to me about this bike was that the Shimano Auto D CPU allows a rider plug in any generator light set to it. He explained how the Shimano Dynamo Hub acts as the generator and produces enough electricity power up a head light and tail light. The CPU even has a photo sensor that knows when it gets dark. So when the sun goes down, the lights will automatically come on! Cool eh?
I rode this bad boy around the neighborhood. Surprisingly this thing is quite fun! To me the Ultraliner is better than any of the Coasting bikes that Trek, Giant and Raleigh put out because it has subtle features on it that make it superior. Here’s a list of why I like the Nirve Ultraliner better than the other auto shifting bikes out there.
1.V-brake, not coaster brakes.
2.High pressure tires.
3.700c wheels, Coasting bikes have 26″ wheels
4.Light weight aluminum
5.It doesn’t look like a girls bike.
6.It rides really smooth, big wheels= faster and smoother ride.
7.CPU allows the rider to manually adjust the shift timing.
8.Sweet Nirve styling.
So stay tuned as we review this bike and possibly make some upgrades to it and make it more commuter friendly.