2019 / 20" only size / Drivetrain: Sturmey Archer 3 speeds / caliper rim brakes
Where does this bike come from ?
Csepel is a Hungarian bicycle manufacturer with a quite wide range models, mostly on the traditional side, this model though comes as a refreshing urban solution, cool and stylish. This bicycle it's been pimped up by a local Bruxellois, bicycle mechanic and master of bicycle customization: Xavier N.
What are the pros and cons ?
Pros first: Space is a luxury in most big cities, this bicycle can be easily put in the metro, in a lift, in an appartement, in a hallway, etc. Thanks to the small size wheels and the compact frame, the bicycle feels very reactive, ideal for dynamic urban rides, quick turns and easy flowing in narrow settings.
The cons: Like all small size wheel bicycles the "rolling" is not as efficient as on larger diameter wheels, meaning it takes more energy to get to higher speed and it's harder to do long distances. A small bike can feel less comfortable and less stable than a normal size.
The bicycle comes with a flip-flop rear wheel to use as a single speed or fixed gear. In this case the bike it's been re-built with a Sturmey Archer 3 speeds hub to improve performance and versatility. The hub it's been painted pink to match the look of its stylish owner.