Courtesy Torker USA
Torker Interurban Mixte - Price $649 USD
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Torker’s Interurban mixte offers a latter-day take on the classic frame, with durable 4130 double-butted chromoly tubing, drop handlebars, quick-release front and rear 700c wheels, braze-ons for a water bottle and a rear rack, toe cages and 16-speed integrated shifting. The mixte frame is only available in grey and in one size. The suggested inseam length of the rider is 24–35 inches.
Lightweight and sturdy, this fast little steel bike rides like a racer. The shifting is smooth, the drivetrain functions well and the bike feels solid on the road. And since it’s a mixte, its diagonal top twin tubes give the rider greater clearance and safety.
The bike comes in just one small frame size. The XLC seat is fairly tough on the rear end. The bike’s geometry and setup (long frame with drop bars) puts you in a near-horizontal crouch that’s aerodynamic and speedy, but may not be the right choice for riders with injuries or mixte fans looking for a relaxed riding position. If used for a daily “interurban” commuting, we’d start by installing a Brooks saddle, as well as some serious climbing gears – maybe a triple front chainring.
A smaller person who likes a relatively horizontal riding stance, wants the safety of a lower top tube and digs mixties, but isn’t wedded to old-school mixte aesthetic touches, such as a lugged frame or classic chrome parts.
A good choice for someone who wants a modern-looking mixte built for speed.
The Torker Interurban Mixte was generously put together by the fine folks of Velo Bike Shop velobikeshop.com