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David Niddrie reviews the Linus Roadster Sport, a French-inspired city bike with a steel frame and chromoly down tube.
Reviewed by David Niddrie
$639 USD; $650 CAD
The Linus Roadster Sport is a clean, French-inspired city bike with a steel frame and Chromoly down tube. The classic styling and upright geometry, coupled with a Shimano Nexus three-speed internal hub, offers simplicity and functionality. The Roadster Sport comes with steel fenders, a custom rear rack, leather grips, a bell and a kickstand. It is available in two sizes (51 centimeters or 59 centimeters) and three colors (cream, olive and black).
The upright riding position is easy on the body and frees the mind to look around while you cycle through the city. The bike is relatively light – only 14.5 kilograms for the large size – and is easy to handle. Style points aplenty! The clean lines and simple graphics match the mid-century French designs Linus took inspiration from. In addition, the affordable price is a major draw.
The componentry is in line with the price point, but that is not necessarily a bad thing – these are decent parts that work very well together. Personally, I would upgrade to a sprung leather saddle for added comfort. I’d also like to see a custom chainguard as an available accessory.
Urban riders wanting that classic utilitarian look in a new bike, without having to sacrifice handling and zip.
The Roadster Sport is recommended as the perfect entry point for an easy-riding, low-maintenance city bike.