Shinola Runwell City Bike Review

Momentum Mag reviews the Shinola Runwell city bike.



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The Runwell, inspired by 1940s Parisian courier bikes, is a quality, upright bicycle. The frame and fork are made of TrueTemper CroMo with custom lugs and cast fork crown. Made to handle daily city riding, this bike is equipped with a Shimano Alfine 11-speed internal-gear hub, smooth mechanical disc brakes, internal cable routing, chainguard, porteur rack, fenders, and a leather, riveted saddle. Available in three colors in sizes 53, 55, and 57 cm.


Smooth, responsive, and easy on the eyes, The Runwell is true to its name. The disc brakes are as quiet as a mouse and incredibly responsive. Easily one of the best bikes I’ve ever had the pleasure to ride.


Given the price point, a few additional standard features such a kickstand and dynamo lights would have been a nice touch. I would like to see the option of a pannier ready rear rack instead of a front rack. I had a tendency to ride up on my knuckles occasionally suggesting that a different option of handlebar would work best for me.


Fun, stylish, and responsive, The Runwell sets the new standard for city bikes in North America. The Runwell handles incredibly. It’s solid, agile, and turns on a dime. Great for Vancouver’s hilly streets too. This is a smooth-riding bike for the stylish trendsetter. This bike has all the aesthetic appeal you could ask for and is perfect for zipping around town. The Shinola Runwelll is definitely a head-turner. I’ve had a number of people chase me down the street to ask me what I’m riding. The overall look is clean, elegant, and timeless. Match it with a snappy outfit and you’re ready to hit the town.

When not pedaling East Vancouver on his path racer, Stephen Irving is a social media and communications strategist passionate about sustainable transportation, Canadian politics and post-punk. @stephenirving

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