Richard’s Favourite Bike
Richard Allin | Thursday, 14 January 2016
It’s not often I have purchased a bike solely based on the experiences that it is going to give, versus what has become the normal of it being about having the latest gear, with questions like “Should I ride SRAM or Shimano?” “Leave the standard wheels on or should I upgrade to ENVE carbons?” And so forth.
I have always wanted a bike that was for those Sunday rides into the Restart Mall for coffee, or to whip down to an appointment that is only 5 minutes away knowing I can park the bike right outside the door.
Meet the Momentum iNeed Street, a division of Giant which is producing a handful of street oriented bikes for that exact purpose - experience. Their brand tag line is ‘Move Happy’. I was sold - one for Me and one for the Mrs.
I know some of you will be thinking….seriously?! But I have been riding the Momentum now for 3 months and have had nothing but great experiences. I have used this bike to commute, attend meetings, do deliveries, get to Joe's Garage for Sunday brunch, Sunday rides with my wife, throwing it on the car heading away on holiday and even a winery tour on my honeymoon.
The Momentum is a practical, well equipped bike and most importantly is super comfortable with its relaxed upright geometry.
The iNeed comes in a standard geometry or a ‘mid step’ version with a lower top bar for stand over. It is equipped with a in-built carrier for those impulse shopping purchases while out and about, which includes tie down straps. Easy rolling 700c wheels wrapped in full length mudguards in case you get caught out in the rain, simple uncomplicated 7 speed gearing for any rise you’ll encounter on the roads, and with a style of its own.
Both the mid-step and standard options are $549 RRP, which is only too affordable and not too expensive that you’ll feel anxious walking away after you have locked it up at the bike stand.
The only negative words I have to say is that the coffee cup holder just doesn't hold your coffee, only the cup.
This bike has hands down got me cycling more, and I stand behind my words that it offers experiences in abundance.
Come in and have a test ride today and ‘move happy’.
The Good: The Momentum is a practical, well equipped bike and most importantly is super comfortable with its relaxed upright geometry.
The Bad: The coffee cup holder just doesn't hold your coffee, only the cup.
The Bottom Line: The Momentum is an affordable short distance commuter bike that's in a style of its own.