At Abode Hotels, we love bikes. There’s nothing better than exploring a new city or getting off the beaten track on two wheels. Making the most of summer and Canberra’s bike friendly culture we asked our friends at Canberra’s oldest bike shop, Cycle City, to run a few pushies through their paces.
When the mountains call, but your muscles need some help.
Welcome Merida’s new eOne-Sixty. This bike is revolutionising the electric mountain bike market by offering stunning performance at an equally stunning price. The Shimano STePS motor delivers 70NM of torque directly to the pedals matched to Shimano’s electronic (Di2) shifting system all powered by an integrated battery. Fox Factory level suspension offers 160mm of travel front and rear, tied in with Merida’s Enduro Geometry this bike is ready to tackle whatever you throw at it.
As shown, above: 990E at $7,999.
Starting price: 800 at $5,999.
Across grit or gravel.
For the all rounder – the new Merida Silex. Almost defining its own niche on release, this bike is a fresh take on the gravel-road bike market. By taking geometry cues from mountain bikes, this gravel bike has been tweaked by increasing frame length, slackening the head tube angle and shortening the stem. In lay-person’s terms, the fit is the same as other bikes but rider confidence and steering feedback is improved especially on unfavourable surfaces. This bike can be anything from your everyday commuter to a country tourer offered with disc brakes across the board and options of alloy and carbon frames.
As shown, above: 400 at $1,999.
Starting price: 300 at $1,699.
Presenting the bike for the non-bike riders – the Lekker Amsterdam. Fitted with a Gates Carbon Belt Drive, the running is smooth and silent with no oil or grease to get your best outfit dirty! This bike’s real party trick though is its Nuvinci Infinity Hub. Using a constantly variable planetary transmission similar to the one fitted in many cars, you’ve got an ultra-reliable, zero maintenance gear system. Whether commuting or going for a pedal around the lake, this bike will comfortably lend itself to anything.
As shown, above: $1,699.
Abode Hotels welcome both you and your bike when traveling to Canberra for work or leisure. Our bike-friendly accommodation, complete with bike washing facilities, a secure lock up, and a washer/drier in each room, Abode Hotels understands riders.
Offering the best in bike-friendly accommodation, guests can keep their bikes in their room, and rest easy. And if you accidently left your bike at home – we’ve got you covered. Explore Canberra in style on a bespoke Abode Hotels bike.
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