We are doing a series of new models focus. We are starting this year with the MITCycle V8. When you see the MITCycle V8 in its folded position, the first thought that would likely strike you would be how compact the fold is – think how much (or little) storage footprint it occupies. This translates to ease of storage at home or when you have to carry the bike around, whether in the car boot or on public transport. The next thing that would leave an impression is the weight of the bicycle – at 11.8 kg, the MITCycle V8 is the lightest bike in its class. It is really going to be a breeze whether to carry the folded bike into the house for storage (although you can also easily roll it around in the half-folded position), or to lift it into the car boot or up the bus. Upon unfolding, be pleasantly impressed:
- Seatpost with dual screw adjustments for that sweet spot.
- Internal cable routing so there was no messy or loose cables that would have affected the thin and clean look of the bike frame
- Open gear system! Means not only that the gearset is easily upgradable, it also means the manufacturer can put popular Shimano and SRAM hubs than more expensive internal hub options. This brings down the overall bicycle cost significantly – a design coup by the manufacturer.
Freewheel design and open gear system is possible on the MITCycle V8 due to the use of a tensioner by the manufacturer – this keeps the rear derailleur in place. Ride experience:
- Choice of aluminum for the bike frame means a very light and rigid ride. There was no flex in the frame and really inspires the confidence to push and ride hard if desired.
- 8-speed gives all the gears you would need, plus enough on tap to accelerate or pick up the pace
- The result is a very lively ride, not your speed demon but handles well for sharp turns and quick zips
You can expect to ride comfortably at a speed of 10-15 km/h on the bicycle lane. With an upright riding position, this bike is great for either daily commute or leisure riding on our park connector networks to take in the scenery. If there was any limitation on the bike, it would be that it is more suited for riders 1.7m or below. This writer at the height of 1.75m, found himself stooping at the seat. Also, the short wheelbase and tall seat position means no aerodynamic riding position, so this would not be a bike you are looking for if you are after a sporty ride! The MITCycle V8 is available exclusively at My BikeShop and My Bike Shop Too!