The Blacktop is the ultimate commuter – designed with style, durability and speed in mind, but don’t take our word for it here’s what Road.cc had to say pre ride.
‘Before we get it out on the streets of Bath, however, let’s run through some of the details of the bike. As mentioned, it comes with wide tyres that should take care of rough road surfaces, sunken drain covers and potholes. The tyres are fitted to Alex DC19 aluminium rims with a double wall construction.
The benefits of an internal gear hub for a city bike are that all the gear mechanisms are kept out of harms way, and so are much less likely to get damaged or coated in road filth, especially in the winter. That cuts down maintenance and prolongs the service intervals.
Reid has thoughtfully added a chain ring protector so you can ride this bike in regular clothes and not worry about getting chain oil all over your trousers.
There are eyelets on the rear stays and dropouts for fitting a rack, handy if you want to use some panniers for the daily ride to the office. Mudguards too can be fitted, with mounts on the frame and fork. There looks to be plenty of clearance between the tyres and frame to fit some mudguards. The bike weighs in at 11.7kg (25.7lb).
And it’s all finished in a black livery, as befits the name. It’s purposeful and rather stylish, just the ticket for city riding, and it’s not going to attract a lot of attention. Reid is an Australian brand, it’s the first time we’ve tested one of its bikes, from a range that includes road bikes, mountain bikes and even e-bikes.’
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