TS5 ROADSTER - NEXUS 8 DISC GATES
The TS5 Roadster by Rabeneick is the German take on what a modern urban hybrid ought to look like, and this really is the standard against which all other city hybrids should be measured. Rabeneick (related to Fahrradmanufaktur, a Curbside favourite) prides themselves on functional minimalism, touting the slogan "less is more" - a winning argument when you see the concept in action.
The TS5 is as versatile as they come. Starting with a sleek, hydroformed aluminium frame, the Roadster boasts an urban-sporty geometry for a comfy yet ultra-mobile feel while riding. The 8-speed Shimano Nexus internal gear hub offers a wide gear range and the smoothest shifting you could dream of, while powerful disc brakes will stop you in your tracks rain or shine.
What takes the TS5 to the next level is the Gates belt drive. Say goodbye to chain stretch, rust and replacement; the belt drive makes for a powerful transmission while being virtually maintenance-free. When you add in battery-free dynamo lighting, SKS fenders, Ergon grips, the Racktime rear carrier... well, it's easy to wonder how "minimal" this bike is. One look should clear that up - every piece of the TS5 plays an important role with no superfluous add-ons - leaving a clean, slick design. Form, meet function - we think you two will get along.
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- Lightweight, stiff and corrosion-proof aluminium frame
- Roadster frame employs sporty geometry with an urban twist
- Unbreakable, lightweight cromoplastic SKS fenders
- Sturdy Racktime Light-It rear rack, made by Tubus in Germany
- Maintenance-free Shimano Nexus internal 8 speed gears
- Strong and lightweight double walled rims
- Battery-free Dynamo lighting system
- Puncture resistant tires for care free rides
- Strong rear mount kick stand - made in Switzerland
- Perfect for any season and a variety of terrains
|RABENEICK - TS5 NEXUS 8-SPEED - ROADSTER|
|FRAME||Aluminum 6061 - Powdercoated|
|FORK||Lightweight Aluminum - Powdercoated|
|HEADSET||FSA 1-1/8” Semi-Integrated|
|STEM||Promax DA-250 Aluminum 1-1/8” 4-bolt clamp 31.8mm|
|HANDLEBAR||Trekking Aluminum, 640mm|
|SEATPOST||Kalloy SP-DC1 Aluminum 31.6mm|
|BRAKES||Shimano BR-MT200 Disc Brake (160mm Rotor)|
|BRAKE LEVERS||Shimano Altus, 3-Finger Lever|
|SHIFTER||Shimano Nexus 8 rotary|
|FRONT HUB||Shutter Precision PL-8 Dynamo|
|REAR HUB||Shimano Nexus 8 Internal|
|SPOKES||Niro 13G Stainless Steel, 36 Spokes|
|TIRES||Schwalbe Marathon Racer 35-622 - Puncture resistant|
|BOTTOM BRACKET||Thun Topaz Sealed Cartridge Bearing|
|CRANKS||Lasco Aluminum 42T x 170mm|
|CHAIN||KMC Z-610RB Zinc coated (rust resistant)|
|COGSET||Shimano 3/32" 20T|
|PEDALS||Marwi SP-823 Aluminum, 9/16 City/Trekking|
|KICKSTAND||Pletscher Comp Zoom - made in Switzerland|
|FRONT LIGHT||AXA Blueline - made in Germany|
|REAR LIGHT||Busch&Muller Toplight 2C Plus LED - made in Germany|
|RACK||Racktime Light-It - made in Germany|
SKS ChromoPlastic - made in Germany
RABENEICK - TS5 NEXUS 8-SPEED - ROADSTER
|50CM||5' 5"||5' 9"|
|55CM||5' 10"||6' 2"|
|60CM||6' 2"||6' 6"|
How is a city bike different from other types of bikes?
Behind each bike lies a designer, and within each designer lies assumptions. The assumption of most North American bike designers is that people ride bikes for recreation, which usually involves a bike path, a country road, and several hours of spare time. The bikes that result from this assumption are usually hunched-over, have exposed oily drivetrains that require tighter athletic clothes, feature anywhere from 21 to 33 speeds, and aren’t often made to be locked up to metal poles all day, especially in foul weather. A city bike is quite the opposite. Its position is gloriously upright, the chain is totally covered, you can wear whatever you want, you have all the gears you’d ever need (3-speeds for flatter terrain, 7 or 8-speeds for hills), and tough frames and sealed mechanisms to battle all kinds of weather.
What’s the difference between a brand like Fahrradmanufaktur and others you carry?
We’re just going to say it: Fahrradmanufaktur is the best city bike we’ve ever seen. Sure, it may not be as pretty as an Achielle, but it still beautiful, perhaps functionally so. And yeah, it’s functional. The frame is a rust-proof, strong and very lightweight aluminum – which is a bit disruptive to the traditional world of steel city bikes (but that’s just the point). The geometry is upright but still sporty enough to multitask city riding and longer weekend adventures. The parts are made in Europe and best-in-class: chaincovers from Hebie (Germany), kickstands from Pletscher (Switzerland), racks from Racktime (Germany), fenders from SKS (Germany), grips from Herrmans (Finland) and lights from Axa (Netherlands), Herrmans (Finland) and Busch & Muller (Germany). Durable for all weather, light enough to bring inside, great for the city, and great to bring up to the cottage too. Best of all, the prices are more than reasonable.
What does Fahrradmanufaktur mean?
It means “bike manufacturer,” because all of their bikes are literally made in Oldenburg, Germany. The company started by a group of urban retailers who were seeing the same increase in city cycling that we’ve seen here in North America, but weren’t seeing great options from the German bike industry – which is largely focused on recreational riding – or the Dutch and Scandinavian markets – which continue to produce heavier bikes for short-burst city commutes. Like North American brands like Simcoe, Fahrradmanufaktur took matters into their own hands, but unlike Simcoe, they had access to a wide breadth of well-designed European parts from purpose-built kickstands to lights to racks. Their bikes are almost… perfect.
What’s the difference between the S-80 and the T-100?
The S-80 is a slightly more economical bike targeted a bit more at the city cyclist while the T-100 can multitask city riding and longer rides at the cottage with equal aplomb. The S80 has a more upright position that prioritizes absolute safety in the city while the T-100 is still upright, but tilts the rider over slightly for better agility and power. The S-80 uses a ¾ chaincase whereas the T-100 uses the (amazing) full coverage Hebie Chainglider. And there’s some other differences: the T-100 has a much brighter lightset, and uses some nicer parts like the Racktime rack (light and strong) and quality Swiss made Pletscher kickstands.
What is dynamo lighting?
Cars come with lights and so should a city bike. Dynamo lightsets are an integrated system that generates electricity from the hub and blasts this into a bolted-on, theft-resistant light that projects more power than most battery systems so that you can see and be seen. Unlike the old days where the dynamo rubbed against the tire (slowing you down) the new systems are part of the front hub and are very low friction as well as very low maintenance. Most of the dynamo sets we carry feature a “standlight,” or capacitor which means they produce and store energy so that when you’re stopped the lights keep going.
Is a Step-thru for Women and a Roadster for Men?
Heck no! It’s the 21stcentury and anyone can ride either a Step-thru or a Roadster. The difference between the two is not gender, but position. A Step-thru has a remarkably high head-tube that raises the handlebar up very high so the back is straight and the hips pointed forward. A Roadster has a much shorter headtube that positions the rider over the handlebars for more control, and the hips over the cranksets for more power. If you imagine yourself toodling through the bike lane at a stylish and efficient pace, choose a Step-thru. If you imagine a bit more zip and power then choose a Roadster.
How strong are the wheels and will I get a lot of punctures?
Wheels are always the first part to break on most bikes and these wheels are strong! All the city bikes we sell feature strong double-walled rims that are internally box-sectioned to handle streetcar tracks and potholes. They all feature strong stainless-steel spokes that can never rust. Bikes like the Fahrradmanufaktur also feature Schwalbe Citizen tires that are Kevlar-belted tires to drastically reduce punctures in the city.
What is an internal gear hub?
In Europe a bike with an internal gear hub is what makes it a definitive city bike. Internal gear hubs are awesome. Because the chain isn’t derailed up and down a set of external cogs (using a derailleur), the chain will never fall off again, and best of all, the chain can be covered so you can wear whatever you want. The gears are sealed inside the rear hub and they hold a tune two times longer than a derailleur, minimizing tune-ups and allowing you to store the bike outside throughout the winter problem-free.
What is a belt drive?
Belt drives have been developed over the last 30 years for use in racing engines and motorcycles. They are a band of nylon teeth held together with a series of carbon fibre cords, paired with alloy alloy chainrings and stainless-steel cogs. They've recently made the jump to bikes because they're nearly silent, don't require lube (and are much more winter-proof as a result), don't rust or get jammed with debris, and last for up to 30,000km of riding before needing replacement. We don't see them often on North American bikes because they can't be used with external derailleurs, only internal hubs or crank-based gearboxes.
How do I ensure my new bike won’t get stolen?
Research shows that very few bicycle thefts are related to a bicycles value and are best defined as low-risk/low-return. A good bicycle lock is expensive to break through and takes time, thus increasing the risk and lowering the return. Estimates are that over 90% of bicycle theft is tied to cash-for-drugs and that makes every bike a target. Make sure you buy a good Abus U-lock or a chain and you’ll be fine. You can read more about bike theft here.
What’s the warranty?
Ten year warranty for manufactures defects on frame and fork, one year on parts. Does not include wear and tear.
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