Gear

The Volume Generator

Volume Bikes– most known for their bmx bikes and more recently for being on the leading edge of the fixed gear freestyle scene- seems to be attempting to enter the urban bike realm with their new project:  The Generator.

A smart move for Volume- The Generator will likely be the bike that the folks currently riding Volume bmx and fixed gear freestyle bikes will choose if they decide to get something a little more practical for riding in the city.  Volume is known for well built bikes- and though they aren’t the lightest available- a lifetime warranty on a frame is a beautiful thing indeed, inspiring confidence in a company, giving a feeling that they’ve got your back.

The bike will be available April 15th.  No word on what the price will be.  It will come with an eccentric bottom bracket and is built around the Shimano Alfine 8-speed drivetrain.  No word if they will be using the Shimano Alfine generator hub…

The bike looks like a great place to START.  There are a few things that remind me that bmx and fixed gear freestyle are a bit impractical and lots of riding gets done in parking garages and indoor parks.  First- no fender mounts!?!  Even a majority of cross bikes come with fender mounts- to offer a bike that is supposedly built for riding in the streets without them seems a little shortsighted.  You are either assuming that no one rides in the rain, or that people don’t care about fenders- both ridiculous assumptions.  I hope I missed them, and that the production bike will come with mounts- if not, bummer.  The other thing that I’m more confused about that anything is the hydraulic disc brakes- Why?  Disc brakes are great, but what’s wrong with cable-actuated brakes?  They would likely be less expensive, lighter- and definitely much cleaner to work on.  Bleeding the brakes on my old freeride bike was anything but fun.

Other than that- this bike seems fun as shit.  A blast to whip around town on and if you have to drop a few stairs here and there, it will likely hold up just fine.

Frameset:

  • Colors: Flat Black & Metallic Silver
  • Sizes: 50, 53, & 56
  • Frame: Generator Full CR-MO w/ disc mounts
  • Fork: Generator Full CR-MO. 1-pc steerer w/ disc mounts

Wheels:

  • Wheels: Shimano Alfine 8-spd hub, Chosen quick release front hub. Alex double walled 36H rims
  • Tires: Resist 700X45c

Drivetrain:

  • Shifters: Shimano Alfin 8-spd
  • Cranks: Resist heat treated 4130 CR-MO 175mm
  • Chainring: Resist Icon 46t
  • Cassette: Shimano 17t
  • Pedals: Plastic PC

Components:

  • Saddle: Velo
  • Post: Zoom
  • Bars: Volume Hipster
  • Stem: Zoom 110mm
  • Headset: Resist Integrated
  • Brakeset: Tektro Auriga Pro. Dual piston hydraulic brake
  • Resist EBB
  • Grips: Volume Enns

*images and build info from Volume site

4 Comments

  • meat

    December 29, 2010

    is that stock seat angle?

  • rschuetze

    December 29, 2010

    It ships slammed all the way down. The cables are long so you can bar spin too…

  • bubble

    December 30, 2010

    that thing would be so much fun

  • rschuetze

    December 30, 2010

    Volume should maybe consider sponsoring riders to help develop this line too… Sponsoring commuters- what a concept!

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