Torker KB2 – 2 Speed Kickback
First look at the new Torker KB2, one of if not the first stock bike with a kickback hub in quite some time. Kickback? That’s right, it’s a newly manufactured Sturmey Archer 2 speed coaster brake hub that shifts from one gear to another with a slight backpedal just before the brake engages. While it is true that the hub shifts every time you apply the coaster brake, they’re not nearly as hard to get used to as it sounds. These hubs were fairly common on folding bikes at one time, and also were speced on a number of balloon tire cruisers but had faded to an esoteric bit of bicycle mechanics up until now. The $399 Torker KB2 has big tires and a direct drive gear with second gear being 130% of the first, both reasonable choices for city riding. Look for a full review once the bike is available this fall.