Urban Velo

Some next level commuting

At what point does a bike have so much technology and assist features that it becomes no longer a bike? I don’t know, but the 2012 line of commuter models by Silverback bikes pushes us ever close to that debate. Their Starke models boast integrated motor assist technologies and, get this, a Dynamo front hub that generates power for the Supernova lighting system and a USB port to charge your ipad, smartphone, GPS device…uhh, toaster, coffee maker, electric car…and anything else with a USB outlet.

Silverback is defined as a “global” company, but have yet to establish representation in the U.S. They feature a full line of bikes from road, mountain and 29ers to city, kids, etc. You can watch their 2009 company launch video here, but you might want to turn the volume down because as well thought out as their bikes might be, the corresponding tune is a touch off the mark.

So maybe you are the type of commuter that likes as many bells and whistles as possible, or live in an incredibly hilly locale, or go for incredibly long rides into the wilderness where electronic charging stations have yet to be installed. If so, then it might be worth your while to give a little more consideration to these offerings. And hey, if you already have one of these models, I’m kind of hungry…can you make me some toast?

About Scott Spitz

Commuting, touring, kid hauling, couriering, mechanic work, sales, advocacy, fixed, free—Scott has had his hands in it all over the years.

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  1. Justin WinokurNovember 29, 2011 at 10:35 am

    The electric assist aside, I wonder about locking up this bike. The only place to pass a U-Lock is the lower triangle and there does appear to be very much room either. Also, how is the structural integrity, stiffness/flex, etc with the lack of a front triangle?

  2. EricDecember 2, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Nice looking bike, especially the sub zero frame. As for locking this bike, I would never be comfortable locking it up while at work (in the chicago loop).

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