With most mid-range bicycle models today featuring a 8-speed drivetrain (think Dahon Speed Horize, Vitesse D8, Tern Link C8, D8, N8 and Verge N8) and entry-level performance bicycle models starting at 10-speed drivetrain (Tern Verge X10, Dahon Mu D10, Tyrell FX) – Is there still place for a 9-speed drivetrain?
The quick answer is – Yes. The most obvious advantage of a 9-speed drivetrain is price, what this typically means is that manufacturers are able to put together a package that is better in specs than a 8-speed model, yet without reaching into the price levels that a 10-speed model would command. This production cost savings allow manufacturers to offer a value price model, either in the form of an outright lower price, or a bicycle model with added frills, aesthetics, finishing or components.
Some examples would be:
Dahon Mu P9
Dahon based this model on the performance lightweight series Mu frame, but with a Shimano Altus 9-speed trigger shift drivetrain, allowing the Mu P9 to reside at a price point below its higher-specced siblings like the Mu SLX, Mu SL10 and Mu D10. Dahon has also managed to use the production cost savings to give the Mu P9 a better aesthetic finish – the aluminium welds on the Mu P9 frame are buffed off for a smooth clean finish only seen on the high-end Mu SLX.
Price – RRP $1050 and now get a Dahon Sherpa bag FREE with every purchase
The Bickerton 1909 is a prime example of a luxurious model in a value package. The chrome aluminium finish is eye-catching and turns heads wherever it goes, but the enjoyment is really in the rider – Ergon Biokork handgrips and Rido R2 saddle not just accentuates the bicycle, but gives the rider ergonomic support in the hands and perineal area for all-day comfort. Bickerton has also fitted Schwalbe Marathon Supreme tires as stock for a real supple feeling in the rubber, and this bike doesn’t just look good – The Shimano Alivio/Sora 9-speed drivetrain is mated with a 55T FSA Vero crank to deliver a powerful transmission. And if all that is still not enough – ask for the option with Brooks B17 saddle.
Price – RRP $1099 and now $999 for a limited period and now get a Bickerton Transport Bag FREE with every purchase
The IVE is Tyrell’s latest addition to its product lineup and its offering for an urban commute lifestyle. The user needs for such a cycling category would be for a reliable, quick and easy folding bike, for cruising speeds of average 15-20km/h with sufficient gears for an occasional burst speed. Tyrell’s master designer and founder M.Hirose has shrewdly paired a Shimano Sora 9-speed drivetrain with the IVE’s solid and velvety smooth chromoly steel frame, as the answer for a reliable drivetrain that can withstand the demands of everyday commuting and with just the right amount of gears for the needed travelling speeds.
Price – RRP $1900 and now get a rear rack built for IVE worth $130 FREE with every purchase
All models mentioned in this article are available at our shops BRU@Yishun and BRU2@Frankel, come by to view them or to speak to our staff to find out more! Demo units available.