The new 8-speed Ajax and 11-speed Acme from Spot Bikes are the lightest, quickest internally geared/Carbon Drive bikes we’ve seen. The riding position with the stock stem and handlebars is refreshingly upright, reflecting Spot’s intent to distinguish itself in the city-bike market. But for those who prefer drop bars to make the most of the Ajax’s and Acme’s cyclocross geometry and potential as fast, weatherproof commuters, we introduce our own version of the Ajax with drop bars, J-Tek bar-end shifter, and Tektro levers.
Ajax and Acme share the same aluminum frame and carbon fork; Acme comes with hydraulic disc brakes, while Ajax has mechanical. Both are equipped with the new CenterTrack system from Gates. Both are ready for fenders, front and rear racks, and bottle cages. Both are flat-fix-friendly and as low-maintenance as a geared bike can get. The drop-bar Ajax 8-speed is $1699 with mechanical disc brakes.. 11-speed with drop bars and new J-Tek 11-speed shifter coming soon. See our Ajax page.