So we’ve been one of the world’s largest Spot dealers several years running, and the folks at Spot, in Colorado, tell us they made this bike for us. Champa is not a street in Portland, though, it’s a street in Denver. So what did they mean? This is what we’d told them we wanted to see:
–A high-quality, double-butted cromoly frame with carbon fork. Because steel feels better than aluminum and an extra lb of frame weight is not quite the cataclysm the mainstream bike industry wants you to think it is.
–Alfine 8 internal gearing, which is bombproof and virtually maintenance free. It gives all the range most people need in those parts of the country where they got some hills but not exactly the Alps.
–Belt (of course). Joe Bike is North America’s largest dealer of belt-drive bikes, and we like mentioning all of a belt’s advantages over a chain: no maintenance, longer life, no stretching, lighter, no grime, quiet, no maintenance, no appetite for pant cuffs, etc.
–Hydro disc brakes for superior stopping power, especially in wet weather. We’re in Portland; we know about stopping in rain.
–Wide-ish tires to smooth over streets buckled and broken by the temperature extremes wrought by global weirding.
–A high-spirited feel but with a dignified, low-key appearance, the better to ward off thieves.
–Easy mounting points for rack and fenders.
–Maybe a kickstand plat.
And that’s exactly what this is.
Want to customize your Champa? Here’s a form that helps you do just that. You’ll see the price change at the bottom as you pick and choose.
Below you’ll find Spot Brand’s nicely written propaganda on the Champa:
Classy, handsome and unassuming in the manner of a tailored gray suit. That’s how we think of the Champa. It features the same streamlined steel frame as the Wazee but with a more reserved demeanor thanks to its warm and elegant metallic graphite finish. Kitted with a clean and quiet belt drive paired with an Alfine 8-speed, the Champa speeds down boulevards and bike paths without fuss or fanfare. Sometimes, making a statement means just getting the job done. Champa Street connects the upscale neighborhoods of Curtis Park with the high rises of Denver’s downtown core, a trip that symbolizes the vibrant lifestyle enabled by a new era of urban cycling. Limited quantities available this summer.
Pre-order now, as these are likely to sell out in the summer.