Civia Loring Debuts

The Civia Loring was just introduced at Interbike. What a cool looking city bike! I love the “sustainable” bamboo fenders and rack slats, and it comes stock with a Brooks B-67 saddle and Pasela tires… WOW. Plus, I’ve heard nothing but good things about SRAM I-Motion internal gear hubs. I’m looking forward to riding one.

From the Civia website:

Whether tooling around town, cruising campus or pedaling to the grocer, the Civia Loring offers supreme comfort, safety and utility. From its gently sloping top tube to its bamboo fenders and matching trim, the Loring is a study in elegance, simplicity and fun. Designed for short runs of five miles or less, the Loring carries up to 50 pounds of cargo while delivering an exceptionally balanced ride. The Loring features disc brakes and a three or nine-speed internally geared hub.

I-Motion 9-Speed Build

  • MSRP: $1610
  • Fork: Loring Steel
  • Fenders: Loring Bamboo
  • Rear Rack: Loring Aluminum/Bamboo
  • Handlebar: Loring Swept 80º
  • Rims: Alex SX44 disc specific
  • Crank: Truativ 5D 3-piece
  • Brake Calipers: Avid BB5 mechanical disc
  • Wheel (Front): Civia disc hub, 36-hole, Alex SX44 rim
  • Wheel (Rear): SRAM i-motion 9, 36-hole, Alex SX44
  • Brake Levers: SRAM FR5
  • Headset: Cane Creek SC-1
  • Stem: Truativ XR 12º rise
  • Seatpost: Truativ XR 350mm
  • Kickstand: Single-leg kickstand
  • Saddle: Brooks B-67
  • Tires: Panaracer Pasela 26 x 1.75 with Tourgaurd flat protection

I-Motion 3-Speed Build

  • MSRP: $1380
  • Fork: Loring Steel
  • Fenders: Loring Bamboo
  • Rear Rack: Loring Aluminum/Bamboo
  • Handlebar: Loring Swept 80º
  • Rims: Alex SX44 disc specific
  • Crank: Truativ 5D 3-piece
  • Brake Calipers: Avid BB5 mechanical disc
  • Wheel (Front): Civia disc hub, 36-hole, Alex SX44 rim
  • Wheel (Rear): SRAM i-motion 9, 36-hole, Alex SX44
  • Brake Levers: SRAM FR5
  • Headset: Cane Creek SC-1
  • Stem: Truativ XR 12º rise
  • Seatpost: Truativ XR 350mm
  • Kickstand: Single-leg kickstand
  • Saddle: Brooks B-67
  • Tires: Panaracer Pasela 26 x 1.75 with Tourgaurd flat protection

Visit the Civia website

14 Responses to “Civia Loring Debuts”

  • JoshM says:

    Yeah, those Lorings are sweet looking… and the bamboo fenders and basket slats are kay cool…

  • meli says:

    these are gorgeous!

  • DrMekon says:

    I wonder what 50lbs on fork mounted rack will do to the handling. I suspect a frame mounted rack like the one Azor would have less of an impact.

  • Roland Smith says:

    On a bike like this, a chainguard would have been usefull.

    Props for using hub gears, disc brakes and a good saddle, though.

    The frame tubes look somewhat thin to me, but that could be because I’m used to overbuilt Dutch bikes. :-)

  • doc says:

    Yup. The lack of a chainguard struck me right away. Seems like an obvious essential for what otherwise is a great looking bike. Props for the Brooks and the Paselas. Saves on the hassle of the mandatory upgrade.

  • JoshM says:

    Yeah… the lack of chainguard is a bit off. I’m hoping they’ll offer a color matched one (or better yet a bamboo one) on the website. I can understand, though, if they were trying to keep it in the mid-1Ks them choosing to focus on other bits.

    For short rides, a lot of people may be wearing shorts or knickers or a simple rolling a cuff.

    I’m not saying I agree with the decision, I’m just saying I can kind of understand some reasons for it.

  • Ryan says:

    The production Lorings will be spec’d with a chainguard. It just didn’t come together before interbike. THanks for the positive remarks. We’re very excited about this bike.

    R>

  • JoshM says:

    “Ryan says:
    The production Lorings will be spec’d with a chainguard. It just didn’t come together before interbike. THanks for the positive remarks. We’re very excited about this bike.”

    SWEET! Thanks for the heads up.

    Now, my question of the day, color matched paint (BTW – that apple green is beautiful) or bamboo? Like I mentioned, I think a matched chain guard in Bamboo would be the bee’s knees.

    FYI – As much as I drooled over the Hyland, I just could’t justify it… the Loring, though, this is now on my short list of possible buys once we buy a house, sell my truck (some of the funds of which will finance a very nice ~5 mile commuter bike of some sort) and my family goes “car-lite” (just my wife’s Jetta). This will all, conveniently, happen in the spring of 2009…

  • Paul R says:

    Totally sweet look. Combines the best of Royal Mail bikes with a neat bamboo twist!

    Pashley still comes up trumps for me though, albeit they pricey:
    http://www.pashley.co.uk

    P

  • Nanda says:

    The blue Loring looks like it has the SRAM iLight dynamo front hub, but I can spot the headlight. I am hoping to get some iMotions on some RANS crank forward bikes, which should also be a perfect pairing.

  • osric says:

    I don’t get how a saddle made of a dead animal has any place on a “sustainable” bike. There are plenty of synthetic or natural materials that make wonderful seats.

  • s says:

    gorgeous bikes! i wonder if anyone in alberta will have them available?

  • Adrian says:

    Bummer–it looks like they bumped the price up by $120. Still, this is a really promising bike; it’s got really nice stock parts and it’s the only bike I know of with 26″ wheels, disc brakes, a rigid fork and an internally geared hub. This would be a prime candidate for Xtracycle conversion!

  • PJ Ramstack says:

    Just an update, we will be offering the Loring as a base model that comes with out the racks and fenders and a Velo saddle for $1080 MSRP. With this you can add the other parts after market if you would like, building the bike a la carte with the parts you want most or as you can afford them:
    Front rack: $175 MSRP
    Rear rack: $80 MSRP
    Fenders: $105 MSRP
    PJ
    Civia Cycles

 
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