Civia New Models

Civia’s 2010 models are now posted on their website. There are three new models: the Bryant, the Linden, and the Midtown. The following descriptions are taken from the Civia website.

Bryant
Quick, refined and graceful, the new Civia Bryant is a high-speed commuter built for all-day comfort. Weaving through city gridlock or rolling down a country lane, the Bryant delivers a lively yet comfortable ride. From commuting to camping, the Bryant can carry big loads while delivering responsive handling, superb balance and outstanding performance. Designed with a unique split rear dropout, the frame accommodates a traditional derailleur drivetrain or a belt drive that provides reliable performance in the worst conditions.

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Linden
Adapting the strengths of the Hyland, the Linden offers a high-quality transportation bicycle for a great value. Available with a rim brake and a compact drivetrain, this is an out-of-the-box performer.

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Midtown
The Midtown offers the elegance and fun of the Loring for a value price. Embracing simplicity with rim brakes and a derailleur drivetrain, this bike turns heads with styling, yet has the strength and balance to carry a generous load in its front basket.

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More on Civia to come from Interbike later today.

14 Responses to “Civia New Models”

  • Macwestie says:

    Dang. I was hoping the Bryant would be a Hyland with belt drive. No dynamo hub, no fenders, no rack.

  • jdmitch says:

    Wow, I can’t say I like where Civia ultimately went with these now that I see more details. The original Hyand and Loring were great because they were a rethinking of bikes from a usefulness point of view. The new models (with the exception of the belt driven disc brak drop bar) seem more like a “Well, we build NORMAL bikes too.”

    Oh, and I wish they would have redone the Hyland Alfine with a drop bar option with BB7 rather than the Hydraulic brakes. May have to build that up myself.

  • Elliott @ Austin on Two Wheels says:

    The Bryant is a vanilla (not that Vanilla) road bike that is not equipped with useful things like fenders and a rack out of the box (though the kickstand plate was a nice edition). The Linden looks like a snooze fest hybrid. Looks like they are trying to be more like the big guys which is not how they made a name for themselves. I’d like them to be different and continue to push the broader industry, not follow it. I didn’t see any pricing on these yet.

  • Larey says:

    I wonder why they pictured the Bryant in it’s “Just another steel road bike” configuration? The other three pictures of that model on their web site show the belt drive, disc brakes, internal hub, and fender config which seems much more eye catching and interesting to me.

  • Brendan says:

    Hmmmm, I’m liking the Alfine build with belt drive (and was hoping for more close up pics of the fully outfitted bike ala the teaser). But I was thinking Jtek bar ends instead of the versa for year round commuting. Thoughts?

    To explain, I’m worried the STI-style wouldn’t work as well with my drop bar pogies and massive mittens I roll for winter. The bar-end, however, would be perfect (as they currently are on my crosscheck)

    Also, the geometry seems to sit between the crosscheck and LHT, I wonder which it rides more like…?

  • bongobike says:

    I thing we all agree: BORING!

  • Andrew says:

    The only one there that really interests me is the Hyland belt-drive Alfine. I really like the idea of belt-drive and disc brakes and a virtually no-maintenance road bike is fun. That said, I find that internally geared hubs always feel draggy and slow. The ‘quickest’ bike I’ve ridden with an IGH was a Norco VFR, one of their flat-bar roadbikes, and it felt really out of character on what should have been a pretty spritely frame.

  • brad says:

    I suspect these models were developed to offset the higher-end appeal of the Hyland and Loring by providing lower-priced models that will be attractive to people who don’t want to spend so much or who aren’t looking for cutting-edge design and components. You gotta follow both gambits: high-end models of which you’ll only sell a few, and low to mid-range models of which you’ll hopefully sell lots.

  • Elliott @ Austin on Two Wheels says:

    brad,
    I follow you except why would anyone buy a Civia that looks like dozens of other bikes out there? They’ve built their brand on being different from both the general industry and the retro grouch. Maybe they are getting in enough retail locations to start offering “me too” bikes to add to the profit margins, but I don’t see much here that would bring in new people. If I’m a less knowledgeable shopper, why would I buy one of these instead of a Trek, Giant, or Specialized?

  • brad says:

    @Elliott: I don’t think there’s a lot of brand recognition among buyers of urban bikes, so I imagine it mostly boils down to looks and price. Keep in mind that many buyers of urban bikes are first-time purchasers who’ve never heard of even the most ubiquitous brands out there. And they probably want a bike that looks like every other one out there, just like most sedans today look like every other sedan. When I bought my city bike this summer, I observed just that kind of behavior at the shop where I bought my bike. There were a couple of other customers there before me, and as I waited my turn I got to watch how they picked their bike. They avoided anything that looked radically different, were not influenced by name brands, and seemed to be mainly influenced by color, build quality, price, and how the bike felt in their hands.

  • Willam Seville says:

    Fenders? Where are the fenders?

  • Ahmad says:

    Yup, pretty disapointing. I was hoping Civia would be the first to do IGH with belt and the Versa shifters. I still have great appreciation for the company, but let’s hope they can do better next year.

  • Alan says:

    @Ahmad

    They’re offering the Bryant in an Alfine/Belt/Versa/BB7 combo, w/cromo frame, kickstand plate, replaceable dropouts, and all the appropriate braze-ons.

    http://www.civiacycles.com/civiacomplete_bryant.php#beltAlfine

    This should be a hot bike.

  • Rick Steele says:

    Got pricing for a couple Bryants:
    Bryant Tiagra Build: $1,250, Bryant Gates Belt Drive / Alfine: $1,750

    Rick
    Gold Country Cyclery
    http://www.tandems-recumbents.com

 
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