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Wings to wheels: The Wright Brothers launches 21st-century bikes

Posted on 11 August 2018

Wings to wheels: The Wright Brothers launches 21st-century bikes

The feeling of riding a bike is synonymous with flying, and the legendary Wright brothers are synonymous with both. It was in the back of their Ohio bicycle shop that they went from wheels to wings and forever changed the world.

Now, The Wright Brothers USA, a commercial arm of The Wright Brothers Family Foundation, is now offering two ‘Built Wright in the USA’ bicycles, the Van Cleve™ 1896 (MSRP: $4,750) and the St. Clair™ 1896 (MSRP: $3,950), both named in homage to Wright family history.

 

The Reynolds 725 heat-treated, double-butted Cro-Moly steel frames are hand-made by Co-Motion Cycles in Oregon and assembled in Dayton, Ohio, home of the Wright’s first bike shop. The premium-spec’d, built-to-order bikes are currently sold consumer direct through thewrightbrothersstore.com.

These sturdy adventurers are the original gravel bikes, able to handle asphalt, cement, crushed limestone, or dirt. They simultaneously represent old and new cycling heritage. Detailed information about the bikes is below. Please spread the word to your readers.

Proceeds fund the work of The Wright Brothers Family Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving the Wright brothers’ legacy worldwide. Its initiatives include maintenance and programming of Hawthorn Hill (the Wright brothers’ success mansion), restoration of the original Wright Company buildings (the first U.S. airplane factory) and preservation of aviation history around the globe.

Van Cleve™ 1896

The Van Cleve model harkens back to the Wrights’ top-of-the-line build and pays homage to their mother’s ancestors the Van Cleves. For commuting or weekend rides celebrating the feeling of flying with the Wright brothers, the Van Cleve features Shimano Alfine 11-speed internal rear hub, TRP Spyre brakes, and Gates Carbon Drive CDX belt. Available from The Wright Brothers USA for $4,750.

  • Accessory Mounts: 2 water bottle mounts, rear rack mounts, front low-rider mounts, front and rear fender mounts
  • Bottom Bracket: Co-Motion eccentric with Shimano external bearing cartridge
  • Brakes: TRP Spyre, PM front, 160 mm 6-bolt rotor. TRP Spyre, IS rear, 160 mm center-lock rotor
  • Crankset: Shimano Alfine 170 mm arms with Gates CenterTrack 39t front sprocket (U.S.A.)
  • Drive: Gates Carbon Drive CDX belt 118t (U.S.A.)
  • Fork: Co-Motion taper-gauge Cro-Moly with CNC steerer (U.S.A.)
  • Frame: Co-Motion-designed Reynolds 725 heat treated double butted Cro-Moly tubing (U.S.A.)
  • Gears: Shimano Alfine 11-speed, internal rear hub
  • Grips/Tape: Co-Motion/Lizard Skin Lock-on grips, Black
  • Handlebar: Co-Motion/FSA city bar
  • Headset: Chris King NoThreadSet 1-1/8″, Black (U.S.A.)
  • Kick Stand: 2-leg center stand
  • Levers: Shimano flat bar levers, road pull
  • Saddle: Selle Anatomica X1, Black with gunmetal rivets (U.S.A.)
  • Seatpost: Thomson Elite, straight, 27.2 mm diameter, Black (U.S.A)
  • Shifter: Alfine 11 Rapid Fire
  • Stem: Thomson Elite, X2, 100 mm, 10 deg, Black (U.S.A.)
  • Tires: Vittoria Randonneur Pro 700 x 35
  • Wheelset: DT 350 Disc front hub/Velocity Dyad Rim 700c. Shimano Alfine 11 rear hub/Velocity Dyad rim 700c (U.S.A.)
  • Color: Metallic Black
  • Sizes: 46 cm, 50 cm, 52 cm, 54 cm, 56 cm, 58 cm, 60 cm & 62 cm
  • Weight: 24.2 lbs (54 cm size)
St. Clair™ 1896

The original St. Clair bicycle was named for Arthur St. Clair, the first president of the Northwest Territory of the United States, comprised of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. Today’s version is designed for everyday and recreational weekend rides with a comfortable riding frame made of Reynolds 725 tubing, easy-to-shift Shimano Alfine 8 drivetrain components and smooth stopping SRAM Avid BB5 disc brakes. Available from The Wright Brothers USA for $3,950.

  • Accessory Mounts: 2 water bottle mounts, rear rack mounts, front low-rider mounts, front and rear fender mounts
  • Bottom Bracket: Co-Motion eccentric with Shimano external bearing cartridge
  • Brakes: Avid BB5, 160 mm rotors, 6-bolt front, center-lock rear
  • Crankset: Shimano Alfine, 170 mm arms, 39t chainring
  • Drive: Sram 850 chain
  • Fork: Co-Motion taper-gauge Cro-Moly with CNC steerer (U.S.A.)
  • Frame: Co-Motion-designed Reynolds 725 heat treated double butted Cro-Moly tubing (U.S.A.)
  • Gears: Shimano Alfine 8, internal rear hub gearing, 8 speeds
  • Grips/Tape: ESI Extra Chunky silicone grips (U.S.A.)
  • Handlebar: Co-Motion/FSA city bar
  • Headset: FSA Orbit X 1-1/8″, Black
  • Kick Stand: 2-leg center stand
  • Levers: Avid flat bar levers
  • Saddle: Selle Italia Nekkar Flow
  • Seatpost: Race Face Ride XC, straight, 27.2 mm diameter, Black
  • Shifter: Alfine 8 Rapid Fire
  • Stem: FSA Gossamer, 100 mm, 6 deg, Black
  • Tires: Schwalbe Marathon 650B x 42
  • Wheelset: DT 350 Disc front hub/Velocity Dyad Rims 650B, Front. Shimano Alfine 8 rear hub/Velocity Dyad rim 650B (U.S.A.)
  • Color: Graphite Blue
  • Sizes: 46 cm, 50 cm, 52 cm, 54 cm, 56 cm, 58 cm, 60 cm & 62 cm
  • Weight: 26.4 lbs (56 cm size)

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