Gone are the days when the commuter bike was an old-school mountain bike with a hodgepodge of parts and a rear wheel that was only stumblingly true. A rise in people looking to build fitness, lower their carbon footprint or just have fun while getting around has generated a big market for commuter bikes — from super stylish retro single speeds to those that borrow from road bikes for speed and mountain bikes for durability.
Mash all of this up with internal gearing, belt drives and integrated lighting systems, and the commuter bike suddenly forms. Here are our top 10 picks for 2018.
1. Mosaic CT-1
The best way to describe Mosaic’s CT-1 commuter bike is simply superlative. It’s the best commuter bike that money can buy. It does, of course, come with a high price tag. The bike is made from titanium tubing and is hand-built by Aaron Barcheck in Colorado. It features a Shimano Metrea groupset that leaves little to be desired in the way of looks or performance.
Barcheck started shaping with titanium at Colorado’s Dean Bicycles, where he worked for seven years. He immediately drifted to the metal, which doesn’t need to be coddled, is rust-proof and easily refinished, and almost never experiences catastrophic failure (unlike carbon).
Barcheck is currently making the best American-made titanium bikes. Detail, finish, paint, ride quality — it’s all there. The Mosaic CT-1 is no exception, and best of all, because every bike is custom, you can build it to the exact specs that you want.
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