What, is the niche tandem-recumbent-and-trailer Oregon-based co-operative going mainstream? Not exactly, the two road bikes and the two commuter bikes are still a little way from the norm (they're steel, for a start). Oh, and there's a new flatbed trailer, too.

Burley launch road and commuter bikes

The 24 year old co-operative, famous for its yellow and blue trailers, is adding to its 15-year old tandem line with four mainstream, steel-framed bikes.

Made from double-butted True Temper OX platinium tubes, the two road bikes have straight chainstays, s-curved chainstays and a snazzy new B logo on the headtube. This headbadge harks back to Burley’s beginnings in 1978. Then it ’employed’ four worker-owners, now there are 90.

The high-end $2999 Wolf Creek comes with Dura Ace kit, the $1899 Fox Hollow uses Ultegra.

The $1099 Runabout commuter bikes are closer to the Burley ideal of producing distinctive products for discerning, ‘differently-oriented’ consumers. They have disc brakes, mudguard eyes and racks (slightly modified from the bomb-proof racks used for the Piccolo trailer bike).

There’s a 27-speed derailleur version but the headturner is the internal hub version. It’s the SRAM Spectro S7 internal hub. There’s also an eccentric bottom bracket. Single speed anyone?

The new Burley flatbed trailer was produced thanks to the input of CenterParcs/Oasis, the posh Butlins. The comapny is a big user of Burley child trailers but also has a need for schlepping pizzas, and other stuff, across site, hence the request for a flatbed trailer.


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