Should a bike destined for city life be built of anything but steel? Probably not. Perhaps we should add another layer: should the ultimate city bike be made of anything but Columbus Niobium tubing, like the beautifully fillet brazed, filed and painted model here from Reilly?
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Reilly SX Street X specifications
- Frame: Columbus Niobium steel
- Fork: Carbon Reilly
- Wheels: Handmade DT Swiss rims and Shimano Deore hubs
- Transmission: Single-speed 50, 22
- Brakes: Shimano BR-M636
Reilly SX Street X ride impression
Mark Reilly has been designing and building bikes for more than 30 years. He’s been heavily involved in titanium and has made bikes in every strain of steel going. His company now works in carbon, too, making road bikes out of a different workshop in the Midlands.
This bike, born and bred in Brighton, UK, is his personal ride for tooling around that fair seaside city. In essence, the tubing’s character gives the bike a light, springy feel. Combined with its short wheelbase and tight geometry, the SX is an agile ride, great for filtering through traffic and kerb-hopping around obstacles.
It offers snappy acceleration and sharp handling, and is surprisingly comfortable, though it gets a bit choppy over broken surfaces.
Reilly SX Street X early verdict
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