It’s All in the Details
This double top-tube Brooklyn Bike Driggs 3 is a classic design with an added second horizontal support that increases the strength of the frame. The triangle, the traditional form of the bicycle frame, is the perfect structure for evenly distributing rider weight and pedaling forces. Additional height in the head tube interrupts this form, thereby weakening the structure. By adding a second, lower tube, the triangle is reestablished. This doubling allows for lighter steel to be used while still ensuring the strength of the bike. It’s not a new design, nor one that you’ll likely see replicated outside of city bikes, but it’s a unique design that is perfect for the urban or coastal commuter looking for something different.
Beyond aesthetic considerations of the modified design, the bike is a very capable performer, with Shimano Nexus 3-speed drivetrain details and Tektro alloy aluminum brakes. The Kenda Kwest 700×35 tires provide a cushy ride while maintaining traction on wet streets or gravel roads. The creme color of the rubber is a nice contrast to the denim blue paint and would also pair well with the other available frame colors: matte black, tangerine and army green. A nice touch is the bottle of matching touch-up paint included with the bike, something we haven’t seen before. All of this is backed up with a lifetime warranty, a vouch for the durability of the bike tasked with a daily commute on SoCal streets. -CR ($599, brooklynbicycleco.com)