check my blog We built Torpado Citi5 for the urban rider who wants an agile bike tough enough to handle commuting duties like a reliable workhorse.
To get you around a concrete jungle with ease, we shortened the Citi5’s wheelbase, raised the cockpit, and relaxed the head tube’s angle with the aim to create a comfortable, upright position you can see far ahead from. At its heart, Citi5 is about safety and comfort.
Let’s dive into some engineering for a bit. Whoever invented the hydroforming technique to shape alloy tubes was an ingenious chap, that’s for sure. The process allows frame designers to vary each tube’s shape and thickness to reduce weight and, at the same time, match the frame’s purpose with an appropriate tube design. Add more material where it’s needed and shed it where a thin wall will work fine, bend a tube to increase its strength or reduce stress, experiment, try different things — that’s the idea. With hydroforming, a frame designer has a lot of options to play with and we took advantage of this technique to design our Citi5. The result is a versatile platform engineered to take care of your daily travel on two wheels without a fuss.
To keep you moving, Citi5 features one of the unsung heroes of mountain biking componentry — the Shimano Deore drivetrain. Deore is known for its right balance of performance, reliability, and value for money. Over the years the groupset has been refined and tweaked taking advantage of the trickle-down features from the Shimano’s high-end components. Citi5 gives you a range of 27 speeds linking a triple chainring (48T x 38T x 28T) at the front to an 11-34T 9-speed Deore cassette at the rear. The range of gear combinations will allow you to climb the steepest hills in your area or find the right high gear to whip the speed up when you need to.
Speed is great, we all like to go fast and this is why you need a pair of dependable brakes. We bolted two Shimano hydraulic disc brakes paired to 160 mm rotors to give you all the stopping power you need in any weather conditions with sensitive modulation at your fingers. Focus on the road and what’s around you, not on how much pressure you need to apply to your brakes in an emergency. As we said, safety in a comfy package had been our aim with the Citi5.
Speaking of safety, on the Citi5 you’ll be cruising on Kenda Multi Surface 35 mm tyres with generous tread rubber and deep water grooves to ensure your tyres will last longer, stick to the pavement in the wet, and save you from punctures as much as possible. The 35 mm width is wide enough to soften your ride and keep your bike glued to the road.
While we’re on the wheels topic, let us mention the Citi5’s hand-built hoops on double-wall rims laced with stainless spokes to a pair of sealed bearing, durable hubs to give you a wheelset that’s going to survive urban riding abuse and never complain about anything.
All and all, the Citi5 is an urban commuter thoughtfully built for safe, comfortable riding with features designed to meet any challenges commuting might throw at you. Choose this elegant bike with confidence it was made for you by people who ride bikes every day themselves.