One of the success stories in Australia has been Lekker bikes and the Dutch born founder Meindert retains a strong link with The Netherlands with a retail shops in Sydney, Melbourne and Amsterdam. The newest release from Lekker is the Amsterdam M2 which was constructed to connect the functionality of the classic dutchie with the Australian commuting conditions. Specifically, the M2 has a bigger gear range to tackle hillier commutes whereas the average Dutch Bike is a single-speed, two-speed or three-speed.
The Amsterdam Elite M2 from Lekker Bikes was launched this month and as a true commuter it has an integrated front carry rack, mud guards, wide tyres and disc brakes. The gates carbon belt drive has become a favourite among commuters, instead of an oily bike chain, the belt drive is clean and wonderfully silent. For the gearing, the M2 can be ordered with a Shimano Nexus 8 speed hub or the N330 NuVinci hub. (NuVinci renamed to Enviolo… so don’t be confused by the naming). The N330 hub uses planetary gears for stepless shifting. The advantage of the belt drive and internal geared hubs is that it requires less maintenance.
Missing from the M2 are integrated lights or a front dynamo to power onboard bike lights as is common on functional Dutch bikes. Australian road conditions see a lot of bike commuters opting for high-powered lights which could the reason for leaving this out of the equation. Both bikes are available in ‘satin black’ and ‘mineral grey’.
Details and Purchasing
Amsterdam Elite M2 with Shimano Nexus 8-speed
$1,098 RRP Bike Details
Amsterdam Elite M2 with Nuvinci / Enviolo N330 Hub
$1,398 RRP Bike Details
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