Islabikes might be best known for kid's bikes, but the brand has turned its attention to another age group she feels is in need of bikes with specialised geometry; the over 65s. The new 'Icons' range covers road, mountain and urban bikes with design details aimed specifically at making riding accessible to the older generation.
The three bike lineup is named after famous figures from the '60s, with a road bike called the Janis, an urban machine called Joni and a mountain bike named Jimi, hence the 'Icons' tagline for the range. We'll gloss over the fact that only one of that lot made it past their sixth decade with the others falling victim to living fast and, erm, dying young.
Either way, the bikes feature lots of details that Islabikes reckon will make cycling much more enjoyable and accessible to ageing riders. That means there's increased standover to make it easy for less flexible riders to get on the bike along with more upright riding positions, low gears for easier hill climbing, plus rims that are designed to make it easy to change tyres for fingers that might struggle with tightly seated beads.
The Jimi mountain bike is designed to be a proper off-road bike, but with a focus on more mellow trails rather than hucking off drops and sweet jumps. Interestingly, they've opted for a rigid carbon fork rather than a suspension unit as they reckon lower weight will be a greater advantage rather than all-out bump-absorbing ability.
The 10-speed gearing has a 10-40T range at the back, but it's paired with Islabike's own low Q-factor chainset with a dinky direct mount 26T ring to give 18" of gearing on the two smallest sizes and 19" on the two bigger bikes. A SRAM Gripshifter changes ratios, while hydraulic Level TL disc do the stopping and at a claimed 9.9kg it's impressively light.
Smaller sizes get 650b wheels, but larger frame sizes opt for 29" wheels, all shod in Schwalbe's Rocket Ron rubber.
The asking price is £1,200 but when it comes to optional extras, you get the pick of a dropper post, Mudhugger mudguards, a mirror and a handlebar mounted bottle cage.
The Janis is the dedicated road bike of the range, but it shuns drop bars in favour of a flat bar and more upright geometry. Once again, disc brakes and a wide range 1x gearing system is fitted, but this time with a larger 36T ring.
It comes as standard with full mudguards, Islabike's own 30mm tyres on 700c wheels and the weight is highly impressive at a (claimed) 9.44kg for a medium and once again, the bike costs £1,200 before options.
Joni 02.jpg, by Islabikes
The urban bike has a super low step-through design with more city-riding friendly features such as a rear pannier rack as well as guards. The 26" wheels get 1.5" own-brand tyres and this time an eight-speed drivetrain is used, though still paired with low Q-factor cranks and a relaytively small 32T ring.
Though it's the cheapest bike in the range at £800, it still gets SRAM hydraulic disc brakes and at 11.46kg (medium, claimed) it's still respectably lightweight.
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