We never liked the term “Cruiser” because most of us remember them as heavy, sluggish bikes from the past. But we do like to “cruise”. This modern interpretation of the cruiser lets you enjoy rolling in comfort and style without the baggage and weight of the past. It’s a simple bike and your best friend at the same time. Always there for you and ready to ride when you are — for basic transportation in your neighborhood or a scenic ride along the beach. As the name “Upright” implies, these bikes have a carefully designed riding position that’s comfortable and upright while allowing you to stand up and use your body weight to pedal, which gives you the power and torque to climb hills much more easily. Think of this bike less like a comfy couch that will put you to sleep and more like an ergonomically designed office chair that’s comfortable, but with a task in mind. One simple bike. The Upright bike.
When Benno made a Ballooner prototype a few years ago, they found that they enjoyed riding it more than any other bike. The very balanced geometry is comfortable and sporty, which allows for a longer, more purposeful ride. Elevated specs, including Tektro rim brakes and 8-speeds, provide a smooth, almost effortless riding experience. The big, plush tires provide a comfortable and controlled ride. Studies have proven that in many road conditions quality high volume tires actually have less rolling resistance than skinny tires. In most urban settings, you'll often find yourself on rougher, less than perfect roads – another situation made better by a wider tire. All in all, the Ballooner is a real gentleman: humble, polite, elegant and extremely capable. A modern retro-style everyday commuter.
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