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  • What Exactly Is A Dual Sport Bike?
  • Mark Hansen

What Exactly Is A Dual Sport Bike?

What Exactly Is A Dual Sport Bike?

Do you feel as though a Hybrid bike doesn’t quite fit your needs as a rider, yet a more dirt oriented bike might be too much when you need to get around town? Luckily, a perfect balance exists!

Only taking off recently in the last few years, a new category of town and commuter bikes called “dual sport” is making waves in the bicycle industry.

The “dual sport” is a versatile and increasingly popular style of bike. Dual sport combines all the benefits of a nimble and light hybrid bike and wraps it in a burly package that can tackle the bumpy pavement of Ross Valley as well as a gravel path or bumpy section of dirt.

Sport Utility Bike

With peppy geometry and fairly upright rider position, dual sports are perfect for getting places quickly and comfortably. A light and stiff frame creates a responsive ride, while a suspension fork soothes out any harshness in the road and lets the rider explore off the beaten path.

A slightly more aggressive tire than a traditional hybrid bike allows the dual sport to excel in a wider range of conditions, and wider clearance around the tires allows you to add any combination of racks and fenders. Whether you want a get-around bike that has wider range and terrain abilities, or a versatile commuter that isn't fragile and is ready for anything, a dual sport is able to meet your needs. These flexible rides also make great cross training machines, sporty, light and able to mix into your workout routine.

Sunshine features a few different models from Trek and Cannondale; unisex versions plus models specifically for women. The Cannondale Quick CX, the Cannondale Althea for Women as well as the Trek DS (Dual Sport) series.

Trek and Cannondale have been working hard to overcome the limitations of a traditional Hybrid bike. Rather than designing a bike around a concept, technology and features are implemented to target the needs of real cyclists and commuters. So rather than a compromise or compilation of several bikes, Dual Sports are designed from the ground up as specific to a group of purposes. They realize more is needed out of a modern “get-around” bike.

Check them out on our site for more information, and hopefully stop by for a test ride!

Cannondale Quick CX »

Cannondale Althea »

Trek DS (Dual Sport) »

  • Mark Hansen