Reid Cycles has a real thing going down under with their price point bicycles. They’ve recently ventured into the fat bike and plus bike market and they’re Vice has caused some real buzz in the plus market. The Reid Cycles Vice 2.0 in particular is ready for anything you throw at it. The full-rigid platform and slack geometry make for the perfect pairing. The bike shreds singletrack like any modern mountain bike, but is also perfectly ready to be loaded up and taken out for an adventure.
The frame is lightweight aluminum, and with its 1×10 11-40t Deore drivetrain, it has excellent gearing for both mountain bike and long distance touring. The bike is stocked with a 30t FSA crankset. Now that Sunrace and Shimano make an 11-42 10-speed cassette, the bikes gear range is easily expandable while keeping the same 1x crankset and long cage 10-speed derailleur. The tapered head tube allows for many suspension options. The wheelset that comes stock with the frame is composed of md40 40mm wide tubeless-ready wide-profile Alexrims with Formula hubs. This keeps the cost of the bike down while still giving the bike boost hub spacing and thru axels in the front and rear. The bike is definitely designed to be easily upgradeable and “customized” into exactly what you need it to be.
The tires stocked on the bike are tubeless ready WTB 2.8 Trailblazers. These tires have impressed me with their capabilities on all conditions. This time of year there is a ton of snow up north here in Spokane. These tires have taken on the snow and frozen dirt strikingly well.
Now with all of this said, the winter “commutering” possibilities with this bike are endless as well. The frame and fork both have rack mounts and the fork rake/long wheelbase makes for a very stable ride. In the short weeks I’ve had the bike I have greatly enjoyed riding it, not only on singletrack but also on the snow covered roads to and from coffee shops/breweries/work/etc. The blue frame color gets all the looks if you’re into that sort of thing as well. Check back here in a month or so for a more in-depth review on this rig!
The Reid Vice 2.0 starts at $999.99 – Reidcycles.com