10 Best Commuter Bikes 2023 | City Bikes

2023-02-01
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Fixie bikes are not suitable for anyone, and there’s nothing wrong about that. As we did with our Top 10 fixie bike list, today we present you with the TOP 10 city bikes for 2023. There are so many different city bike types that it would be strange not to find one that suits your needs. Low-bar or high-bar, ideal for strolling, adapted for racks, sporty-looking, classic and modern – and many more!

If you’re considering buying a city bike to move around your city but are not sure about which one to choose, you’re at the right place. We’ve created this TOP 10 city bike list to help you choose the city bike that suits you best for 2023. Keep reading and you’ll find a description of each model, along with their key features and our opinion.

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Top 10 Commuter Bikes 2023

This is the official list of the top 10 city bikes available on our shop, Santafixie.

  1. Santafixie Raval Matte Black 30mm – Single Speed Bycicle
  2. 6KU Tahoe – Single Speed Bicycle
  3. Jitensha Single Speed Bike – Concrete/Alu/Camel
  4. Pelago Bristol Classic City Bycicle – Black
  5. FabricBike City Classic 7 Speed Bycicle – Matte Black
  6. Quella Varsity Imperial Premium
  7. Cinelli Gazzetta Grey
  8. BLB Ripper Disc
  9. BLB Butterfly 8 Speeds
  10. Santafixie Raval 3 Speeds

Analysis of the Top 10 City Bikes for 2021

1. Santafixie Raval Matte Black 30mm – Single Speed Bycicle

Santafixie Raval Matte Black 30mm Bycicle - Best City Bike for 2022

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Description

The Santafixie Raval bike is the most outstanding city bike in our catalogue. As it’s our own brand, all of our experience and interest has been put into it. A bike designed and assembled from scratch in Barcelona, with an aluminum frameset and quality components that will let you get around every corner. A classic fixie model which is now available in new colours, making it even more attractive.

Details

  • Frame and fork: Aluminum 6061.
  • Crankset: 46T and 165mm.
  • Pedals: BMX FK platform.
  • Hubs: Sealed. Flip-flop rear hub.
  • Cogs: Fixed 16T and free 16T Included.
  • Wheels: Santafixie aluminum double-walled 60mm profile.
  • Tyres: Chaoyang Mini Shark 700x25C Anti-punctures.
  • Handlebar: Riser, Bullhorn, Drop bar or Straight.
  • Stem: Aluminum 31.8mm.
  • Brakes: Radius Type Caliper (front and rear brakes included).
  • Saddle: San Marco Monza.
  • Seat post: 27.2mm.
  • Bottom bracket: Sealed. 107mm.
  • Weight: 9.5 kgs (52cm).

Our review

A Santafixie Raval is the ideal partner for those who want to dive into the singlespeed world – a very affordable model, with a quality assurance coming from our assembling of the bike. It has the aggressive geometry of city bikes, but can be adapted to a more sporty usage by choosing one handlebar or another, from riser to bullhorn and drop bars. It’s a light bike, weighing 9.5 Kg, with a 46×16 gearing, which will give you full control of the bike and also let you speed up when necessary.

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2. 6KU Tahoe Single Speed Bicycle

  • Brand: 6KU
  • Model: Tahoe
  • Price: £411.60

6KU Tahoe Single Speed Bicycle

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Description

With the Tahoe model, 6KU offers another model of urban bike much more adapted to all audiences. In this case it is also a single speed model with front and rear brakes of indisputable quality, with chromoly frame and fork and great components. To make this bike more versatile, we have its flip-flop hub on the rear wheel to mount the bike to your liking according to your needs, as well as a straight handlebar for a less aggressive handling of the bike.

Details

  • Frame: High tensile steel fully tig-welded.
  • Wheels: 30mm Deep V alloy rim.
  • Hubs: 32H Quando flip-flop Hub.
  • Fork: 1-1/8” high tensile steel.
  • Headset: Neco threadless 1-1/8”.
  • Handlebar: 22.2cm alloy riser bar.
  • Chainring Crank: Alloy 44T*165mm.
  • Brakes: Radius Forged Alloy.
  • Bottom Bracket: Neco Sealed cartridge 68mm x 103mm.
  • Tires: 700 x 25C Kenda.
  • Pedals: BMX Platform.
  • Seatpost: 25.4mm Forged Alloy.
  • Saddle: Synthetic Leather.
  • Gear Ratio: 44/16 Gear Inches: 74.25.

Our review

The fixie bike philosophy can be experienced in many ways: with the 6KU Tahoe, you’ll know what a fixed-gear city bike is all about, so you can perfectly control your movements around town without having to ride a model that’s too aggressive or race-like. With a sober and attractive design that is even more reminiscent of a touring bike, you will be able to make the most of your city without the need for a large investment. 

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3. Jitensha Single Speed Bike – Concrete/Alu/Camel

  • Brand: Jitensha
  • Model: Concrete
  • Price: £824.90

Jitensha Single Speed Bike - Concrete/Alu/Camel

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Description

The Jitensha Concrete looks like a bike from another time, from another era, but it is actually assembled to order in a workshop on the French-Swiss border, so its delivery time is about 20 days. Mounted on a CR-Mo 4130 steel frame, it has classic style components, but resistant and durable for day-to-day use. The customization options, where it is possible to select the type of handlebars, are worth mentioning. 

Details

  • Frame: Cr-Mo 4130 Double Butted Alloy- Ideal balance of low weight and durability.
  • Fork: Cr-Mo 4130 Alloy hi-resistance and flexibility.
  • Bottom Bracket: Neco Sealed cartridge 68mm x 107mm.
  • Crankset: Neoclassic, 48T*165mm.
  • Freewheel: Dicta 18T.
  • Pedals: Wellgo Aluminium and Cr-Mo, sealed bearing.
  • Hubs: Aluminium, 263g.
  • Wheels: Aluminium rims, 220mm deep, 508g.
  • Tyres: Michelin Dynamic Classic 700 x 25C (2-tone).
  • Seatpost: Aluminium 6061 Alloy, diameter 27,2mm.
  • Saddle: High density, light foam and Jitensha Tokyo-Paris Embossing.
  • Bar Tape: Microfiber with pinholes. Shockproof absorbing function.
  • Endplugs: Jitensha in aluminium.
  • Stem: Aluminium 6061 alloy, 80mm extension, angle -20°, diameter 25,4mm.
  • Handlebars: Jitensha design, aluminium 6061 alloy.
  • Brakes (front and rear included): Dual Pivot, quick release, forged aluminium.
  • Pre-assembled: Your Jitensha is made to order in the Jitensha workshop. After testing, the handlebar, front wheel and pedals are disassembled for shipping. It will take you 10 minutes to easily re-assemble them.
  • Weight: 9,4kg.

Our review

The Jitensha Concrete is one of those bikes that dazzles when you see it on the street. With a fairly light weight for this type of classic bike, all the components of the Jitensha Concrete have been carefully selected and assembled by hand, outside of production lines and stress.

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4. Pelago Bristol 3C Classic City Bicycle – Black

  • Brand: Pelago
  • Model: Bristol
  • Price: 845,00€

Pelago Bristol 3C Classic City Bicycle - best city bike 2022

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Description

The Pelago Bristol, and all Pelago bicycles, have been designed and manufactured with the goal of still being on the road in the year 2050. The Bristol is a high bar bike, with classic geometry and vintage details. Mounted on a steel frame, it has a 10-year warranty on the paintwork. It is available in 3 variants selectable at the time of purchase: freewheel with backpedal brake, 3-speed with backpedal brake or 3-speed with front and rear brake bridge.

Details

  • Frame and Fork: TIG welded steel, powder coating, 10 years warranty.
  • Fork: 1” Threaded fork, steel. 5 years warranty.
  • Drivetrain: 3-speed Nexus SG-3C41
  • Tyres: Schwalbe Delta Cruiser 37/622 (with puncture protection).
  • Saddle: Brooks B17 honey.
  • Handlebar: Pelago Parisian Steel L.
  • Crankset: Aluminium with integrated chainguard, 170 mm, 44d.
  • Shifter: 3-speed SL-3S41E Nexus Revo shifter.
  • Brakes: Front: rim brake / rear: coaster brake.
  • Rear wheel: with possibility of freewheel (Shimano 19d), 3 speeds.
  • Front Hub: Aluminium, rubber sealed bearings, 36H, Silver
  • Rear Hub: 3-speed Nexus SG-3C41 with coaster brake.
  • Wheels: 28″ (622) double-walled polished and anodised 6061-T6 alloy.
  • Tyres: Schwalbe Delta Cruiser 622-37 with anti-puncture protection.
  • Stem: Pelago 40 mm.
  • Seatpost: Polished 27,2 mm.
  • Mudguards: Galvanised and powder-coated steel 50 mm.
  • Accessories: Reflectors, kickstand and bell,

Our review

The Pelago Bristol is elegance made bicycle. It evokes the bikes of the 30s and 40s, with cruiser handlebars, fenders, classic Brooks B-17 saddle and chrome elements. It also comes standard with reflective elements, kickstand and bell. We love the Pelago Bristol, not only for its classic design, but also for its geometry, which allows us to adopt an upright position, very comfortable and safe because we can see over the traffic.

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5. FabricBike City Classic 7 Speed Bycicle – Matte Black

  • Brand: FabricBike
  • Model: Classic
  • Price: £376.60

FabricBike City Classic 7 Speed Bycicle Matte Black - Best City Bike for 2022

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Description

Classic and yet modern. The FabricBike City Classic Matte Black 7-speed bike brings together a modern urban bike and classic peripherals, keeping its weight under 12 Kg (11.85 to be precise) in size 54. Made with steel tubes, it has a 7-gear Shimano SIS shift and a single chainring.

Details

  • Frame & Fork: Hi-Ten steel tubes with internal wiring.
  • Bottom Bracket: Sealed. Cartridge 68mm x 105mm.
  • Handlebar: 25.4mm polished aluminium with Eco-Leather grips..
  • Stem: Forged aluminium. 25.4mm clamp.
  • Gear Shifters: Shimano SIS INDEX.
  • Wheels: Aluminum double wall with standard profile.
  • Tyres: Kenda 700x28C.
  • Front hub: Aluminium sealed bearings, .
  • Rear hub: Aluminum sealed bearing. 14Gx36H 3/8”,.
  • Crankset: 3-piece forged aluminium. 44T x 170mm.
  • Chain: KMC 410.
  • Brakes: Polished aluminium brake calliper with 22.2mm lever.
  • Seatpost: Forged aluminium.
  • Saddle: Fabric City Classic Eco-Leather.
  • Pedals: Wellgo nylon platform with rubber grips.
  • Weight: 11,85 kg (size 53).
  • Includes: Kickstand, fenders, and reflectors.
  • Extra: Front basket with cup holder and rear rack.

Our review

The FabricBike Classic Matte Black bike is an affordable urban/promenade bike. For £376, you’ll get a light bike (considering its typology) to get to and from work, and also to set off on trips during the weekend. Its 7 speeds mean that you’ll be able to go up any slope, and you won’t get very wet on rainy days thanks to its mudguards.

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6. Quella Varsity Imperial Premium Single Speed Bicycle

  • Brand: Quella Bikes
  • Model: Varsity Imperial Premium
  • Price: £569.50

Quella Varsity Imperial Premium Single Speed Bicycle

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Description

The Quella Varsity Imperial Premium is elegance made single-speed. Mounted on a 4130 Chromoly steel frame in mirror finish, its components are resistant to the elements, to shocks and to a frenetic day to day life in the city. Thanks to its flip-flop hub, you can mount it with freewheel and brakes or fixed gear and front brake.

Details

  • Frame and Fork: Cro-mo 4130 Track Geometry.
  • Crankset: Quella Premium Vintage CNC Aluminium 48T.
  • Freewheel and cog: One side 16T fixed gear, one side 16T freewheel.
  • Wheel hubs: Joytech 16T flip / flop.
  • Rims: 700C. Deep-V Double Wall. 45mm deep profile.
  • Tyres: Kenda West 700C*25C.
  • Handlebar: Quella Premium Bullhorn with 31.8 Diameter.
  • Handlebar tape: Perforated Vegan-Friendly Leather Classic Style.
  • Stem: Quella Premium 85mm +/-7.
  • Brakes: Radius Alloy Dual Pivot Caliper Brake.
  • Saddle: Quella Premium Varsity Body Geo Comfort.
  • Seatpost: Micro adjust 27.2
  • Weight: 11.0 Kgs (54cm), 11,5Kgs (58cm).
  • Chain: KMC Z410.

Our review

The Quella Varsity Imperial Premium is a bike with vintage character, a peculiar style for its mirror effect finish and very well assembled. Its finishes such as the vegan leather handlebar tape are clearly a premium bike for its price of 649€, which makes it a great option to make it your everyday bike.

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7. Cinelli Gazzetta Grey Morning Sky City Bike

  • Brand: Cinelli
  • Model: Gazzetta
  • Price: £774.50

Cinelli Gazzetta Grey Morning Sky City Bike

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Description

At the top end of the fixie range are Cinelli bikes, and the new Gazzeta is no exception. Mounted on a Columbus Cromor double butted steel frame the Gazzetta is a bike with classic geometry and looks but modern quality components.

Details

  • Frame: COLUMBUS Cromor double butted steel.
  • Fork: COLUMBUS Cr-Mo steel, 1″-1/8.
  • Rims: SHINING / 700c / 28H.
  • Tire clearance: up to 700×25
  • Clincher: Duro Hypersonic / 700x25c.
  • Hubs: KT.
  • Crankset: Lasco / 46T. Size 170 (XS/S/M/L)
  • Bottom Bracket: FSA / BSA 68mm.
  • Chain: KMC (Z510).
  • Cassette: 17T fixed sprocket / 18T freewheel.
  • Pedals: Not included.
  • Brakes: Promax RC-452.
  • Stem: CINELLI 6061 90 (XS/S) 100 (M/L).
  • Handlebars: CINELLI flat 6061 / Ø 31.8. Size 680 (XS/S/M/L).
  • Seatpost: CINELLI 6061 Seat Post / Ø27,2 / L350.
  • Saddle: Cinelli SSM Era custom.
  • Weight: Frame 2kg, fork 850 gr.

Our Review

Italian style in a quality Columbus steel frame. Classic always works, and if combined with modern but effective elements like the flat handlebars make this Cinelli Gazzetta one of the best options to move comfortably around the city and at the same time show off your bike. You can’t ask for more.

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8.
BLB Ripper Disc Hybrid Bicycle

  • Brand: BLB
  • Model: Ripper Disc
  • Price: £589.88

BLB Ripper Disc Hybrid Bicycle

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Description

The BLB Ripper Disc hybrid urban bike has everything you expect from an urban bike, and then some. Mounted on an aluminum frame, it features 8 speeds, disc brakes, a generous wheelbase of up to 32mm, and various mounting points for luggage racks, mudguards and water bottles. This makes it an ideal bike for getting around town during the week but also for riding on dirt roads and trails at the weekend.

Details

  • Frame: aluminium
  • Fork: Steel wit fender & rack mounts
  • Headset: 1 1/8″
  • Stem: 31.8mm alloy a-head
  • Handlebar: Alloy riser bars (580mm wide)
  • Shifters: A3 -TW00 8-Speed
  • Rear Derailleur: A3 – TW00 8 Speed
  • Crank: Prowheel (170mm long)
  • Cassette: Shimano HG200-8 (11-32T)
  • Bottom bracket: Neco square taper sealed bottom bracket
  • Seat post: 27.2mm alloy
  • Tyres: 700x32C Tan-wall tyres
  • Pedals: Alloy platform
  • Saddle: BLB Curve
  • Brakes: Front & rear mechanical disc brakes
  • Weight: 26lbs (Size S)
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Our review

It’s not a gravel bike, it’s not a fixie, it’s not a touring bike, but it’s everything at the same time. The BLB Ripper Disc hybrid bike is like having it all in one bike. Its versatility is the main feature, but it also stands out for its solid assembly, including mechanical disc brakes, a guarantee when it rains.

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9. BLB Butterfly 8 Speed Town Bike – Black

  • Brand: BLB
  • Model: Butterfly
  • Price: £715.20

BLB Butterfly 8 Speed Town Bike - Black

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Description

The BLB Butterfly is a city bike designed for everyday use, regardless of distance or weather conditions. They are made with high quality materials and components with a focus on comfort, appearance and year-round use.
With 3 sizes available, there is one to suit all tastes and sizes. Best of all, they weigh 10kg, which means they’re super light, and their 8 speeds will get you up that huge hill on the way home with no problems.

Details

  • Frame: 4130 Steel, Double Butted
  • Fork: 4130 Chromoly
  • Handlebars: BLB Half Moustache City sweep back
  • Stem: BLB Quill polished silver 80mm
  • Grips: Synthetic leather grips
  • Headset: Chrome 1”
  • Seat Post: BLB alloy seatpost
  • Saddle: BLB Comfort saddle
  • Cranks: BLB City single speed (46t)
  • Pedals: BLB City silver pedals
  • Bottom Bracket: Sealed Bearings Unit
  • Shifters: Shimano Acera 8 speed
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Acera 8 speed
  • Brakes: BLB Caliper
  • Fenders: Full Strength Steel With Reflector
  • Front Rack: Super Strong Stainless Steel – 10kg (max. load)
  • Front Hub: High Flange Polished Silver
  • Rear Hub: 8 speed Shimano Polished Silver
  • Rims: 700c Classic Double Wall Polished
  • Tires: 700x 32 city Puncture Resistant
  • Kickstand: Alloy
  • BLB Classic Bell
  • Weight: 10kg (without extras) – 12.5kg (fully loaded)
  • Bike is supplied with front and rear brakes

Our review

British brand BLB (Brick Lane Bikes) has hit the bull’s eye with this 8-speed urban bike. The bike is built almost entirely with components of the brand. Very good quality and neat design. This bike is complete, reliable and robust. Ideal for intensive city use.

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10. Santafixie Raval Matte Black 40mm 3 Speeds with Coaster Brake

Santafixie Raval Matte Black 40mm 3 Speeds with Coaster Brake

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Description

The Santafixie Raval 3-Speed bike comes standard with the Shimano Nexus 3-speed rear hub, which allows you to tackle moderate slopes more smoothly, as if it were a conventional gear bike with the shifter located on the handlebars. When the Shimano Nexus hub is mounted, braking is by means of a backpedal brake, a system similar to the fixed gear but softer when it comes to exerting the necessary force to stop the bicycle.

Details

  • Frame and fork: Aluminum 6061.
  • Crankset: 44T and 165mm.
  • Pedals: BMX FK platform.
  • Front hub: Sealed.
  • Rear Hub: SHIMANO NEXUS SG-3C41 with 3 integrated speeds and coaster brake.
  • SHIMANO NEXUS SL-3S41E 3-speed REVOSHIFT included
  • Sproket: 22T Included.
  • Wheels: aluminum double-walled 40mm profile.
  • Tyres: Chaoyang Mini Shark 700c x 25. Anti-punctures.
  • Handlebar: Riser.
  • Stem: Aluminum 31.8mm.
  • Brakes: Rear Coaster brake.
  • Saddle: Sntfx x Essax Adrenaline RMX.
  • Seat post: 27.2mm.
  • Bottom bracket: Sealed. 107mm.
  • Weight: 11.5 kgs (52cm).

Our review

In over 10 years of experience selling fixed gear and urban bikes, one of the questions we have been asked the most by our customers is “How can I have a fixed gear bike living in a hilly area?”. The answer is very simple, with a bike with a 3-speed internal hub. In this way, it is possible to maintain the aesthetics, aggressiveness and maneuverability of fixed gear bikes while still being able to tackle steep inclines comfortably. The Santafixie Raval 3-Speed is finally the bike for this type of urban cyclist.

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