Bike of the Month : Leader Bikes 722 Heritage Edition
Introducing a new feature on The Drainage, its Bike of the Month. Bicycles of all kinds will be featured once a month from myself and others.
What makes a bike worthy of the Bike of the Month label? Honestly, how it looks visually. I’m not much of a bike guy when it comes to specs, etc. But if a bike looks sharp, AND is affordable, then we take a serious look at it. What are those guidelines? Well, we are pretty much up in the air about that currently. One thought is that a bike shouldn’t be over $1200. Most people can buy a car for that price, and while cycling is far better for the world and your health, it’s still considered a hobby by a vast majority of Americans.
The first bike for this feature is Leader Bikes and their 722 Heritage Edition frame. Now this one is kinda tricky. The frame is $399. The Downtown Drop bar is $69, the fork is $179, crank $79, etc… If you went to your local shop and built this thing out, you could get this look for around the $1200 mark we set. I saw this bike at Interbike this year and was amazed. I loved everything about this bike. The all chrome parts, the drop bars, the lugged chrome fork. It just looked really fresh.
The faux lugged chrome fork makes the bike feel vintage but with modern technology. You really don’t see real lugged forks on bikes anymore because it is an old and expensive process. Making it look lugged like this is a nice design feature to do.
The Downtown bar has a great name, and a classy logo made for it. One thing I really like about this bike, were the cool design features. Things like this, the handle bar being branded with a cool logo, the type on the frame itself was a really cool script.
I loved this type and the red paint. It has this cool flake in the paint. It also comes in black, and raw. Raw is where they just put a clear coat over the bare metal. You can see the weld marks and everything and it really is a cool look and technique.
This red finish was a carry over from 2013. Since they were mainly showing 2014 models, they built this one up to show.