Nice scoop for Bike Portland. They posted this fuzzy but top-secret spy photo today of a new Trek city bike that features the Shimano Coasting group. Apparently the picture was taken at Trek’s dealer meeting in Wisconsin earlier this week.
I think this is a good move for Trek and I look forward to seeing more transportation oriented designs that utilize this new Shimano group. I like the integrated chain ring guard on this “Lime” design, but it is hard to tell from this photo whether or not the bike includes fenders. It should. Other integrated features like front and rear lights, a wheel lock, and a carrying rack would also be nice on a bike that is targeted toward urban commuters. Yeah I know, I sound like a broken record talking about commuter bikes for the U.S. market, but I think the time has come. Let me know what you think? Either way, I bet we will see quite a few new commuter bike designs unveiled at Interbike next month.