Here’s a quick tour of the new Kinn Cascade Flyer, made for you in Portland
The Kinn Cascade Flyer Comes in two Versions
The 9-Speed from $1,950
This has straight-forward Shimano Alivio 9 speed derailleur gears with a 300% gear range. If you live in a hilly area your bike shop can upgrade the gears to 18 or 27 speeds.
The Alfine 8-Speed Internal Gear from $2,200
The Alfine is Shimano’s top of the line 8 speed Internal gear hub, and also has a 300% gear range. A primary benefit of internal gear hubs is the ability to change gears while stationary. This is be particularly useful if you have a child on the back, and want to switch to lower gear to start off. With all the gear mechanism enclosed in the rear hub they are also lower maintenance than external (derailleur) gears.
Both versions have Avid Disc Brakes front and rear for reliable stopping power, rain or shine.
See the full specifications here.
Key Feature: Kinn’s “Midtail with a Twist” Design
The underlying feature that gives a Kinn its flexibility is the unique frame design. On one hand the Kinn’s frame lengthens the bicycle by moving the rear wheel six inches backwards – though most cargo bikes add a full 12 of 18 inches. We found that six inches was enough to ensure that a child sitting on the back would have most of their weight between the wheels. This results in good balance and avoids the child tipping the front of the bike up. Better balance means better and safer handling and makes cycling a lot more fun – with or without a load.
However we also wanted the Kinn to be your everyday bike. So it had to fit where regular bikes fit: on the front of a bus, on the back of your car, down the stairs to your basement, in the bike rack at the grocery store. It’s awkward or impossible to fit a regular longtail cargo bike in these places. So the Kinn features a little twist: you can spin the front wheel around 180o to point backwards. That shortens the bike by 4 inches and means it now fits in all those places. We call it the Half-Twist and designed a hidden latch that snaps the wheel in place making it easy to carry and move – then simply twist the handlebars back around and you’re ready to ride away.
Key Feature: The Kinn Multi-Rack with LockBox …
It doesn’t take long to see that the Kinn’s rear rack is no ordinary rack. Do you remember the first time you saw a Leatherman multi-tool, the one with the pliers? My penknife never looked quite the same again. Now we may not have pliers but we do have a lockable tool box to put them in.
No need to remember to bring some tools or an extra burrito, and no need to worry if someone will pinch them when you lock up your bike. Life is good.
… and Swivel Deck
The front of the deck is also multi-function. We call it the swivel deck, because it swivels. It’s ready to take whatever load you need to carry.
Designed for What it Is
The Kinn is not a stretched mountain bike or shortened cargo bike. It was designed from the ground up to be exactly the size it is, serving exactly the purpose it serves. The best way to discover that is to give it a ride. We’ll do our best to make that possible.