By Shannon Mominee
For the month of November, I’ve been riding the Focus Maleta Disc to commute 14 miles roundtrip to work and to occasionally explore neighborhoods in the city. The aluminum frame, bladed alloy fork and Concept SL Aero Superlight rims make for a stiff ride that gets up and goes when I get up and go.
The Maleta is billed as a touring/trekking bicycle and comes complete with a Shimano Dynamo DH3D35 front generator hub to power the front and rear lights. I really like having lights on when ever the front wheel is spinning. It makes me feel safe in traffic, and like my automobile, the lights are continuously on day or night. Front and rear fenders, rear rack with an attached tire pump, and chainstay mounted kickstand are standard issue along with a 10-speed drivetrain.
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