For the last three weeks I’ve been putting the Civia Bryant, built with SRAM’s Rival components, through the testing procedure. When I first threw a leg over the frame and pedaled a few strokes, I could tell that I was going to like the riding posture, which put me more upright than my personal bike and allowed me to see traffic better.
The front triangle geometry of the Bryant is very similar to my bike. Both have a 58cm top tube and 72-degree head tube. But, the Bryant has a taller 7.1" head tube coupled with a 73-degree seat tube, compared to 5.6" head tube and 72.5-degree seat tube. Paired with a 17-degree stem and short-reach bars, my head and neck feel like they are in a more natural position with less pressure at the top of my spine. The Civia’s near perfect set up makes me question the comfort of my own commuter bike and makes me want to do more rides around Pittsburgh’s rail-to-trail system.
Built from 4130 steel, the Bryant provides a high-quality ride while feeling like the stiffest steel frame I’ve ridden. Standing to climb hills or to gain speed on the flats the Civia feels like a road bike, but handles calmly. Looking at the frame leads to the possibility of different applications. Avid BB7 disc brakes, eyelets for mounting fenders and front and rear racks, a compact SRAM 50-34t drive train, 700x32mm Michelin City tires with room to use 35mm tires and fenders will have the Bryant rolling in as many versatile conditions as I can find.
The crown jewel though is the proprietary dropouts with a split drive-side, that allows for use with a belt drive system if the desire ever rises. There’s also a replaceable aluminum derailleur hanger.
The full review for this Civia Bryant will be in Bicycle Times issue #7, so be on the lookout.Tweet Print