Review: Linus Bike Rover 3

Linus Bike blends classic styling cues with modern parts to create everyday transportation that’s both fashionable and functional. Linus offers some of the classiest looking bikes available right now and the Rover 3 continues that tradition.

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Backing up that aesthetic are some stout 29-inch wheels with 45 mm-wide tires, which certainly add a lot of functionality to this robust package. Speaking of functionality, the Rover offers front and rear fender mounts and will accommodate a rear rack for day-to-day utility.

The steel frame is available in one size only, a medium, that’s said to fit folks from 5 feet, 8 inches to 6 feet, 3 inches. At 5 feet, 7 inches, I’m obviously just a touch under the recommended height range but had no issues fitting on the Rover while riding. However, the frame’s upward-arching top tube didn’t offer any standover clearance for my 31-inch inseam.

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The Rover’s riding position is very upright thanks to relatively short top tube and highly swept handlebars. A quill stem sticks to the traditional look and offers a welcome range of height adjustment for the one-size-fits-most frame. Caliper brakes do their best to slow bike and rider, and are adequate for all but the most aggressive riding.

That said, the Rover encourages a relaxed, we’ll-get-there-when-we-get-there attitude. Those big Kenda tires provide a nice big contact patch and the large volume offer a lot of comfort on rough surfaces. These tires are reinforced to guard against flats as well. The Rover’s Shimano Nexus three-speed hub is a nice touch in my hilly terrain, providing a gear low enough to mostly prevent walking.

On flat ground, I often found myself between second and third gear, but swapping the rear cog from the stock 22-tooth to a harder 19-tooth or easier 23-tooth cog might eliminate some of the hunting back and forth.

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As a mountain biker at heart, I really appreciate the Rover’s ability to navigate off-the-beaten-path stretches of my urban settings. Its wide and tough tires allow me to ride along railroad tracks, through industrial zones and take singletrack shortcuts through our city parks on the way from point A to point B. I really appreciate that versatility.

Sure, you can buy more technologically advanced bikes at this price point, but they don’t look as good as the Rover. If you’re into classic styling and versatility, the Rover might be just your ticket. Folks looking to save a few bucks should consider the singlespeed Rover 1, which retails for $539.

  • Price: $629
  • Weight: 31.9 pounds
  • Sizes: one size, medium
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