Its been a month since we got our Doppelgänger bikes from Doppelgänger Singapore. We and our students have ridden them quite hard during this time, and we thought it would be a good time to provide a little update and some details on these bikes.
Bottom-line: our Doppelgänger bikes are a pleasure to ride. We were provided a 202 BlackMax and a 213 Bellissima. One of their bestselling models, BlackMax is fashionable, subtle-cool bike in “Jet Black” with “Flash Orange” accents. Bellissima is (according to their website), the exact polar opposite of the BlackMax – “White Unica” with “D Orange” trimming. In terms of the ride and build quality though, both are identical.
The relatively neutral frame geometry make these bikes very easy to ride. Steering is responsive without being too skittish. The upright riding position is comfortable and stable – ideal for inspiring confidence in new cyclists!
Equipped with a Shimano Tourney 7-speed derailleur, 52-tooth chainring paired with a 14-28-tooth rear cassete, there is definitely sufficient range for even the most demanding urban riding. Grip shifters allow intuitive changing of gears – throttle “up” for when you’re spinning too much, throttle “down” for when pedaling becomes too hard. Shifting was crisp and accurate when the shifters are used decisively.
Rolling-stock is taken care of by 20-inch diameter, 1.5 inch wide Kenda K-West tires. Narrow enough for some speed, but still wide enough for stability and confidence.
Well-designed for a cyclist of average build – with a 1,000 mm handlebar height, 570 mm handlebar width and saddle height range of between 690 to 915 mm – these bikes will suit most riders of height 150cm and taller.
As a testament to how nice a ride this bike is, we’ve been zipping around on it even when we’re not coaching. It has become our go-to bike for running errands, commuting to meetings in town and quick trips to and from the Bike School Asia workshop. A pannier rack or basket would increase functionality, but we’re backpack kind of guys anyway.
Of course, there are some things which in our humble opinion could be improved. A main contention would be how the brake and derailleur cables are bent whenever we fold the frame. Overtime this would decrease braking efficiency as there would be more cable housing wear and friction when shifting or braking. We would have also preferred inner tubes with schrader valves instead of the rarely-seen Dunlop valves, but now we’re just being picky!
Other than that, our Doppelgängers are great bikes that get the job done quietly and in style!