Momentum is a new brand of lifestyle bikes that wants people to ‘move happy’ on their comfortable and convenient cruisers. Rising from under the umbrella of Giant Bicycles, Momentum is bringing their parent company’s expertise in a new direction with a line of affordable, fun and functional urban bikes.
The brand seeks to produce stylish bikes with elegant designs that are comfortable and easy to ride, and feature a few interesting touches to help you move through your daily life…
Momentum is starting out with a small lineup of two models – The iNeed Street (above) and the iWant Park, which are not surprisingly named on the basis that you might need one for work purposes and the other you’ll just want for cruising on the weekends.
The iNeed Street has a classic cruiser look and is outfitted for urban commuting. Bike-to-work types will appreciate the sturdy rear carrier rack (with pannier bag mounts and cargo straps included), frame-integrated U-lock carrier, bell, kickstand, and color-matched chainguard to keep your dress pants grease free. And for those who can’t start their day without a caffeine fix, let’s not forget the cup holder built right into the top tube. (But does it fit a beer for after work!?)
On the technical side, the iNeed Street has an aluminum frame designed to provide an upright riding position. The bike rides on 700c wheels with Giant alloy double-wall rims and Kenda 700×32 Kwick Roller puncture-resistant tires. The iNeed Street is equipped with a Shimano Revo grip shift connected to a 7-speed rear cassette.
The fork is made from chromoly, and the rest of the component build is primarily comprised of price-point no-name alloy parts like the handlebar, quill style stem, seat post, pedals, cranks, and cantilever V-brakes. The iNeed Street comes with a coil spring seat for comfortably bouncing over potholes.
The iNeed Street comes in three frame sizes and with two different shaped top tubes. The Double Diamond style maintains the traditional frame shape it’s named after, with a straight top tube that sits fairly horizontal. The Mid-Step models (like the one above) feature a top tube that kinks downwards for better clearance and easier mounting/dismounting.
Momentum’s iNeed Street is available in five colors- The Mid-step model comes in either Red/Pearl White or Blue/White, and the Double Diamond model comes in Black/White, Blue/Bronze or Matte Green/Orange.
The iWant Park model is designed as a fun cruiser for easy going pleasure rides. Its frame design puts the rider into a comfortable laid-back, foot-forward position and places the handlebars up high. The iWant Park comes in only one frame style, which features a prominently downsloped top tube with low standover height.
Like the iNeed Street, the iWant Park has an integrated chainguard, bell, and kickstand for the rider’s convenience. It also shares some functional bits like the same 7-speed grip shift drivetrain and unbranded alloy componentry.
In terms of differences, the iWant Park rides on 26” wheels with Giant’s double wall rims and 1.9” CST Zeppelin puncture resistant tires. It also uses a chromoly fork, but includes a different saddle with an integrated handle, and nylon anti-slip pedals instead of alloy platforms. The iWant Park comes in two frame sizes and four colors are available- Green, Black, Blue or Orange.
All models of the iWant Park and iNeed Street retail for $425, and are available at Giant Bicycles’ retail partners worldwide. Check out Momentum’s website for full build specs and sizing info.