The Sonoma Men’s Chainless Drive Evolution Urban Commuter Hybrid Bicycle brings us something new: the chainless bicycle. Brought to you by Dynacraft, Inc, this bike breaks some new ground with a chainless drive system. Here’s our full review:
Price Range: $390 – $410
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars
Lightweight aluminum frame
T-shock suspension fork
Cushioned satin saddle ideal for long rides
Lifetime warranty on frame, fork, and drive system
Also, read our review about the best women’s Hybrid Bicycle
Sonoma Men’s Chainless Drive Evolution Urban Commuter Hybrid Bicycle Product Description
The Sonoma Men’s Chainless Evolution Urban Commuter Hybrid Bike breaks new ground in the bicycle industry by using a chainless drive system. Called the Sonoma Chainless D-Drive operating system, this patented system uses what Sonoma calls an “internal shaft system” instead of your standard chain and derailleur. The benefits? Quieter and smoother operation eliminates normal maintenance required with the chain system. This means no chain falling off, chain getting caught, the chain being exposed to rain, etc.
(You can find more on how the Sonoma D-Drive system works and its benefits)
Besides all the obvious benefits of a chainless system, the bike packs a variety of features to make your ride nice and smooth. Lightweight 6000 series aluminum frame that is easy to handle. T-shock fork that absorbs bumps. A comfortable cushioned satin seat for easy riding. Ergonomically designed handlebars. And high-density rubber handgrips. Rims are 700c double-wall alloy for easy rolling. And precise braking with the front and rear alloy V-brakes. Smooth 3-gear shifting with Shimano internal 3-speed gear hub.
Sonoma Men’s Chainless Evolution Urban Commuter Hybrid Bike PROS AND CONS
- Chainless. Chainless. Chainless. A lot of side benefits when you consider you will not have any chain-related headaches anymore. And performs well
- Durable and solid aluminum frame, easy to manage and maneuver (but some reviewers say not as light as you would expect for aluminum frame hybrid bikes)
- Good comments on prompt and friendly customer service.
- Straightforward assembly (but it does take a bit of time)
- Speed: the drive is not as efficient as chain and reviewers say for the speedsters, you may not be satisfied with the top speed on this bike (perhaps 15mph?)
- Mixed reviews on how comfortable the seat is – fortunately if you don’t like it that is one thing that is easy to replace
- The Shimano hubs make a clicking noise while in 2nd or 3rd gear, but reviewers say it is easy to overlook (and much quieter than chain bikes)
The biggest selling point for the Sonoma Mens Chainless Evolution Urban Commuter Hybrid Bike is of course the patented D-Drive chainless system. The downside of being rid of a chain seems to be the top speed of the bike will be slower. The upside? The greasy chain will be no more. Quieter, longer life, easier cleanup, and more. The rest of the bike is no slouch either. Feels durable, easy to ride. Most riders who have the bike feel that the 3-speeds are sufficient. Good choice if you want to brave the world of a chainless hybrid bike. And the cost isn’t too high to boot!
What Buyers Are Saying
“Never going back to chain drive. There are 2 things I would change on this bike. The first thing was the seat. The second thing is the Nexus internal hub. This bike has the potential to be one of the smoothest and quietest bikes on the market. The drawback is the Nexus hub. When you are in any gear other than first, the hub has a constant ticking sound. I am very happy with this bike. It is very smooth and easy to ride. I have ridden this bike as much as 20 miles in a day and I can say that the quality is great. This bike is solid when you take it off of a curb you do not hear one rattle. I ride to work in dress pants and love the fact that I don’t have to worry about a chain…
“I’ve been riding the bike for a couple of days. It’s extremely smooth and should be fully assembled in under an hour if you know what you’re doing. It’s extremely smooth and quiet when riding it. You should know that chain bikes are more effective in terms of power conversion, you can go faster on a chain bike with less effort so you won’t be racing in this one. It’s not heavy but it’s not feather-light either. Great quality for the price. I highly recommend it if it fits your particular needs…
“After several years getting greasy fixing chains – often on the trail or road in the heat of the day – I was excited to come across a shaft-drive bike. The Sonoma Urban Commuter, while priced considerably less than several of the chain-driven bikes I was considering, has proven to be an excellent choice. The shaft drive is smooth, the riding position is comfortable for long rides. I only gave four stars because of the seat. After one ride, I replaced the seat with my own comfort seat of choice, which resulted in a much more comfortable ride… ”