UCY Duomatic Porteur

UCY Duomatic Porteur

One of the events at this year’s screening of the Bicycle Film Festival in Florence was Ciclosili, profiling the Italian flair for discerning aesthetics. It was presented in Stazione Leopolda, the city’s first railway station, but it was also the first viewing of this porteur by Italy’s UCY.

UCY manufacture urban single speed and fixed gear frames with an emphasis on the Italian tradition. The frames are built from Columbus steel, fillet brazed by craftsmen with over 50 years of experience. Some individual details have been incorporated into the fork legs and rear brake bridge.

It’s equipped with a Sturmey-Archer Duomatic rear hub, which allows two gears without disturbing the clean lines with a derailleur. The UCY ’11F1′, dressed in a gun-blued finish, was created specifically for the Firenze BFF, where it was suitably well-received by admiring moviegoers.

Special thanks to Davide Carbone of Gessato, purveyors of style and substance.

UCY Duomatic Porteur
UCY Duomatic Porteur
UCY Duomatic Porteur
UCY Duomatic Porteur
UCY Duomatic Porteur
UCY Duomatic Porteur

  • skid

    Nice! But how do you change gears?

    • Tortoise

      You kick back with your pedals.
      You got two gears: 100% and 138% overdrive. Everytime you kick back a certain angle you switch them.
      So if you would continously pedal backwards you would switch between those two gears every 10° or so (I dont recall the exact value).
      Unless you got the version with the coaster brake. In that case kicking back 10° will change your gear while kickin back 15° will engage the brake (Again i do not knwo the exact values).

  • I have not enjoyed having a big front rack on a bike with a high-trail fork. The rack went away. That is something that — being partly Italian, it pains me to concede — the French tradition takes into account. Can’t quite tell from the photos what the trail on the featured rig is.

  • Phillip

    It’s a kick shift duomatic (similar to the old Bendix hubs put on Schwinn’s back in the 1960’s) and you just reverse pedal a little and it shifts … if you reverse pedal hard the coaster brake kicks in. Clean set-up but would definitely need a front brake with that large front cargo rack.

  • Neil Fenton

    A+