If you can spend nearly $2,000 on a commuter bike, reviewers say the Breezer Finesse is one to consider. This comfort bike gets rave reviews for speedy performance, which is a big plus for riders with long commutes. The 29-pound Breezer Finesse sports an aluminum frame and has high-quality components like Shimano Alfine disc brakes and Rapid Fire eight-speed shifters. It also comes with pretty much all of the accessories you would need for commuting, including hub-powered headlights and taillights, a 14-inch rear rack, fenders, a kickstand and a bell to clear your path in congested urban areas. Reviewers say the Breezer Finesse has faster geometry than many comparable commuter bikes, and it can handle a variety of road conditions. On a negative note, Bicycling says the chain guard could be a little more substantial -- they say to skip the Breezer Finesse if "grease on your pants is a problem." Overall, however, reviewers say the Breezer Finesse is a top-of-the-line commuter bike that is a good choice if you can afford it. If you have less to spend, the Breezer Uptown Infinity (MSRP: $1,270) earns Bicycling magazine's Editors' Choice award for 2011.
Reviewers have yet to test the 2011 Breezer Finesse. Bicycling and Women's Adventure magazines have helpful test-based reviews from 2009, but components may have changed since then.
EcoVelo.info says the 2009 Breezer Finesse is a great choice for riders with a long commute. In their detailed review, EcoVelo gives especially high praise to the top-quality lighting system and confidence-inspiring handling.
Review: Road Test: Breezer Finesse, Contributors to EcoVelo.info, May 27, 2009
2. Bicycling Magazine
The 2009 Breezer Finesse gets good marks for performance from Bicycling magazine. They think it can speed up your commute, thanks to the speedy geometry and high-quality components. However, Stephen Madden describes the chain guard as "minimalist."
Review: Breezer Finesse, Stephen Madden, February 2009
3. Women's Adventure magazine
Calling it an "excellent urban bike," Women's Adventure magazine says the 2009 Breezer Finesse is light and fast. Like other reviewers, they praise the bright headlight, which stayed lit in their tests for three minutes at stoplights.
Review: I'd Rather Ride, "Susan", June 1, 2009