three-button switch on the right side of
the bar lets you choose between three
shift programs; otherwise, you pedal,
and upshifts and downshifts are automatic.
As we continue to discover, low-step frames are highly convenient, and
Tempo con;rmed that we’re not alone
with that opinion, as the Santa Barbara
is the best-selling bike in the line. This
model is obviously for men and women
since it comes in sizes small, medium
The frame feels plenty stout, and
there is some suspension in the steering head to soak up road junk. The rear
is rigid, but there is a suspension seatpost to add some cushion to the ride.
The belt drive requires that there be a
joint in the right-side chainstay to make
possible to install the endless belt.
ON THE ROAD
The SB rolls on CST 26x1.75 tires.
This is a fast-rolling combination that
provides quick and light steering effort.
The tires are puncture resistant with
night-re;ective sidewalls. We were actu-
ally shocked at the bright pro;le the bike
displays at night. Between the tires and
the built-in lights powered by the motor
battery, the SB glows like a UFO at night
when headlights hit it. We like that a lot!
All of the controls work well. There is
a button on the back of the display to
turn the bike on, but you needn’t bother.
Start pedaling and the bike will power
up and provide assist automatically, so
we don’t know what it is like to ride with
the assist turned off. Tempo even provided massive platform pedals that are
suitable for all sorts of shoes, including
high heels. (Tempo’s CEO, Van, is a styl-