Franklin 7

 

 

Our essential city bike is a fan favorite for getting around town without working up a sweat. Stylish and utilitarian, the Franklin 7 enables riders of all stripes to simply hop on and go. The step through frame and color-matched fenders ensure easy riding sans wardrobe restrictions, while the lightweight design makes for smooth travel from brunch to the office and everywhere in between. With 7 gears and puncture-resistant tires allowing you to conquer varied terrain, this bike is as versatile as it is stylish. 

Color
Ivory
Matte Coral
Sea Glass
Cardinal Red
Gloss Black
Size
  • KEY FEATURES

     
    SHIMANO ACERA 7 SPEED DRIVETRAIN WITH MEGARANGE FREEWHEEL

    For reliability & easy climbing in super hilly areas like San Francisco & Seattle

     
    LIGHTWEIGHT STEP-THROUGH FRAME

    For easy riding with no wardrobe restrictions, Franklin's frame provides a light, yet absorbent ride

     
    PUNCTURE RESISTANT TIRES

    For all terrain, worry-free riding

    IN YOUR WORDS

    "Awesome company and excellent and personal customer service. Not only is it beautifully made but it's a gorgeous smooth ride. So happy with my decision."

    -Christine Peterson

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    "The Franklin features all the classic attributes of a great utility city bike."

    Momentum Magazine

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  • FRAME
    Frame: Lightweight Steel frame, rear carrier & down tube braze-ons
    Fork: Brooklyn Bicycle Co. custom steel; front carrier braze-ons
    DRIVETRAIN
    Front Hub: Sealed-Bearing Alloy 32H
    Rear Hub: Sealed-Bearing Alloy 32H
    Shifter: Shimano Revo 7-Speed Shifter
    Derailleur: Shimano Acera with Megarange Freewheel
    Pedals: Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Alloy City Pedals
    Bottom Bracket: Square-taper BSA English threaded-cartridge bottom bracket with sealed bearings
    Crank: 3-piece alloy with replaceable chain ring & integrated chain guard
    Chain: KMC Heavy Duty
    WHEELS
    Tires: S/M - Puncture-resistant 26 x 1 3/8” Tires, L - Puncture-resistant 700x35 Tires
    Rims: Double-Walled Alloy, 32H with CNC Machined Brake Surface
    Spokes: 14G stainless steel
    COMPONENTS
    Saddle: Selle Royal Vegan Leather Comfort Saddle
    Seat Post: Alloy with integrated seat clamp and micro-adjust
    Handlebar: Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Custom Upright relaxed alloy handlebars & 180mm alloy stem
    Headset: 1” Threaded Alloy, Semi-sealed with weather-seal ring
    Grips: Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Custom Vegan Leather Comfort Grips
    Front & Rear Brakes: Tektro Dual-Pivot Caliper with Tektro Alloy Hand Lever
    OTHER INFORMATION
    Extras: Heavy-duty alloy center-mount kickstand,heavy gauge chainguard and full color-matched front & rear fenders
    Weight: 31-33 lbs

Customer Reviews

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M.F.
All-around nice bike!

I'm new to this, so I can't offer expert testimony, but I'm loving my bike so far! It's classic, lightweight, and rides smooth as butta. For a road bike, it even handles the gravel bike path in my town (the rocks are fairly small, so don't assume this means it'd be okay on a rockier gravel road). Maybe it's just because I'd been using my mom's Schwinn from like, the 60s (38 pounds!!!), but this bike feels refreshing to ride.

Thank you Michelle. We are so thrilled you're enjoying your Franklin 3 and appreciate you taking the time to share this review. -Ryan Zagata
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Gloss Black

Really beautiful bike! I've gotten so many compliments on it :) Lets me glide right through the city!

Thanks for sharing Amanda. We're thrilled that you're enjoying your Franklin 3. -Ryan Zagata
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L.
Love my Ivory Franklin

I bought the Ivory. I know dirt, but I had to have it. I am glad I did, it's so good-looking. The ride is perfect. I got the 7 gear. Just enough to get up a hill. I am loving cruising around like I'm a teenager again, exploring the city. My local bike shop put it together and it has been flawless.

Thanks so much for sharing Lu. We're thrilled you're enjoying your Franklin 7. -Ryan Zagata
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LOVE. MY. BIKE.

I just received my bicycle today and I’m already in love. The whole process was amazing and super easy just as it seems when you’re purchasing online. I did a lot of research before deciding on my Franklin because this will be my main mode of transportation for the next 6 months or so, and I wanted to make sure I purchased something that was comfortable to ride, had awesome mechanics, was light enough for me to pick it up two flights of stairs, and something that was attractive. I ordered my bike on Sunday (8/18) and wasn’t expecting it until the next week, but I received an e-mail yesterday saying my bike was assembled and ready to be picked up! I was so excited I practically ran to my local bike shop, and upon walking in, I saw my beautiful new bike. I always remembered riding a bike being very uncomfortable, but the Franklin promotes a different posture and I found it very comfortable. I had my seat adjusted for my short legs, and off I went! On my first ride, I was able to change gears with ease, stop abruptly when needed, and enjoyed a very smooth ride. When i got home, I didn’t want to bring it inside, I just wanted to keep riding all day long! I was bummed about not having a car for the next 6 months, but now I am just looking forward to riding my Franklin everywhere! Also, I didn’t think it was possible, but this bike is even more beautiful in person than it looks online. The attention to detail is amazing and much appreciated. I am beyond happy that this is my first commuter bike, I know it will get me everywhere I need to go in style. I don’t quite remember how I came across Brooklyn Bicycle Co, but I am so glad that I did and I look forward to working with this company in the future!

Thanks so much for sharing Paige. We're glad you are enjoying your Franklin 7. -Ryan Zagata
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L.M.
Great bike for commuting

Just got this bike recently and it's changed the way we commute! Handles very easily, we were able to install the kid's bikeseat on the back by ourselves and it's comfortable for us all. And it looks good too! Thank you!

Thanks so much for sharing Lena. We're thrilled you're enjoying your Franklin 3. -Ryan Zagata
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M.
Love my Franklin

This is by far my favorite bike. I love everything about it. Very sturdy, handles bumps in the road with ease.

Thanks MaryLou. We are thrilled you're enjoying your Franklin 7. -Ryan Zagata
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WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING IN BROOKLYN?

What Are the Differences Between the Franklin and Willow Step-through Models?

Looking at the Franklin and Willow, but not quite sure how the models compare? No worries – we get this question a lot, so we’ve put together a quick rundown on what sets these models apart!

 

#TLDR (AKA Too Long Didn't Read)? Here's a Quick Summary:

 SIMILARITIES DIFFERENCES
FRAME GEOMETRY HANDLEBARS
COLOR-MATCHED FENDERS & CHAINGUARD SADDLE
3-SPEED INTERNAL GEARING GRIPS
KICKSTAND INCLUDED TIRE COLOR
REAR CARRIER
CHAIN COATING
7-SPEED GEARING
FRAME MATERIALS

 

 

1. HANDLEBARS

This is probably the most notable difference between our step-through models. With the Willow featuring our Swept-Back Handlebars. This means a much more upright (European-style) riding position (think sitting in a chair) that is well suited for leisurely riding.

The Franklin models feature our Relaxed Ride Handlebars, which are slightly more aggressive and ideal for both commuting and leisurely weekend rides.

 

2. TIRES

The Willow comes with cream tires, whereas the Franklin sports black tires. Do note that regardless of color, all our tires offer an added layer of puncture resistance.

 

3. ACCESSORIES

The Willow is our premium model and includes a rear carrier, as well as an upgraded sprung saddle and grip set from Selle Royal’s Royalgel™ line.

The Franklin features Selle Royal Vegan Leather saddle and grips. Please note that this bike does not come with a rear carrier. If you would like to purchase a rear carrier for this model, you will need a 26” carrier for the S/M Franklin and a 700C carrier for the Large Franklin model.

Both models come with color matched fenders and chainguard, as well as a kickstand.

 

4. RUST-PROHIBITIVE COATING & GEARING

As our signature model, the Willow has a few additional premium features including a rust-prohibitive coating on the chain and internal gearing resulting in less maintenance and more riding.

The Franklin 3 model includes internal gearing (just like the Willow), whereas the Franklin 7 has an external 7-Speed derailleur.

 

5. FRAME MATERIALS

On a more technical note – the geometry on both frames is identical, however the Franklin and Willow models are made from different materials. Are you currently thinking “WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?! I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT BIKES!!”? Do not fret – we totally get it! Take a breath and read on…

The Willow frame is made with double-butted 4130 Chromoly Steel. We use a stronger grade of steel, which allows us to use thinner tubing resulting in a lighter frame.

The Franklin frame is crafted with specially engineered high-tensile steel. What does this mean? We are able to offer a similar bike of a more moderate price point. Our Franklin model is the most economical step-through model in our portfolio of bikes (as well as a team favorite)!

Still have questions on sizing (or anything else)? Email us or schedule a concierge call with our team. We’d love to help!

 

Don’t forget: All of our bikes include Free Shipping & Professional Assembly.

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