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Cafe Racer

The Papillionaire Cafe Racer has been designed with two things in mind - Speed & Comfort. While maintaining the timeless aesthetic of our Classic model, its components have been specially customized to allow for a more powerful riding experience.

The Cafe Racer is equipped with inverted riser bars, lighter tyres and a customized gear ratio. True to its name, the Cafe Racer is the perfect companion for a fast-paced urban lifestyle.

Frame: Powder coated chromoly (CRMO) steel

Frame size: 52cm (20.5″) or 57cm (22.5")

Gears: Nexus Shimano internal hub in 3 or 8 speed.  

Brakes: Tektro dual-pivot front and rear caliper brakes. Single speeds have rear coaster brakes. 

Tyres: Kenda Kwest 700 x 28c (whitewhall) OR 700 x 35c (cream or gumwall)

Finish: Crafted, durable leather saddles, grips, toe clips & other accessories

Colours: Black, Navy, Olive, Vermillion, White, Birdie

Weight: 13 Kg /28lb

  • Gus - Brooklyn NYC, USA

Love the Cafe Racer! Has the look and feel of an old-school road bike. Easy to carry up to my third floor apartment. Thanks Papillionaire!

  • Jason - Portland OR, USA

Slick ride! Have been commuting on this for the past month, turns heads, perfect for tearing around the backstreets. Navy with the Whitewall tyres is the way to go.

  • Jack - Preston, VIC

Bringing back the 60's, my cafe racer looks amazing in black with the whitewall tyres! Rides great and is super comfy

3 Speed
Perfect for mild to intermediate hills, the 3 Speed Shimano hub is a clean no-fuss gearing system. The gears are spaced well apart to make sure you still get plenty of assistance going up or down hills.

8 Speed
Ideal for more challenging commutes, the 8 Speed Shimano hub offers a wider range of gearing to handle more difficult inclines and for greater power on downhill and flat gradients.

SMALL (52 cm)
Recommended height 5'2" - 5'10"

REGULAR (57 cm)
Recommended height 5'11" - 6'4"

The Cafe Racer is Papillionaire’s commuter city bike. Inspired by the road bikes of the 1950’s, the Cafe Racer has been designed with two things in mind - speed & comfort.  A classic Diamond Frame and inverted handlebars make for a quick and easy commute. The Cafe Racer is a city bike that will keep you fit, healthy and on time. A stripped-back design and classic colours will compliment a casual shirt or suit jacket.

Made from rigid Chromoly (CRMO) Steel, the Cafe Racer is lighter and more durable than most other urban bikes. Slim 700 x 25C Kenda Kwest tires will help absorb vibrations from cracks and pot holes without slowing you down. The Cafe Racer is also designed with mounting points for a rear carrier.

Available in 3 or 8 speed, with low-maintenance internal gearing. The Nexus Shimano internal hub allows for simple gear changes, wide gear ratio and minimal design.

Bike accessories are available to complete your city bike.