Honey Bike Matcher
We designed this tool to help easily match your riding interests with the perfect Honey bike. Choosing the right bike can be confusing, stressful, and sometimes seemingly impossible. Honey Bikes offers a lot of specialty bikes with lots of options for tailoring each bike so our offerings can get extra confusing. Fortunately, we find that generally there exist only one or two bikes that could be ideal for how an individual’s riding interests. The Bike Matcher will lead you to those few bikes.
If you answer three questions that tell us about your riding style, where, when, and how you ride, and the nuances of what’s important to you in your next bike, we’ll then lead you to the best bike for the kind of riding you do. This process typically takes about three minutes.
This tool doesn’t cover every single nuance of every kind of riding, but we think we’ll get you to about 90% to 100% of a perfect choice. Email us if you have questions after using our Matcher.
If you’re interested in a tandem email us for the Honey Tandem Bike Matcher.
What description best defines the surfaces you want your new bike to excel at?
In its purest form, we’ve divided riding into five categories of terrain. 90% of the time one of these descriptions will well define the type of riding you want to do. In this case, click on the bike model from the list below and it will bring you to your dream bike. If these descriptors don’t match to your riding, below the Simple Category Matcher Table table you’ll find much more expansive categories.
The Simple Categories do not account for climate and weather conditions in which you ride. If accounting for weather is important to the way you ride, use our Expanded Matcher Categories below. In that case, weather is question two of our Matcher’s three questions.
Simple Category Matcher Table
|Riding Type Matched to Best Bike||Category Crown |
Honey Bike Model
|Why this bike is the First of Firsts|
|Pavement Performance Road Riding||Day Ride Titanium||This bike provides all the performance of a race bred bike -- punchy acceleration, climbing prowess, immediate responsiveness -- combined with all day comfort and predictable handling; elements that are unique characteristics of a well designed titanium tube set.|
|A Mix of Pavement & Dirt Roads||MidDurance Titanium||This bike is the perfect balance of performance road behaviour and confidence inspiring control on the roughtest of roads. This lightweight caliper brake bike still manages to fit up to 33 mm adventure tires. The titanium frame provides all day comfort and improved traction on rough pavement and dirt. This bike might just be The One.|
|A Mix of Dirt Roads, Trails, & Pavement||Allroads Titanium||This bike can do everything well. Balanced handling that works equally well on technical trails and great paved roads. Disc brakes for greaet stopping power in all conditions. Its 700c wheelsize provides lots of tire choices for all kinds of terrain. This bike even loves the winter because it fits good studded tires and the titanium is also impervous to all weather conditions.|
|Mountain Biking||Mountain 29er Titanium Race||This bike is a purebred race bike: Light, fast, nimble. The titanium frame provides a smooth ride you won't find on any other hardtail. whether you're racing or out for all day adventures, this bike will make you smile every day.|
|Mostly or Entirely Dirt & Trails||Alltrail Converter Titanium||This bike is ready for just about any adventure you can think of, or any unexpected adventure you find yourself in. Super adaptable and super fun to ride. The Honey Converter wheel system means you can use multiple wheel and tire types for virtually any kind of terrain in any conditions. The titanium frame means the bike is plusher than any other hard tail but still a high performance bike. Ride all year round because the titanium is also impervous to all weather conditions. The Alltrail is a contradiction in terms that is the exception to the rule.|
If the above categories aren’t specific enough to define your precise kind of riding, click on the appropriate link in the Expnded Terrain Matcher below that best describes how you’ll use your Honey Bike. This is a complex work in process. As we complete content for each step we add it. If your type or riding isn’t represented here, email us with questions.
Expanded Terrain Matcher
Competitive or Fitness Road Riding: This category includes licensed road racing, fast club rides, and spirited group rides. Any kind of 100% road ride that might include town line sprints, race to the top of the biggest climb, and other friendly competitions.
Endurance Road Riding: This category is all about long rides that are 100% paved. Endurance rides take most of the day, or longer, to complete. Events like century-plus rides, most randonee events, the B2VT Ride, 1,200km rides, Paris-Brest-Paris. Touring bikes often fit into this category.
Ideal Bike Characteristics: A smooth, comfortable, and stable ride are important qualities. The bike should also provide ample performance, excellent climbing capabilities, and surefooted descending.
A Mix of Pavement & Dirt Roads
Back-Roads Riding: This type of route is mostly pavement with some broken asphalt and rough roads, and about 10% to 33% dirt or gravel roads. Rides of this type tend to be longer than an average club ride. Sometimes touring bikes can fit into this category. The bike industry doesn’t have a great name for this important and dominating category. Honey uses the term PavGrav — more pavement than gravel.
Ideal Bike Characteristics: Similar to a road bike in performance, a back-roads bike also emphasizes additional control, traction, comfort, and durability. This riding benefits from a tougher lower maintenance components and wheels.
Gravel Road Riding: This type of riding consists of mostly dirt roads and gravel. The remaining surface is pavement. The industry is lacking a name for this kind of spectacular ride. It’s what Honey Bikes calls GravPav — more gravel than pavement. The dirt and gravel roads tend to be sparsely maintained so some sectors may be a bit sandy, rutted, and stutter bumped.
Ideal Bike Characteristics: This bike still performs well on paved club rides but lives for pushing the boundaries of the classic definition of road riding. A Honey gravel bike provides better handling, more control, and better traction when the pavement ends.
Category First of Firsts: MidDurance Titanium. If this bike doesn’t cover all the bases for you, we do offer other amazing bikes for this type of riding. Email us and we’ll match a Honey Bike for you.
A Mix of Dirt Roads, Trails, & Pavement
Mixed-Terrain Riding: This type of riding tends to be a mix of just about everything: typically about one-third pavement, one-third dirt or gravel roads, and one-third mountain bike trail. The trails are more flowy than technical or rough.
Ideal Bike Characteristics: The bike will have tires that are confident on reasonably technical trails while still being fast on the road. The bike will have predictable handling in a range of terrains. Strong brakes and a low maintenance parts kit are also markers of an ideal mixed-terrain bike. The perfect bike may be a Honey Converter with have two distinct wheel systems.
Mountain Biking: 100% offroad. This is a standalone category because it’s so broad and diverse. Trails ranging from fire roads to tight technical singletrack.
Ideal Bike Characteristics: This bike is a purebred race bike: Light, fast, nimble. Conflictingly, the titanium frame provides a smooth ride you won't find on any other hardtail. The bike needs to perform in any kind of trail riding — from racing to all day marathon rides. Comfort for the long hall and performance for the short rides. Whether you're racing or out for all day adventures, this bike will make you smile every day.
Category Champion: Mountain 29er Titanium Race. If this bike doesn’t cover all the bases for you, we do offer other amazing bikes for this type of riding. Email us and we’ll match a Honey Bike for you.
Mostly or Entirely Dirt & Trails
Adventure Riding: This type of riding tends to be about two-thirds trails and one-third motor vehicle roads. You’re this rider if you’re looking for a bike that can handle just about any kind of terrain while still being a fast and fun bike to ride.
Ideal Bike Characteristics: Sometimes the ride is fast and mountain-bikey. Sometimes the ride is more adventurous and technical. So, you want a bike that’s capable of doing both well: Fast and fun. The bike has to handle nimbly and predictably. The tires need traction in the loose and lightweight on the climbs. It’s a bike that is stable and easy to control at very slow speeds on unknown technical trails.
Category Champion: Alltrail Converter Titanium. If this bike doesn’t cover all the bases for you, we do offer other amazing bikes for this type of riding. Email us and we’ll match a Honey Bike for you.
Riding at the Edges or Extremes: This includes sand, snow, sleet, ice, deep mud, primitive trails, and anything else that most bikes have trouble with. This is where fat bikes and big tires dominate. If you ride in fat bike winter parks this may be the bike you want because a lot of parks require tires wider than plus.
Ideal Bike Characteristics: The widest possible tires for traction and control in situations that don’t seem to have any traction. A bike that is stable and easy to control at very slow speeds in the most technical trails. A well-balanced bike that handles predictable at 1 mph and 20 mph. A dropper post friendly design.
If you still haven’t found your ideal bike email us and we’ll match a Honey Bike for you.