Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Kronan "Classic" Men's Bicycle

The Kronan is a Swedish bicycle, in production since 1996. It is a reproduction (or, an interpretation) of an army design from 1942, put back into production by a Swedish entrepreneur when surplus stocks of the original Kronans ran out. The Kronan is a heavy, slow, single-speed utility bike with a coaster brake (a three-speed version is also available). It is available in a variety of bright colors, as well as a step-through "female" version. The Kronan is sold directly through the manufacturer, is inexpensive ($359.00 for the single-speed), and seems to have attracted the attention of various design publications.

The "men's" Kronan has a pleasing, chunky design, while the step-through version is somewhat less attractive. The rear rack is wide and substantial. The optional front carrier is especially useful-looking. While I don't like the idea of a bike with only one rear coaster brake, a front cable caliper brake could be added.

I considered a Kronan as a utility bicycle - something to chain to a light-post in front of the building, and use for grocery runs. The women's Kronan uses standard 700c tires (47-622), but the men's version is inexplicably outfitted with the 54-584 tire - a obscure size used for french utility bicycles that would be difficult to replace in the United States. A good utility bicycle should be able to accept Nokian studded tires in the winter and the invincible Conti Top Touring tires in the summer. The men's Kronan can use neither of these, which is a major drawback.

An example of the original Kronan can be found here. Posted by Hello


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi All,

The bicycle association in Sweden has tested about 20 bicycles and
found that Kronan was the worst bicycle with the lowest quality.

The front fork broke during the test and the back carrier and saddle
did not pass the tests.

The conclusion was that the Kronan bicycle has many saftey faults could
be dangerous to ride. The quality was the lowest in the test.

The above information is based on the findings from the tests in
Sweden. See link below:


You can translate the above link from Swedish to English on

September 06, 2005 11:31 AM  
Blogger Livenwealthy said...

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October 05, 2005 5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The link doesn't take one to a bicycle comparison, but to a table of contents page.

There doesn't appear to be anything pertaining to the Kronan bicycle there.

Perhaps this is an example of an "urban legend"?

September 09, 2010 3:31 PM  

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