KTM Life Sprint: The “sensible” option?

I bought a KTM Life Sprint around 3 years ago. The Life Sprint is a hybrid bike, with 700c wheels, 38mm width tyres and an aluminium frame. It is great on forest tracks and very stable and speedy on roads. One of the reasons I chose a Lifesprint, rather than a dropped handlebar road bike, was that the sitting position is more upright. Due to having had a sedentary day job for several years my lower back lost some strength and this began to have knock-on effects, for example with the ciatic nerve in my leg. The last thing I wanted to do was to exacerbate my back problems by assuming a posture that was going to cause my condition to deteriorate further. An off-road/MTB was not for me either; all those bumps and thumps would have put me out of action in no time. So the sensible option seemed to be some kind of hybrid bike. The problem with hybrid bikes was that they did have the image of being just that – sensible – and the last thing a guy who’s about to hit 40 wants is something sensible to remind him of how his body isn’t quite what it used to be. But if you think hybrid bikes are for fuddy-duddies who like a 3 mile leisurely ride on a Sunday afternoon… check out the KTM Life Sprint. It really does look great. My version is matt black although the most recent version is lighter in colour.

The Life Sprint is made with pretty good quality components – I won’t go into full listing mode, but it includes an aluminium 6061 frame, Suntour SF10 NEX4610 suspension forks and Shimano Deore Derailleur and weighs in at just over 14kg without the pedals and kickstand. It’s now retailing for 800€ but mine was 700€. KTM is known more for motorbikes, and I’m not a motorcyclist, but I understand they have a solid reputation, so this is something that KTM are hoping to transpose and maintain with their pushbikes.

The fact that KTM bicycles are not really a big name brand (even less so three years ago) was something else that attracted me to them. Being a bit of a snob, I liked the idea of having something that was a little unusual. I’m not going to be buying a fancy car any time soon – so why not get a bike that might turn a head or two?

Anyway… the bottom line with this bike is that it’s good fun, it’s nippy, looks good, is a comfortable ride and doesn’t cost the Earth. An all-round good buy and a purchase I’m very glad I made.

KTM Life Sprint

KTM Life Sprint