Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - new commuter looking for a decent SS
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new to the boards as well as to the single speed arena. i have been doing some research but after visiting a few local shops and browsing the local craigslist i still feel inept as to what i should purchase for a bike.
i am looking for a single speed commuter that is well built and durable. my max budget seemed to be too low for something decent so i have raised it to around 500 as the top end but any money saved is great.
what would you recommend someone like me in terms of a single speed?
06-04-09, 02:09 PM
I picked up my 2006 Bianchi San Jose a few weeks ago and I'm lovin' it.
06-04-09, 02:12 PM
What you want is the Fantom Cross Uno (http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/uno.htm).
Decent frame, huge tire clearance, ability to run rack/fenders, inexpensive.
06-04-09, 02:26 PM
Are you going for comfort, speed, or a little of both?
I have a Motobecane Outcast 29er running with 700c X 35 WTB Slickasaurus tires and it's very nice. Mounts for fenders, superbeefy and an easy pedal without loosing speed capability.
Perfect for your price range, too.
06-04-09, 02:28 PM
Performance has last year's Schwinn Madisons on sale for under $500, find a day where they have multiple discounts and you can walk out of there with a complete bike and money to spare.
i guess all around performance (comfort&speed) is what i am looking for.
after going to shops around me and being offered the Trek Soho for $550 (looked nice but seemed pricey) and then an SE Draft (that looked like a silver toy) I was more lost in the fray than ever.
thanks for the suggestions so far! I will look into them! Any more suggestions are welcome!
06-04-09, 02:40 PM
~$200+ = generic eBay
~$300+ = Kilo TT
~$500+ = IRO
~$700+ = Steamroller/Rush/Pista/etc.
06-04-09, 03:18 PM
If someone offered me a Trek Soho [$1000 msrp] for $550 I'd be on that like ugly on a moose.
sorry... i neglected to add the S to the end... so its msrp of 600 i guess.
06-04-09, 04:10 PM
Kilo TT if you want strictly fixed or the one of the dawes sst/windsor clockwork combos if you want a freewheel and brakes.
Under $350 total which, with your budget, will leave you a little extra for commuting lights and other commuting knick knacks
06-05-09, 01:16 PM
What about this one? Anyone know much about it?
06-05-09, 01:25 PM
You could also check out the Redline 925. It runs around $500, and has a ss/fg flipflop hop hub. Comes with fenders and the such, which are good for commuting in the rain. It is a decent bike for the money, and def better than the SE Draft.
+1 for the Trek Soho S. I absolutely love mine - especially after adding a Topeak beam rack and a NiteRider UltraFazer. It's an ideal commuter. (Although it will probably exceed your $500 budget by just a little.)
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