Raleigh Grand Prix, Giant Innova, Nishiki Sebring, Trek 7.5FX
Single Speeds and Handlebars
Earlier this week, I thought that I had uncovered a bicycle industrial conspiracy to scam the unsuspecting cycling single speed consumer. In particular, I compared the prices of the conventional single speed with the single speed having flat or riser handlebars. Upon what I thought was the completion of my reseach and comparison, I concluded that there just my be unjust and unfair pricing going on throughout the industry.
It appeared that those single speeds having drop handlebars, also called "track bikes", were being systematically price-inflated, just because of the attached drop handlebars. I thought that I had found this to be true with four bicycle companies. However upon further research, there are at least two bicycle companies that would appear to disprove the ubiquity of this suspected trend.
The first bicycle company observed not to abide by this suspected trend was Masi. Masi is totally upfront about their prices with respect to both their conventional single speeds and their track bikes. In the case of Masi, both single speed styles are equally as expensive.