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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 03-23-17, 10:53 AM   #26
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You have a point, but at least you get to fully customize everything to your liking. Makes you feel proud creating a bike like that... I just like the idea of building from the ground up and hand picking all your own components. The frame is hardly an issue on cheaper road bikes. I've never ran into a problem w/ frames.
Right. I picked up my slightly used Felt TK2 frame + carbon fork, headset and carbon aero post for $225 on Craigslist while I was in Chicago. I then added parts as I wanted, DA lockring, Surly cog, FSA carbon cranks, etc.

Don't start with a junker frame like Purefix or Retrospec or Bigshot. Garbage.
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Old 03-23-17, 11:00 AM   #27
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Of course, for about the same total cost you could've gotten one of these (with the Sub15 wheels, too, but not including taxes and shipping)
The Wabi is a nice option. It's still twice the price of several other good options which is a lot when you are just dipping your toe into the world of riding a fixed gear and have no idea if you'll even like it or what you want in a bike.

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Old 03-23-17, 11:07 AM   #28
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The Wabi is a nice option. It's still twice the price of several other good options which is a lot when you are just dipping your toe into the world of a riding fixed gear and have no idea if you'll even like it or what you want in a bike.
Yeah, but I was responding to someone who said he spent $1300 buying a cheap bike and upgrading it. (unless I misread) You can get something reasonable for as little as $400 or so new, or less used. In the case of Retrospec, $400 for a Hi-Ten frame with potmetal parts is NOT reasonable.
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Old 03-23-17, 11:09 AM   #29
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Which is why there is the Kilo TT.
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Yeah, but I was responding to someone who said he spent $1300 buying a cheap bike and upgrading it. (unless I misread) You can get something reasonable for as little as $400 or so new, or less used. In the case of Retrospec, $400 for a Hi-Ten frame with potmetal parts is NOT reasonable.

actually you were responding to me and while I like the WABI a lot as I replied I am about $500 less costly than the Wabi option. I am not sure how you got that I spent $1300 on a $200 Fuji Feather and $300 wheels.


here is what I said in my prior reply on this----

"But I think I'm a solid $500 ahead.

However, that said, IF I was to do it again I would definitely consider buying a Wabi to start and add the white tires and the RETRO PISTA drop bar!"
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actually you were responding to me and while I like the WABI a lot as I replied I am about $500 less costly than the Wabi option. I am not sure how you got that I spent $1300 on a $200 Fuji Feather and $300 wheels.


here is what I said in my prior reply on this----

"But I think I'm a solid $500 ahead.

However, that said, IF I was to do it again I would definitely consider buying a Wabi to start and add the white tires and the RETRO PISTA drop bar!"

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Moreover, I think I still came out way better than plunking $1300 for a bike I may or may not want to change to exactly what I want.

Emphasis added
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Old 03-23-17, 11:50 AM   #32
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Sorry, either I wrote wrong or you read wrong... but I did not spend 1300. I think that is the point.
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Old 03-28-17, 12:05 AM   #33
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It's ok buying a cheap bike just to get a frame to start working with...

Just plan to swap out the bottom bracket, crankset, pedals, brake pads, freewheel cog and wheels.
A pity the cheap steel on the 1980s Schwinn Madison made it such a versatile fixie. The quality has declined then. Most fixies are hi-ten steel. With flashy colors and what they charge them for, I'd buy one in black with a quality frame instead of pretty colors.
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Just curious, what do people think of these single-speed/fixie brands - are they a good value? edit: title should read "pure fix" not pure spec
both trash
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Yup. If they actually made a decent frame any where close to the classic mild steel standards, you'd have a good budget ride.

What they sell is a rip-off. I'm not impressed.
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I was looking at a bunch of those "cheap/entry level" single speed bicycles (purefix, critical bikes, retrospec, se bikes etc) and then I came to this forum. Did a bunch of reading and comparing different bicycles and found that purefix and all those entry level bicycles are indeed cheap (cost and parts).

It's better in the long run to spend an extra $100-$200 and get a solid/quality built bicycle.

I've now narrowed by choices down to the KiloTT, Kilo WT, Fuji Feather and Fuji Track
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