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Old 01-19-07, 09:06 AM   #1
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Top fixies under $500

In the market for a fixie, but not looking to spend much money. I have a Fuji road bike and a Trek MTB. I need to round out the stable with a fixed gear. What are your choices for the top 5 or so fixies for the money?

Edit: Oh, and by the way, I am really short so I need something 46cm or less!
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You may want to consider a conversion for under $500.
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A sub 500$ complete?....hmmm sketchy at best unless a serious bargain. Word to the conversion- DIY
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You may want to consider a conversion for under $500.
It might not be bling bling NJS stuff, but a good conversion can be quite cheap. Definitley under $500 unless you splurge. Real track hub as well.

Some FUJI tracks were going around here for 500CAD out the door so, it might be possible.
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You may want to consider a conversion for under $500.

I had been considering that for the last six months, but since I need an XS frame, it has been next to impossible to find a good used frame in my size for less than what I could buy a brand new complete bike. I am envious of all you normal sized people......
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fuji track se

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A sub 500$ complete?....hmmm sketchy at best unless a serious bargain. Word to the conversion- DIY
This is what I don't get. I just snagged a brand new Trek hybrid for like $379 to use for a snow beater. Some cheap non-wallyworld MTBs can be had for under $300. A fixie doesn't need DRs, cassette, double/triple chainrings, shifters, etc, not to mention that the frame can be simpler because it doesn't need all the braze-ons....yet you can't find a new fixie for under $500? WTF?
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windsor hour? mercier kiloTT?

but if you really need a 46, then you're pretty much SOL. Do you ride 650C's now? Check out the Fuji track SE.
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we are cross bordering on the pricing as well. that might be throwing us a bit too.
not getting a new trek anything for 375 up here
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schwinn Madison or IRO

for just a few bucks over the five hundred mark.... the Schwinn Madison doesn't look half bad and I think you could throw a leg over an IRO. From photos the Schwinn looks like it has quite a nice frame.

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I'm 5'1"/5'2" and it fits me perfectly.
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Anyone forget the Redline 9-2-5? Someone in another forum just steered me that way, and my LBS has 'em for $450.

In fact, the guy I spoke with rides one exclusively after purchasing it last spring. Went from a Madone to that. Gotta give him some props for that
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A discussion of budget fixed-specific frames/complete bikes

The Fuji Track SE is super-good for the vertically challenged crowd.
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oops, it's the cayne uno. not cane creek, they make components
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windsor hour? mercier kiloTT?

but if you really need a 46, then you're pretty much SOL. Do you ride 650C's now? Check out the Fuji track SE.

I have been eyeing the 43cm Fuji SE with the 650s. My Fuji road bike does have 700c tires and it fits me fine. It has a sloping top tube so I have "plenty" of standover height. It is a 44cm bike. I was fitted and am supposed to fit a 46cm as the ideal.

Thanks for the other suggestions. I will check them out.

By the way...the Fuji looks like it has a threaded headset, but the website says threadless....what's the deal?
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By the way...the Fuji looks like it has a threaded headset, but the website says threadless....what's the deal?
the '06 and before were threaded. dunno about the 07
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For less than 500 i't better to build a conversion with nice wheels and cranks
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yet you can't find a new fixie for under $500? WTF?
Supply and demand economics.....

Okay, so I checked everything out. I really like the Redline, but they only go down to 52! Everything else goes down to 49, except the Fuji. It looks like I am back where I started. It sucks to be short. At least I am smart and good looking.
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In the market for a fixie, but not looking to spend much money. I have a Fuji road bike and a Trek MTB. I need to round out the stable with a fixed gear. What are your choices for the top 5 or so fixies for the money?

Edit: Oh, and by the way, I am really short so I need something 46cm or less!
Hey, nobody wants to spend much money. As with many things in life, when buying new fixies you get what you pay for.

For the average person, conversions are not fun, not easy, not cheap (if done right), and not quick to do. Save yourself some hassle, cash, and time by buying a used complete entry to mid level track/fixie specific (not conversion).

It's the "off season" now, so you should be able to find some good deals before the weather gets warm again.

For example: Here is an ad for a custom Landshark for $650.. It's 6 months old, but it's an example of what can be found.

Also, if you can squeeze into a 49cm, that would open up your selection. I think that manufacturers start their adult lineups at 49cm. Otherwise you are looking at getting a junior track bike which might be rare. What sucks is that any junior riding a track bike is likely to be in some sort of league and the bike is likely not a cheap one.

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there are several junior track bikes here but i have no idea as to the price. the owner, larry, is a really nice guy but also really busy, if you have questions try and squeeze them all into one email and if he doesn't get back to you, try him again in a couple days.
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If there's any source around for old ten-speed frames I'm sure you'll be able to find a 49...there's tons around here (and I think one in my garage, but it might be a 52). Conversions may cost more in the long run (as you upgrade this and that, and end up with a carbon fork and shyte on it, or just upgrade the frame), but immediately the cost will be a lot lower. Plus you can blow $400 on rims and $50 on the rest of it, rather than buying a $500 bike with $200 rims (which you may well end up replacing anyways). A lot of it will be easier, too, since older bikes are more likely to come with 165 cranks, etc.

There is however, much more space for something to go wrong, so if you're unlucky, you might want to consider that...
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That's okay, I would hate to take away your fastest bike.
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I appreciate the suggestions to go to a used bike....but again....I am short. We are talking 26" inseam. I cannot fit on a 49cm bike. Believe me...I tried. I did check out the bike123.com site. Nice site with a ton of bikes. I inquired about the Fuji.
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got my fuji track for $450, but i knew the LBS owner. Try to get buddy buddy with the owner of a bike shop, they'll hook you up.
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