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Old 01-28-07, 05:21 PM   #1
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Review of the Windsor "The Hour"

I'm looking for imput from people who actually have The Hour, not people that just have opinions. Is it any good? How's it hold up? Good value for the money? What's broke so far? Have you tried to use the warranty? Thanks.

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Old 01-28-07, 05:40 PM   #2
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Great Value! I mean come on 299??? It's my commuter/around town/urban bike. I love it. If your a serious Fixie rider you may want something a little nicer??? but I wanted something I felt comftorable enough to lock outside while in stores/bars or whatever.
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Not to be snarky, but the people that actually know something about FG bikes are going to give you better advice than the kind of people who are going to buy the cheapest bike on the market. These bikes are ok, the frames are pretty good, the hubs are good but quality varies on the wheel build so you may have to do some truing. The stem, pedals, and cranks aren't awful, the bars are, and the tires are cheese whiz. The cog and lockring are junk, make sure they're installed well but you still might strip the hub.

Consensus is they're an ok way to get into FG bikes, but you put on real tires, a real cog and LR, and better bars and/or pedals and it's creeping up on the cost of an IRO, which comes with better wheels as well. If I bought one I would at least lay down the $35 for a cog and LR, you would probably want to to customize the gearing anyway.
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That's exactly what I'm looking for, just around the town, commuter bike. I have a single-speed now and looking at the price for The Hour I thought I'd give a fixie a shot.
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If you are going that route, the value is a little better on the Mercier. I've been around both. You'll need a new wheelset eventually, but no big deal.
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Not to be snarky, but the people that actually know something about FG bikes are going to give you better advice than the kind of people who are going to buy the cheapest bike on the market. These bikes are ok, the frames are pretty good, the hubs are good but quality varies on the wheel build so you may have to do some truing. The stem, pedals, and cranks aren't awful, the bars are, and the tires are cheese whiz. The cog and lockring are junk, make sure they're installed well but you still might strip the hub.

Consensus is they're an ok way to get into FG bikes, but you put on real tires, a real cog and LR, and better bars and/or pedals and it's creeping up on the cost of an IRO, which comes with better wheels as well. If I bought one I would at least lay down the $35 for a cog and LR, you would probably want to to customize the gearing anyway.
I'll second that. I've known people who rode both the Hour and various IROs, and if there's any way at all, ever, even if it means taking out a $200 student loan, swing the cost of an IRO, I say that's a much better route, and you'll be happier in the long run.
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