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Old 02-16-08, 05:14 PM   #1
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Mercier Kilo TT vs Windsor The hour vs 2008 Motobecane Messenger

What would be the best pick up for me, iyo? I'm 6'1 and it'll be my first fixie.
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Old 02-16-08, 05:35 PM   #2
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Well the motobecane comes with 2 brakes out of the box. Got 1 for my son and he loves it. Everyone here likes the Kilo. But then you'll have to get brakes (doesnt come with them).
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As far as quality and performance goes are these considered to be low-end bikes? If you can recommend something much better please do. My budget is 3-$500.
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Cayne uno. I have the bike and tends to get lots of compliments from bike shop owners there really surprised by it. This product is distributed by J&B distributers. The brand is a "sun bicycles". You can visit online at www.sunbicycles.com to get some more specs.

As far as geometry its a mix between road and track (some define it as a relaxed track geometry. whatever that means.). I'm 6'1 and i have the 59 it fits me like a glove. You should get fitted though to be safe.

flip-flop hub, 2 brakes, decent black alex rims, bullhorns, pedals, toe clips and straps. You cant ask for more. Its a nice steel frame.

In total i think its about 480-550 depends on the shop you go to.

I've had it for over three month and the only thing i've changed is the lock ring and cog. ( i'd suggest the same)
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Buy this:
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-TRACK-SINGLE...QQcmdZViewItem
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Old 02-16-08, 09:30 PM   #6
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I'd go with that too actually. Don't know much about the frames. I'd be concerned about the frame size. I'd def. go to a bike shop and test out some 62's to be safe.
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Cayne uno. I have the bike and tends to get lots of compliments from bike shop owners there really surprised by it. This product is distributed by J&B distributers. The brand is a "sun bicycles". You can visit online at www.sunbicycles.com to get some more specs.

As far as geometry its a mix between road and track (some define it as a relaxed track geometry. whatever that means.). I'm 6'1 and i have the 59 it fits me like a glove. You should get fitted though to be safe.

flip-flop hub, 2 brakes, decent black alex rims, bullhorns, pedals, toe clips and straps. You cant ask for more. Its a nice steel frame.

In total i think its about 480-550 depends on the shop you go to.

I've had it for over three month and the only thing i've changed is the lock ring and cog. ( i'd suggest the same)
Looks immensely heavy though.
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Pick yourself up a decent cog and lockring though, and have a good mechanic install it.

Edit - If you're going to spent up to $500 get yourself a Pista.
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Pick yourself up a decent cog and lockring though, and have a good mechanic install it.

Edit - If you're going to spent up to $500 get yourself a Pista.
Where the hell do they sell Pista's for $500?
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Where the hell do they sell Pista's for $500?
How much are they usually?
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How much are they usually?
$560-600.
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$560-600.
They're $500 here.
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They're $500 here.
LBS, or the interweb?
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Looks immensely heavy though.
Its not that heavy, I have to climb 3 stories with that bike at least twice a day and it doesn't bother me. I'm usually on the road anyways so i'd prefer a nice steel frame. If i had to ride 20 miles daily an aluminum in Miami's **** roads i'd go crazy feeling every bump. Thats just a matter of personal preferences though. I'd rather pay 480 for this over the hour, messenger, or kilo any day.

Just found this seems like a good deal http://miami.craigslist.org/bik/559838436.html
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LBS, or the interweb?
LBS.
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Sweet I'll look into it, thanks.
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Aside from the motobecane coming with brakes, do any of the three have any advantage over each other? I have been looking for something to convert to single speed but am having a tough time finding something here in Vegas, CL stuff gets snapped up real quick. Thinking one of these options might be better in the long run.

Sidenote, I really like the leather look saddle and bar tape of that Canye.
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All those bikes versus each other?

What about all those bikes versus me?

I'll fight em all.
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