I picked up a Windsor "The Hour" from BD recently & after riding it a few weeks I have to say I really love it!
I got the matte grey in 61cm & was concerned I'd get a foot long head tube-not the case, the geo is nice with no pedal overlap & a tight rear-tire-to-seat-tube setup. I am 6'4" 265lbs & the bike is very sturdy. I was hoping to get the threadless headset, stem & fork, but the Chianaur threaded headset is fine.
The quill stem is nice in that you don't have to thread the bars thru them, the front clamp comes off with 2 hex bolts which came in handy today when I added Soma 456 44cm track drops & black Soma Thick & Zesty tape (from universalcycles.com, like $27) which is a HUGE improvement over those generic anatomical bars the bike comes with, especially visually.
I love the all black components, especially the Formula hubs. All in all I have to say that this bike is a tremendous value for the money. AND, the fork is NOT ugly IMO. The plastic toe clips may be upgraded in the future but the pedals are good. The Kenda tires will definitely be upgraded when time comes but for now they do the job.
Fantastic bike for $299 shipped (plus $37 for Soma bars & tape). Pics to come.
I bought a Windsor The Hour as well about 3 weeks ago and have been riding it every day. I like it too and i think its a good entry bike into fixed gear. All i changed was the saddle so far and tried out some bullhorns, but i didn't like them. Eventually i'll uprade components, or maybe i just may build another bike. ;-)
Steelman road bike, '81 Schwinn Le Tour single speed,
i got a 64cm The Hour in grey a couple weeks ago. So far I've put on a front brake, bullhorns with a tt brake, a WTB Speed V saddle I had sitting around, and some PowerGrips pedals for my giant feet. I have an 80mm stem on the way too. I hated the drop bars that came with it, but overall, it's a great bike for the money. It's just going to be my townie/errand bike.
oh mange, do I ever love mine
I have a matte gray 52cm. Got it two years ago. I have a bunch of new parts for but some of the original stuff still on the bike is:
seatpost, bottom bracket, chainring, back wheel, stem, headset and fork. Its pretty stiff and handles great
Really happy and Ive rode a lot of other peoples, fujis, rush hours, masi's and merciers and still dig mine.
I got a 58cm in White a few weeks ago, and I love it. So far the only issue's I've had have been the cog wasnt really tight ont he rear so it loosened when I tried to stop really hard. That and the lock rings on the hub came loose and the hub was moving back and forth a few CM, but once I tightened those up everything has been great, and I'm a big dude and I ride it pretty hard.