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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 07-26-08, 03:01 PM   #1
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Ordering an Iro Mark V

So after a few weeks of wasting everyone's time with my posts, I've decided to place an order to "Tony" at IRO for a Mark V. My LBS has an IRO Mark V frame for $250 but I think I'll be better of just getting the whole thing from Tony for money saving reasons. I've got a few questions. I'd like to put risers on it but IRO does not offer those on their site but I keep hearing about how great Tony is. If I contacted him would he be able to put those on instead. Also, I'd like to get front and rear brakes, what type of levers will work best with the risers? Thanks.
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Old 07-26-08, 03:06 PM   #2
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If you ask Tony he may be able to do that for you. He's going to charge you obviously, but yeah, it won't hurt to ask. As for brakes on risers, you're probably going to have to go with cross lever brakes.
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Old 07-26-08, 03:10 PM   #3
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Old 07-28-08, 08:42 AM   #4
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What is the best way to contact Tony from IRO. I have tried to call the number on their website put it takes me to the answering machine every time.
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mountain bike levers work best with risers.

most risers have a 22.2mm diameter at the grip, which matches perfectly with mountain bike brake levers. most cyclocross levers are designed for a bar with 23.8mm (road) diameter.

for this conversation i would recommend you keep trying to call. correspondence is not iro's strong suit and getting all your questions answered in one phone call would be easier than shooting 3-5 emails back and forth. plus you can order while you've got them on the line and ask if there's any wait on the bike you want.
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Old 07-28-08, 09:23 AM   #6
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IRO is horrible at answering the phone. I have been trying all morning.
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try again in the early afternoon or tomorrow. there are only two people who generally run the show and they've got a family. if they're busy the phone doesn't get answered.
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Old 07-30-08, 07:57 AM   #8
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I just ordered a Mark V from them yesterday, a pretty generic build, any idea what the waits on those are like lately?
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I ordered mine (Jamie Roy) on the 23rd and it looks like it will be here on the 4th of August! HOLY SH1T!
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Old 07-30-08, 03:16 PM   #10
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Nice!

After I posted that I decided to call them and was told "three weeks but probably sooner." This is my first bike I've gotten since I was about 12. I'm pretty damn excited.
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Why IRO?

Cause other places are out of stock on equal/better bikes? I think the MARK V is just a cattle call bike- might as well go with one of the twenty cheap fixed setups online and get it faster/cheaper. Better for upgrade piggy banks.


I'm honestly curious... why IRO? Maybe it's just aesthetic?
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I am gonna order mine tomorrow and I'll let you know what Tony says. I am planning on getting a custom wheelset so it will take longer.
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Why IRO?

Cause other places are out of stock on equal/better bikes? I think the MARK V is just a cattle call bike- might as well go with one of the twenty cheap fixed setups online and get it faster/cheaper. Better for upgrade piggy banks.


I'm honestly curious... why IRO? Maybe it's just aesthetic?
For me, I am looking for a single speed bike and the Mark V seems to be the best thing in the price range. I looked at a Steamroller but it doesn't have brake stops which I would like. If you have other suggestions though, I would be open to them.
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Why IRO?

That is a very good question and since this is my first SS bike, but I have done a lot of e-research from this forum and roadbikereview, as well as other bicycling reviews.

I was looking at the Capo, Langster, The Bikes Direct lot, Bianchi (not Pista but Roger) and it came down to a couple of things.

Price, while it is not the cheapest when comparing to the bike direct offerings, in terms of the Capo, Fuji and other 'name' brand bikes; it is on par with the others. If not a bit less expensive.

Weight, I noticed that when comparing the SS bikes, a lot of them weighed over 20lbs and I wanted something a bit less. While I don't know the Mark V's weight, I've read that the Jamie Roy (alum.) is around 18lbs stock.

Another reason I went with IRO is that it's a small business. I enjoy the fact that it is a small business. I for one, ran a small BMW business and enjoyed many facets of it. It is not a corporation, it is not a branding issue, its what I tend to believe heart and soul.

That is why I went with IRO and I can only speak for my self.
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You're going to love your Iro. It's such a great frame because of it's versatility. I've done a lot with mine. It's got clearance for largish tires (32mm cx tires or 35mm touring tires) making it great for the snow as well. Buying a new fork is a worthwhile investment if you ever wanted to make the bike lighter (if your into that weight weighing stuff)

Get some BMX style brake levers. I have them on mine for carrying and they work great.
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I was originally looking to get something cheaper like an SE Draft since this was going to be my first fixed gear bike but I knew I was just going to want to upgrade a month later so I decided to go with something a little nicer. That left me trying to decide between a Bianchi Pista or the Mark V.

I had seen an orange Iro at a local bike shop and fallen in love with the way it looked but it was out of my price range. The red Mark V was close enough though and ultimately I read so much good stuff about the Mark V and Iro in general that I decided to go with them.
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