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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 11-27-08, 10:49 PM   #1
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Aluminum framed fixie that won't break the bank?

Anyone have any recommendations for aluminum framed fixies with a carbon fork? Preferable complete bikes. Frameset recommendations are okay but lets keep this to complete bikes.

I'm in the market for a new bike and I'd like to know whats out there. Lets keep the price under $800

So far, I've considered:

'08 Cannondale Capo
'08 Felt Dispatch
'04 Langster Pro
'08 Leader 735tr w/i806 fork

Anything else that you guys recommend? I'd prefer aluminum and carbon only because it is so light. Steel is okay, but I'd have to be really convinced that this is right for me. The weight of aluminum fixies really captured my interest.
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Old 11-27-08, 10:55 PM   #2
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find a nice fuji track pro frame and build it up
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Old 11-27-08, 10:56 PM   #3
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let's not say "fixie" anymore
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Old 11-27-08, 10:56 PM   #4
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the cannondale or the leader
i'd get the cannondale if the price isn't a big deal
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Old 11-28-08, 08:44 AM   #5
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I personally have a 2008 Capo and love it. But then I was always partial to Cannondales on my road bikes as well. Shop and see if you can still score an 08 capo if you go that route. They have made a lot of changes to the 09 model and it is lame compared to the 08. I cant imagine buying an 09 and not changing that crank out immediately.
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Old 11-28-08, 08:59 AM   #6
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you can get an FTP for less than 800
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Old 11-28-08, 09:35 AM   #7
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Old 11-28-08, 09:59 AM   #8
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let's not say "fixie" anymore

Why can't we say fixie? Fixie seems to be the popular term.
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Old 11-28-08, 10:06 AM   #9
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Why can't we say fixie? Fixie seems to be the popular term.
to me it just sounds like saying "preggers" for "pregnant." kinda overly cutesy... but i could be in the minority with that sentiment.
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the only time I find "fixie" appropriate is when talking about a conversion.
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Old 11-28-08, 11:03 AM   #11
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Why can't we say fixie? Fixie seems to be the popular term.
I think it is akin to the TrekIE vs TrekOR argument.
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Old 11-28-08, 11:23 AM   #13
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I think it is akin to the TrekIE vs TrekOR argument.
No, it's as ZiP explained, overly cutsie/infantile.
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Old 11-28-08, 11:24 AM   #14
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"Fixie" A word that fixie riders came up with and now complain about
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http://www.totalcycling.com/index.ph...urrency&id=USD

Cinelli Vigorelli @ $650. Also around on the internet for $1k with Dura Ace cranks.
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Whatever you do don't get the Felt.

I have heard the Leader has major geometry issues and shoddy craftsmanship, but I have heard pluses from others. They are savagely cheap though.
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Have you considered the fact that steel is real, and all the possibilities that may offer?

For example, here is a steel track frame built by Witcomb:



Notice the gentlemen holding it. Those are real people who exist in the real world. If they wanted to, they could build that bike up and actually, really ride it!

Now, here is an aluminum frame built by Leader:



Look at the background; nothing. And the frame is all pixelated. It's virtual. At best, you could maybe import it into Garry's Mod, built it up with spare parts, and take screenshots of G-Man riding it. if you wanted to ride it to the store, or the park, you can forget about it. It's a technological impossibility.

If you spend most of your time in a virutal environment, aluminum might be for you, but I prefer real frames, as I spend the majority of my time in the real world. YMMV.
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I have a Specialized Langster Comp 06 size 52cm up for grabs if you're interested?

It comes with headset, stem, seatpost too!
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Old 11-28-08, 03:19 PM   #19
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Any One Interested in Polished Aluminum SS/FG
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Whatever you do don't get the Felt.
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Why do you say this? Try substantiating claims like this if you'd really like to help out the OP. I think that the felts are a fine frame other than dealing with an integrated headset which is pretty standard anyway and not a huge issue unless you're careless overtime.
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Fuji Track Pro is now on my list. Keep the suggestions coming.

I just sat through and read the Bikes Direct thread to its entirety. The bike described sounds perfect, but nothing is set in stone thus far. Everything is still up for debate and from the looks of it, themodel won't release until sometime mid '09. And by then, I figure they will be backordered until much later. However if it is a bargain, I'll wait. However until then I'd like to keep my options open for good deals.

The Cinelli frameset is very beautiful, but I think once the entire build is done, I'll have gone way over my budget.

Yes I know that steels frames have been tested and proven, but I have so fallen for the fact that a aluminum version is so light.
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Why do you say this? Try substantiating claims like this if you'd really like to help out the OP. I think that the felts are a fine frame other than dealing with an integrated headset which is pretty standard anyway and not a huge issue unless you're careless overtime.
Edit: I thought you meant the Tk's not the dispatch. understandable. To the OP have you thought about the Felt TK3? Complete for around 800 and I think you can get frameset for around 600.
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Have you considered the fact that steel is real, and all the possibilities that may offer?

For example, here is a steel track frame built by Witcomb:



Notice the gentlemen holding it. Those are real people who exist in the real world. If they wanted to, they could build that bike up and actually, really ride it!

Now, here is an aluminum frame built by Leader:



Look at the background; nothing. And the frame is all pixelated. It's virtual. At best, you could maybe import it into Garry's Mod, built it up with spare parts, and take screenshots of G-Man riding it. if you wanted to ride it to the store, or the park, you can forget about it. It's a technological impossibility.

If you spend most of your time in a virutal environment, aluminum might be for you, but I prefer real frames, as I spend the majority of my time in the real world. YMMV.
Any questions PM me. This is who I am. Yes i sell framesets and bikes made by Leader only.

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Any questions PM me. This is who I am. Yes i sell framesets and bikes made by Leader only.
For a second I thought you meant you were the dude holding the frame in the picture, and I was going to compliment you on your fine choice of sweater...
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For a second I thought you meant you were the dude holding the frame in the picture, and I was going to compliment you on your fine choice of sweater...
LoL, No i am the guy on the right in my avatar.

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