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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 01-22-09, 08:09 AM   #1
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Langster 2009 Ė first impressions

I picked up my new 2009 Langster in polished aluminium from my local bike shop this morning. My wifeís opinion; ďhmm looks a really nice bike, but singlespeed?!?! I think youíre making a mistakeÖĒ

It certainly looks the dís bís: http://www.specialized.com/OA_MEDIA/...langster_d.jpg

Well Iíve just taken it round my training route around the hilly lanes around my home and I really donít know where to start. Itís an absolute revelation!

It just absolutely flies!! I started out with the intention of taking it nice and easy, but I just couldnít and finished in one of the quickest times Iíve ever done! Itís one of the stiffest and most responsive bikes Iíve ever ridden, it really does accelerate like a rocket and corners like a housefly. OK, there were times when I could have used a bigger gear on the steep downhills and an easier gear on some of the long steep drags, but on everything other than the steepest ups or downs itís an absolute blast.

The most instantly impressive and best value for money bike I've ever had.
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Old 01-22-09, 08:18 AM   #2
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nice! from that picture, it's one of the best looking langsters out there, good stuff.
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Old 01-22-09, 08:34 AM   #3
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Definitely looks fun! I'm headed to my LBS at lunch today to order my frame for my new fixed project - upgraded from Schwinn Varsity conversion - I can't WAIT!!!

Congrats on the new ride, looks good & sounds like a good fit for you.
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Old 01-22-09, 08:44 AM   #4
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yeah, out of the new lineup I'd have to say the polished is the easiest on the eyes. Good luck with your training I know I like my fixed more than my road bike now(not good!)
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Old 01-22-09, 09:03 AM   #5
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thats a nice langster!
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The picture does not do this bike justice IMO, it looks much better in the flesh. Enjoy your new ride!!
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Old 01-22-09, 01:17 PM   #7
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Hey, your new bike sounds nice. Post up some pictures of it for us. I have a thing for chrome/polished finished bikes .
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Old 01-22-09, 02:23 PM   #8
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Nice, I like the seattle better though, I agree that that pic doesn't do it justice
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hey, it's a pista.
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Old 01-22-09, 03:16 PM   #10
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No idea, but I'll take a stab in the dark- devil's bollocks?
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shiny
does specialized sponsor you or something




















lol
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I still can't get over the compact geometry. but other than that
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Old 01-22-09, 04:49 PM   #13
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Looks great, but i'm with j3ffr3y.
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You've made a good choice. I was going to get the Langster london but I found a different bike for a bit cheaper. You won't miss the extra gears.
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dogs bollocks I would imagine
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dogs bollocks I would imagine
Correct, this was my first posting and I wasn't sure of any language filters on the site. I didn't want to get banned before I'd started

No, I'm not sponsored by Specialized, but that's not a bad idea - I'll drop them a line

I think the Langster tends to polarise opinion amongst the single-speed community - none more so than the city-themed ones Ė but hey, you donít have to buy one. I love the super-shiny polished finish myself Ė I think I was a Magpie in a previous life.

Iíll take a few snaps and post them up
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this may be the niciest bike Specialized has come out with:
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