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Old 01-26-09, 07:33 AM   #1
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Republic bikes

http://www.republicbike.com/default.asp

anybody know anything about this company or there bikes. seems pretty cheap for u pick it stuff. lookin for a new beater ride to work bike. thanks
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Old 01-26-09, 07:35 AM   #2
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high tensile steel frames

i'd stay away.
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perhaps someone close by can check out:

35 SW 12th Ave #110
Dania Beach, FL 33004

also, someone needs to point out the typo on the shop description page:

Atistotle is a customizable fixed gear bike with a flip-flop hub. Fixed or free – you decide. Aristotle's clean lines and component set balance value and visual.


(WTF does 'set balance value and visual' mean, anyway??)
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Old 01-26-09, 09:52 AM   #4
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high tensile steel frames

i'd stay away.
Honestly I've seen people are against "high tensile steel frames" bike.. I don't know what does "high tensile steel frame" mean by that? Can you example me, please..
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Old 01-26-09, 10:41 AM   #5
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It's an extremely cheap steel tubeset that is heavy and rusts easy.
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Honestly I've seen people are against "high tensile steel frames" bike.. I don't know what does "high tensile steel frame" mean by that? Can you example me, please..
High tensile is just a step above gas pipe.

Chromoly is about 60% stronger, therefore can be drawn into thinner tubes, thus making lighter bikes.
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perhaps someone close by can check out:

35 SW 12th Ave #110
Dania Beach, FL 33004

also, someone needs to point out the typo on the shop description page:

Atistotle is a customizable fixed gear bike with a flip-flop hub. Fixed or free – you decide. Aristotle's clean lines and component set balance value and visual.


(WTF does 'set balance value and visual' mean, anyway??)
Needs a comma after "set", or a hyphen between "component" and "set".
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Needs a comma after "set", or a hyphen between "component" and "set".
Needs the whole site to be destroyed because this is a terrible company with a terrible product.
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while the bikes may suck, I bet this business will sell a **** ton of them.

fully customizable color scheme for 350? not bad if that's what you're into.
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It's an extremely cheap steel tubeset that is heavy and rusts easy.
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High tensile is just a step above gas pipe.

Chromoly is about 60% stronger, therefore can be drawn into thinner tubes, thus making lighter bikes.
Dudes, Now I get a picture.. Dannihilator- if frame got scratches, I have to paint cover it as avoid to get rust easy, am I right? ianjk- High tensile is more stronger than gas pipe? So, thank you for simply examples as above
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the bikes aren't horrible, but not great by any means. Issues I see are slack angles, 175mm crank arms, 28c wide tires, ghetto bars, and only 24 hole rear wheel which I can't imagine being too strong.
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Old 01-26-09, 09:58 PM   #12
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Perfect starter bike for people that want me to build them one! I may send friends there. For someone that bike 1 mile a day, this is probably pretty good steal. It's like crap performance wise but for nonserious friends that want to be sort of hip.. not too bad..
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yeah, it will rust and weighs 24 pounds. That sucks for most of us here, but there are a hell of a lot of folks out there who would pay almost that much for something a lot less fun with a lot more maintenance issues. If you have another $200 and/or some experience you can do better, but at that price point and no experience, your options are this or a terrible mountain bike. I would take the pretty colors.
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Dudes, Now I get a picture.. Dannihilator- if frame got scratches, I have to paint cover it as avoid to get rust easy, am I right?

It will rust regardless, but it can be prevented/held off if you keep on top of keeping the frame dry.
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It will rust regardless, but it can be prevented/held off if you keep on top of keeping the frame dry.

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Rust is I believe the oxidation of metal, which requires raw metal + water + some sort of electorlyte.. You keep that frame un scraped you won't rust! Paint serves as a barrier.. Paint doesn't rust! Laws of chemistry. Sorry to be a ******!
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Old 01-27-09, 09:22 PM   #16
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Rust is iron oxide.

The only problem with high tensile would be the weight, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I used to ride BMX alot, and the bike I had (which was 4130) was still close to 30lbs. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
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Will someone just say the F***ing obvious.. you wanna know what is the frame good for?? I know for a fact that frame isnt for Tricks but that fork looks like you have full Barspin clearance even while pedaling maybe... Hi-Ten is really cheap and heavy so don't expect to be the cool one with a 17 pound bike. The rims are only 24, so i bet that some one with enough torque could do some damage to those rims, or if you like going off curbs. The brakes dont have a brand..so thats a lil sketchy and so is the fact that its a Fixed gear but it doesnt come with straps.. On the up side, looks great, Suginos cranks, Barspins, and Great color choices.

BASICLY, i think its great for someone who jsut wants to be in that "Fixie" scene with their friends, some one who just rides with them and doesnt get too much into it.
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someone on the forum needs to purchase one of these and write a review!
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Old 01-30-09, 05:58 AM   #19
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someone on the forum needs to purchase one of these and write a review!

I agree. I was just lookin at it for riden to work a 5 miles a day and leavin it outside for 8 hours in florida where its gonna get rained on. I couldn't leave a $800 (or more) bike outside all day.
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only practical application of those bikes/frames is for geometry class to measure angles, other than that not much. would rather take the bus than be seen on that, personally.
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only practical application of those bikes/frames is for geometry class to measure angles, other than that not much. would rather take the bus than be seen on that, personally.
someone to impress eh?
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My buddy got one. The chains look awesome but are really thin, they felt like plastic so it may need replacing. The rear hub is actually pretty decent and looks cool. It has Sugino cranks so that is decent too. The tires feel really cheap, they feel like playdough a really sticky plastic like feeling. The saddle is cheap but is still pretty comfortable. The frame is heavy and I guess easily rustable but it really isn't terrible. The wheels look awesome but come out of the box horribly out of true but that is easy to fix. The brakes are BAD! the pads don't align and feel VERY cheap. My BIGGEST gripe about the bike however, are the grips! I don't even know how to describe them but they are CRAPPY plastic grips. So all in all, I'd give these bikes a 6 out of 10. They absolutely need new grips and probably a new chain. The brakes can be adjusted pretty well so they will perform alright, so that isn't too much of a problem. I recommend that if you purchase one, you take it to a bike shop to have it assembled. I work as a bike mechanic and built my buddy's and it is a little tricky to get some of the parts just right and the wheels trued.

THATS ALL FOLKS!
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Old 03-02-09, 10:58 PM   #24
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bleugh, dania beach is everything i hate about sofla bros.
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Old 03-03-09, 06:42 AM   #25
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I have 1 the grips suck, chain is really cheap. But the frame is okay, other then being cheap steel. But I have been riding it for about 3 days now. I tacoed the rear rim the first day of being on it. SO I would suggest new rims/tires. The Front tire riped the first day too, So I just put a velocity 650c on the front and Weinmann 700c on the back. Now it rides fine. I also put another crank on it too. Sugino is alright, but not the one they put on it, It felt tiny, and wobbled horribly. So all in all just the frame is okay, but I am planning to buy another frame to use.
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