I'm looking to build my own fixed. Any suggestions on frames or components that are strong/good quality, light, but still good for tricking? Suggestions could be brands, things to looks for, experiences, blah blah blah.
I've got a budget, most likely anywhere from $400-$650.
The best thing you'll find for doing tricks on a fixed gear bike is to go with a Volume Cutter frame, and some strong ass wheels. Everything else is just finding the parts that fit for what you want to do.
there's also the Bruiser by Milwaukee bikes which was designed with tricks in mind. You should be able to build something at the upper end of your budget based on either of these frames
I've already done the whole conversion thing, and it was much more trouble than it was worth; i got tired of putting money into it.
I'm only a teenager, that's why i'm not going to drop a ton on a bike.
I just would like to find the best i can get for the money, and something that will last.
Well,light and tricking don't really work together all that well.You'll have to compromise somewhere.For tricking you'll want something solid,but solid means heavier.Low end Steel frames might be something to look into(high end steel tends to have thinner wall tubing which makes it light but not so good for abuse).Another option is alu.Lighter than steel,but the same deal(compare 6061 tubing to 7005).Also the fork is a issue with alu frames.Carbon rides nice but is not the best for harsh tricks,aluminum forks are solid but give a harsh ride and steel forks kinda look out of place as most aluminum frames tend to be oversized tubes.