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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 06-04-09, 01:06 PM   #1
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new commuter looking for a decent SS

hey all,

new to the boards as well as to the single speed arena. i have been doing some research but after visiting a few local shops and browsing the local craigslist i still feel inept as to what i should purchase for a bike.

i am looking for a single speed commuter that is well built and durable. my max budget seemed to be too low for something decent so i have raised it to around 500 as the top end but any money saved is great.

what would you recommend someone like me in terms of a single speed?
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Old 06-04-09, 01:09 PM   #2
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Old 06-04-09, 01:12 PM   #3
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What you want is the Fantom Cross Uno.

Decent frame, huge tire clearance, ability to run rack/fenders, inexpensive.
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Old 06-04-09, 01:24 PM   #4
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Old 06-04-09, 01:26 PM   #5
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Are you going for comfort, speed, or a little of both?

I have a Motobecane Outcast 29er running with 700c X 35 WTB Slickasaurus tires and it's very nice. Mounts for fenders, superbeefy and an easy pedal without loosing speed capability.

Perfect for your price range, too.
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Performance has last year's Schwinn Madisons on sale for under $500, find a day where they have multiple discounts and you can walk out of there with a complete bike and money to spare.
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i guess all around performance (comfort&speed) is what i am looking for.

after going to shops around me and being offered the Trek Soho for $550 (looked nice but seemed pricey) and then an SE Draft (that looked like a silver toy) I was more lost in the fray than ever.

thanks for the suggestions so far! I will look into them! Any more suggestions are welcome!
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Old 06-04-09, 01:40 PM   #8
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~$200+ = generic eBay
~$300+ = Kilo TT
~$500+ = IRO
~$700+ = Steamroller/Rush/Pista/etc.
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If someone offered me a Trek Soho [$1000 msrp] for $550 I'd be on that like ugly on a moose.
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sorry... i neglected to add the S to the end... so its msrp of 600 i guess.
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Kilo TT if you want strictly fixed or the one of the dawes sst/windsor clockwork combos if you want a freewheel and brakes.

Under $350 total which, with your budget, will leave you a little extra for commuting lights and other commuting knick knacks
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http://www.torkerusa.com/udistrict.html

What about this one? Anyone know much about it?
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You could also check out the Redline 925. It runs around $500, and has a ss/fg flipflop hop hub. Comes with fenders and the such, which are good for commuting in the rain. It is a decent bike for the money, and def better than the SE Draft.
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+1 for the Trek Soho S. I absolutely love mine - especially after adding a Topeak beam rack and a NiteRider UltraFazer. It's an ideal commuter. (Although it will probably exceed your $500 budget by just a little.)
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