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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 06-18-09, 11:01 PM   #1
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LEADER Fixed Gear

Hey yall new to this, im thinking of going from a Peugeot single speed to a LEADER fixed gear have the opportunity to pick one up for about $700. First of all this would be my daily commuter for work, thoughts on that? Second is that a good price? looks like I got a deal, and Finally what would I expect going from single to fixed huge mistake on my part?? please do let me know!!
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Old 06-19-09, 04:47 AM   #2
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errone gots a leader frame now, but they are a good frame, i have a purple 725..somehting frame xD
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Old 06-19-09, 06:53 AM   #3
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i can't completely speak to the price, but that sounds like it may be a little on the high side, for what i've heard about that brand.

if you get an aluminum frame, it may be a good idea to use a carbon fork with it, to make the ride quality smoother.

i don't think it's a mistake to go fixed (you can always use a flip-flop rear wheel and switch back to singlespeed if you decide to do so later).

additionally, the geometry of the leader may be a little bit steeper, causing it to possibly be a little less comfortable over super-long rides (compared to the peugeot's road geometry).
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Old 06-19-09, 07:32 AM   #4
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The price depends on he components that are on the Leader frame. For $700 it better have some good components and fit you very well. Because for that same price, you can get a new bike with decent components that is fit to you.
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Old 06-19-09, 07:34 AM   #5
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I've even seen Trek T1 for not much more than that price.
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You have to think you can get a brand-new leader frame, fork, headset, and handlebars for not much more then $330, so if you think that the wheelset, crankset, and the remaining small parts are worth the extra $350 or so, then do it.

Personally, I think Leader bikes are GOOD bikes, but they are not GREAT bikes. I enjoy riding my brothers and I am debating whether or not to finally build mine (I have a 721 frame and fork just lying around in my room) but there would be no way I would buy one for $700.
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Personally, I think Leader bikes are GOOD bikes, but they are not GREAT bikes... but there would be no way I would buy one for $700.
THIS.

they're not cheap. they're just as expensive as prebuilt ones of higher quality.
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