Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Beaverton, OR
Bikes: 2013 Kona Jake, 2015 Kona Jake the Snake, 2008 Kona Major Jake, 2013 Kona Jake the Snake, 2006 Kona Kula, 2012 Ridley Excalibur, 2008 Surly Long Haul Trucker, 2001 LeMond Buenos Aires, 1984 Pinarello Gran Turismo, 1982 Trek 614, 1979 Austro-Daimler
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Bike Gallery, a big LBS chain around here, recently began selling a fixie branded under their own name based on the SE Draft Lite. I don't know if that means that BG is making official the fact that it's becoming Performance Bike or if it's a commentary on the decency of the frame. If you're interested, here is their "review" of their
The SE Draft used to come with the oversized one-piece bottom bracket, which in my mind eliminated it from serious consideration for anything but a cheap beater bike, but it looks like they've now switched to a standard BB. So now it can be a cheap beater bike that you can hang nicer parts on if you want to.
That said, I've got an old Gitane with a hi-ten frame that I converted. It came in around 23 pounds, and it's a lot of fun to ride. It will never make me the envy of my friends and neighbors, but I like it and it doesn't feel like a tank.