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    are those Republic Bikes any good?

    you know, the republic Aristotle bikes. the customize it yourself for 400 dollar bikes? urban outfitters has a deal with them now and are selling them through their site as well.

    when i ordered my bike a few weeks ago, it was either republic bikes or bikes direct. i choose bikes direct and got the kilo tt after reading the good reviews on this forum.

    however, i am curious how the Aristotle bikes compare to the kilo tt or other bikes for similar prices. entry level single speed/fixed gear rides.

    did i make a mistake in getting my kilot tt for 350 and not the prettier customizable Aristotle bikes?

    any one have any opinions?

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    here are the links if people are not familiar.

    http://www.republicbike.com/

    and

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/trackbikes.htm

    these two are very popular for entry level fixed gear bikes.

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    Use the search function. General opinion here is, they are ****ing terrible.

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    I'm personally not experience with the Republic Bikes, but people here at BF don't seem to think they are great quality. Cheap parts, odd sizes (making replacing those cheap parts tough), I even heard someone say the lockring might be plastic (though I have a hard time believing that).

    You certainly didn't go wrong.

    If Urban Outfitters is selling bicycles, do you honestly think they are that high quality?

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    I don't like all of my components to match. THats what makes it tarck. Another thing: Im pretty sure those bikes are junk, your payying for the color match.

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    the answer to this thread is "no."

    buy a kilo tt.

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    Even though this question has been answered here (LupinIII put it best), this thread will most likely go on for days.......

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    I had a nightmare I owned a republic last night. I wish i was joking.

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    It's a hi-ten frame. Flexy, easily dented, AND heavy as hell.
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    Men should never ride bicycles. Riding should be banned and outlawed. It is
    the most irrational form of exercise I could ever bring to discussion.

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    The only advantage to Republic is getting to pick colors. The parts will suffer to keep the price down.

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    4130 Cromoly Vs Hi-Ten
    stock Parts

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    The only mistake you made was getting a Kilo TT over the Windsor Clockwork =]
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    that looks like doodies on the bars. and doodie smeared all over the frame. doodie bike.

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    they come with brakes at least
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtgotsjets View Post
    they come with brakes at least
    I would rather see skilled brakeless riders than those moving abominations.

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    Don't bother with the republic. Overpriced for what you get, too heavy, and you're just paying for the ability to change colors.

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    Get the republic if you have a pacific outfit that would match in mind

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    If I remember right heavy......like 5-6 lbs than the Kilo TT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xgecko View Post
    If I remember right heavy......like 5-6 lbs than the Kilo TT
    IIRC the republic bikes clock in at ~24 Lbs complete. Though the Kilo TT is not significantly lighter an average build will be around ~19 Lbs.

    also LOL from the republic bikes site FAQ.

    are your bikes made by urban outfitters?

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    Bump.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachee View Post
    I would rather see skilled brakeless riders than those moving abominations.
    Brake on my fixie, what do you guys think?
    therein lies the rub.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mondaycurse View Post
    alright that's going in the jackass thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachee View Post
    IIRC the republic bikes clock in at ~24 Lbs complete. Though the Kilo TT is not significantly lighter an average build will be around ~19 Lbs.

    also LOL from the republic bikes site FAQ.
    you kinda prove my point 19lbs (what my 58cm Dawes weighs as I ride it) is 5lbs less than the advertised weight of the Republic (which is likely for a 52cm bike)

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    yup just specifying. What if the republic bikes weighed 40 Lbs and the Kilo TT weighed 35 D:

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