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Old 08-20-09, 12:57 AM   #1
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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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Old 08-20-09, 12:59 AM   #2
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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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Old 08-20-09, 01:00 AM   #3
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Use the search function. General opinion here is, they are ****ing terrible.
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Old 08-20-09, 01:02 AM   #4
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no
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Old 08-20-09, 01:03 AM   #5
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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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Old 08-20-09, 01:43 AM   #6
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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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Old 08-20-09, 02:41 AM   #7
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the answer to this thread is "no."

buy a kilo tt.
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Old 08-20-09, 05:52 AM   #8
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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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Old 08-20-09, 05:58 AM   #10
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It's a hi-ten frame. Flexy, easily dented, AND heavy as hell.
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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
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Old 08-20-09, 11:21 AM   #13
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The only mistake you made was getting a Kilo TT over the Windsor Clockwork =]
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they come with brakes at least
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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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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.

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Probably not.
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Old 08-20-09, 03:55 PM   #22
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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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Old 08-20-09, 04:02 PM   #23
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alright that's going in the jackass thread
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Old 08-20-09, 04:12 PM   #24
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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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