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Old 04-06-10, 06:21 PM   #1
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SE bikes? Should I buy one?

http://www.sebikes.com/Singlespeed.aspx

I was thinking of buying one of these for a good starter bike. I'm looking forward going into racing or something of that nature. The local shop guy said he could get me a good price on these bikes. What are your thoughts?
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The Draft is the only one that seems to be set for "track" use. At $290 for a high ten frame....id say spend the $60 more and pick up a Kilo TT from BD. You get a much better tube set and a little better crank set. Plus the Kilo looks better.

Not to mention the Kilo geo is better suited for track use but if your looking at an SE for track racing....geo is not a top priority for you...
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Old 04-06-10, 08:04 PM   #3
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Thanks I walked in the bike shop and ordered a draft light 09 bike for $360. They only sold se so I couldn't get a kilo TT.
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DO NOT BUY AN SE or we will all make fun of you!
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buy republic bike now
it very a good bike for you take everyday, cheap fast to and good ryde it highten good nice frame steal, make you very fast!
buy now sale!
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Thanks I walked in the bike shop and ordered a draft light 09 bike for $360. They only sold se so I couldn't get a kilo TT.
Why post a thread asking a question then buy a bike two hours later, ignoring the advice given?

"Hey guys, what shouldn't I do? Okay, done!"
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Why post a thread asking a question then buy a bike two hours later, ignoring the advice given?

"Hey guys, what shouldn't I do? Okay, done!"
Hey what do you think about surly cogs? Should I buy one?



Oh by the way I bought one yesterday.
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A bike shop here at home stocks these. They look nice, although I have never taken one out for a test
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a friend of mine just bought an se. i laughed at him.
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A guy I know is sponsored by SE. Meh.
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No, they are very cheaply made and unsafe. Plus they have 1-piece cranks. A close friend of mine confronted the CEO of SE at this past Interbike about how cheap and unsafe they are and he laughed it off saying the market demands what the market demands. I would never buy a SE, draft or otherwise.
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No, they are very cheaply made and unsafe. Plus they have 1-piece cranks. A close friend of mine confronted the CEO of SE at this past Interbike about how cheap and unsafe they are and he laughed it off saying the market demands what the market demands. I would never buy a SE, draft or otherwise.
Unsafe how?
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Unsafe how?
...an SE Draft can be the source of massive pyshological and emotional damage if you ever post here that you actually own one.
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Looking at the SE site, the riser bars all have a cross bar a la bmx bar style!?
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Damn. I wouldn't buy one myself, don't need too, but I have had a look at them. Don't seem unsafe to me, just heavy.

You guys probably make fun of the kids with the fake Adidas that have two stripes, don't you, you bunch of snobs. :-)
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THEY CALL THE DRAFT LITE A "LITE" EVEN THOUGH IT WEIGHS 25LBS!!! AHAHAHAHHAHA!!! *points and laughs*
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Looking at the SE site, the riser bars all have a cross bar a la bmx bar style!?
No...just the PK Ripper ones (which are actually pretty damn cool if you're into BMX-styled stuff).

The shop I work at carries SE bikes. The Draft and Draft Lite are *alright* for the money but I'm glad I mostly do repairs and tech stuff because I'm unsure what I'd say if anyone ever came in wanting to buy one.

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They don't have 1-piece cranks. I don't know where people get that.

Not all SE bikes are garbage. The Premium Ale is a Maxway frame (do some research) and is of very good quality.
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They might not have one piece cranks anymore, but they certainly used to.
I got the idea from the three or four I see on campus every day. Including one where the owner decided he wanted bright green rims and chain, so he grabbed a can of spray paint and went at it... horrible job, overspray all over the tires and spokes!

However, I still do not know why "one piece cranks" translates to "unsafe"... or is there another reason they are deemed unsafe?
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So inferior to somthing a bit more expensive. SE is the joke of the scene I must say. But if you don't care about that than go for it.
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You just bought a Kilo that was way too small for you, then had a freak out session when you couldn't figure out how to adjust things to make it fit you (even though we were all trying to help) and you're suddenly making calls regarding the "joke of the scene"?

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So the OP bought a bike that you don't like and he didn't wait to read your precious advice. Instead of ignoring this thread, you ridicule him and make him feel like a jerk for buying/ riding an SE. F*** YOU!

Have fun on your bike dude. You bought it, so enjoy it and ride the hell out if it.

Btw, anyone who refers to something as "the joke of the scene" is a total d-bag!
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So the OP bought a bike that you don't like and he didn't wait to read your precious advice. Instead of ignoring this thread, you ridicule him and make him feel like a jerk for buying/ riding an SE. F*** YOU!
Chill out... the OP deserves ridicule for started a thread asking advice that he didn't want/didn't bother to read, why start the thread if you don't want help?
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OK, the OP is long gone and hasn't even posted anything on BF for 3 days now. This has just degenerated into another lame pissing contest with no good outcome, sooooo....


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