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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 05-27-10, 11:00 PM   #1
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Need your Vet Opinions

Howdy! I am a roadie that is looking into getting a fixie for training purposes to gain strength and to get a better more fluid pedal motion. I understand it has become a main stream almost fad of late. I am really just looking at it for training purposes to make me a better rider on my road bike. I have seen it included as parts of training programs in a couple of books. Anyway... I don't really know what these bikes cost or are worth to be completely honest. Since this will not be a heavily used bike I am looking at used bikes and have done some digging through this forum which offers great information. The one thing in looking for these used I am unsure of what they should cost as I feel they have some "cool" factor built into the prices that I find on CL and Ebay. The LBS that I ride with made some calls to guys he knows and he found me a '06 Specialized Langster Pro for $475. It is pretty much stock except he put a carbon fork on it. It has dura race hubs which I believe were stock on the model etc. Can anyone tell me if this would be a fair/good deal on this bike? Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-28-10, 12:18 AM   #2
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From what I remember, Langsters always come with carbon forks, and never come with Dura Ace hubs. A new Langster wouldn't set you back more than $600 or so, so I'm not sure if $475 is a fair price unless it has upgraded components. Dura Ace hubs are expensive, mind you.
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Old 05-28-10, 07:45 AM   #3
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if u're a roadie and gonna try fixed for training/improvement purposes, maybe u might want to consider a conversion? U can keep road geometry and ride fixed at the same time and maybe cheaper than the marked up bikes.
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The aluminum Langsters have very similar geometry to the Allez series bikes, IIRC. In fact, I think they're the same frames but with track ends. They're meant for singlespeed.

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