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Old 07-08-11, 06:44 AM   #1
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Why Kilo TT?

Been browsing this forum for a while and I've been a fixed rider for 1.5 years now riding an IRO and always see people talking about the Kilo TT as a great starter bike. My question is...why?

I don't doubt that it's a great starter with all of what everyone says, but I'd just like some detail as to why it's so praised on this forum.
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Old 07-08-11, 06:47 AM   #2
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If you actually read through the threads, I'm sure you would have found the answer. Can you find a better steel fixed gear, new, for under $400?
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Alright, since the Kilo TT is really THE bike to have for people starting out, how about others that don't live in the United States? BD don't deliver anywhere else.
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Move to the USA. Problem solved.
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Alright, since the Kilo TT is really THE bike to have for people starting out, how about others that don't live in the United States? BD don't deliver anywhere else.
I hear these are nice:

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For 350 you get higher quality components and a frame with a higher quality steel (Reynolds 520 where as other entry level bikes use CrMo/HiTen). This allows you to swap out other parts without replacing frame - arguably one of the more important parts of a bike. If I knew what I know now, I would have bought a kilo in a heartbeat. Why buy lower quality steel and put **** on **** when for 350$ you can get one of the best bangs for your buck money can buy?
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I think Reynolds 520 is 4130, but it's double butted and has a proprietary shape.

And yes, I like the Kilo a lot more than the $280 options from BD. I wish I had bought a Kilo in the first place as well.
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I think Reynolds 520 is 4130, but it's double butted and has a proprietary shape.

And yes, I like the Kilo a lot more than the $280 options from BD. I wish I had bought a Kilo in the first place as well.
It seems it is. Still learning my steels
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whats better, money or street cred?
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Street cred obviously
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It comes with a 48x16 gear. My question (and don't flame me here since I don't ride fixed gear), but wouldn't you want a different gearing since that only gives you one skid patch? As part of my request to not be flamed, I must add that I'm not sure if the Kilo TT is a bike that you would even skid in the first place.

Forgive my naivete.
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You probably want a different gearing because 48x16 is a pretty tall gearing.
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The type of bike has nothing to do with skidding. But like yummygooey said, bikesdirect has a bad habit of formatting their bikes with an insanely high gear ratio for most riders. Seeing as many beginners start there, I dont know why they just dont throw a different rear cog on there. 48x16 would give you 81 GI, which IMO is uncomfortable.
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I agree that for a starter bike recommendation something with less steep angles would make a lot more sense. The motobecane or the windsor seem a lot more appropriate for somebody new to riding.
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So if we don't live in the US, we don't have other equally value-for-money option?
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