Ok, so this is not a thread about BikesDirect, or why I chose to go with them. It is a thread for those who are thinking about buying a Kilo TT Pro. I will update it over the next few months to provide a long term review.
(no pics for now, sorry, I will try to use my words)
Being a Texan, I had to pay taxes, which sucked, but it also meant that I ordered the bike Monday afternoon and it arrived midday on Wednesday which was cool. Out of the box, I noticed it was packaged well, no complaints there.
I ordered this color scheme. It looks great in person, to these eyes at least. The chrome plating over the lugs on the fork looks awesome, only up close can you tell it's just that, plating.
I ordered a 53. I'm about 5'7". I've been fitted on road bike and I ride 56 on those, but based on everything I've read about the Kilos, and after looking at the geo, I went with 53. I think it was a good choice. (Side note here: All those people I see who say they are 5'11" and and ride a 50, you are crazy. That doesn't make sense.)
Assembly was easy for me, but I do wonder how the people who have never worked on bikes fare. The front hub needed a minor adjustment, but other than that everything was well put together, I was kinda surprised. The headset was Cane Creek, NBD, but it was not listed on the website so I figured I would let people know. The Tektro brakes and levers are decent enough to sell at Frankenbike (the rear set at least, I'll keep the front brake set-up).
Now, this has to be known: the handlebars are pure turd. To put it nicely, they do not inspire confidence. They must be replaced. If you read this site a lot, you would think that most components blow up after a while based on the way people lust for "bombproof" materials, but I really do think this handlebar is liable to break at some point. Pure crap. The stem is nothing to write home about, I'm replacing it, but casual riders would be fine with it.
The Sugino cranks seem decent and I'm not in a hurry to replace them. The wheels are so-so, I'm not an expert on wheels, but I think I'll ride them for a while, no rush there to replace either.After all, partly why I chose BikesDirect is the to save money, it wouldn't make a ton of sense to upgrade these right away. The gold spoke nipples actually look great with the colors of the bikes, and are nice touch. This is coming from someone who hates bling.
The saddle is pure crap as well. I guess some people can get by on it for a few miles, but the thing is junk. Will replace immediately.
I haven't ridden the tires enough to give an impression. They don't seem great, but again, they might be serviceable for some people. I've got some gatorskins from a previous bike that I'm putting on today.
When I fully assembled the bike I was pleasantly surprised by how light it was was, as was my roommate who is a weight-weenie.
I rode a couple miles last night and 1) it was nice to be back on a fixed-gear and, 2) it was a pretty smooth ride, in that short time. Felt great actually. The fit is a little different than what I am used to, but it wasn't a bad thing.
In summary, I'm very happy with it it overall. I am replacing the saddle, handlebars, stem and tires. A few of these things I already have, so it's not a big deal for me. If you are a new rider though, I would probably recommend a budget fixie at your LBS. Here's why: I'm comfortable with assembling/working on bikes. Some of the components I didn't like I can easily replace. If you don't have parts laying around or a local swap-meet where you can get stuff cheap, it's probably not worth getting a Kilo, even the pro. The saddle and handlebars are that bad, and I've heard the cogs aren't great either. Once you replace those, you're getting close to the price of a bike at a shop.
For me though, I think I'm going to thoroughly enjoy this bike.
Will post pics in the future, sorry for such a long post without any pron in it. I will also give some more updates soon.