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Old 06-22-12, 08:27 PM   #1
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Help me find a euro-ready single speed

I am moving to Vienna in two weeks and am considering buying my second Kilo TT. It would be mainly for getting around the neighborhood and possibly commuting to work. I'd like to turn it into a commuter and get some tires that will handle cobblestone a little better.

I don't know how to tell the maximum width of tires that will fit onto the kilo TT rims. They are '36H Aluminum Aero Section Track DoubleWall'.

Here are a few other questions as well. (Sorry, I'm a n00b)



Would I be able to mount fenders onto a kilo TT?

Is there a way to make the Kilo feel a little more upright?

If not, what bikes do you guys recommend in that price range that would be more upright?



I am buying my wife's 'Mercier Elle City' from bikesdirect.com, so if you have any recommendations from there that would be awesome.

Any help would be really appreciated.

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Old 06-22-12, 08:32 PM   #2
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I had a rear 32c on my stock Kilo rim without any trouble but that's about all the clearance I had in the frame.
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I had a rear 32c on my stock Kilo rim without any trouble but that's about all the clearance I had in the frame.
Do you think I could get a 32c on the front as well?
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Probably not. You may not even be able to fit a 32 in the rear. All Kilos seem to be slightly different.
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If you're willing to wait until tomorrow morning, I can measure how much room there is on mine. It's a 2012 TT Pro.

I think you should get a Kilo WT though, room for racks all around, full fenders, and massive knobbies.

BikesDirect is restocking this Fall, so if they are out, and you can wait, it would be a better alternative.
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I agree.
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I totally would, but I am leaving in two weeks to Austria and need to ship it with me.

You are right though, that is the bike for me.... Damn

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If you're willing to wait until tomorrow morning, I can measure how much room there is on mine. It's a 2012 TT Pro.

I think you should get a Kilo WT though, room for racks all around, full fenders, and massive knobbies.

BikesDirect is restocking this Fall, so if they are out, and you can wait, it would be a better alternative.
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Are there any other bikesdirect bikes that you guys would recommend for my situation?
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I say wait for the WT and find someone to ship it to you (my shop will gladly do it for no more than the actual shipping charge).
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They have 49cm WT5's, 49cm, 59cm, and 62cm, WT's left.

So, are you really tall or really short?
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Yeah I guess so. Seriously though shipping anything to Austria is outrageously expensive.

I should clarify that I sold my other Kilo TT about two years ago because I moved on top of a huge hill, which kind of ended my SS cycling activity.
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Oh, Motobecane Phantom Cross Uno would work for you too. It's pretty similar actually. And they have all sizes in stock if you don't care about color.
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/uno.htm
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5'11" haha. My old Kilo was a 55cm.

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They have 49cm WT5's, 49cm, 59cm, and 62cm, WT's left.

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5'11" haha. My old Kilo was a 55cm.

We have so much in common! I'm moving to Austria too!
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What about the Windsor Timeline?
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We have so much in common! I'm moving to Austria too!
I'm new to the forum, so I'm assuming your joking. hahah
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What about the Windsor Timeline?
Yeah that looks cool and the price is right. How does it compare quality-wise with the Kilo? Does it have a more relaxed geometry?
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Sorry for all of the questions, but how big is the difference between a 49cm and 55cm frame size?

If I rode a 55cm Kilo would it be crazy to order a 49cm Kilo WT5?
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Sorry for all of the questions, but how big is the difference between a 49cm and 55cm frame size?

If I rode a 55cm Kilo would it be crazy to order a 49cm Kilo WT5?

If you're going to do that, just send your money to me.
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Sorry for all of the questions, but how big is the difference between a 49cm and 55cm frame size?
Exactly 6 cm.

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Very.
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I'm a little desperate...
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Exactly 6 cm.



Very.
I thought so, just wanted to make sure. Too bad because I really like that Kilo WT5
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Scrodzilla and Nagrom_... You guys are awesome.
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Motobecane Phantom Cross Uno. They have your size in Black and White. It's a pretty good alternative to a WT.
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Scrodzilla and Nagrom_... You guys are awesome.
Repay us by not buying a 49cm bike. Please.
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