Best Entry Level Complete SS/Fixed Bike Components
Hi folks, I'm looking for advice on what bike has the best components on an entry level ss/fixed gear bike. I figure the usual suspects are BD, SE, Torker, Pure Fix?, Retrospec?, any others? I'm looking to strip it, and put it on a frame I currently have. Figure I'd be cheaper to strip and sell the frame than doing a complete build myself. Thanks in advance.
Yes, that's the plan. The frame is a Pake French 75. I've built bikes before and they usually end up costing me more than I'd like to spend. I guess I'd spend around $300 or more on the complete, then sell the frame for around $100 or so, depending on the frame.
It's not the worst idea, but a Kilo TT(which comes with the nicest parts of all the BD options I think), has a different size steerer(or is the stem a shimmed 1 1/8"?) and seatpost, which, although aren't expensive, kind of make it less "worth it". All of the BD options with 1 1/8" threadless setup and a 27.2 seatpost all basically the same generic parts.
I just added up basically the cheapest components you could buy from RG. Some would be better than the BD offerings, some would probably be about equivalent, but the total came to like $450(with shipping), so I honestly can't argue with your plan. At least it gets your bike rolling and you can upgrade components as needed.
I'd just find whichever one on BD that comes with a 1 1/8" stem(should be all but the Kilo TT and variants, and the Premium Brew), a 27.2mm seatpost, and the color of components that you want.
Edit: The Dawes SST AL would probably be the best if your budget allows for it. Plus a brand new aluminum "fixie" frame with a carbon fork would probably be the easier frame components to sell and recoup some of your cost.
Last edited by ddeadserious; 09-04-12 at 11:20 AM.
It actually makes a little bit of sense considering that if you were to buy all the parts on say - a Kilo TT Pro - a la carte, it would add up to more than the cost of the complete bike.
Oh ok, interesting. In my limited search history I hadnt found anything that is a low-med price complete with many components worth saving. They might have a few isolated components but nothing as a whole.
I'd say moto track/Windsor hour since they are cheapest, and you won't cry if you can't sell the frame
Yeah, either those two or a Pure Fix Juliet for $45 more. They have a free shipping code right now. I think the pure fix might have better components, but I'll probably have a harder time selling that hi-ten frame.
besides being pink that schwinn has a rear coaster brake & also a quill stem
if you already have a fork, & if the blue wheels & chainring go with your frame (or you don't mind trying to strip them) & if you don't mind buying a threadless stem...
the premium brew that Crandrew mentioned gives you the best overall parts for the money, & if you can be patient for a deal you might get it pretty cheap at nashbar - not too long ago they were selling it for close to $300 + shipping. plus...i would buy the stem from you