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Old 12-05-13, 02:11 PM   #1
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Bikesdirect options with room for wider tires/fenders?

I'm looking at BD's SS/fixies with an eye for something that can run (relatively) large tires with room for full fenders. Thinking of this mostly for foul weather commuting, but also might want to do some light singletrack / fire roads / whatever. Looking at BD specifically because moneys.

Kilo TT is right out since there's no clearance for big tires. Kilo WT seems to be the most obvious option and is probably #1 on the list. The Uno would probably be even better, but it's not in stock in my size.

There are several other BD bikes that I just don't know enough about. The Clockwork PLUS, the Dawes SST, etc. BD doesn't advertise the maximum tire size that I can see. Do any of the other BD SS/fixies have room for larger tires?
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Old 12-05-13, 03:44 PM   #2
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I think Kilo WT or the Fantom Cross Uno are the only options
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Old 12-05-13, 04:24 PM   #3
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I think this would make an excellent winter bike.
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Surly tensioner to make any of the hybrids single speed.
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I fit 35s on my Motobecane Messenger. I do not know how true to size the tires were.
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I fit 35s on my Motobecane Messenger. I do not know how true to size the tires were.

What brand/model?
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I think this would make an excellent winter bike.
The price is certainly right! Ships with 700x40c. Thanks, I'll add it to the list...

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I fit 35s on my Motobecane Messenger. I do not know how true to size the tires were.
I like the looks of that bike a lot - did you have much clearance with the 35s? Sadly they seem to be out of my size (58-60ish) - I wonder if they use the same frame on any of the other bikes? Fixie Track is presumably the same, but that's also out in my size. Bummer.
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What brand/model?
Some cheap Nashbar tires. I wanted to try them out to see if I liked a wider tire.

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I like the looks of that bike a lot - did you have much clearance with the 35s? Sadly they seem to be out of my size (58-60ish) - I wonder if they use the same frame on any of the other bikes? Fixie Track is presumably the same, but that's also out in my size. Bummer.
I don't remember what the clearances looked like. They did clear the stock front brake. There are also eyelets for mounting fenders, not sure how it would all work together though. I just searched to see if I had any pics with them on the bike, but I rode them for a very short time. Not much help I know, sorry.
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I have both the Moto Messenger and the Kilo WT. The Kilo WT is definitely better for fat tires and full fenders than the Moto. It has much greater clearances and better fender mounts. The Moto lacks front fork eyelets and a rear chainstay bridge, which makes fender mounting more difficult. Also, you won't be able to use fenders with anything wider than 700x28c. Here is my Kilo WT with 700x32c front and 700x35c rear tires and full fenders:

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I have both the Moto Messenger and the Kilo WT. The Kilo WT is definitely better for fat tires and full fenders than the Moto. It has much greater clearances and better fender mounts. The Moto lacks front fork eyelets and a rear chainstay bridge, which makes fender mounting more difficult. Also, you won't be able to use fenders with anything wider than 700x28c. Here is my Kilo WT with 700x32c front and 700x35c rear tires and full fenders:

Ah, great, thanks for the advice! It really does seem like the WT is the most flexible option of the bunch, and it's probably worth the extra money. I really appreciate the info on the Messenger though - if it was in stock I might have given it a go just due to cost concerns.

And wow, I'd forgotten about those front fork eyelets - guess I could go touring on a WT
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Well, I went ahead and ordered the WT! Thanks for the help guys.
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I have both the Moto Messenger and the Kilo WT. The Kilo WT is definitely better for fat tires and full fenders than the Moto. It has much greater clearances and better fender mounts. The Moto lacks front fork eyelets and a rear chainstay bridge, which makes fender mounting more difficult. Also, you won't be able to use fenders with anything wider than 700x28c. Here is my Kilo WT with 700x32c front and 700x35c rear tires and full fenders:

Yo Tejano, just wondering why you chose the Kilo WT over the Fantom Uno Cross?
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Yo Tejano, just wondering why you chose the Kilo WT over the Fantom Uno Cross?
Didn't you used to own a Surly Steamroller ? The Kilo WT is pretty much the same bike for half as much. I was originally looking to get a Steamroller from my LBS, who wouldn't give me any discount, until I saw the Kilo WT at BD. The Fantom Cross UNO is like the Surly Cross-Check, which are far less suited to riding FG and I wanted something that was closer to track geo but with room for wider tires and fenders. I also don't like canti brakes.
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Didn't you used to own a Surly Steamroller ? The Kilo WT is pretty much the same bike for half as much. I was originally looking to get a Steamroller from my LBS, who wouldn't give me any discount, until I saw the Kilo WT at BD. The Fantom Cross UNO is like the Surly Cross-Check, which are far less suited to riding FG and I wanted something that was closer to track geo but with room for wider tires and fenders. I also don't like canti brakes.
Yes sir I do own a Steamroller, I wasn't aware the geo of the Fantom was more like the cross check which is why I asked about your decision. I love my Surly so it's good to know about the Kilo WT in case something ever happens to it.
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