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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 04-14-14, 01:50 PM   #1
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First fixie complete

Hey!

I'm thinking of buying my first fixie and need some advice. I'm currently looking at two complete fixies that are reasonably priced and shipped to Finland:

Merling single malt: Merlin "Single Malt" Single Speed Bike | Merlin Cycles

Jamis Beatnik: Jamis Beatnik 2014 2014 Singlespeed Bike | Evans Cycles

What would be the better choice of these two? I noticed that the Beatnik has an integrated spider on the crankset, would that be bad as regards to the quality and replacement components, as most fixies seem to have a separate chainring and spider?

In short, which bike would you buy from these two and why?

Thanks!
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Old 04-15-14, 02:03 AM   #2
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The Merlin's plug ugly but has a Cro-mo frame. Ugly can be fixed.

The Jamis has a Hi-ten frame. That's not as good and it can't be fixed without buying a new frame.

You make the choice.
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Old 04-15-14, 08:00 AM   #3
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If I had to choose between these two I would go with the Merlin.
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Old 04-15-14, 08:32 AM   #5
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That Merlin with the bullhorns was nice.
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