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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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    Grumpy Old Bugga europa's Avatar
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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.
    I had a good bike ... so I FIXED it

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    If I had to choose between these two I would go with the Merlin.

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    What, Me Worry? - Alfred E. Neuman

    Quote Originally Posted by Dcv View Post
    I'd like to think i have as much money as brains.

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    That Merlin with the bullhorns was nice.

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