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Old 06-11-14, 03:23 PM   #1
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Opinions: Pure Fix vs. Torker

Hi - I've been shopping around for a single speed and came across 2 that I liked at some local bike shops:

1) Pure Fix - XRay $360
The X-Ray | Pure Fix Cycles

2) 2013 Torker U-District $340
Torker U-District - Fast Bicycle in San Jose, CA 95116

Which one should I buy?

My main opinions as a newbie:
1. Pure Fix is lighter (21lbs)
2. Pure Fix looks cooler/unique (but I prefer quality/performance over looks)
3. Torker has nicer stock handle bars
4. Pure Fix only has front brakes, Torker has front & back brakes
5. Both can flip from SS => FG
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Old 06-11-14, 03:41 PM   #2
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I would go for the Pure Fix Premium. It looks way nicer than the standard pure fix's, which are pretty crap. If you saved up a little bit more money you could get something a lot nicer than the bottom of the barrel cheap ssfg your lbs is offering. I'm sure for $500-$700 you could get something that's worlds better. Someone will chime in though and say that they own a Torker and it's the best bike ever.
EDIT: I didn't throw in the Bikesdirect BS because you seem like you want to support your LBS which is a good thing.

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Nothing wrong with those 2 bikes, but with that budget I'd check out craigslist or bikesdirect.

Though I don't currently ride one, I've owned 2 Kilo TT's from bikesdirect, and found no better for the price. You're getting mid-high end name brand steel tubing for the same price you'd get a tank elsewhere. In my opinion they're much nicer looking frames than Pure Fix or Torker, and don't waste your money on cheezy (and HEAVY) knock off deep V's.

Keep in mind you'll probably replace your saddle, pedals, and possibly bars and stem on most bikes in that price range. The Kilo's have decent enough wheels and crankset to last you a while though.

I don't think this is necessarily the case with Pure Fix or Torker, but sometimes these companies that specialize in entry-level bikes use really weird non-standard component specs that make them difficult to upgrade - look into this.
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I don't think this is necessarily the case with Pure Fix or Torker, but sometimes these companies that specialize in entry-level bikes use really weird non-standard component specs that make them difficult to upgrade - look into this.
Case in point, my Retrospec had a stock sealed bearing freewheel that was pretty much crap and needed replacement after 4 months. The tool needed to remove the freewheel was proprietary and took some "convincing" with a hammer and pick to get it removed. Also the seatpost is "integrated" so it cannot be easily removed and replaced. In Purefix's case the handlebars and stem are not the standard 31.8 mm.

As for the heavy Deep V wheels that come on many of these entry level SSFG's, I believe they were made that way with the assumption that the rider was going to do tricks, so more spokes, heavier gauge material, and in Purefix's case 50mm profile rims.
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Thanks for the advice! I like shopping at some LBSs in the area. They give good insight, especially from the ones that've been there for years. Pretty much the consensus is that Pure Fix is bunk. They seem to be spending more money on marketing and paint than on actual parks (i.e. flimsy wheels and brake calipers). I'm still going to keep the Torker in mind. I like the Kilo TT, tho. Any thoughts on KHS as a brand and their UrbanSoul? My LBS is building one now and said I could test ride it tomorrow.
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Thanks for the advice! I like shopping at some LBSs in the area. They give good insight, especially from the ones that've been there for years. Pretty much the consensus is that Pure Fix is bunk. They seem to be spending more money on marketing and paint than on actual parks (i.e. flimsy wheels and brake calipers). I'm still going to keep the Torker in mind. I like the Kilo TT, tho. Any thoughts on KHS as a brand and their UrbanSoul? My LBS is building one now and said I could test ride it tomorrow.
Heavy, cheap components and geometry like comfort cruiser hybrid. Not sure what your needs and wants are but maybe good for you maybe not.

If your LBS sells KHS look at this

http://khsbicycles.com/bikes/2013-khs-models/flite-100/


But keep in mind the Flite 100 is basically a Kilo TT with different decals for $270 more msrp. But maybe they have one for a better price
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Heavy, cheap components and geometry like comfort cruiser hybrid. Not sure what your needs and wants are but maybe good for you maybe not.

If your LBS sells KHS look at this

FLITE 100 | KHS Bicycles


But keep in mind the Flite 100 is basically a Kilo TT with different decals for $270 more msrp. But maybe they have one for a better price
Hopefully they have the 2013, because the 2014 with the curved seat tube looks like butt.
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