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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 07-17-14, 10:26 PM   #1
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What fixie should I buy?

Okay first off I am not writing this to hear people hate on fixie or to be called a hipster or start some heated debate. I'm wanting to get a fixie. I have found a lot of reasonable prices bikes ranging from $300 - $400 from companies such as BIGSHOT BIKES, BAMF, pure fix, aero fix.. What I want to know is what is the best to get? They are on the cheaper end but is it worth it to buy one of those companies or save and get something else? I'm not worried about components because I don't mind upgrading rims, tyres, gears, saddles, and handlebars etc.. I am talking frame here.. I want a frame that is as light as possible (without breaking the bank buying a carbon fiber frame). And one that will stand up to anything I will throw at it. Curbs, crashing, long rides and I want one that is dependable and will last a while. So will the frames from these bikes be worth upgrading in time? Is there a real difference here?


If need be I don't mind buying each piece individually from frame to grips but I wanna know there is going to be a reason behind the madness of spending north of $600 for an affinity frame compared to the whiskey (complete bike) by pure fix for $400.


Any suggested frames and name brands are welcomed.. I'm not looking for the cheapest thing on the market I wanna know what the best is and what makes them better than the others

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Old 07-17-14, 10:29 PM   #2
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What are you using the bicycle for and what do you want in a bicycle?
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Old 07-17-14, 10:51 PM   #3
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I would vote for a Miami Sun Revolutions. It's not the most blinged out bike on the market, but it's no slouch, and the 2.125" tires could easily handle some curb hopping. It will certainly be a long-lasting, dependable bike:



Or just spend 5 minutes reading the hundreds of other threads with the exact same question and phrasing.
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I want a frame that is as light as possible (without breaking the bank buying a carbon fiber frame). And one that will stand up to anything I will throw at it. Curbs, crashing, long rides and I want one that is dependable and will last a while.
Stop looking. That doesn't exist. Dream about something else.

Light, tough and cheap ($300-400 is dirt cheap) are terms that do not coexist freely in the biking world. Light and tough doesn't work. Cheap and light certainly don't go together.

Your dream doesn't work on a lot of different levels.
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If you realize you don't need 2.125" tires for curb hopping then.....

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Old 07-17-14, 11:28 PM   #6
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What's your budget? Wabi classic
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First off with all do respect gregjones I am not "dreaming" about getting a cheap bike. If you read my post in full you would see that I don't mind spending the extra money if it's worth it. You made no recommendations nor did you explain what makes a frame good or bad. I already know that cheap and quality don't go hand in hand my last bike was a specialized rockhopper and honestly I love it and it set me back north of $900 new but I can see the difference between it and my friends POS bike. But when I look threw these bikes online there really doesn't seem to be much of a difference other than what steel is used. The weight stays relatively the same with the exception being the wabi.

But the other bikes I've found seem to be built just as well. Take a look at the whiskey by aerofix and compare it to say the kilo tt and the wabi. Understandable the wabi costs more but take components out of the equation for a moment. Is the wabi worth the additional $600 for a couple pounds?

And finally the use of the bike is for fittness, cruising, playing around the house, and inner city fun. I know the fixie is what I want. This is me getting my ducks in a row. I don't just want recommendations or peoples own biases I want proof of why spending $500 more is neccisery to get a good dependable frame. I've heard the talk. "Cheap is a no go" "don't buy cheap" "quit dreaming about that" yet not a soul ever explains why. All I want is to know what makes a quality fixie bike. Explain why one bike is better than another. Throw pics of yours up here I don't care. I just want to learn the difference.
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um, there is an entire forum before you with the exact knowledge which you speak of.

I say research, or Purefix. Kilo tt seems to simple for you good sir.
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Explain why one bike is better than another. Throw pics of yours up here I don't care. I just want to learn the difference.
2014 Post Your SS or FG megathread!

You should help us help you by narrowing down what you are interested in if you want us to do comparisons.
It'd also be of your best interests to leave the attitude at the door and stay positive and cooperative. I'm sorry we offended you by trying to help.
Also, do your basic research on bikes and no that does not include the cycling generalizations or basic observations of crap-bike seller's sites you've posted already.

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Basically, what Leuky said was 'don't be so bloody lazy and do your own research'. If that's too difficult a concept, just read a couple of pages.
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Understandable the wabi costs more but take components out of the equation for a moment. Is the wabi worth the additional $600 for a couple pounds?
What do you mean? You can get the Wabi classic frame for $375. Or the complete for $750. It'll be tenfold better than the purefix or big shot.
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Take a look at the Wabi Classic. If you're not very careful you'll end up at the Wabi price but not have the end result.
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I don't have time to narrow this down further, but it should provide some good reading for you. Good luck in your search.

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Thanks for the help guys! And yeah I was looming at the wabi lightning haha that was my bad! I think I'm going to get the wabi frame and build from the ground up! Thanks a bunch guys you've been a huge help!
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And I also wanted to say I recalled didn't mean to have an attitude. Most people on here keep saying that I'm not doing my own research or tell me I'm looking for a cheap deal and that's not the case. I have been looking threw threads and specs on all these bikes. I can't find any threads talking about what makes the frames worth more or less money. I get the components can change the price but I just wanna know about the frames. They are made of different light weight steel but the geometry of most are basically the same. I have been searching and all threads make recommendations yet the only differences they talk about are components and price. I've been rebuilding cars since I was little with my dad so I've learned what money can buy but I've also learned that if the price doesn't justify the means then you are in the red. The wabi frame is way lighter than everything else I found so I think that's what I will build. Again sorry for showing any attitude in my earlier posts it wasn't my attention and sorry for posting one of those annoying posts I'm new to fixie and forums in general so from now on I'll try to be more conscious.. Thanks to all for your help guys!
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A lot of the value in the Wabi bikes is actually in the components, although I like the frames, too. For my tastes, they make the compromises that I would make and the bikes look good, too.
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My single speed thruster cost me $73 after sales tax,
I re-adjusted things, put some better brake pads on the back,

It rides fine.

After a season or two I'll do a Purefix if I got $325 laying around.
Or I'll get another Cheapo Wally bike and wear it out......

OP your putting way too much energy into the simplest of bikes, this energy would be better spent if you just pick a bike and ride.


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