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Old 12-27-09, 09:44 PM   #1
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Sold my Fixie and ready for a true track bike.

I finally sold my Republic Bike Urben bike. I rode it a couple of times on my local velodrome and love it. So I am looking for bike now. I have a friend that can get me a Trek T1 at a great deal and wanted to see what you guys think. Also he is going to try to see if he can get me a 09 T1 instead of the 2010 T1 because I believe that the wheelset and components are better in the 09. Is that right? Is it a good bike? There is also a used 09 Fuji track comp.

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Old 12-27-09, 10:03 PM   #2
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My choice would be the Fuji over the Trek, because it has a 144 BCD crank instead of 130 BCD on the Trek. You will find a better selection of high quality 1/8 track chainrings in 144 BCD than 130 BCD.
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My choice would be the Fuji over the Trek, because it has a 144 BCD crank instead of 130 BCD on the Trek. You will find a better selection of high quality 1/8 track chainrings in 144 BCD than 130 BCD.
True, about the crankset. Don't let that keep you from getting a good deal on a good bike. You can race an entire beginner season on 48t chain ring with 16t and 15t cogs. Take that money saved and get some Truvative Omnium crankset (a very good crankset) for $150 (used) - $230 (new).

The key is to start with the frame for you because you will likely change many parts of the bike over time:
For fitting you will likely change:
- bars
- stem

For comfort you might change:
- Saddle (every butt is different)
- Crank arm length (sprinters tend to like shorter, enduros tend to like longer)

Along with the Fuji, also consider the Felt TK2, or TK3 among others.
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www.businesscycles.com has a decent selection of 130mm BCD x1/8" rings.
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Ok so my friend just told me that the '09 T1 is out of the question. So it is looking like the '10 T1 is going to be the winner. Because it is new and I can get it cheaper then a use fuji track comp. What do you all think?
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Ok so my friend just told me that the '09 T1 is out of the question. So it is looking like the '10 T1 is going to be the winner. Because it is new and I can get it cheaper then a use fuji track comp. What do you all think?
I think you should grow a pair and buy the bike that you want. It's a good bike that will definitely take you from "beginner" to "intermediate" racer. From there you will likely specialize as a Sprint, Endurance, or Omnium racer and buy equipment in accordance to that. In the mean time. Get the bike and start training. The season starts in 4 months (depending on your local track).
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The pair has grown. lol. The '10 Trek T1 is ordered. I can't wait for it to get here. Thanks
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Awesome.

The next step I might suggest is to get a good bike fitting. This is overlooked by 99% of casual riders and many serious riders. If you plan to train and/or race seriously, this will help discomfort and injury while maybe improving your performance.

Maybe go to someone familiar with fitting bikes for use on the track. Most races are less than 5 minutes so some things that apply to fitting road bikes (which are used for hours at a time) may be slightly different.
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