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Is this bike any good? It seems really cheap.

Old 06-01-18, 11:00 PM
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Is this bike any good? It seems really cheap.

Hi everyone.
I am new here, but this section caught my eye in particular, because I have ridden a fixie all of my cycling life.
I am currently riding a Fuji feather 46x16 around town. I want a bike and want your opinion to this bike gearbikesreview .com / critical-cycles-classic-fixed-gear-bike-review /
Nice to be here....
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Old 06-02-18, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by MattCarson View Post
Hi everyone.
I am new here, but this section caught my eye in particular, because I have ridden a fixie all of my cycling life.
I am currently riding a Fuji feather 46x16 around town. I want a bike and want your opinion to this bike gearbikesreview .com / critical-cycles-classic-fixed-gear-bike-review /
Nice to be here....

Probably a question better asked to the crowd in the Single Speed/Fixed Gear forum https://www.bikeforums.net/singlespeed-fixed-gear/

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Old 06-02-18, 05:50 PM
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It may sound petty, but the English in that review is worse than terrible and that affects how I view the quality of the bike - which was low to start. It looks like something I'd find at Wal-Mart.
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Old 06-02-18, 07:56 PM
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$200 gets you a bike with chromoly frame and name brand rims, tires and brakes at bikesdirect:

Save Up to 60% Off Fixie Road Bikes | Track Bikes | Fixed Gear | Single Speed Bicycles | Dawes SST singlespeed bicycles | Save up to 60% off list prices
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Old 06-02-18, 08:15 PM
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No high quality frames were made of Hi-Ten steel at any point ever. It is not a quality frame material. Reynolds, Columbus, Tange, True Temper, Kasei make or made high quality steel tubing and were found on high quality bikes but as far as I know don't make a hi-tensile steel. Reynolds 531 was a very common tubing for high quality bikes and even you could find a low end bike, the Sears Free Spirit Ted Williams 531 in that famous tubing. Hi Tensile steel is heavy and weaker than say chromoly in big parts because it is not alloyed with other metals like chromoly (Chromium and Molybendium).

If you have only ridden low end aluminum or just low end steel then yes hi-ten might feel just fine but when you start riding lighter bikes with hopefully better components you will find out why people truly love steel.

Also seeing a lot of one bike does not make it a quality product, it might be cheap and readily available but doesn't ever mean quality. The Ford Pinto sold several million but was not a quality car they just happen to sell a lot in that time frame because it was a cheap car. A large number of people are attracted to cheap stuff and sometimes price overrules quality and sometimes you can find quality cheaply but one must be careful in that regard.

As far as the OP is concerned, don't bother with any similar online fixed gear bicycles no matter how many color options they give you and no matter what the price. That cheap colorful stuff is like that for a reason it is made of cheap components which tend to break or fail often and they are brightly colored to hide the fact they aren't good. If you truly don't have any bike shops near you and need to buy online support a local shop like Retrogression who also happens to have a great online presence and who's owner happens to be a regular poster on this forum. There you will find more quality stuff and a very knowledgeable staff. However it is good to have a positive rapport with your local shop especially when you do not purchase a bike through them and way way way more so if you buy something like a critical or bigshot or 6ku or anything like that over a hopefully more quality product they can offer. The bike you have currently is of much better quality then brands I have mentioned including the other one you are looking at. It is not a top end bike by any means but 4130 chromoly steel so a good step up from Hi-Ten which they used for the Declaration and for many of those online bikes.
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Hi-ten steel is not heavier than chromoly steel (that's "molybdenum," by the way, not "molybendium"). All formulations of steel weigh the same per unit volume. The advantage of chromoly steel is that its higher strength enables the use of thinner-wall tubing in a bike frame, thus reducing the bike's weight.

The bike that tyrion linked to (Save Up to 60% Off Fixie Road Bikes | Track Bikes | Fixed Gear | Single Speed Bicycles | Dawes SST singlespeed bicycles | Save up to 60% off list prices) would be a great choice: double-butted chromoly frame and butted cromoly fork, with the other components being of at least decent quality. I've bought two bikes from BikesDirect in the last 10 years and have been very happy with both.
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According to this Hi-Ten.
https://bikesreviewed.com/fixed-gear...r-bike-review/
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#KiloTT

^this.

Or find a 2010-2011 Jamis Sputnik with the 631 frame and carbon fork. I have a 2013, which is also perfectly okay.

If it were me, I'd simply get the Kilo and be done with it. Check out the scratch and dent ones on BikeIsland.com. You might find something better at an equivalent price to the one you posted.
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