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Old 08-09-06, 08:39 AM   #1
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Is the Alpha Mercury fixed gear any good?

I'm a roadie who really wants a fixed bike for tooling around.

I like bullhorns. The seller says that this bike weighs about 26 lbs. Kind of heavy for a ss isn't it even though it's a bike bike (61cm).

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Old 08-09-06, 08:45 AM   #2
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in a word, no.
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Old 08-09-06, 08:48 AM   #3
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26 lbs IS heavy... and that geometry looks pretty wierd. Quando hubs arent so great either, as I recall.

I dunno....
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Old 08-09-06, 08:49 AM   #4
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Old 08-09-06, 08:57 AM   #5
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My IRO cross bike weighs 6 lbs less than that and it's heavier than the Mark V and Angus. That's too heavy. Used Mark V's and Pista's go for about the same price on ebay and weigh less and come w/ better components.
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Old 08-09-06, 09:16 AM   #6
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No, I had one and they suck. Buy a Mercier, they are cheaper, the parts are slighty better and the bike weighs less. The Alpha Mercury will ruin your life. Now that I have a nicer bike, my life has improved immeasurably.

edit: It appears that they have done away with the stupidly long bullhorns that mine came with.
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Old 08-09-06, 09:42 AM   #7
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nothing worse than quando hubs. nothing.
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Old 08-09-06, 10:10 AM   #8
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here's my first hand experience. i bought a used one complete for $150 as my first fixie and rode it for a few months. yes, it's built up of mediocre at best parts, but honestly the biggest *problem* i ever had was the ridicule. i'm ~150lbs and i never striipped the cog - i'm actually still riding those hubs, never broke a crank, never bent a rim. would i buy another one? no, now that i know there are better options for less money. should you never ever buy one under any circumstances? i don't think that's the case.
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Old 08-09-06, 10:10 AM   #9
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nothing worse than quando hubs. nothing.
not even sovos?
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Old 08-09-06, 10:18 AM   #10
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i've never been lucky enough to score some sovo's, but riding a quando on my first conversion felt like riding an old matchbox car. i ended up having to jb-weld a cog on, after my first skid took every last thread off. not the most versatile way of attaching your cogs.
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Old 08-09-06, 10:34 AM   #11
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i too stripped a quando like a dancer at delilah's. only not quite as good looking...
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Old 08-09-06, 11:59 AM   #12
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Hilarious. A friend of mine just ordered one as her first fixie from the LBS for $400. I tried. I tried so hard to steer her away.
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Old 08-09-06, 04:06 PM   #14
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If you can find one for $100, maybe.
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Old 08-09-06, 04:27 PM   #15
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That is so insanely overpriced.
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is it me or does the front fork look backwards.
edit, maybe its just a straight fork and the angle is weird. and i wouldnt buy this, those bends look a bit ....not stable?
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Back away from the Alpha Mercury ...
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It was designed by a hell of a guy...Andy Dyson, ruler of bike works and the bike church. It is marketed and sold by a monster who has been known to pull out and wave about the ak47 he keeps at his shop (!) and has been alleged to have no problem with buying and selling stolen parts/bikes. It's fine if you ride gently and not so often and have no interest in any street credibility (not that I'm advocating caring what others think, just saying). If you tend to push your whip more than the average bear and are on a tight budget, I would highly recommend the ebay Mercier.
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Old 08-09-06, 06:58 PM   #19
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those things are gaspipe. an iro, pista, raleigh, really any of the inexpensive ready built fixies,not to mention an old road frame conversion, are gonna be better than those things.
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How do you make that bike weigh 26lbs?

I agree with Surferbruce, go with the IRO or Pista.
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