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Which single speed?

Old 05-31-07, 05:24 AM
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Which single speed?

I would be grateful for any input out there as to which single speed i should go for.

I am moving to Chicago this summer and would like a single speed to get around and for the occasional long ride, whilst using my road bike for pretty much all of the serious distances. Essentially I would like a single speed for commuting and just for generally getting around. Something tough and fun would be ideal.

I have had a quick look online and basic options I am considering are:

1.) Surly (maybe the cross-check?);
2.) LeMond Fillmore; or
3.) Specialized Langster.

I realise these are veyr different beasts but any comments on these options would be gratefully appreciated by a single speed newbie. In addition, should I be considering any other options?

Thank you very much for your help.
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Old 05-31-07, 06:23 AM
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Hi Ben,

a discussion on the Langster:
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=50419

and the Fillmore:
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=107921

I am partial to steel frames - would definitely go for a Surly, the Fillmore or perhaps On*One Il Pompino (I luv that frame, it's just the best bike ever made (with the old Masi's being a possible ecception)).

I find the Fillmore to be a bit pricy. I'd definitely hunt down Il Pompino. But that's just me.
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http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=225713

That thread talks about the (many) options you have available. Read it.
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Originally Posted by Aeroplane
http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=225713

That thread talks about the (many) options you have available. Read it.
I don't know if I would read that thread, if I was after a singlespeed. The thread's title is "A discussion of budget fixed-specific frames/complete bikes"

fixed-specific, see? Fixed-specific should mean higher BB. That's not a requirement a SS has to fulfill.
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Originally Posted by wroomwroomoops
I don't know if I would read that thread, if I was after a singlespeed. The thread's title is "A discussion of budget fixed-specific frames/complete bikes"

fixed-specific, see? Fixed-specific should mean higher BB. That's not a requirement a SS has to fulfill.
Any fixed-specific frame can be run as a single-speed. And most single-speed frames/bikes are also marketed as fixed. It's a good starting point.
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make, model, price, frame, fork, head angle, bb ht, note

cannondale, capo, n/a, Al, carbon, 73, 11.1
bianchi, san jose, 600, butted crmo, unicr crmo, 72.5, n/a, 32mm tires, no fixed, cantis
bianchi, freemont, 740, butted Al, carbon/Al steerer, 73, n/a, fixed only
bianchi, roger, 1100, Al, carbon, 72, n/a, 32mm tires, rear disc, no fixed
giant, bowery, 500, butted, Al, unicr crmo, n/a, n/a, compact road geometry
iro, mark v, 580, crmo, unicr crmo, n/a, n/a, brakes and levers extra
jamis, sputnik, 700, 631, carbon/Al steerer, 72, 10.8, brakes and levers extra
kona, paddy wagon, 650, butted crmo, crowned crmo, 73 , 11.2
lemond, fillmore, n/a, butted crmo, crowned crmo, 73, 10.5, fixed only
raleigh, one way, 655, butted crmo, crowned crmo, 71.5, 11.1, fenders, cantis, 35mm tires
raleigh, rush hour, 600, 525, unicr crmo, 74, 10.9
redline, 925, 500, butted crmo, unicr crmo, 72, 10.6, fenders, mustache, 30mm tires
specialized, langster, 660, shaped Al, carbon/Al steerer, 72.5, 10.5
surly, steamroller, 630, butted crmo, crowned crmo, 73, 10.5, no rear brake/lever
van dessel, country road bob, 835, Al, carbon, 71.5, 10.9 , canti brakes, 32mm tires


Unless otherwise noted, all have welded frames, drop bars, dp side pull brakes, 23/25mm tires, fixed/free hubs. Geometry is for the 53/54cm size. Price is USD.

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Thank you all for your helpful advice. Much appreciated.

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Partial to the Bianchi San Jose because it is so flexible: take it off road on a firetrail or to the coffee shop down the street, this bike can handle it. The Bianchi Roger is more of a dedicated CX bike, so it comes with a great set of mechanical Avid disc brakes (definitely cool), but then is more expensive because of it. The Country Bob is a classic.
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buy the one you like?
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+100 on the Bianchi San Jose.
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Originally Posted by bbattle
+100 on the Bianchi San Jose.
Make that +101....
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Old 06-17-07, 09:22 AM
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I commute in Chicago (just shy of 7 miles) -- gotten too many flats on a single-speed road bike. I'm +102 for the Bianchi San Jose, and slapping some kevlar tires on there, and maybe running Slime inner tubes. I hate flats, and you will too if you get them every-other-ride.
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Originally Posted by aaa
I commute in Chicago (just shy of 7 miles) -- gotten too many flats on a single-speed road bike. I'm +102 for the Bianchi San Jose, and slapping some kevlar tires on there, and maybe running Slime inner tubes. I hate flats, and you will too if you get them every-other-ride.
I used to have the same flat problem in Houston until i got the separate kevlar strips inside the tires.
Slime tubes are worthless.
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Just built up a SS cross-check for my wife to commute on. Cross drops, 32c tires, and 48 X 18. It's pretty cool.
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