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Any new single speed bikes on the horizon?

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Old 08-03-08, 04:11 PM
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Any new single speed bikes on the horizon?

I have been contemplating a new road bike - both multi-speed and single speed. The issue I am running into is price. I know if I buy a lower priced multi-speed road bike, I am not going to be happy with the components. Anything above the Sora equipped is going to run me over $700 and most likely closer to $1000. Which brings me to finding a single speed bike. I don't need multiple gears (relatively flat and mild grades).

Are there any new budget minded single speed bikes coming in the next two months? I saw the new Motobecane Jury frame - which looks great - but I think that build will come in over $500. I'd like to stay south of $400. I have my eyes on the Dawes SST. I like the idea of a steel frame for a better ride and the few user reviews seem promising. The Hour, Kilo TT, Messenger, and Americano are also being considered. I don't want to purchase one of the above and then have buyer's remorse when a new one arrives in September or October.

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And the Americano is 15% off today, but won't ship until mid-late August.
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im pretty anxious for the new SST alum. but you said you wanted steel so meh.
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Just found this thread, which was helpful.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ight=scattante
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Check this shop out Its local for me, but they do ship.

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Thanks for the replies - although I think I replied more to myself! I ended up placing an order on a 58cm Americano. I know the Performance house brand tends to get a bad wrap, but for the money ($299 taxes, shipping included) - and professional build, lifetime adjustments - I don't think it is a bad first singlespeed. It also comes with some decent (although heavy) wheels. Other comparably priced bikes didn't seem to. The other BD singlespeeds are probably comparable to the Americano, but I felt more comfortable having Performance do the build.

I also looked into building an IRO, a Jamis Sputnick, build from Jury frame, but the price was $500-800 - more than necessary at this point.

The bike is on back order at the moment, so I suppose I could back out if I felt the urge to, otherwise I will post some thoughts once I can ride mine.

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