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SE 700c Lager Matte Black?

Old 12-09-08, 11:27 AM
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SE 700c Lager Matte Black?

Hey guys, I'm looking to buy a new fixed/SS road bike for Christmas, hoping to spend around $700. I saw the SE 700c Lager bike in Matte Black, and absolutely love the way it looks.

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I was wondering if anyone else has an SE 700c or experience with SE road bikes in general. Are they a reliable brand or should I look for another fixed gear such as the Langster, which is unfortunately about $200 more.

Thanks,
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Old 12-09-08, 11:36 AM
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spend 175 more and get a fuji track pro..
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Old 12-09-08, 11:38 AM
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yeah they're ok. they're made by fuji i believe. just keep in mind this bike will be a tad heavy...if you don't mind.
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Old 12-09-08, 11:58 AM
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I'm not too concerned about weight I guess. It says 21 lbs on the site, is that heavy for a road bike or about average?
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Old 12-09-08, 12:52 PM
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it's a bit heavy for a fixed gear bike IMO.
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Old 12-09-08, 01:06 PM
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there are better, lighter bikes for that price.
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Old 12-09-08, 01:08 PM
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I would also go lighter. My roommate just picked up one of these and I took it for a spin-- was pretty nice and in your range...
http://bicyclebananas.com/mm5/mercha...mis_08_Sputnik
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Originally Posted by Guvna View Post
I would also go lighter. My roommate just picked up one of these and I took it for a spin-- was pretty nice and in your range...
http://bicyclebananas.com/mm5/mercha...mis_08_Sputnik
i want to test ride a sputnik -- they seem super, super light compared to other steel frames.
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I have the white '09 frame. Its a but heavy, but not that bad. I didn't buy the complete bike, so I can't comment on the parts list, but I had the same BB and crank that comes with it and it is an okay low end crankset and BB. My buddy bought the complete bike and only complaint was the stem, it was f'n long, like 120mm or something. But shorter stems can be purchased cheap. It is made buy fuji, and is the same frame as the fuji track. I'd say go for it. My LBS sells them for $695, but I think thats with my discount, so a little over $700 is what you'll be looking at. People here tend to hate on SE, but IMO is on par with many other the "better" branded bikes out there. Hell, they all use almost the same frame, if not the exact one. Here is a pic of mine just for the hell of it. Bars have since been changed to RB021's


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Old 12-09-08, 02:31 PM
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I have the 08 lager in brown, I like it and do not find it heavy at all. Personally I could care-less about weight of a bike, that is the last thing I am looking at. Seems like there is alot of fragile riders in the fixed gear forum but that's a whole another can of worms.

The stock stem that came with mine was ugly and super short, it was only 70mm. I replaced it.

Go for it, its a solid bike and I find the ride to be really nice.
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Old 12-09-08, 02:39 PM
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If you do some looking you may find a NOS '08. Have your local fuji dealer check. Mine was unable to get it, and Brad at Whites is good close personal friends with Steven at fuji, and was still unable to get one, but its worth a try.

They may also have one in the back. Doesn't hurt to ask
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Originally Posted by ZiP0082 View Post
i want to test ride a sputnik -- they seem super, super light compared to other steel frames.
It really is an unbelievably light bike. How do you feel about carbon composite forks? I know the vast majority of people have good experiences with them, but I don't know. I think I'd still prefer good old fashioned steel.
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Many people have stated that the stock Sputnik (sans pedals) is sub-17. In my opinion, the best off-the-peg "entry-level" fixed gear bikes are the Sputnik and the Capo.

Nothing wrong with the Lager, but, in my opinion, you could do better at that price point.
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Old 12-28-08, 08:29 AM
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I'd go for the sputnik as well. Jamis has been working very hard in the last 3-5 years to break into the larger US market to compete with trek, felt, giant, etc and they have been putting out great bikes at a low pricepoint to help establish their name. Look at their whole lineup it's full of great bikes at a fair price a great company and the sputnik is a great bike and as stated above I think it's the best deal in "entry" fixed gears.
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