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Old 03-03-09, 06:49 AM
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Originally Posted by xrageandfearx View Post
I have 1 the grips suck, chain is really cheap. But the frame is okay, other then being cheap steel. But I have been riding it for about 3 days now. I tacoed the rear rim the first day of being on it. SO I would suggest new rims/tires. The Front tire riped the first day too, So I just put a velocity 650c on the front and Weinmann 700c on the back. Now it rides fine. I also put another crank on it too. Sugino is alright, but not the one they put on it, It felt tiny, and wobbled horribly. So all in all just the frame is okay, but I am planning to buy another frame to use.
ahhh now i see!

i'll stay away
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Old 03-03-09, 06:53 AM
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yeah they suck but I did not buy it. So no regrets. But I hope to get another frame soon
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Republic bikes is a fitting name for a company putting together bikes with 90% of the parts coming from china.
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Originally Posted by xrageandfearx View Post
I have 1 the grips suck, chain is really cheap. But the frame is okay, other then being cheap steel. But I have been riding it for about 3 days now. I tacoed the rear rim the first day of being on it. SO I would suggest new rims/tires. The Front tire riped the first day too, So I just put a velocity 650c on the front and Weinmann 700c on the back. Now it rides fine. I also put another crank on it too. Sugino is alright, but not the one they put on it, It felt tiny, and wobbled horribly. So all in all just the frame is okay, but I am planning to buy another frame to use.
Ahh Thank You! Good thing that I actually did choose schwinn cutter over Republic Bike..
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Old 03-05-09, 01:36 AM
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dont waste your money man. bikedirect if you are gonna spend 300-400 bucks .. then upgrade when you are ready or whatever you plan to do.
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Old 03-05-09, 04:50 AM
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Originally Posted by ZiP0082 View Post
high tensile steel frames

i'd stay away.
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Honestly I've seen people are against "high tensile steel frames" bike.. I don't know what does "high tensile steel frame" mean by that? Can you example me, please..

It's just another point for hipsters to differentiate.
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mine just arrived damaged

I took the chance and bought the bike on a whim. This is strictly a toy and I have plenty invested in real bikes. And I'm too old to be a hipster or to give a rats ass- just want a fixie I can play with.

On first impression the bikes look cool. Downsides are ridiculously cheesy brakes that either have to be removed or replaced. Same with the pedals. Chain is frightening. And is it just me (I mostly ride mountain bikes) or am I right to be shocked this has a plastic chainring? But you get what you pay for and these are all easy upgrades.

But... the fork was damaged in shipping and the bike is unusable. Waiting to see if the company makes it right or just takes my money and runs. That to me is the difference between a buying a cheap fixie or blatantly getting ripped off. Stay tuned...
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Old 04-04-09, 12:34 PM
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Originally Posted by dcnort13 View Post
I took the chance and bought the bike on a whim. This is strictly a toy and I have plenty invested in real bikes. And I'm too old to be a hipster or to give a rats ass- just want a fixie I can play with.

On first impression the bikes look cool. Downsides are ridiculously cheesy brakes that either have to be removed or replaced. Same with the pedals. Chain is frightening. And is it just me (I mostly ride mountain bikes) or am I right to be shocked this has a plastic chainring? But you get what you pay for and these are all easy upgrades.

But... the fork was damaged in shipping and the bike is unusable. Waiting to see if the company makes it right or just takes my money and runs. That to me is the difference between a buying a cheap fixie or blatantly getting ripped off. Stay tuned...
Plastic chainring....?
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Old 04-04-09, 11:01 PM
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a "high ten" frame will weigh more and flex more than a frame made from cromoly.

Next lesson is that if a frame has a sticker saying that it's cromoly doesn't mean that all of the 10 tubes are cromoly. A frame can have 1 cromoly tube with the sticker on it. the rest of the tubes can be high-ten.

End of the lesson, there's seamed cromoly and seamless. A seamed tube starts out as flat plate and is rolled then welded. You will not see the seam, but it's there. Seamed tubing can get a lenght wise crack in it or it can just not ride as well.

Seamless tubing is Drawn over Mandrell ( D.O.M ) this is suitable for building aircraft or racecar parts. Yes the good frames on the market are D.O.M tubing on all 10 tubes.

As for "double butted" it's thicker near the welded joints due to the strenght lossed during welding.

I hope this helps clear up some stuff with this frame. it's not that the bike will rust quicker. it's about quality and what you can get for your $
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Old 04-05-09, 01:03 AM
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Originally Posted by lukewall View Post
Republic bikes is a fitting name for a company putting together bikes with 90% of the parts coming from china.
um, the US is a republic and China actually isn't one, but this isn't a civics class.
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Old 04-05-09, 10:58 AM
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update on bike

Heard back within hours regarding my busted fork and other concerns. Bottom line is they are willing to bend over backwards to replace my fork and do whatever is necessary to feel good about my purchase. I have to say I am very impressed with the level of customer service.

I'll have to wait until the fork arrives to get a sense of the ride, but I feel that I got an entry level fixie at an entry level price from a reputable company.
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Old 05-28-09, 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by FLslidewayz View Post
I agree. I was just lookin at it for riden to work a 5 miles a day and leavin it outside for 8 hours in florida where its gonna get rained on. I couldn't leave a $800 (or more) bike outside all day.
I have a Republic and I love it. There were a few things that I swapped out. First was the chain... cheap and thin, not plastic like people said, but Im not down with cheap chains. (The chainweel was not plastic either, Sugino cranks, actuall pretty nice) The grips are absolutely horrible. They feel like grips off of a triclyce. I changed the bottom bracket... the website says that its sealed but mine wasnt, so dropped in a sealed b.b.. I didnt even bother putting on the brakes, but they look cheap as well.


Granted it is NOT a top of the line fixed gear, but I went from an old school Nishiki to this and it is worlds of difference. If you are looking for a decent commuter/beater or an entry to mid level fixed gear, then this is it, with a little work. For the price its tough to beat.

Also they seem to be sized a bit weird. I ordered a large (59) and it fits more like a 57. still im 6'2 and i like the way that it fits me, nice and tight. Fun bike.
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Old 05-28-09, 02:08 PM
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... plastic?
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gas pipe bikes?
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sorry to bring this threat back up. Any other folks have a review on this? The back rim tacoed the first day?? that sounds ****ty. Does it barspin 700s?
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Old 01-28-10, 04:05 AM
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wow it's been exactly one year since this thread was created. thought the message would be clear

don't ask about this bike, because you shouldn't even be considering it. it's a piece of garbage that is vastly outclassed by many better competitors
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Old 01-28-10, 07:45 AM
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Originally Posted by AngryScientist View Post
someone on the forum needs to purchase one of these and write a review!
You first. Actually, I should see about an evaluation copy.
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well, assuming I can only afford a bike at this price - $399 - is it worth it? I'm not looking to go race... I just want to ride around town, maybe some cardio rides, and lots of tricking... So when you say it's a piece of crap, could you elaborate on that? I mean, I've read the thread, but some people are like "eh it's cool for the price" and others are like "it's a piece."
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Old 01-28-10, 02:38 PM
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There's a kind of adage with bike gear: "Cheap, light, durable - pick two." From everybody's description of this bike, it looks like the builders picked "cheap" twice, then offered it in a bunch of colors that would appeal to hipsters, who would also pay a ridiculously high price for it. I'd avoid it.
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Originally Posted by nohandlebars View Post
well, assuming I can only afford a bike at this price - $399 - is it worth it? I'm not looking to go race... I just want to ride around town, maybe some cardio rides, and lots of tricking... So when you say it's a piece of crap, could you elaborate on that? I mean, I've read the thread, but some people are like "eh it's cool for the price" and others are like "it's a piece."
yeah you're right it's worth it. a $400 gaspipe fixed gear with garbage components is vastly superior to a $300 4130 windsor timeline with decent hubs. the only thing that's good on the republic is the crankset, and frankly that's not an area you need to dump money into.

On a serious note (well, i'm still serious about not paying an extra $100 for an inferior product. shill warning whatever), but if aren't familiar with bike maintenance and set up then i highly suggest buying from a local shop. i'm guessing south bay area you mean like san jose and the like, there's plenty of decent shops. having a shop assemble your bike and check the fittings to make sure they're greased (lockring and cog, bottom bracket, seatpost, etc) will cost around $80 it seems. factor in they'll help you with fit an you might not be that far away in the end from just buying a $500 bike in the store. plus you'll be building a relationship with a local shop, which is always good to do.


now, if you have the know-how and the tools to basically disassemble the bike completely and reassemble it properly then go for an online order bike, it'll be cheaper. chances are you'll also know how to set up all saddle angles, positioning, and bar height and know what stem length to get.
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Originally Posted by LupinIII View Post
now, if you have the know-how and the tools to basically disassemble the bike completely and reassemble it properly then go for an online order bike, it'll be cheaper. chances are you'll also know how to set up all saddle angles, positioning, and bar height and know what stem length to get.
i may be going out on a limb here, but if someone had this kind of know-how, they probably wouldn't be considering a republic.
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If you have to replace the wheels,chain, and the brakes you are really paying $400.00 for a sub par frame and fork.
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Originally Posted by beer slayer View Post
a "high ten" frame will weigh more and flex more than a frame made from cromoly.

Next lesson is that if a frame has a sticker saying that it's cromoly doesn't mean that all of the 10 tubes are cromoly. A frame can have 1 cromoly tube with the sticker on it. the rest of the tubes can be high-ten.

End of the lesson, there's seamed cromoly and seamless. A seamed tube starts out as flat plate and is rolled then welded. You will not see the seam, but it's there. Seamed tubing can get a lenght wise crack in it or it can just not ride as well.

Seamless tubing is Drawn over Mandrell ( D.O.M ) this is suitable for building aircraft or racecar parts. Yes the good frames on the market are D.O.M tubing on all 10 tubes.

As for "double butted" it's thicker near the welded joints due to the strenght lossed during welding.

I hope this helps clear up some stuff with this frame. it's not that the bike will rust quicker. it's about quality and what you can get for your $
What is this 10th tube you speak of?

Originally Posted by fixiefanatic View Post
My friend has one of these bikes and it is nice! I had rode on a lot of high-end bikes (dawes sst, windsor the hour, mercier kilo tt, etc etc) and this bike is just as nice, if not nicer than all of them. Also, it offers something a lot of other bikes don't..options! The colors are awesome and really make you stand out from the pack!
Dawes, Windsor, and Mercier are now "high-end" bikes? They are all an excellent value, but certainly not "high-end". Not even sure if you could call my Wabi "high-end", although the components are far superior to those on the Republic and many BD bikes. It's also twice the price. But it has options too. You can select the stem length, bar style and width, crank length, and gear ratio. I find that to be more important than choosing wheel/tire color combinations, unless you're looking to buy a bike as a fashion accessory.
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