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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 07-22-09, 02:08 PM
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I am in the market for a single-speed bike that I will use largely for commuting (about 15 miles each way), urban rides throughout the city, and short (less than 40 miles) fast rides on those days I don't want to gear-up (yes, I confess, I am a roadie). My total budget is about a grand and I am not looking into the used or conversion market (nor do I want to deal with Bikesdirect - no offense to those happy owners of their bikes).

I am waning between a taking advantage of Iro's frame sale and then trying to piece-meal the build together (my hesitance here is not the wrenching, but that my limited knowledge of single-speed builds is from what I have found via my searches here and on a few other sites). My second option is to simply go with a Jamis Sputnik and call it a day (love the frame material, but I wonder if the build I could procure with an Iro would make this a better purchase).

First, any advice relative to these two options (e.g., best value, compatibility with the type of riding I mentioned, and quality)? Second, if I go the Iro route, any recommendations relative to the build/components?

Thanks in advance... oh, and before it begins, not to sound ungrateful, but please keep the sarcasm to a minimum... yes, I realize that similar questions have been asked and such, but every purchase is personal and, besides, if we ceased redundant threads all online forums would no longer exist.
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Old 07-22-09, 11:21 PM
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I would get the Sputnik. I, of course, am partial b/c I own one, but it is a great great bike. I don't think the stock build is bad, either. Not by a long shot. Youre not gonna get a better build for the price w/ IRO. Not by much, anyways.
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Old 07-22-09, 11:36 PM
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I own an IRO mark v. I bought the complete from IRO. It was my only bike for about a year and a half and i used it for commuting and 20-30 mile weekend rides. Its a great bike, i love it. I'm not really sure what frame sale you're talking about, but for the money the frames are great. The only thing left stock is the crank(which will be replaced soonish) and the rear wheel.

That being said, if I we to buy a new off the peg SS/FG today it would be the sputnik.
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Old 07-22-09, 11:58 PM
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i've never heard anyone say anything bad about sputniks. i want one.
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