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Old 11-22-09, 09:22 PM   #1
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CREATE single speed fixed gear bikes from England, heard of them?

There is a guy on the Seattle Craig's list selling apparently all colors in the 58cm and 56cm size for US $250, which is weird b/c with current exchange they should be $404 US if you look at this site

Here is a link to the CL ad:

And, here is the "spec" sheet he emailed me:

Total assembled weight: 24lbs (10.9 kgs)

Frame: Hi-ten steel. Fully tig welded with track type rear drop-outs. No braze-ons, cable guides or cable stops.

Forks: Tig welded hi-ten steel with straight ovalised blades. 1 1/8" threadless.

Handlebars: Alloy 500mm riser bar.

Tires: 700C x 23C (100psi) nylon race tires.
Wheels: 700C 32-spoke, 30mm deep section alloy aero rims on Assess large flange alloy hubs. Nutted axles to both front and rear.

Crankset:165mm alloy crankset with 44T Sugino 5-bolt chainring.

Chain: KMC Z410 painted chains.

Bottom bracket: catridge bottom bracket.

Rear hub: fixed/freewheel flip-flop hub with fixed cog and freewheel, both 16T.

Pedals: Wellgo with included toe clips.

Grips: 110mm.

Brakes: C-Star alloy dual pivot calipers with cam action cable tension release, alloy lever,.

Seat post: 250mm x 25.4mm.

Saddle: Soft-top race saddle width saddle stitch.

Front, rear and wheel reflectors included

How do those compate to the $280 BD bikes and the Crosswind Ebay bikes? Aside from not being cromoly?
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Old 11-22-09, 09:27 PM   #2
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Craigslist lacks warranty. The BD bikes don't have brakes, and while having a flip-flop hub, it doesnt come with the freewheel. It has a riser bar, of course. I don't like the "will accept 250" in the CL ad. If you plan on upgrading, well, theres lots to upgrade on that.
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these bikes are Hi-Ten...CRAP. yer better off with something from bikesdirect.
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these bikes are Hi-Ten...CRAP. yer better off with something from bikesdirect.
+1 hi tensile steel easily rusts; cromoly on the other hand (nearly, if not all steel bikes on BD are cromoly) is highly rust resistant.
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