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I appreciate their low-key, ‘stealthy’ design because you can easily customize it to make it your own. Frame: It features a welded steel frame with a slightly aggressive, urban-inspired stance. You won’t be forced to hover over your handlebars, but the frame geometry is designed for a nimble, responsive, city-friendly ride.

Components: The wheelset is made by Pure Fix, and features deep dish style alloy rims laced to a pair of KT Quando hubs. The rear is a flip-flop hub, and it comes with a freewheel gear and lockring. The hub quality is OK, my only beef is that they could use a bit more threading for the lockring. It rolls on Kenda tires and tubes, and uses a Lasco laser cut three piece crank with a sealed bottom bracket. It has wide handlebars with BMX style grips, and a single front brake (Radius brand calliper). For anyone going fixed, the Pure Fix reviews well and is one of the best fixed gear bikes for a beginner. Find a colour / wheel combination that works for you and dive in for some great exercise.

The Good : Great looking ride, Lasco cranks, great wheels. 2) Big Shot Prime : A dual-brake, budget-priced fixed gear bike, excellent reviews. Big Shot Bikes | Prime Line | Fixie Track Bike | Single Speed or Fixed Gear | For Men & Women | Rider Height 5’11” to 6’3″ This review is specifically for the Big Shot Prime Line, but it covers the brand’s entire line of fixies, since colours are designated by name. They come in a range of hues, so choose the name that best suits your style. With Big Shot, you get a lot of components for a reasonably low price tag. What you DON’T get is name brand anything, but that’s not the end of the world. Frame: They state that the frame is track inspired, but it’s really an all-around bicycle with a relatively comfortable geometry. It’s constructed using 4130 chromoly, which is a durable yet light alloy and a step above what you find on most budget-priced fixies. Components: Equipment-wise, this is one of the better fixed gear bicycles for under 500 bucks. It comes with dual brakes, and the dual calipers stop really nicely. I love how tiny and ‘stealthy’ the brake levers look. Despite their small size, you still get an impressive amount of leverage. It also comes equipped with a flip-flop rear hub, so you can ride fixed or free, your choice. The whole line also happens to have one of my absolute favourite features: bullhorn bars. Bullhorns are comfortable, attractive and more versatile (in my opinion) than traditional drop bars. All Big Shot bikes are assembled and boxed in the USA, and their customer support is superb. All told, the Havana is one of my top fixed gear bicycle picks for $500 or below. The Good : Chromoly frame, great brakes, bullhorn bars. The Bad : No brand name components (not really a serious con though.) 3) Retrospec Harper : A cheap fixed gear bike for well under $300. Retrospec Harper Single-Speed Fixed Gear Urban Commuter Bike. If you’re hoping to find a truly affordable fixie bike, like less than $300 bucks, Retrospec Cycles has a good model called the Harper that might fit the bill. Costing just $199, these are about as affordable as you’ll find. These are urban-ready bicycles with good looks and excellent reviews. But they perform admirably, and that’s the most important thing. Frame: The whole frame is designed to give the rider an upright stance and good visibility for city riding. It’s not aggressive at all, very comfortable, laid back, and versatile.

The steel construction of the frame itself is basic and machine-welded, but strong. Paint is decent for such a budget-friendly price tag. Components: Wide, BMX-style bars offer control, and give the whole ride a ‘city’ look. Retrospec has outfitted this bike with basic but well-made equipment.

The fixie wheelset features a flip-flop rear (16t) with a freewheel cog attached. The wheels are double-walled, alloy, and moderately deep V (colourful too!) I’m thrilled to see they’ve finally opted for two sets of brakes on this bike.


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