My guess is you’ll be upgrading everything on the bike before the year’s out, perhaps save a little while and build up a second hand frame?
If I could go about my first fixie again, I’d probably do that.
maybe look secondhand … depending on how much bling factor is an issue. I bought second hand fixie made by a local builder for $350 and just a couple of weeks ago, stumbled across a black swan single speed for $40 (yep $40!!!).
both are great fun for pub runs, commuters and relaxing longer rides.
depends on how much the ‘bling’ of a new off the shelf bike appeals though.
ive got a mallet2, hasn’t given me no grief but i bought it as an entry level cause i’m a nube to the game, i’ll probably chuck it as a hack on the back of my work truck and go a custom when i’m more into it, but there is alot of hate out there for the cell bikes ive found. i like mine all the same