I want to get into fixies but i dont have one yet. I was looking at getting a complete SE draft lite or maybe a fuji. i wanna keep it cheap (under 800 bucks). I dont want to get into the full on racing just some riding in the city, commuting, etc. What do you think i should get?
No idea how expensive the Fujis are, but I’d recommend one of them over the Draft. Have a look at the Cell Cingle, everyone who’s gotten one seems pretty pleased, they might just be overtly happy people but I assume it has something to do with the quality of the bike.
I can’t recommend the fuji Track high enough, I got one about 6 months ago on sale for $420 at goldcross cycles and have absolutely loved it. I think they are normally about $600 but still easily worth it. It comes with pretty high gearing so you might want to change the rear cog to a 19 tooth in order to save your knees.
shop around to all the shops,
that’s how i got my avanti cheap, it had been sitting there for a while.
got a mate with the SE draft and the only negative he has is the wheels were terrible, he kept breaking spokes and he’s a little man.
apart from that he is happy
i disagree, it’s pretty hard to get value for money buying parts individually, best bang for $800 is buying a complete second hand. there was a volume cutter w/deep v’s? that sold for $750 a couple of weeks ago, and a kona paddywagon with dura-ace hubs and thompson stem/post for $800, both were on the forum and ebay. I doubt you could build a decent trouble free bike for under $500, and there’s a lot to be said for paying a little more and getting something straight away.
if you can find a khs flite in your price range i would drop the hammer
try looking for 09 (or even 08) stock that stores are trying to clear out, and try not to get bogged down to get the latest model. often latest models are just very very slight variations on the older ones with a new colour – not worth the premium price.
second hand is a great way to find bikes aswell.
id suggest to be looking for a complete rather tahn building yourself aswell. much cheaper and less hassle overall. but if youre really keen on building one yourself and have the patience and money, go for it.
Having completed my first build, if you have the time and cash I would recommend building it yourself. Through trial and error (mostly error) I’ve greatly increased my knowledge of how the fixie works. Buying off-the-shelf won’t provide this. However it is time consuming and, I believe, more expensive.