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I want a light weight fixie

Old 06-30-14, 10:06 PM
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I want a light weight fixie

Is a track bike the only way to get a fixie in the 17lb range?
I have my eyes on a Argon 18 Electron complete for around 800$. The shop is willing to replace the fork with one from a road bike for me so I can mount a front brake.
I had and sold a Raleigh Rush hour 2014 which weighed 24lbs in a 50cm!

I'm coming from 15lb road bikes and stiffness is not that big of a concern for me as I only use it for commuting 15km each way every day.


Any suggestions for something light in my price range?
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Old 06-30-14, 10:13 PM
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Kilo. Spend the extra 450 on light wheels.
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Old 06-30-14, 10:27 PM
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He's looking at argon he has a high price range and you suggest a ****ing kilo tt.

I don't understand.
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Old 06-30-14, 10:40 PM
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Sorry but I'm not crazy about chromed out vintage looking bikes like the kilo, wabi, Fuji entry level, and bianchi pista.


Not gonna attach saddle bags or anything either. Just a clip on fender when the weather calls for rain.

Can anyone suggest some of these fixie brands to look up that have alu frame plus cf fork?
I know there's leader and state...

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Old 06-30-14, 10:51 PM
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I'd get a Dolan over a leader or state any day of the week. Aluminum frame with crabon fork and the seat post won't even crack.
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Old 06-30-14, 10:54 PM
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You want a lightweight fixe? I want a fluffy kitten that dispenses strawberry ice cream from its ass.
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Old 06-30-14, 11:10 PM
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I saw a thread like this before and the poster got smashed

I don't think it's wrong to want to ride something light and fun. Plus... Mashing/accelerating on the Raleigh made my knees hate me for a while.

I'll check out Dolan's website.
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my masi speciale weighs 18 with the stock wheels, stock stem and seat post. nash bar bull horns and mks sylvan pedals, so dropping that last few pounds would be easy.
But they dont come with that parts roll out, or frame anymore, you would have to find an older one.
The newer ones are heavier and come with cheaper parts I think.
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Old 07-01-14, 12:33 AM
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My wife's 50cm Vigorelli (which can be seen on my PedalRoom) weighs in at just a hair over 16 lbs.
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Old 07-01-14, 03:30 AM
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Originally Posted by ketsana View Post
Can anyone suggest some of these fixie brands to look up that have alu frame plus cf fork?
I know there's leader and state...
Why do you imagine you have to go to aluminium frames and carbon forks to get a decent bike? Well, you DO need the carbon fork to compensate for the lousy ride of the aluminium frame so you're half right. Trying to do it on the cheap though will only get a cheap frame and cheap aluminium and cheap carbon is just as heavy and cheap and cheap steel. I'd suggest you look around a bit more before making silly decisions based on common misconceptions. You should also consider that saving a few lbs in weight is pretty meaningless, what IS important is how well the frame, whatever the material, is designed and made.

Maybe it's also time to remind the OP of the old adage: Light - strong - cheap, choose two.
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Old 07-01-14, 05:01 AM
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Friend of mine just built a carbon fixed gear from Dolan Seta frame. I think it's actually lighter than air...

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Old 07-01-14, 05:47 AM
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Thanks. Looks like track bike is the only way to go. These new companies selling only fixie stuff don't seem well regarded by this forum.

That cinelli is really nice but is about $700 more than the argon 18. I will search around for one though. I like that it accommodates brakes and the frame is not too wild looking like some other track bikes.

That Dolan must be crazy light. Too bad it's discontinued but I'm gonna search this one too.
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You should say "fixie" a few more times.
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Old 07-01-14, 09:13 AM
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Haha.
I'm done. I'm in Canada and selection is not the greatest.
Saw that I can get cinelli vigorelli/mash frames for 800$ but would then have to research and source parts. Been there and done that with my road bikes I just wanna get back to riding without gears and normal shoes.
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Old 07-01-14, 06:14 PM
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gatos helados

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I want a fluffy kitten that dispenses strawberry ice cream from its ass.
How about Neopolitan?
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Old 07-01-14, 06:20 PM
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That would work too. Variety is indeed the spice of life.
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Old 07-01-14, 07:17 PM
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It shouldn't be hard to find a lightweight used road frame that can be built up as a fixie. My old Cannondale 3.0 w/Eno hub is just under 17lbs with pretty heavy wheels. A comfortable road frame would be a much nicer ride than a track bike for road use. The Eno hub has been trouble free for years.

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Old 07-01-14, 09:15 PM
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Wabi Lightning is advertised at 17.5lbs complete.
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OP you're making this too hard for yourself.

STEP 1: Acquire 15lbs road bike => I assume it's the shabang w/ BB30, carbon clinchers

STEP 2: Remove all derailleurs and replace brifters with stand alone drop levers e.g. Sram S900 levers

STEP 3: Replace/ relace rear carbon clincher with track hub

STEP 4: Replace cranks with track cranks with eccentric BB adapter to adjust chain tension

STEP 5: STREET CRED PROFIT w/ sw33t 14lbs bike


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You want a lightweight fixe? I want a fluffy kitten that dispenses strawberry ice cream from its ass.
I can use one of those....
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Old 07-01-14, 10:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Bluechip View Post
It shouldn't be hard to find a lightweight used road frame that can be built up as a fixie. My old Cannondale 3.0 w/Eno hub is just under 17lbs with pretty heavy wheels. A comfortable road frame would be a much nicer ride than a track bike for road use. The Eno hub has been trouble free for years.

That's a bike I havent seen in a long time

How's the dropouts holding up to the eccentric hub?
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Old 07-01-14, 10:44 PM
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Awesome advice. I knew I saw modern road bikes converted to fixed before in weight weenies. For some reason I thought I would need a chain tensioner thing.
Too bad I just unloaded a 2013 aluminum cannondale caad10 with sram force minus wheels for 800 last December.

I'll look into the roqd bike option, the wabi, and test the electron tommorow.
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Old 07-02-14, 07:25 AM
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How's the dropouts holding up to the eccentric hub?
The dropouts have a nice waffle pattern on them but are holding up just fine. They are pretty thick to begin with. It doesn't get ridden like it used to. Maybe only once or twice a month now. My Fargo is my main bike right now as I am in training for 2015 Tour Divide.
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Old 07-02-14, 07:32 AM
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maybe im not picturing it right but could you show a pic of the dropouts bluechip?

also very nice conversion. looks good.
i know you said heavy wheels but i really like the look of them. mind if i ask what setup youre running.

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Old 07-02-14, 07:39 AM
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I can post a pic later but they are standard road dropouts. The White Industries Eno hub has an eccentric axle. Chain tension is adjusted by pulling back on the wheel to take out slack. The axle rotates within the hub.
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Old 07-02-14, 07:46 AM
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cool, also i understand how an eno hub works i was just courious about your explanation about the waffle patter on the drop outs, i cant picture it in my head.
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