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Old 09-30-17, 01:39 PM
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Detroit Bikes

I saw the C-Type is on sale, marked down from $599.00 to $399.00.

Anyone have any experience with this company and/or this model? If so, what are the pros and cons?

It comes in a red color so it must be fast!

I was also looking at their CORTELLO model.

https://detroitbikes.com/products/c-...eid=5486dbba8c
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Old 09-30-17, 01:54 PM
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I like it. Something of that ilk is what I now ride every day, though mine is thrown together from odd parts.

My misgiving is that I don't see any specs anywhere. Maybe I'm just not seeing them.

Today, a bike is made by buying a frame from a frame supplier, parts from a parts supplier, and assembling them into a bike. So, what differentiates two bikes that look the same from a distance is the actual quality of those goods, piece by piece. For that reason, it's hard to guess if the price is right or not.

I don't think the maker is hiding anything. There is a philosophy in marketing, to keep things simple, that also goes along with the appeal of a nice single speed bike like that.

And while the weight of a bike isn't the be-all and end-all, knowing the weight would tell you something about the materials and construction of the frame.
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Originally Posted by Gresp15C View Post
Today, a bike is made by buying a frame from a frame supplier, parts from a parts supplier, and assembling them into a bike.
I am pretty sure that in Detroit Bikes' case you are mistaken - IIRC one of their big selling points is that (be they good or bad) they make their own frames right there in Detroit...
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I am pretty sure that in Detroit Bikes' case you are mistaken - IIRC one of their big selling points is that (be they good or bad) they make their own frames right there in Detroit...
That's cool, I like that. Also, having grown up near Detroit, it's nice to see products coming from there.
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“knobby tires for better traction”
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Man, those chain stay-dropout joints are, um, very, um, basic looking.
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I wouldn't be comfortable dropping 4 hundo on it. I couldn't buy anything with the only information being that it comes with a flip flop hub and knobby tires for better traction. I don't think it looks bad though.
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According to Detroit Bikes, its a 4130 frame/fork. All parts are the typical generic or lower end stuff you see on lower end bikes. Wheelset has stainless spokes and doublewall rims. Crankset is sturmey archer- 44t chainring. Comes with a 16t freewheel. Not terrible for the discounted price, although you could do better. At the original price I'd certainly look elsewhere though.

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Also, it comes in only two sizes. It looks like you need to be at least 5’-6” to fit on the small/medium. By contrast, BikesDirect’s cheap chromo bikes typically come in at least 6 sizes. Proper bike fit trumps all other considerations IMO.
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Don't diss Detroit bikes...Kid Rock, Les Gold (from that pawn shop TV show) and M&M work there to build frames. Plus each frame can withstand spraying from their own tapwater so you know it is good. Pound Sign: Ballwiththeballthebangthebangdiggiediggie-Bikes
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Look like sweet made in USA city bikes to me. I like the Type A and the Cortello!
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Don't diss Detroit bikes...Kid Rock, Les Gold (from that pawn shop TV show) and M&M work there to build frames. Plus each frame can withstand spraying from their own tapwater so you know it is good. Pound Sign: Ballwiththeballthebangthebangdiggiediggie-Bikes
Hey, Detroit has some of the best tap water in the world, straight from Lake Huron. The problem in Flint was that changing the composition of the water caused a chemical reaction in the lead pipes.
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Hey, Detroit has some of the best tap water in the world, straight from Lake Huron. The problem in Flint was that changing the composition of the water caused a chemical reaction in the lead pipes.
True, it was mostly Flint having the major issues but still no excuses for Kid Rock et al.
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