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Critical Cycles Classic Fixed-Gear Single-Speed Bike with Pista Drop Bars

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  • Premium Hand-Built Steel Fixed Gear Single-Speed Track Frame with Bar-Spin Clearance, Water Bottle Mounts, No Toe Overlap and Horizontal Drop Outs
  • Super Deep-V Double Wall Rims with Stainless Steel Spokes and Flip-flop rear wheel hub allows changing from single-speed to fixed gear with ease
  • Alloy pedal & Leather Strap, Sealed Cartridge Bottom Bracket, Wanda Tires, KMC Chain, Pro-Max Brake, 3-Piece Crank & Lightweight Alloy Chain wheel
  • Pista Handlebars with soft Kraton Rubber grips, urban comfort saddle, many frame colors and sizes to choose from, perfect bike for teens and adults
  • Includes All the Tools You Need to Build and Maintain Your Own Bicycle
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Product Description

Critical Cycles Classic Fixed-Gear Single-Speed Bike with Pista Drop Bars

California-based company Critical Cycles brings you the industry’s leading fixed-gear bicycle. Designed and distributed with a passion for cycling, the Critical Cycles Fixie gives all the power to the rider. With 170 size and color combinations to choose from, this bike conforms to the riders’ specifications. Even if what the rider wants is not a fixie at all. The beauty of this particular bicycle is its versatility. It features a flip-flop hub, which will transform this lovely little fixie into a single-speed bike in a matter of moments. Flip the back tire around and you’ve got yourself a freewheeling bicycle that will ride like every other bike you've ever ridden. Riding fixed is a choice, do what you want to.

Critical Cycles White Frame & Black Wheels Fixie (Single-Speed Fixed-Gear Urban Commuter Bicycles)
White Frame + Black Wheels Fixed-Gear/Single Speed Bike
Critical Cycles Hunter Green Fixie (Single-Speed Fixed-Gear Urban Commuter Bicycles)
Hunter Green Fixed-Gear/Single Speed Bike
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So What Exactly Is A Fixie?

“Fixie” is cyclist jargon for a fixed-gear bike. Essentially, what makes this kind of bicycle different from everything else on the market is the lack of a freewheel. The cog or sprocket of the bicycle is bolted to the rear hub of the back wheel, preventing the wheel from moving independently of the pedals. With every pedal forward, the bicycle moves forward, and with every pedal backward, the bicycle moves backward. The motion of the bicycle is directly correlated to what you’re doing with the pedals.

Why Would I Ever Want To Ride A Fixie?

Well, for starters, the simplistic design of a fixed gear bicycle translates into fewer mechanisms to care for, break, and get stolen. Because there are fewer mechanisms on the bicycle, it is ultimately significantly lighter and more efficient than your average multi-speed bike. Aside from its physicality, though, the relationship between a cyclist and a fixed gear bike is like no other within the bicycle realm. The constant motion that results from a rider’s movements forms a tangible bond between (wo)man and machine. The level of control (and exhilaration) experienced while riding one of these babies is unparalleled. As you cyborg around town, your supremacy will reign over all uneven roads and sharp corners. Granted, you’ll have to get used to the manner in which the machinery moves, but once you do, you’ll discover exactly why fixies are so popular.

Fine, So Why Should I Ride This Fixie?

The Critical Cycles Fixie comes in a variety of sizes and colors, so you can get just the bike you dream of. Critical Cycles lets you customize your riding experience, giving you the option to replace the Pista handlebars with BMX handlebars for a more upright riding position. The crank and seat post are made of alloy rather than steel, which means they’re much lighter and sturdier, permitting you to do exactly what you want to do with your bike. The sealed bearings and double wall rims provide cyclists with a solidly built bike and a smooth ride ready for adventure after adventure. And, as aforementioned, if you’re still struggling to make a decision about whether you want to go full Fixie, worry not! This Critical Cycles Fixie has a flip-flop hub, which allows riders to change the orientation of the bike. You can alternate between a fixed gear and a freewheeling cycle by taking off the rear wheel and flipping it around.

Where Can I Ride?

Just about anywhere! Fixies are, hands down, the best choice for the city if you’re journeying on mostly paved road. The control riders possess while riding on a fixed gear bicycle is unparalleled, making uneven road, potholes, and icy conditions easier to conquer. And if you decide to ride this bicycle as a single-speed rather than a fixed-gear, your destination possibilities are endless.

Critical Cycles Crimson Fixie (Single-Speed Fixed-Gear Urban Commuter Bicycles)
Crimson Fixed-Gear/Single Speed Bike
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Highlights
  • Premium Hand-Built Steel Fixed Gear Single-Speed Track Frame with Bar-Spin Clearance, Water Bottle Mounts, No Toe Overlap, and Horizontal Drop Outs
  • Super Deep-V Double Wall Rims with Stainless Steel Spokes and Flip-flop rear wheel hub allows changing from single-speed to fixed gear with ease
  • Alloy pedal & Leather Strap, Sealed Cartridge Bottom Bracket, Wanda Tires, KMC Chain, Pro-Max Brake, 3-Piece Crank & Lightweight Alloy Chain wheel
  • Pista Handlebars with soft Kraton Rubber grips, urban comfort saddle, many frame colors and sizes to choose from, perfect bike for teens and adults
  • Includes all the tools you need to build and maintain your own bicycle

Specifications
  • Frame: Hand-Built Steel Track Frame
  • Geometry: Bar Spin Clearance & no Toe Overlap
  • Drop Out: Horizontal Drop Outs
  • Rims: Super Deep-V Double Wall Rims
  • Hubs: Flip Flop Hub with Single-Speed Freewheel and Fixed-Gear Cog
  • Tires: Wanda City Tires 700x23C
  • Chain: KMC
  • Headset: 1 1/8" Threaded
  • Stem: Promax Alloy
  • Handlebar: Alloy Pista Drop Bar
  • Grips: Kraton Rubber Track Grips
  • Brake: Front Promax Brake
  • Bottom Bracket: NECO Cartridge Sealed
  • Pedals: Chrome Well-go Pedal with Leather Strap and Chrome Toe Cage
  • Saddle: Critical Cycles Pista Saddle
  • Tools: All the tools you need to build and maintain your own bicycle including three metric allen wrenches and a flat wrench.

Product Details

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B00GLNZV04
  • Item model number: 219P-1000-43-Parent
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,305 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

Great bike and priced right!!
Nick
I've ordered a slate one, and the front wheel won't fit in due to the left side of the fork connectors is somehow bent.
Euphoria
That may be a weird thing to appreciate, but it definitely adds to the classiness in a subtle way.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MCC on January 1, 2014
Color Name: WhiteSize Name: 49cm/Small Verified Purchase
Have been seeking for a fixed gear bike for a while. This entry level fit my recreational purpose. Came without instructions. Thus took it to a pro shop for a final check up. The guy was amazed with the price I paid (got a Black Friday amazon deal). The bike is light weight. Took off the paddle straps, just my personal preference. Went for a test ride and haven't found anything negative yet.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cosmas on December 10, 2013
Color Name: SlateSize Name: 57cm/Large Verified Purchase
Let me start by saying I purchased this as my first fixie. I've been riding road bikes for the past 3 years and I wanted something fun to play with in the winter (lots of snow in Montreal) and something to eventually ride to work (12 mile commute).

The shipping was quick and the package arrived in fairly good shape. The was a hole near the handlebars but this did not seem to affect the bike in any way. The bike was very simple to assemble with the instructions on the manufacturer's website. I used a ratchet set as well as the provided tools for the assembly. I set up the bike with Schwalbe CX pro tires for winter riding in 700x30c (these cleared the front brake by 2mm). I personally didn't like the pista handlebars but these were quickly swapped for bullhorn bars instead. I was surprised the bike only weighed 24lbs once fully assembled (considering the steel frame and entry level components).

First ride impression was very good; no creaks, everything felt solid and the bike rolled very well. It carries alot of momentun with the fixed gear setup. The flip hop hub is a nice addition but I'm liking the fixed gear setup too much to swap to single speed.

Overall I'm really impressed considering this bike was only 220$ shipped. It's a good place to start if you want to give fixie/single speed bikes a try. There are plenty of nicer bikes available out the box but if you're looking for a commuter and something to play around with and personalize, I'd definitely recommend this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian on July 9, 2014
Color Name: CrimsonSize Name: 53cm/Medium Verified Purchase
Love this bike. Does everything I need it too. Ride it everyday around town. Barely drive my car anymore.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mikey on June 12, 2014
Color Name: CreamSize Name: 53cm/Medium Verified Purchase
This is a nice bike at a great price. You would be hard pressed to build a fixie for this price if you started from scratch. It feels solid, rides really well, looks good, and is extremely light weight. I love the track style drop bars and that the bike comes with toe clips. This bike is a steal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Van McLaughlin on June 9, 2014
Color Name: CreamSize Name: 57cm/Large Verified Purchase
I live in Boston and this bike is great especially for the price. Its perfect for commuting. Its easy to assemble out of the box and its a solid bike for the city. If you want a good inexpensive bike for an urban environment this one is perfect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cjcs on April 2, 2014
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I ordered the medium/53cm crimson bike as a birthday present for myself, and when it arrived today the color is definitely not what is shown on the website. It's basically pink/fuchsia. I don't know if I was sent the wrong color, or the product image misrepresents the color of the bike. I would assume that "crimson" would refer to a distinct red color. Reading through the reviews, it looks like someone else has had a similar problem. I am planning on sending this bike back to Amazon to exchange/refund. I will update my review once things get sorted out.

Update 4/3/14: I contacted critical cycles directly to ask about the color. I received the following response: "I'd like to apologize for the confusion on our part. Apparently we have been working on changing the name of the color for a bit and just has not come into realization just yet. The bike is actually more of a magenta/fuchsia than crimson." Review updated to two stars because bike arrived in excellent condition and customer service was fast and helpful. I am exchanging for a different color and will update my review again once I get a chance to actually use the bike.

Update 4/10/14: Exchanged for a hunter green bike. The bike was easy to put together, and rides wonderfully. Everything feels solid and the quality of the bike is flawless. I suggest putting it together and then taking it to a bike shop to have it fine-tuned and the brakes set up properly. Happy riding!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah L on December 16, 2013
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This is my initial review, as I haven't had a chance to really ride the bike yet (we've had some craptastic weather here in DC).

The bike arrived in great condition, considering it had been shipped across the country. My bike was also in great condition - no visible damage, dents, scratches, etc.

I'd definitely rate higher if it had come with assembly instructions. I found step-by-step instructions buried in the blog in Critical Cycles' website (seriously - shouldn't this have a direct link?). This is my first adult bike ever so I'm about as new to bike construction as possible, and with the instructions it only took a friend and myself about 45 minutes to assemble, minus the front brake. I will take it into a shop to have that professionally hooked up.

Current rating is based on the condition of the packaging and bike, easiness of assembly, and overall quality. I suspect I'll have to downgrade if the thing falls apart mid-ride and I end up smashing all my teeth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Cheon on August 8, 2014
Color Name: SlateSize Name: 49cm/Small Verified Purchase
First Impressions:

The delivery was quick and I'm very fortunate that none of the parts were damaged during the shipment from Texas to New York, although I do have to note the handgrips were "burnt(?)"/smudged with greenish color and some metal parts (such as the handlebars) were lightly scraped and scratched (probably due to shipping). It seems the chain already comes greased and I found the assembly of this bike to be easy (Just follow the instructions provided by Critical Cycles's website!).

I have no problems with the paint job, and the design is absolutely stunning.

Since I've only ridden a mountain bicycle for leisure and commute, I had a lot of first-times on this bicycle:
-first time with pista drop bars
-first time with toe clips
-first time with 700c tires
-first time with fixed gear
and so on

My first time riding the bike was scary in a way. Going from wide risers to narrow drops is not a pleasant experience, but I am getting used to it (I might as well just replace the bar with bullhorns for aesthetics and power). I spend most of my time with my hands on the tops (to access the brake), and since there aren't any grips there, my hands and wrists do get tired frequently. I do change my positions time to time, but on the streets with busy cars, I don't want to stay far from the brake (I'm still figuring out the skid-stop method). I will probably purchase bar tape to give better comfort.

Check out this guy's video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0-yKsj3eY4
It's a different model, but I think he customized it well.

All in all, I think this will be a great bicycle for a student like me or anyone that's trying to get around the city. It's solid, and I am having great new experience from riding this bike.

EDIT: I think my rear tire got punctured. Didn't expect much from the cheap tires anyway. I recommend thickslick tires as replacements.
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