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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: Currently, item can be shipped only within 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 (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,671 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

The paint is matte!!!
Minyan Zhu
All in all, assembly was easy.
pamela chui
Great bike and priced right!!
Nick

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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3 of 3 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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9 of 12 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 Adam Wisneski on September 11, 2014
Color Name: CrimsonSize Name: 57cm/Large Verified Purchase
This bike showed up in more of a fuscia color than "crimson" It was totally different than the red color in the photo, and Critical Cycles declined to take it back or admit that it even was a bit on the pink side.

I would stay away from this "crimson" red color unless you want a fuscia bike.

Also, the front wheel rim had a huge bump at the joint, so the brake pads are getting sliced every time I brake, and the braking power is not consistent, which is really a problem when you only have one front brake. I took it to a bike shop and they laughed at me and said to take my cheap bike somewhere else.

Besides the wheel being cheap and crappy, and the color being completely wrong, it's a solid bike I guess.

I wouldn't even say you get what you pay for. I wish I would have spent a little more and got a decent bike from another manufacturer. Be forewarned.
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nic on March 12, 2014
Color Name: BlackSize Name: 57cm/Large Verified Purchase
I bought this as a cheap alternative to driving around downtown Portland. It arrived in decent condition: the box was slightly torn in one area, and the section in which you place the axle of the back wheel was bent (probably from shipping) to the point where I couldn't get the back wheel to fit in at all. I've put together bikes before and that should never be an issue. With a little adjustment from the help of a hefty pair of pliers I was able to fix this. Also, the left pedal arrived noticeably and awkwardly bent, which i didn't realize until later.

Once my bike was entirely assembled (which didn't take longer than 45 minutes) I took it for a ride. I noticed a few things right off the bat:

-If you're riding this as a single speed the break is in a very awkward position. If riding with your hands on the lower position of the pista drop style bars I could see any sudden needs to break being extremely difficult to manage
-also, the pista-style bars are very narrow; uncomfortably so when riding with your hands near the stem.
-the rubber grips are feel cheap and uncomfortable.
-the bike made a strange clicking noise whenever I pulled somewhat firmly on the break. At first I attributed this to the breaking mechanisms, but upon further inspection I realized the fork had been fastened down slightly crooked. I needed to purchase a bigger set of pliers in order to loosen the headset and straighten out the fork. When I did this I discovered some of the bearings were missing as well.
-The seat feels cheap. Comfort is moderate and it dirties very easily.

Apart from that, the bike itself is classy looking and does basically what it's supposed to do (get you from point a to b). I'm 6 ft. tall and the size 57cm rides comfortably.
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