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- Item model number: 2312
- Average Customer Review: 77 customer reviews
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Critical Cycles Harper Coaster Fixie Style Single-Speed Commuter Bike with Foot Brake
- This is the best bike for the rider who wants the sleek style of a fixie but the exceptional ease of a cruiser
- Premium hand-built, tig-welded, high-tensile strength steel frame absorbs the bumps in the road and is as durable as can be
- Comes standard with 30mm deep-v rims, Wanda commuter tires, KMC chain, VP freestyle pedals, and a coaster brake
- Includes all the tools you need for building and maintaining your own bicycle.Chain:KMC 1/8inches
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From the manufacturer
Critical Cycles Harper Coaster Single-Speed
Available in 43cm, 49cm, 53cm, 57cm, and 61cm
The Harper Coaster is a bike of simple sophistication. With a built-in coaster brake, a single-speed cycling silhouette has never been as sleek. No cables, no fuss. This may be the most straightforward get-out-and-ride bike you’ve ever laid your eyes on.
A single-speed bike has fewer moving parts than other styles. This means the anatomy and construction is simpler. This also means a single-speed bike is lighter weight. Oh, and it also means it requires almost no maintenance. With fewer parts, there is less risk of damage. Riding a single-speed bike is straightforward and versatile enough for a daily commute.
Brand Name Components
Critical Cycles takes quality very seriously. We work really hard designing our bikes, which is why we put even more effort into picking parts for our bikes. We use brand name components to give you the best ride available.
- Hand-Built Steel Track Frame
- Bar Spin and No Toe Overlap
- Coaster Brake
- Deep-V Double Wall Rims
- Wanda City Tires
- KMC Chain
- Riser Handlebars
The Harper Coaster sports a built-in coaster brake for ultimate ease. This style of bike brake is the simplest style of bike brake to operate. The mechanism is integrated into the pedals. To stop, simply pedal backwards.
Using a coaster brake is intuitive, safe, and easy. Your hands are always free from gripping levers and you can usually brake softer and less abruptly. Essentially no adjustments are necessary because there are no external elements!
The Commuter's Bike Frame
The Harper’s diamond frame is hand-built, tig-welded, and guaranteed for life. Its high-tensile strength steel composition is extremely durable and reliable. It has bar-spin clearance, a flat top tube, no toe overlap, and horizontal dropouts for you ride like you want to ride.
Wanda tires are extra wide for dependable city street riding. Measuring 700x23c, they’re thicker, more puncture resistant, and better at absorbing shock.
Deep-V rims with machined braking surface, a KMC chain, and freestyle pedals pave the way for uninterrupted riding and deliberate navigating.
Sit in an upright and relaxed position with riser handlebars. This posture is ultimately more comfortable and better for your back.
Critical Cycles is at it again. We’re about to revolutionize the way you look at fixed-gears. This bicycle has all of the noteworthy features as its predecessors, including 30mm deep-V rims, a KMC chain, VP freestyle pedals, and Wanda tires. But what this bike has that its competitors don’t is a coaster brake. We’ve managed to make this silhouette even sleeker. Now with no cables, no wires, no unnecessary frills. This may be the most straightforward get-out-and-ride bike you’ve ever laid your eyes on.
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I had never ridden a true road bike before, so the geometry and narrow tires took a while to fully adjust to, but now this bike is solid. I'm just under 6' tall and the large model is perfect. I live in downtown Detroit and commute a little over a mile each way to work on this bike. A very short commute, to be sure, but this bike gives no trouble. I added a front and rear light, and a frame pump. A bottle cage is next, as I have been riding around town every chance I get. I average about 50 miles per week, including my ride to and from work, and I've not had an issue yet.
I'll likely upgrade some components for durability and comfort as necessary, including pedals, saddle, and probably a wheel set with sealed hub bearings. The absence of cables is nice but the coaster brake doesn't have quite the stopping power of calipers, especially front and rear combo calipers. As I said, I ride in Detroit and the coaster brake is just adequate. If you do a lot of riding in more traffic jam-heavy cities like Toronto or New York, I would definitely recommend a model with front and rear hand brakes for the quick stopping power.
Fit and finish on the bike is good, with nicely finished welds on the frame, smoothly machined spoke holes on the rims, and smooth wheels, headset and bottom bracket. Again, sealed hubs would be nice, but $150 for the complete bike is a screamer of a deal and sealed hubs can wait.
Overall, this is about the best deal on a bike you'll find if you want a cheap and reliable way to get around town.
You must do three things if you care to enjoy the bike over the long term:
- Follow the traffic laws and consider your safety above all.
- Maintain air pressure.
- Keep the chain tight.
Maintenance takes ~10 min / week.
The problems of the product concern durability. First, the air valves on the tires are very poorly made. They break easily. In the opinion of my bicycle mechanic, the tires as a whole are cheap, as was shown by their failure when I rode on slightly distressed Los Angeles streets.
While the bike is light, there is zero shock absorption, meaning that you are shaken rather badly when you are going over any road that is less than perfectly surfaced.
In other words, if you are looking for a simple basic sturdy urban bike, look elsewhere.
The brakes: they work and they’re fun that’s why I bought it.
The good: it hasn’t broken yet and after adjusting literally everything, it fits me well enough. For the rock bottom price of 150 it was totally worth the crap it’s put me through.
The bad: For being the most simple bike available in the entire world, it’s actually pretty heavy. The seat to ground distance is INSANELY long for how well the top tube distance fits me. I run it with the seat pretty close to the top tube. My comfortable distance to the pedals is higher but if it was any higher than I run it, I couldn’t reach the ground. The geometry is simply-put, retarded. I’ve adjusted everything and it’s usable.
4 stars at $150
2 stars at $190
Buy something else if you have more money.
I unfortunately just had this bike stolen within a month of my purchase but I definitely want to buy this bike again with a u-lock instead of a cable lock.
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