I’ve reviewed a few of the best cheap fixies available in this country and so far it’s all been good news for anyone wanting cheap transport or a cheap introduction to the world of cool haircuts and cheesy moustaches that await them after they buy a fixie.Every bike so far has been great to ride and priced at a point that makes me wonder why everyone doesn’t own at least one.
Here’s a wrap up of what we’ve covered so far in the order I tested them (Jelly Bean Bikes, Single Speed Cycles, Jube Customs and Reid Cycles):
Jelly Bean Single Speed Review
Jelly Bean Three Speed Review
Jube Custom Review
Reid Cycles Review
Create Bike Originals
State Bicycle Co Core and Contender
I’d be happy to have any of these bikes in my garage (assuming there was room) and any of them would give you a quality and reliable day-to-day transport beast. To the untrained eye they all look pretty much the same (okay, to the trained eye sometimes too) so I thought I’d give you a few thoughts on what makes each of them different and/or better than the other.
The internet is your friend. With Jelly Bean Bikes you can order almost any combination of colours you can think of. Jelly Bean is the choice for anyone wanting a custom bike without leaving the house. The ride is perfect for around town work and will appeal to anyone a bit newish to bikes or coming back to them. They’re committed to quick delivery and you can expect your bike two days after ordering.
Corsa by Single Speed Cycles
The student’s friend. This bike has a proper old-school charm with the curved fork blades and quill-style stem. You still get a bunch of cool colours to choose from and it’s a genuine contender for best value bike at just $350. The most comfortable bike on test, the bike soaked up the worst of the dodgy road terrain.
The real custom choice. With Jube you can really let you imagination go wild. This bike has a wild side to it and the ride will suit a more aggressive rider. Probably the funnest bike to ride. If you live in or near Brisbane visit the shop to discuss the endless palette of options to pimp your fixie.
I’m not picking a winner when I say this but it’s probably the bike I’d lay my cash on. It fits in somewhere between the other bikes in terms of ride, looks and style but offers me the kind of bike I’d like to get about on day-to-day. An impressive range of good bits hang off this bike.
The Summary Bit
Everyone looks for something different in a bike and these bikes all had their distinctive personalities. It’s great that so much variation is offered in a bike that on the surface provides so little room for it and at a price that almost anyone can buy into. Read the reviews and if you still can’t decide which bike you’d like best pick one at random. You really can’t go wrong.UPDATE: Looking to buy a Reid Harrier? Click this link to get a SSGC 5% discount