A single-speed bike is any specific bicycle that does not have many gears, but rather, just one single piece of equipment or speed. Basically, all single speed bikes have got a basic and efficient straight chain line from the crank towards the rear gear on the wheel. Whether you are all new to the world of bicycles, or you’ve been cycling since you can remember, a single-speed bike may seem like a strange trend that only extreme lovers would be keen on. But the fact is that single-speed bikes, also known as fixed gear bikes, or “fixies”, provide you with a really cool experience for any individual who loves to ride.
Top Single Speed Bike in San Antonio
- Top Single Speed Bike in San Antonio
- Nashbar Single-Speed 29er Mountain Bike
- Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike
- Takara Sugiyama Flat Bar Fixie Bike
- SE Draft Lite Riding
- Wabi Classic
- Dahon Speed Uno
- Retrospec Siddhartha Single-speed Bike
- Hollandia Opa 28 Citi Bicycle
- SE Stout Mountain Bike
- Frankinstien Bike Worx Street Cred 1AB
- Giant Simple Single
The Nashbar Single Speed 29er Mountain Bike is a simple, single-speed mountain bike at a budget price. The Nashbar 29er has a solid 6061 aluminum tubular frame and a rigid Chromoly Steel Fork. If the rigid ride is too much for you, the bike can also accept suspension forks easily.
Additionally, the bike can also mount a derailer — which allows you to turn this single-speed into a geared bike (perhaps a 1×9) if you are so inclined. The 29″ wheels give this mountain bike the clearance you need to roll over rocks and roots better than most bikes with 26″ wheels. The rims are Alex 29” DM18 with 14Ga stainless steel spokes, and the tires are WTB Nanoraptor 29” x 2.1”. The front hub is alloyed with sealed bearings and the rear is an alloy cassette-ready hub with an 18 tooth cog (both front and back are bolt-on hubs). Both the front and rear wheels have 160 mm disc brake rotors mounted on them. The brakes themselves are Tektro Io mechanical disc brakes with Tektro 313A 2 finger alloy levers mounted on the handlebars. The handlebar is a 2” alloy riser bar with a width of 25.5”. The Velo saddle is generic, but not too bad. The crankset is a Gravity Maximus 3-pc alloy with sealed Euro that has an ISIS spindle with 32 teeth chainring with clear polymer bash guard. The overall weight of this bike without the rider is around 29.93 lbs.
This Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike review is concentrating on the 54 cm or 21.3” for the steel post setting of the seat. The entire frame is made of steel that is tig-welded together except for the horizontal beam, which is made to be removable.
The front forks are 1” steel threaded bars that are also tig-welded. The handlebars 42.5cm or 16.3” wide that curve downward so the rider can be in the tucked position when riding the bike. The Takara Kabuto is a single-speed bicycle that has a freewheel hub with a 16 tooth alloy gear that is bolted on. The crankset is a three-piece steel unit with a 44 tooth that is 170mm or 6.7” in diameter. To help secure the rider’s feet, the pedals are equipped with a toe clip and an alloy cage. The rims are a single-walled 32 hole alloy 27.5” that has mounted on the 27.5” X 1.3” tires. These tires are yellow which helps to make the bike look distinctive and they are directional. The spokes are made of stainless steel. The brakes are the standard pull style with alloy components on the frame but plastic on the handlebars. The total weight of the Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike is 29.5 lbs. The tires are thicker than the standard road tires so potholes and other obstructions in the city can be transversed without hindrance.
This Takara Sugiyama Flat Bar Fixie Bike review will cover the specifications of this on and off-road bike. It has a 58 cm (22.8 “) frame of tubular steel with the top bar being horizontal from the yoke to the seat. The 700 x 32 mm (27.6” x 1.3”) wheels have 32 spokes in both the front and rear.
The frame is painted black along with the wheels with white front forks. This is a single gear bike that has a flip flop hub so the pedals are freewheel in reverse. The only brakes are hand-operated and are alloy side pull brakes mounted to the handlebars. For some reason, the rear brake assembly is painted blue but the front is black. One of the nice features of this bike is that it has a chain guard on it. On the downside, there are no fenders so if you may be interested in riding in the rain you will probably want to add some bike fenders. The handlebars are a flat bar style with a slight backward angle to them. This is standard on most comfort, hybrid, and mountain bikes. This is adjustable along with the seat to fit riders of all heights. Safety features include both front and rear reflectors along with 2 wheel side reflectors. It also has a cushioned seat and sure grip pedals. To help this bike stand out from the crowd the front tire is the color blue with the rear white.
The Draft Lite’s frame and fork are made of high-tensile (Hi-Ten) steel, which can be a bit heavy — and at around 26 pounds the Draft Lite is certainly no air-weight carbon road bike. However, I believe that for most people the bike will not feel too heavy, especially for bikes in its price range (while MSRP is $389, you can often find the Draft Lite on sale for much less). The Draft Lite certainly weighs less than many of the single-speed or fixed-gear conversions you’ll find on Craigslist.
On the plus side, the Draft Lite’s frame feels really sturdy, and when I was standing up to pedal up steep hills I felt more stable than I’ve felt on some lighter, more expensive bikes. In fact, I really enjoyed climbing hills on the Draft Lite. The “caged with clips” pedals also added to my confidence while climbing, without requiring special shoes to ride. The sturdy frame and the hardy 700x28c tires also absorbed some of the stings from bumpy roads and also felt stable on gravel paths. The bike also felt just right around turns, and the Draft Lite’s gearing was perfect for the somewhat hilly area where I ride. It’s also nice to have the flip-flop hub where you can switch from fixed-gear to freewheel by flipping the rear wheel. The SE Draft Lite is a simple, fun bike to ride and is a good value for the price.
Wabi Cycles is a Los Angeles-based company founded by a longtime bike enthusiast, which specializes in fixed-gear/single-speed bicycles. I’ve been riding the Wabi Classic fixed-gear bicycle around for about a month now, and have really gotten to know this bike well at that time. The Wabi Classic bike arrived boxed up and I have to say, it was really well protected in the packaging, with much of the frame also wrapped in cardboard tubes to keep it safe from scuffs and scrapes. After removing those, I really admired the nice finish on the bike – both the paint and the nice welds. It was also nice that there are no tacky decals to remove – this bike has a clean, well-made look about it that you have to admire.
The Wabi Classic frame is made from Reynolds 725 cromoly steel. This is a higher quality of steel than most of the steel bikes out there, and (as I’ll discuss more below) you really can feel the benefit of this quality in the way it rides – the frame quality really makes a difference. But this does not mean it is a heavy bike because in fact the Wabi Bikes Classic only weighs 18.4 pounds for the whole bike (not just the frame) and feels super light when you pick it up. The frame is also designed using removable stainless steel cable clips instead of built-in brake cable guides to route the brake cables, so if you plan to remove the brakes the frame will have a clean look like many fixed-gear riders like. As I mentioned above, the Wabi Classic bicycle comes standard as a fixed-gear bike. Since this blog is focused on cycling for beginners, let me explain that a fixed-gear bike (or fixie) is a bike with one gear that is attached to the rear wheel that always turns with the wheel – meaning you must keep pedaling when the bike is moving (no coasting down hills, etc.). The Wabi Classic’s rear wheel hub is a “flip-flop hub”, meaning you can have a fixed gear on one side and add a freewheel (that allows coasting) on the other side and switch back and forth if you want to, and Wabi has optional freewheels that customers can add for this purpose. As far as the Wabi Classic’s other components, I’m not aware of any better component mix at this price point. The crank and wheels are good quality, and the brakes were so good they inspired me to change out the brakes on my road bike. In addition to the option to add a freewheel to the flip-flop hub, Wabi offers customers a lot of options to tailor the Wabi Classic to their needs. You can choose different crank and cog sizes to get the gearing to meet your individual riding needs. In addition to colors, you can also choose saddle type, handlebar type, crank arm lengths, and stem types. Please note that, as with many bikes, pedals are not included (the pedals in the photo are mine), but Wabi has several pedals to choose from. Now for the really good stuff – how the Wabi Classic feels on the road. As I mentioned above, the frame on the Wabi Classic really translates into a great riding bike. The light-weight Wabi Classic definitely feels quick and nimble, just feels the way a bike should feel, firm with the right type and amount of flex. The gearing felt great to me, and I took the Classic on some of the same training routes I usually ride my road bike on and I was really impressed.
The Dahon Speed Uno is the foldable bike that can get you around any urban jungle and stay with you no matter what your destination is. This bike can be folded in 10 seconds to be a size of only 11.7” x 30” x 25”. It has a total weight without the rider of 24.2 lbs. The maximum suggested weight of the rider is 230 lbs.
The range for the distance between the pedals and the seat adjustment for the rider is from 26.3” to 37”. The frame of this Dahon is the K series made of Superlite 4130 chromoly with a forged lattice hinge and forged dropouts. The front forks are integrated with patented Fusion Technology. The handlebars are a 6061-T6 aluminum flat bar with Biologic Ergo single density grips. This bike is mounted with a Dahon mini front hub made of aluminum with sealed bearings. The rear hub is a Shimano coaster single speed. These are connected to single-walled aluminum rims with 18-8ga stainless steel spokes. The tires mounted on these rims are Dahon Rotolo 20” x 1.75” with a riding pressure of 65 psi. If you would prefer a multiple speed folding bike then the Dahon Speed D7 might fit your needs. The crankset is cold-forged 6061T-6 aluminum with Suntour folding non-slip pedals that drive the rear hub with a KMC Z4110 chain. When in the folded position, both wheels are side by side for added stability when transporting the bike in a subway or elevator. This is the right bike to have in a large urban city to help the professional avoid the famous traffic jams of the business district.
Retrospec Siddhartha Single-speed Bike is the mode of transportation that can take you back in time when life was simpler. The one amendment to this bike that older bikes do not have is the ability to ride in a fixed gear or in a single-speed drive.
The construction of the Urban-Comfort frame is made out of steel with classic curved front forks also made out of steel with a no toe overlap. The stem is of a Promax alloy which is attached to the classical looking Promax mustache handlebars. To accent this, the grips are made out of brown leather with real stitching on them to help keep secure. The saddle matches which is also in brown leather with stitches. Just like in decades past the only brakes on this retro bike is the KT coaster brake on the rear. There are no front brakes. The crank is alloyed with 48 teeth on it. The pedals are of a classical design also made out of alloy for lightweight. The bottom bracket is a NECO cartridge. The wheels are 1.2” wide that is doubled wall deep V configuration. There are 32 spokes on the wheels that measure 27.5” in diameter. The Retrospec Siddhartha Single-speed Bike is of a classically simple design made for comfort in an urban environment. Its sturdy construction ensures it can withstand the punishment of city riding while still looking stylish.
The Hollandia Opa 28 Citi Bicycle is the city bike for anyone who desires to have a European style bike to ride around town on.
This bike has many Dutch features and is a simple single-speed bike. It is constructed of sturdy Hi-ten TIG steel that is lug brazed welded together at the joints. The kickstand is unlike most others being a double legged stand that takes the rear wheel off the ground. To stop this Dutch bike is a coaster brake in the rear and an alloy lever brake on the front. The bike comes equipped with front and rear fenders. There is also a skirt covering a portion of the rear wheel. The chain guard completely encloses the drive mechanism. Just like in Amsterdam, this bike comes standard with both front and rear racks so a person can do their shopping while traveling around town. So you will be seen and heard there is a head light mounted on the front of the bike and a bell on the handle bars. The wheels are 28” with 36 spokes in the alloy rims. Mounted on both rims are black 1.75” tires. The saddle is spring cushioned for a softer more comfortable ride. The Hollandia Opa 28 Citi Bicycle is made for style while being very functional for anyone who likes to travel by bike around town.
SE Stout Mountain Bike
The SE Stout’s frame and rigid fork are both made of Cromoly Steel, and it is over two pounds lighter this year than last year’s Stout.
The SE Stout frame includes water bottle mounts and also includes tabs in case you want to switch to disc brakes in the future. The bike comes from the factory with Tektro linear-pull brakes in the front and rear. If you have questions about the bicycle parts mentioned in this post, please see my Tips for Buying a Beginner Mountain Bike post for definitions. The SE Stout is a single speed bike, with a 32 tooth chainring on the crank, and an 18 tooth freewheel on the back. The Stout rides on Kenda Nevagal folding tires riding on Alex DM-18 double-wall rims wheels tires. The riser handlebar and the saddle are both SE’s own. The pedals are Wellgo B102 platform pedals with removable pins (which provide extra grip). I’ve enjoyed the few rides that I have had on the Stout so far, and I’m looking forward to putting it through its paces more in the next few weeks.
Frankinstien Bike Worx specializes in fixed-gear and single-speed bikes for urban environments, and Street Cred is their house brand.
The 1AB uses the unique-looking Street Cred cro-moly steel frame, which is designed so that the front allows for more relaxed riding, while the rear is still more akin to a traditional track bike. The 1AB comes equipped as a single-speed with a coaster brake, so there are not brakes or gears to adjust and maintain. Overall, this is a very simple, ready-to-ride bike with clean lines like a fixed-gear – but allows you the practical comforts of coasting and braking. With its uniquely-shaped matte blue frame, and red accents on the wheels, saddle and mustache handlebars, the bike has a look that pops. Also, the decals can be easily removed if you are so inclined. In my opinion, in-stock issue the 1AB is one of the better-looking bicycles in this price range. Out on the street, the frame and handlebars of the 1AB allow for a comfortable upright riding position that I appreciated while navigating through city traffic. The 700×26 tires handled the bumpy streets well while still feeling pretty fast. Everyone has different saddle preferences, but for me, the saddle was surprisingly comfortable for an economical bike. While many economy bikes come with flimsy pedals, I was also glad that the Street Cred 1AB comes with alloy pedals with a good grip. Braking with the coaster brake was typical of coaster brakes and brought the 1AB bike to a stop in a reasonable distance.
Though I admired the clean look of the Giant Simple Single the first time I saw it, I went through a good bit of shopping before I decided on it. Unlike many cruiser bikes, the Simple frame is made from lightweight aluminum instead of steel. Although it is still certainly not a light racing bike, the aluminum frame does make a difference. I have been pleased with the Unity saddle, which is very comfortable — even for a larger guy like me. I also like the looks of the big RoadStar cruiser tires, which give a comfortable ride and can go a week or more between pumping. No brakes and single-speed mean there are no cables or levers to fool with, as you just pedal backward to engage the Shimano rear hub brake. The riding position is upright and comfortable for me, so I can keep a good eye on the kids while we are riding. Lest you think that I am only a fan of Giant bikes, I’ll let you know that I came very close to getting a Trek Cruiser Classic. However, I found a deal where I could get the Simple Single for cheaper than the Trek Cruiser Classic Steel, so I saved money and got a lighter bike. Briefly put, the Simple seemed to be the best price for the money, plus I liked the looks of the bike and I have been impressed with other Giant bicycles that I have owned. So, if you are about to buy a cruiser bike, be sure to check out the Giant Simple Single — it might just be the best cruiser bicycle for you too.