Strengths: Nimble, responsive, fast Steel. Great aggressive yet subdued aesthetic.
Weaknesses: The wheelset. (Even then these wheels are great if you don't lock up your wheel)
Ummm, well my back was a 2010 (I think). The color scheme is black/gold/white. It looks great and rides even better. Around turns, uphill, sprinting or just cruising, this bike feels GREAT. It is light, nimble, strong and fast. As for the components, that is a mixed bag. The front brake that came with the bike has performed well, however, the wheelset leaves one major thing to be desired; Cartridge bearings. You see, I often lock my rear wheel when coming to a stop, as many people do. Well, this resulted in my rear wheel becoming extremely loose (wobbling on the pin, bouncing between the brake pads). That may not be how it was intended to be slowed, but it is fun, and effective, and totally ok for your bike as long as you have cartridge bearings. I can't endorse this bicycle enough, but I almost insist on springing for a new rear wheel.
Bike Setup: front and rear brakes. Bullhorn handlbars/black tape. Bar end brake levers.
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: March 18, 2010
Strengths: A little lighter than the basso, handles nimbly, no front end washout or instability in curves, feels great pedaling uphill. Would like to improve the components bit by bit. looking for a blog.
Weaknesses: no breaks. I will put on a front before too much around town riding. It's great for on the block, riding in the neighborhood, and in marked bike lanes, etc.
Lots of fun, would like to work on upgrading the component. Looking for a blog for that.
Similar Products Used: Never had a fixed gear bike. Had many racing bicycles but I'm just looking for a different bicycling buzz now. Oh, I'm 54.
Bike Setup: Flite 100 frameset and fork. Richey scuzzy logic pro headset, origin8 pro-fit series, origin8 cranks and pedals, kalin seat stem, something carbon fiber above the headset, serfas rx seat, serfas seca fps tires, R450 alex rims, unmarked unidentified hubs. One of the mechanics picked the parts and put it together. I don't know if I got screwed on the parts but I like the bike.
Strengths: Great bang for the buck-way too much fun for 500 dollars.
Excellent frame geometry-I like the steep angles and long top tube.
Solid, if not fancy parts selection, strong wheels.
Weaknesses: Poor assembly quality: The hubs were adjusted way too tight, the cog, lock ring and cranks were all too loose.
Really, really crappy brake pads.
Possibly a little on the heavy side if you care about such things.
No water bottle mounts (but there are rack mounts on the seat stays-strange)
This review is for the 2008 version of the Flite 100. No idea if the 2009 is different.
I bought this bike to replace a vintage track frame that had cracked. I use it on the street, for training and commuting. Originally, I had wanted to buy just the frame and fork, but the complete bike was so inexpensive that I couldn't resist. I have been pleasantly surprised with the bike as a whole. Pretty much all of the components are solid and useable-I could pretty much ride it bone stock quite happily. The wheels have strong, good quality rims, 36 spokes and cup and cone hubs (which I prefer on bikes I ride in the rain and snow). The bike handles fantastically, and fits me really well-nice sizing for taller riders. The bike I bought was quite poorly assembled-the hubs were over tight and the fixed cog and lockring were both loose. Be sure to have a competent mechanic go over the bike if you are not up to this yourself.
Strengths: Weight 21 lbs
Packaging on delivery
Ease of use
Weaknesses: cheap pedal straps
If you skid you will need to switch to new tires immediately. If not they're great.
I love this bike and am still thrilled that I just went for it.
This was a much better bike than I was expecting and for the price you can't beat it. It's my first fixed gear and I love how much more you can "feel the road" on a fixed. It also comes with a freewheel if you prefer single speed. The gear ratio is great for a beginner and I love that it comes with brakes, they have saved me on several occasions. It's super light (21 pounds) and the 165 cranks are short enough that they don't scrape on turns. On top of that, it just looks great and I get compliments everywhere I take it. If you're thinking about a first fixed gear this is by far the best option for you on a budget.
TIGHTEN THE LOCKRING WHEN YOU GET IT! My buddy got a Kilo (sister bike) and apparently they are loose on arrival.
Strengths: Great components, build quality, nice tubing is used throughout.
I'm mainly an off-road guy, but wanted a road bike so I can tool around with my kids. This bike is so much more. It's a blast to actually just ride and not worry about what gear to be in, etc. I highly recommend this one as it seems fitted out better than some of the competition like the Langley's or Bianchi SS models.