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I have ridden a fixie for fun/training a while back. I converted my giordana frame back to a 12 speed friction shift for a commuter work horse. Now I want my fixie fix back. I just ordered an SE PB frame from Ben's for $350 delivered. I love the lugged details of the frame.

My question is what is the concern of the of the JIS headset? I read a different post and there was a concern that it was a different design that the norm? Does this mean I have only one choice for a headset or a fork?

I figure with the parts I currently have at home I should be able to complete this build for another $75, so I am not too worried about the investment. I just want a bike that I can short or long rides on and just plain knock around on. Any insights from current PB riders would be appreciated.
 

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Thanks for the quick replay.

I will assume that the HS that comes with the frame is very economy. Should I consider upgrading during the initial build? I love the look of the Tange Levin but why spend it if it isn't necessary. I am the type of rider that would notice a poor quality HS, my current rides have Chris King.
 

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asterisk said:
Just pack it with grease if you pull the fork off and ride it until it explodes, then buy another. You won't see huge gains by replacing right away.
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Exactly what I was thinking. Perfect. Thanks.
 

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Yea, the threaded HS didn't bother me because I have a quill stem and drop bars currently to use on this build. Being a road cyclist at heart I think I will stick with the road bike theme.

I thought that the frame had some nice details. I saw the Kona Paddy Wagon a buddy bought and I didn't like the look. I am partial to a vintage themed road bike.
 

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I wanted to drop a quick note to anybody listening (or reading) that this is a nice frame and fork for $350 delivered. It has very nice lugs and tapered seat stays. The fork is marginal. The seat clamp and H2O bolts were included also. The HS was a little too tight but I adjusted it out okay. I put my old parts on it, bought a $20 used 105 front rim from LBS. I test rode it without brakes to my buddy's house. It rides very nice!

I have some adjustments to make yet but I think if you want to build a basic fixie this seems to be a good start. I don't understand why benscycle.com still has some these, I would have thought that they would sell out quick. I will post a couple pictures after I finish it up.
 
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