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Review of 5 Cheap Fixie Bikes under $250

Fixies, also known as fixed gear bikes are the opposites of the freewheel bikes. Most riders are familiar with freewheel bicycles where the wheel motion is independent of the pedaling motion. On the other hand, in fixed gear bikes, the cog of the rear wheel is directly linked with the pedal and is devoid of a ball bearing system. So, the wheel and the pedal moves together which means no coasting. You will have an intense workout but may be exhausted.

Fixies have become a popular trend lately, mostly because of their simplicity and affordability compared with the multi-geared bicycles. They are lightweight, durable, and somewhat exceptional which make them appealing. Often brakes are removed, and the pedals serve the braking purpose. However, it takes a little time to get used to riding fixies. Don’t try this unless you are an experienced cyclist.

In this article, 5 popular and cheap models of fixed gear bikes will be reviewed.

Vilano Rampage Fixie Road Bike

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  • Frame: 700c Hi-tensile steel
  • Fork: 700c 1 ⅛ inches Threadless
  • Cogset: 16T Freewheel & 16T Fixed
  • Crankset: Alloy with replaceable 46T Chainring
  • Tires: 700c x 23c
  • Brakes: Alloy Caliper
  • Stem: Alloy Threadless 25.4
  • Saddle: Urban
  • Front hub: Anodized
  • Rear hub: Anodized Flip-Flop
  • Headset: Alloy 1/18″ Threadless
  • Bottom Bracket: Sealed Cartridge JIS square taper
Pros and Cons
PROS:
  • As it has a flip flop rear hub, you can switch between Single speed or fixed gear mood.
  • You can upgrade any part very easily.
  • Available in seven colors.
  • Assembly is easy and simple.
  • The bike is inexpensive but will give you a very smooth riding experience.
  • Lightweight and durable.
CONS:
  • Stock tires are not good enough, and you should replace them.
  • The saddle, pedals, and brakes are somewhat cheap. They are quite usable, but you might have to upgrade them in course of time.
  • The paint job scratches easily.

Vilano Rampage Fixie Road Bike

It’s a ride for the beginners. You will get the work done but may not be satisfied. However, within this price range , there are not many bikes so good as this one in the market. And, if you have any complain about the quality of the parts, you should spend a little more and upgrade.

Takara Kabuto fixie Road Bike

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  • Frame: Steel Frame with Horizontal Drop Out
  • Rims: Alloy Single Wall With Stainless Steel Spoke
  • Rear hub: Joytech Alloy 16-Tooth Freewheel & Fixed Gear
  • Front hub: Joytech Alloy High Flange
  • Fork: Tig Welded 1 Inch Threaded
  • Brakes: Alloy Cage With Toe Clips
  • Crankset: Steel 3-piece 170mm 44 Tooth Steel Chain Ring
  • Tires: Yellow Kenda 700 X 32
  • Handlebar: Steel Road 42.5cm Wide
  • Bottom bracket: Loose Ball And Cone
  • Seatpost: Steel
  • Kickstand: Steel
  • Weight: 29.5 Pounds
Pros and Cons
PROS:
  • You will like the color and design of this bike and multiple colors are available.
  • The bike is sturdy but lightweight which makes it easier to ride and carry.
  • Switching between fixed gear and single speed mode is pretty simple as the rear wheel has both types of cogs.
  • So, you get to choose what type of ride you want.
  • You can hardly find such a low-cost bike with so many cool features
  • The height and angle of the seat can be adjusted.
  • The wheels are great and will give you a smooth ride and lasting service.
CONS:
  • The first thing you must do is to replace the brakes if you want to save your life. The stock brakes are crappy.
  • The tubes of the tires are not reliable.
  • You have to tighten every nut and bolt before taking it outdoor.

Takara Kabuto fixie Road Bike

Takara Kabuto fixie Road Bike is a very popular bike and one of the best sellers. I think everyone should give it a try at least considering its price.

6KU Fixie Urban Track Bike

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  • Frame: 6061 double butted alloy w/smooth welding
  • Wheels: 30mm deep V double wall alloy rim F32H radial R32H Cross
  • Fork: 1-1/8’’ Integrated alloy
  • Hubs: Novatec Flip-Flop Hub
  • Headset: 1 1/8” integrated headset
  • Tires: 700 x 25C Kenda
  • Handlebars: 31.8mm riser
  • Bottom Bracket: Sealed cartridge 68mm x 103mm
  • Brakes: Front & rear forged alloy
  • pedals: BMX platform pedals
  • Weight: 18-22 lbs
Pros and Cons
PROS:
  • Strong and versatile aluminum frame makes it durable and provides excellent speed.
  • The bike is very lightweight, even lighter than the Takara Kabuto fixie
  • High-quality welding
  • The cost is very much affordable
  • It is an aesthetic bike, and the beauty will fascinate you.
CONS:
  • The frame doesn’t have any bottle cage mount points and neither is any kickstand provided.
  • The brake pads are not reliable.
  • You might also have to replace the pedals which are fairly cheap.

6KU Fixie Urban Track Bike

6KU Fixie Urban Track Bike is an absolute value for money. If you are looking for something fancy yet affordable, I would recommend this one. You can find out more customer reviews here.

Vilano Edge Fixie Bike

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  • Frame: 700c steel
  • Fork: 700c 1 ⅛ inches Threadless
  • Crankset: Alloy with 46T chainring
  • Wheels: 45mm Deep V double wall Anodized
  • Tires: 700c x 28c
  • Brakes (Front and rear): Alloy Caliper
  • Headset: 1/18″ Threadless
  • Handlebar: Alloy Riser
  • Bottom Bracket: Sealed Cartridge JIS square taper
  • Cogset: 16T Freewheel & 16T Fixed
  • Rear hub: Anodized Flip-Flop
  • Front hub: Anodized
Pros and Cons
PROS:
  • Simple, light and strong.
  • Easy wheel adjustment, it takes a little time to switch between fixed gear and single speed freewheel cogs.
  • Excellent riding experience.
  • Nice crankset
  • It costs very little.
CONS:
  • The brakes do their work but will not satisfy you.
  • The pedals are cheap and the saddle is uncomfortable. So, both should be replaced.
  • The bearings are not up to the standard.

Vilano Edge Fixie Bike

My opinion about this bike is ambivalent. It has many positive characteristics along with the negatives. For instances, the customer gave mixed opinions about the brakes and the tires.

Critical Cycles Harper Fixed Gear Bike

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Specifications

  • Frame: Steel frame ( Hand built)
  • Drop-Out: Horizontal drop-outs
  • Geometry: Barspin clearance and no toe overlap
  • Hubs: Flip Flop Hub having Single-Speed Freewheel & Fixed-Gear Cog
  • Rims: 30mm Super Deep-V Double Wall Rims
  • Tires: 700x23C Wanda City Tires
  • Chain: KMC chain
  • Handlebars: 25.4 mm Riser Handlebars
  • Brakes: Front & Rear Promax Brakes
  • Pedals: 9/16 inches Plastic Pedals
Pros and Cons
PROS:
  • It also comes with a flip flop hub, which means you get to choose between single speed freewheel ride or fixed geared ride.
  • The riser handlebars provide a comfortable posture while cycling
  • It’s a really nice looking bike. You can also choose from a number of different colors
  • The bike is strong and durable.
  • Very easy to put together.
CONS:
  • The tires are lousy.
  • The customer service is poor.
  • The crankset is not the best quality.

Critical Cycles Harper Fixed Gear Bike

Critical Cycles Harper Fixed Gear Bike is a great one to start with. The components may not be the highest quality, but when you look at the price, you get more than what  you spend.

Conclusions

All the bikes reviewed here deserves a look, for they are not only cheap but also dependable and are ideal for any type of cyclist. Moreover, you are bound to like the combination of exquisite design and texture along with sheer simplicity.