Before we get into it, let’s answer one simple question: what’s the intrigue of a fixie?
The genuine delight of riding a fixie is the feeling of direct association with the bicycle. Indeed, there are fixie lovers who go on about this at length, yet that is for a valid reason: it’s the truth.
There’s something practically magical about being personally engaged with the transmission and back wheel on a fixie. You’re genuinely connected with the bicycle in a way that simply doesn’t occur with a freewheel bike. That unavoidable basic focus on remaining smooth and liquid, particularly as your speed rises, is incomparable. You can’t afford to be uneven or sloppy if you’re doing 25mph on a 65-inch gear.
It’s far from being obvious that building up a smooth pedal stroke is a skill worth developing in itself, however on the off chance that it’s essential for you, riding a fixie is an extraordinary way to become a super smooth pedaller.
As for how popular fixies are, well they might not be as big a thing as say ten or eleven years ago, but there are plenty of signs that in 2020 many people are still opting to mount up on fixed gear bikes. This is evident in the superb models launched on the market for this year.
So if you’re in the market for a fixie this year, which one do you choose?
Here’s a breakdown of the best fixed-wheel bikes and what to consider before you purchase one.
The best fixed-gear bicycles to purchase in 2020
The B’Twin 500 Single Speed City
It’d be difficult to overlook the B’Twin 500 Single Speed City. It’s less expensive than other options but comes with all the basics. It guarantees a legitimate minimal single-speed bicycle with everything functioning as you’d expect.
The frame is quite simple and somewhat underwhelming, yet it carries out its responsibility of keeping all the parts in their respective positions. The brakes are effective, the wheel hubs revolve smoothly, and its wheels aren’t overly heavy.
We can’t envision anybody feeling that they haven’t gotten good value for their hard-earned cash, which isn’t always the case with some comparatively priced single-speeds we’ve seen.
The Orro FE Singlespeed Bike
This is a reasonably relaxed fixed-gear bicycle, intended for city riding. With a medium height headtube, the Orro’s bars are of a bull-horn design and offer plenty of options for riding positions.
Its 48/18t gear setup is similarly agreeable, designed for dealing with typical urban stop-go traffic as opposed to track competition. The rear hub is a flip-flop design, so you can change the wheel position to explore different options for riding, while the twin brakes fitted as standard guarantee you’ll remain legal, whichever option you choose.
It comes with high flange hubs and deep-section rims, and the crankset design is a timeless classic. The black paint finish is low-key, and its tan-walled tires along with the imitation leather kit give it a stylish appeal without seeming to be trying too hard.
The Genesis Flyer
This fixie option is a steel-framed modern fixed-gear bike that borrows much of its fundamental design from the Genesis range of road bikes. Its sleek double-butted frame and carbon forks provide a superior riding experience, with the advantage of reducing its overall weight
Equipped with 28c Clement Strada high-quality tires, the grip factor is high while rolling resistance is low, also helped by its lightweight 32h wheelset. It also comes with highly practical mudguards which provide year-round riding usability.
With its 42-17t gearing and free or fixed options, it’s great for both commuting and training rides.
The Bombtrack Arise 2
This bike is a basic steel-framed, single-speed bike, equipped with disc brakes, and it offers ample scope for custom options. The skinny frame of the Arise offers sufficient flex to even deal with off-road riding, enhanced even further by the relaxed geometry of the design and its lengthy wheelbase.
The Kenda Flintridge 35C gravel tires, complete with tiny knobbles, are also well-suited to trail riding and present no problem when ridden on smooth surfaces either.
The current version has been upgraded, and now includes tubeless WTB rims, extra bottle bosses on the downtube, and a wide-narrow chainring design, which allows the rider to choose drivetrain options of 1x or 2×11-speed.
The Bombtrack is easy to ride on the road thanks to its short gearing, and it also comes with mudguard mounts and rack space making it ideal for commuting or touring.
The Cinelli Tipo Pista
The Pista comes with alloy tubing by Columbus and offers superb versatility. Its narrow tires, carbon forks and lack of bosses give it a speedy persona.
Although it derives its name from the Italian word for ‘track’, this bike is much more laid-back than any bike designed specifically for track competition in a velodrome. This gives the rider a bike which is nippy but does not twitch when taken on the road. Its somewhat hybrid design is further enhanced by the twin brake calipers it comes equipped with.
While the brakes keep you within the law while on the road, it’s easy enough to whip them off, along with the cross-top levers, and go for a few laps of the velodrome.
The Surly Steamroller
This comfy city runaround fixie is based on the original Surly Steamroller and is fitted with distinctive swept-back bars, which are surprisingly comfortable.
The bike’s frame, with its super clean lines, comes equipped with 38c wide tires. Also, sturdy 29c Halo Rails are included, and mudguards can also be fitted. The free-spinning 45-18t gear setup makes it superb in terms of steering; it as simple as point and go!
Its design includes robust and sensible components and includes sleek Halo Aerotrack wheels.
The Vitus Vee City
This is an incredibly cheap bike, and its a perfect N+1 commuter bike or for riding off-road. Its low-slung design mimics a mountain bike, but being a fixed-gear it’s at home in both the city and on offroad rides.
Its sturdy aluminum frame with straight steel front forks makes it ideal for bouncing up sidewalks and hopping over speed bumps, and its low-profile front end along with its wider than normal handlebars make riding easy.
Equipped with powerful V-brakes, its stopping power is better than other caliper equipped options while providing greater clearance at the same time. The rear micro chain-tensioner keeps the rear wheel locked securely in place.
It comes with two-inch WTB Nano Comp tires, which offer excellent grip for riding off-road, while the low-profile design makes them super rapid for road use.
Whichever model of fixed-gear bike you choose, you’re bound to enjoy this unique biking experience. Before buying, consider carefully how you’ll use it, where, and how often, as well as how well it fits your body type. This will make sure the model you choose is a good overall fit for your needs and lifestyle.
Happy riding in 2020!