My Fav Fixies, Reviewed for 2020

The first time I saw a fixie, I thought, “That is one beautiful bike.” I instantly fell in love with the clean chain line and minimalist look.

Fixed gear bikes are everywhere, and they’re here to stay. I can’t remember the last time a bicycle style hit the scene so hard. Riders everywhere are getting into the simplicity and visceral experience of riding without gears or a freewheel (or, in some cases, brakes!)

Pure Fix
Big Shot Prime
Retrospec Harper
Our Rating
9.6
9.3
9.1
Frame & Fork
Welded steel frame
4130 chromoly alloy
High-tensile strength steel frame
Drivetrain
Pure Fix Drivetrain, KT Quando hubs
Flip-Flop hub
Flip-flop hub, KMC chain
Components
Kenda tires and tubes
Big Shot Bikes, Bullhorn bars
Kenda Kwest 700 x 28C tires
Weight
22 pounds
25 pounds
25 pounds
Pure Fix
Model
Our Rating
9.6
Frame & Fork
Welded steel frame
Drivetrain
Pure Fix Drivetrain, KT Quando hubs
Components
Kenda tires and tubes
Weight
22 pounds
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Big Shot Prime
Our Rating
9.3
Frame & Fork
4130 chromoly alloy
Drivetrain
Flip-Flop hub
Components
Big Shot Bikes, Bullhorn bars
Weight
25 pounds
More Information
Retrospec Harper
Our Rating
9.1
Frame & Fork
High-tensile strength steel frame
Drivetrain
Flip-flop hub, KMC chain
Components
Kenda Kwest 700 x 28C tires
Weight
25 pounds
More Information

One gear, one speed, it’s a blast.

The good news is fixies are very affordable. The bad news is that, because they’ve become so popular, there’s a lot of cheap junk on the market—nameless brands made from garbage components.

So if you’re on a cheap budget, what are the best fixed gear bikes?

I’ve built them professionally for years now, so I feel qualified to review eight of the top, affordable fixed gear bicycles for sale today. I’ll give a brief overview of the components, build quality, and noteworthy features.

Price range? We’ll specifically look at the best fixed gear bikes below $500.

Hopefully by listing the pros and cons of each ride, you’ll find a top quality fixie to fit your budget. Read on! (more…)