Choosing New Bike Parts & Components | Cheap Bike To Fixie Ep. 2

Choosing New Bike Parts & Components | Cheap Bike To Fixie Ep. 2

Building a cheap fixed gear bike? Then you might be making the same component choices as Jon. In this video he teases the new bike components he’s going to use to build the cheap fixie 🔧

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  1. Chris Eggers on June 29, 2019 at 7:29 pm


  2. Eric Perez on June 29, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Making one with 700c Steel frame, Deda elementi velocita stem (aluminium) and handlebar (CrMo), magnetic free wheel Hubs (front and rear), Shimano’s free wheel 17 teeth, litepro crankset hollowtech 48 teeth, Shimano’s one speed chain, 36 spoke rims double wall, foss inner tube 700x28c, Zipp tires 700x28c, Sunrace route brakes with rest brake integrated, Benotto’s seat post 25.4mm aluminium and Specialized’s seat made of carbon /titanium, Aluminium fork 700c, Cage pedal with sealling bearings, about headsets not sure, looking for sealed headset 22.2 Shimano’s slx but Will be pretty harsh to find, Any recommendations?

  3. Juozas Raklevičius on June 29, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    a rear brake is quite weird for a fixed gear, its ok for a single speed though

  4. DerMax_HD on June 29, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Finally some fixed gear action!

  5. Bombed Nevada on June 29, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    These build videos are some of your best. And you have a lot of great videos to compete against.

  6. kamucho on June 29, 2019 at 7:36 pm


  7. Maximuss on June 29, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Totally agree with every decision of this project, but I really don’t feel the flat bars… drops would look so much better…

  8. Keith Gile on June 29, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    idk why but the black and white recap makes me laugh

  9. Eduardo Villegas on June 29, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Yes yes! Bike builds like these forever please! Jajaja Thanks! Awesome video!! As all your videos!

  10. Joseph Redding on June 29, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    You didn’t say how many teeth the chainring has. My guess is 46 or 48? If so, having a 17 tooth fixed cog gives you 17 skid patches rather than 9 (if you had a 18 tooth fixed cog as well). This helps with tyre longevity if you’re skidding.

  11. Phil outside-not-out-sized on June 29, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    John GCN said team, I’ve found a bargain for you to purchase and use to lead onto a video all about Hybrids. The idea is you guys do a video comparing Hybrids against Road/cross/gravel/commuter/MTB bikes.. You could argue hybrids are the true commuter bike. Anyway the hybrid bike bargain I believe the GCN team should purchase is a Boardman Hybrid cb pro 2010-12 design. It’s presently being sold on at, but also on the East Midlands bike sells and swap sight: All the best guys. Phil

  12. Fieryawesomeness on June 29, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    I’m not one to go against John, but… I would definitely recommend 165mm cranks on a fixie, you will find that pedal strikes are quite common out on the road, especially if you’re new to riding fixed.

  13. The Phat Cyclist on June 29, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    I love your choices, can’t wait to see the final product.

  14. Dan the biscuit on June 29, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    anyone else kind of annoyed at him suddenly speaking very quietly then going back to normal volume? half the time I can’t hear him, and the other half is my speakers blasting.

  15. Byron Dixon on June 29, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Loving this series John. I have a Repco victory Try A under the house somewhere that may receive a similar treatment after your inspiration. I’ve read lots of the comments below and would like to support you with your pedal choice! It could be the Sunday church bike.

  16. Mike Smith on June 29, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    A great teaser for next week!

  17. purjo on June 29, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    why havent you done stuff like this before, i guess 33% of ppl here are more in it for the gear and tinkering than for the training

  18. Malkatraz on June 29, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    That saddle is an abomination.

  19. GP on June 29, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Jon, what happened to all the NJS kit you bought when you were in Japan?

  20. X Blocky on June 29, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    What’s color it going to be? Silver seems nice

  21. iRacecraft on June 29, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    I love a bike build!

  22. Bill McCall on June 29, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Oh my goodness. I recently did the same transformation with a 1984 Fuji frame. I also used the BN55 bottom bracket, flip-flop rear hub and straight bars. So funny. I stripped and sanded the frame down to the metal and give it a new paint job. Not a contender for the bike vault but a blast to ride around town.

  23. Jason Lea-Wilson on June 29, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Should make a touring/Gravel bike from an old mountain bike next !

  24. JAWORA46 on June 29, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Contis GP5000 are directional tires. How are you gonna use them on a flip-flop rear wheel?

  25. julmeissonnier on June 29, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    BB not French? Absolutely need foot retention: flat pedals + Fixie = smacked legs! The rest is a matter of choice. New cheap stuff is the easy and efficient way forward, plus looks fresh, but the hard work of shopping for much higher quality used stuff can be cheaper and end up is so oh much more classy builds… Btw those tires cost as much as the rest of the bike unless Conti pays for the plug-in 😉 and doing skids on GP5000 is sacrilege!!!!

  26. Hong Xiang Lin on June 29, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Chain model?

  27. Andy Ross on June 29, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    So did he choose the silver rims before acquiring the black seat post, brakes and headset? Would have gone with all black components being dictated by the colour and limited availability of that size of seatpost. Each to their own I guess.

  28. Jacques Chiron on June 29, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Yes. We love a bike build on the gcn tech channel. Not the lame which tire goes further infomercial from the other day.

  29. Jeronimo Garcia on June 29, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    3 videos to build a fixie is a bit extreme guys

  30. Harrison Griffiths on June 29, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Should have gotten sun m 13

  31. Walmart Slayer on June 29, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    OOF those cranks. I understand the budget nature of the series, but that is just too budget imo. 130 BCD is not great imo, as there are far fewer available replacement chainrings. And really, there’s no reason not to go for a 144 BCD set of crank arms when used Dura-Ace, C-Record, and Sugino 75 rings can be had for so much cheaper than they are new.

  32. Séamuis on June 29, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Those sealed bb’s are great… until they need to be serviced. Adjustable cup bb’s are extremely easy to service and since you need specialised tools for either type, I’d rather have the adjustable cup.

    I dont understand the whole ‘going traditional’ idea with the 165mm crank arms and 1/8 chain if you choose 130bcd. There’s nothing wrong with 130 mind you, but it doesn’t jive man. That’s half-arseing it.
    For the record, my ss/fixed wheel setup uses a Dura ace 7400 bb mated to a 7400 road crank (130bcd) standard dura ace road chainring and an ultegra 10spd chain. 3/32 freewheel and fixed sprocket. Plenty strong, plenty stiff, lighter weight and super smooth.

  33. Hugo Brown on June 29, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    How much?

  34. Josh Nicholson on June 29, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    The old seat post would have been fine…save a few quid… eBay parts never fail though

  35. Straight Edge on June 29, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    Nice one Jon! The chain of suspense!

  36. Lisa Rogers on June 29, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    You had me thinking when you said you have something special for the chain. I am wondering. Is it a gold half link chain? I would have gone for the Crank Brothers Stamp 1 or to add some colour the Stamp 1 LE. If I was going to go for clipless pedals. Then I would go for the Crank Brothers Double Shot 3 as these have adjustable pins.

  37. Hugo Carlos on June 29, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    I want to do mostly the same build, but with dropbars OR a shimano nexus 3 speed

  38. Tinniswood on June 29, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Top man on GCN, John.

  39. Samuel Hayes on June 29, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Flip flop hub seems rather pointless in practice unless learning how to ride fixed without committing. Brakes and singlespeed/fixed and foot retention +front brake, pick one.

  40. chinw3e on June 29, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    when is the tech episode on the espresso machine?

  41. Paul Storey on June 29, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Following your projects with interest,. Thanks to your videos I (a completer novice bike mech) just upgraded the cassette, lengthened the derailleur, fitted a new chain and saddle and fitted it up for my partner. Now to start work on bringing my US postal Trek back from the past. Cheers.

  42. guyd4067 on June 29, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Horrid pedals.

  43. George Hugh on June 29, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Good review of the parts, Jon. Nice looking crankset.
    (Not sure I buy into the engineering behind the fixed side being "easier" than a freewheel side.)

  44. avxrevo on June 29, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Fixed gear bike *

  45. GCN Tech on June 29, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Which parts would you have chosen? Let us know in the comments below 🔧

  46. Paddyhudson on June 29, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    How about a retro mountain bike –> gravel bike for the next project?

  47. RobinDitchburnbmx on June 29, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    I’m interested in the total cost of this.
    Short of the frame and forks it’s the same components as a basic fixed gear.
    I think clever 2nd hand buying of some components could have produced a nicer build for similar money

  48. Arif Fauzan on June 29, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Loving the first 20s of the video where it recaps previous episode.

    Who’s the brains (editor) behind this video?
    He/she is definitely one brilliant editor!

    Keep up the amazing work, GCN!

  49. Jeremy Glenn on June 29, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    So far so good

  50. Thomas Watts on June 29, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Please highlight that having brakes is often a legal requirement and not just a preference!
    If you have a flip flop in the UK you need both front and rear. For a fixie you can have just a front (rear counts)