How to Avoid Wasting Money on a Bad Beginner Fixed Gear Bike and Buy a Good One

How to Avoid Wasting Money on a Bad Beginner Fixed Gear Bike and Buy a Good One

If you’re looking to buy a complete fixed gear bike, you need to know that there are more bad beginner bikes than good beginner bikes. If you don’t do your research, you’re likely going to end up wasting money and end up with a bike that sucks to ride. Here, I’ll show you how to spot the difference between bad and good beginner fixed gear bikes, so you can get on a bike you’ll have fun riding for years to come. To make it extra easy for you, I compiled a list of the best complete fixed gear bikes for every budget.

The bike I ride, channel sponsor, pretty cool people:

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1. $500 Mercier Kilo TT

2. $600 Mercier Kilo TT Pro

3. $720 Fuji Feather (but get for $400-500 it used or on sale)

4. $700 State Black Label V2

5. $995 Wabi Classic
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0:00 – There’s More Bad Than Good Fixed Gears
1:13 – Sponsor: Wabi Cycles
1:54 – How to Spot Bad Beginner Fixed Gear Bikes
7:19 – How to Spot Good Beginner Fixed Gear Bikes
10:50 – Mercier Kilo TT/Kilo TT Pro/Fuji Feather
12:18 – State Black Label v2
13:29 – Wabi Classic
15:19 – Patreon Fixie Famous Shoutouts

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  1. shine on September 15, 2022 at 1:36 am

    The bike directs website looks pretty sus tho, it completely looks like a scam website

  2. Travis Schmidt on September 15, 2022 at 1:37 am

    Going from 23 lb to 15 lb is a about a third of a weight reduction. Seems significant until you account for the weight of the biker and realize that dropping the 8 lbs is only 3% reduction.

  3. Don't write it and we'll do it live!! on September 15, 2022 at 1:37 am

    I brought an Aventon a while ago based on your recommendations, which was just stolen today in DTLA. Cut through two thick expensive U-locks in broad daylight. I had upgraded some parts, installed Omniums, etc. Guess I’ll take this an opportunity to upgrade and I’ll be using three locks now. SMH. Thanks for making my shopping easier friend!

  4. The Upgrade on September 15, 2022 at 1:38 am

    Get a Golden Cycles Uptown for around $400. Chromo with sealed components and look really cool.

  5. The Bear on September 15, 2022 at 1:39 am

    “only beginners ride flashy bikes..” literally rides a purple bike 🤔

  6. Aaron Z on September 15, 2022 at 1:39 am

    Hey man do you recommend an Uknown??

  7. Michael R. on September 15, 2022 at 1:40 am

    Yeah sure. "This video ist Sponsored by (Expensive Bikes). Be sure not to buy (Not expensive Bikes)" How do you sleep at night being a Corporate Shill? Not to mention the Gatekeeping when you call people a "Normie". Believe it or not, there are People who don´t have thousands of Dollars to spend on a Bike ans still want to get into the Hobby. This pretentious Snobbery of Influencers is absolutely Disgusting.

  8. Stinkyhippie on September 15, 2022 at 1:41 am

    snobbish shit honestly.. If these bikes were used like BMX or MTBs I understand you want to have specific purpose parts, same with a track bike or a road bike. but these fixies are still mainly casual road use, plus most countries do not have proper bike lanes etc such as we have in The Netherlands. I think bikes are more of a novelty in the USA so therefore they are being tricked out to the max to kinda compensate for the fact you do not have the actual roads and means to ride the bike as a daily driver as most do in The Netherlands for example where we rely on bikes as our daily commute but not mix max every part as they are a tool of transportation for us vs what you see with this guy where it is a part of his " lifestyle"

  9. Ashley Alvarez Hernandez on September 15, 2022 at 1:44 am

    I bought a sole fixed/single speed bike and honestly, it’s pretty heavy (26lb) but hey I’m small so. Not sure if it’s a bad thing.

  10. Just Some Guy Without a Mustache Jr. on September 15, 2022 at 1:44 am

    And here I am in the bike fandom

  11. adam creyk on September 15, 2022 at 1:44 am

    Lucky me that my “non-brand” frame cost me 20 bucks😂 (bought it to a friend).
    Really hope to change for a better one in the future.

  12. Aninda Nahiyan on September 15, 2022 at 1:44 am

    If you’re gonna get a cheap bike, get one from companies that are proudly Chinese, like 6ku or Golden Cycles – you’re getting the exact same thing as the pure cycles and such stuff, but for like $250 instead of upwards of $600

  13. DJ Luigi on September 15, 2022 at 1:45 am

    why would someone buy something like this? i mean it must be freaking unconfortable when you never can rest your legs during the ride

  14. CCN PNDA on September 15, 2022 at 1:45 am

    You can build infinitely cheaper bikes with good parts in the philippines

  15. themadscientest on September 15, 2022 at 1:47 am

    I’ve had my 2012 Feather in yellow (best color it ever came in if you ask me) and love it riding single speed, kinda gathered dust for years because I got it right as I started doing the unspeakable (driving) but it’s back on the road. I swear the Feather is the BRZ/86 of bikes, it has all the sporty track ready style but can still handle being a daily.

  16. J on September 15, 2022 at 1:48 am

    Got a Pure Fix for $50 last year. Rode for 8 months. Built a custom Fuji over the winter.

  17. salmaan vilcassim on September 15, 2022 at 1:51 am

    honestly trying to find a single speed bike that’s not fixed gear and not expensive

  18. Tim Taylor on September 15, 2022 at 1:57 am

    just buy a top end carbon pro track bike and change the cockpit maybe wheels, cant go wrong

  19. Knautschfriese on September 15, 2022 at 1:59 am

    To be honest: when that „cheap“ bike gets someone into cycling, it is NOT bad. At least that is one person that is not driving a car. And it doesn’t matter if it is a cheap bike. It gets someone from a to b, and it has way less parts that can break than a normal bike. It is easy to fix, and maintain.

  20. Larry O' B on September 15, 2022 at 2:02 am

    All the bikes featured in this video are terrible, and presented by someone who knows nothing about bikes

  21. PEATYxxjxxx on September 15, 2022 at 2:03 am

    The reason people get into fixed gear bikes is the simplicity of the bike, the style and the challenge. High end fixed gears to me seem more at home on a track or race environment. They remind of Ferraris owners either like to look at them or drive them hard on a track, they don’t really make sense for everyday use. I fixed gear bike is simple and one should know how to replace the components so that they can easily upgrade their bike instead of spending a bunch of money upfront for something you may not even love. I would also opt for a rear wheel with flip flop hub just in case you still want the feel of riding a single speed without the danger of trying to stop.

  22. We Are Many on September 15, 2022 at 2:05 am

    Pretentious – get off your high horse and come back to earth.

  23. Final Stellation on September 15, 2022 at 2:05 am

    > 3rd option, if you’re somewhat technically inclined:

    do research into recognizing what are good 2nd hand roadbikes to buy and what factors/flaws to keep in mind when buying 2nd hand and convert them to fixed/singlespeed yourself. It’s pretty straightforward as long as you look out for horizontal rear-wheel dropouts in the frame, that will save you a lot of headaches when trying to maintain chain tension.

  24. totallypixelated on September 15, 2022 at 2:06 am

    UK eBay is awash with lovely hand made British road bike frames and forks from the 70’s and 80’s, as well as the more mainstream Raleighs and Peugeots, at reasonable prices. To my mind, a DIY fixed gear conversion (or letting your local bike shop build one for you) based around these is the way to go for bang for your buck.

  25. blake kuhlmann on September 15, 2022 at 2:08 am

    i will say you nailed state, they can make a good bike for cheap but their qc is trash, my shop got a full batch of 4130s and every one had a flawed steel fork, but they were very easy to get new forks from and even supplied the carbon forks for no extra cost cause the steel ones were unavailible. im still on the fence on if theyre a "good" brand but im not apprehensive about selling them.

  26. Alex Bisso on September 15, 2022 at 2:09 am

    What is your opinion on Steel vs Aluminum frames? I have a strong opinion that steel frames are the best( currently using FliteOneHundred steel frame). But i live in Montreal which is reputed for having some of the worst potholes and roads in north america. You might have made a video like this already but if you have not, i think it would be very intersting!

  27. Malik Ibarra on September 15, 2022 at 2:11 am

    Im an absolute beginner and this video is exactly why I love going to youtube to learn about new hobbies before purchasing haha

  28. Benedikt Haßel on September 15, 2022 at 2:12 am

    i ride a old Bianchi Racing Bike Frame with some Campagnolo Lambda Strada Rims with 35 urban rubbers in front and 28 in back, a short top mount stem, high kids mountain bike bar (their shorter than a normal) and a 3-Speed Hub. i love it, its the best city singlespeed bike

  29. Bait on September 15, 2022 at 2:12 am

    Fixie might be the only bike benefiting from weight.

  30. Davia Fleming on September 15, 2022 at 2:14 am

    Been riding a State black label for years and it is honestly the greatest bike I’ve ever owned.

  31. Munakim on September 15, 2022 at 2:15 am

    @zachGallardo How do u fix the cheap bikes? or do u think you should sell it and a get a better bike?

  32. Gabrielle Houtsma on September 15, 2022 at 2:16 am

    im from the ph where fixies are a norm. i just moved to LA and im so confused that its not a norm to buy bike parts to get them assembled. so im looking into good options (pre-assembled) with the help of this video 😀 wish me luckk

  33. manicbanana on September 15, 2022 at 2:17 am

    I like your videos but this is stupid I paid 150 bucks for my fixie that weighs 14 lbs more money does not mean more quality

  34. This name is fake on September 15, 2022 at 2:18 am

    I can recommend quella for a bit of a wild card, they’re wheels look a little flashy but in black they kinda neutralise that. I’ve had it for a good amount of time now and I’ve only had one spoke go in all that time (that was my fault tho). They’re fairly cheap as well.

  35. Dr. Death on September 15, 2022 at 2:19 am

    For the life of me I cant a Fuji for less than 600

  36. yikes on September 15, 2022 at 2:19 am

    I bought used Fuji Feather for 200 bucks a couple of years ago, only replacement I did was putting a Brooks road saddle on it since Fuji saddles are complete garbage, and it’s been my daily commuter since. Can recommend.

  37. Andrew Singleton on September 15, 2022 at 2:19 am

    You deluded privileged moron. Not everyone can go ‘DAAAAADDDYYYY’ at the first hint of trouble. You blew a hundred bucks on a bike you started talking trash about before even opening the box, gave up even while admitting that you weren’t tired you weren’t hurting you jsut ‘wern’t having fun.’ So you just rage quit and went ‘I don’t want this anymore anyone who wants it can have it.’

    i’ve seen another youtuber put just a little bit of work taking apart, regreasing, and putting minimal upgrades in, and then going biking across the whole of florida, doing Centuries. Going down to the keys, across the state through its trail network. Whole shebang. And you quit because it wasn’t your pwecious widdle overpriced junkheap of a bike you invested your ego into.

    You are a gatekeeper trying to punch down at people who have a smaller wallet than you. that is all you are, all you have ever been, and all it seems you will ever be. Admittedly you DO have solid and sound advice, and i frankly recommend that if someone has the money, buy the best bike you can once you know you want to make that leap. Not everyone has that kinda money though. Not everyone can sob to their relatives to N+1. For me I was given a walmart bike because that’s all we could realistically afford, and I’ve had to dump my upgrade plans and budget becuase thigns keep popping up. However i’ve kept THAT bike going just fine with a minimal of fuss and i’ve learned a lot along the way.

    Do cheap bikes have problems? Absolutely. The assemblers are incentive to cut every corner possible, thus using impact tools and zero grease on anything, minimal understanding in a lot of cases (reversed forks anyone?) and on down the line. they’re heavy, there is not a guarantee of standardization for the sake of getting upgradeable parts (though that HAS gotten better in the past while) and for those just looking to get their feet wet it is an absolutely good way to get hands dirty on something that ‘eh if it tears up it’s not like i spent $800 on a status symbol I’ll get bored of in a week and MAYBE get a third of that back on.)

    Your entire ‘brand’ and image has been of the hipster with mroe money than sense and it is trendy in your little bubble to talk about ‘the poors’ as if we’re scum of the earth.

    I am someone who hasn’t the vision or ability to judge distance at driving speeds so I am INCAPABLE of driving. Biking is how i get around and I do so on a cheap walmart bike I plonk a little money at a time and a lot of elbow grease.

    So. To unironically use a phrase that has been hurled at me CONTINUALLY you little grimlin.

    Check your privilege and shut your mouth about things you know nothing of and stop insulting people who are less well off than you are.

  38. Rick Chan on September 15, 2022 at 2:20 am

    Hi Zach. I’m deciding between a 6ku Urban track, P3 Cycles Track or a Goldencycles Uptown. Any feedback or opinions about these bikes would be appreciated. And thanks for the videos, great info.

  39. xI Shikari Ix on September 15, 2022 at 2:20 am

    What category would you put RIVA Basement ?

  40. sneakerhead618 on September 15, 2022 at 2:22 am

    I’m looking for my first fixed gear bike. I’m about 6’2" and my budget is about $750…what would you recommend?

  41. Spencer Charlotte on September 15, 2022 at 2:23 am

    Dangit bought one complete before watching this, but ima stick to delusion and love it no matter what. Prepared to live life as a noob on my fixed gear, eventually I’ll evolve with use lol. Thanks for the vid!

  42. David Paulik on September 15, 2022 at 2:25 am

    just buy good old bike take ewery useless think off and there you go…😂 i have 60years old bike for 50 € not fixed gear but you can rebuild it.

  43. Mango Bikes on September 15, 2022 at 2:26 am

    Hi Zach – nice video, some missing research chap. Maybe you missed the double-butted chromo frame, Miche Pistard Air or Primato crankset, Miche Track chain or the rest of the sealed bearing, quality parts? $200, good luck buying any of those parts at that price.

    Are there higher spec components available?
    Yeah, but we’re working to hit a price point so maintain the balance of quality and cost.

    We happily make bikes for non-cyclists and sing it from the rooftops. That’s what we’re about!
    They normally get bamboozled by bicycle science (aka BS) where Mango takes that away, only use good quality parts and lets the customer choose colours and styles.

    No bike leaves Mango HQ in Northern Ireland that we wouldn’t let our family ride.

    Until we can get a US operation setup, shipping a bike almost ready to ride is big, bulky and expensive. We don’t make a profit on, and actually absorb, some of the shipping fees.

    The customiser allows whatever combo you decide on. Some choose amazing vibrant options, others choose a more stealthy look. Bike colour doesn’t reflect a rider’s ability or the quality of the bike. That’s just plain misleading.


    Happy cycling
    Mango Bikes // Andrew

  44. dloke187 on September 15, 2022 at 2:27 am

    I still call it a fixie who gives a fuck

  45. Евгений Золотарев on September 15, 2022 at 2:27 am

    I have "pure fix india" for 6 years and it’s awesome. Just symply love it!!!!! And I don’t care if it’s bad bike because he brought me a lot of good memories!

  46. Arctic Gator on September 15, 2022 at 2:29 am

    Can you do a video on the bikes direct website because navigating that website is pure wtf’ery

  47. Mark Frankel on September 15, 2022 at 2:29 am


  48. Chad Trips on September 15, 2022 at 2:31 am

    Ain’t gonna lie, I bought the State Bike Co. Wu Tang Clan core line bike simply because well……Wu Tang and Cash rules everything around me.

  49. Akbar Noto Ponco Bimantoro on September 15, 2022 at 2:31 am

    i bought one for my first time, around 140-150$ , steel frame & fork. weight about 10-11kg. but quiet happy about the bike

  50. scubawithatuba on September 15, 2022 at 2:33 am

    I have had a Pure Fix for 10 years now and it’s never given me a problem and I ride it almost daily plus it’s been through a few crashes too. Maybe it’s because I’m pretty light, lol.

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