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Nov 15, 2002 1:45 PM
First of all, I want to say thanks to everyone that has been kind and answered all of my SS/Fixed postings on this site and in the SS section on

Secondly, I am glad we have a fixed/SS board dedicated to road riding because I want to know more about gear (not gears) for road style SS/Fixed bikes.

Now for the question...

Has anyone ever purchased this frame from The Urbane Cyclist?

I am interested in the frame since it has road style geometry which gives it a longer top tube than the Bianchi or Surly, it is drilled front and rear for short reach brakes, and just looks cool with a chrome fork.

I have sent emails and called the shop and they have gone out of their way to be helpful. The person that actually designed the frame for them, Carey, also works in the shop and has been extremely helpful in answering every question of mine.

I am going to get the frame but just need that last "push" in the form of someone that has the frame or dealt with this company before. (if you read my postings about I am sure you will understand)

What do you mean?timfire
Nov 15, 2002 3:21 PM
No offense, but you said,

"...I am interested in the frame since it has road style geometry which gives it a longer top tube than the Bianchi or Surly, it is drilled front and rear for short reach brakes..."

Now, I'm assuming you mean the Bianchi Pista, but do you mean the Surly CrossCheck or Steamroller? Either way though, both of those two frames have longer TT's than the Urbanite Fixed (I also assume that's the frame you're looking at). Also, the Crosscheck definitely is designed for brakes. The Steamroller has a drilling for a front brake at least, though I'm not sure about the back. Also, the Urbanite has a steeper seat angle than the Steamroller, which would make it more like a track bike and the Steamroller more like a road bike.

Anyway, not to say you shouldn't go with the Urbanite, just your post was confusing after comparing the bikes.

--Tim Kleinert
This is what I mean...zmarke
Nov 15, 2002 5:53 PM
No offense taken...

I should have said, "In my size, the Urbanite has a longer TT to ST ratio than the Surly Steamroller and Bianchi Pista. The Urbanite is also drilled for short reach brakes front and rear unlike the Steamroller which needs long reach brakes and the Bianchi which only takes a front brake. The Urbanite also has longer chainstays which should give it a more forgiving ride".

Size 50
Seat Tube 49.5
Top Tube 53.5
Head Tube Ang. 73
Seat Tube Ang. 75
Chainstays 40.6

Size 49
Seat Tube 49
Top Tube 52.95
Head Tube Ang. 72.5
Seat Tube Ang. 74.5
Chainstays 39.8

Size 49
Seat Tube 49
Top Tube 52
Head Tube Ang. 74
Seat Tube Ang. 76
Chainstays 38.3

Hope this clears up the confusion.
Sounds good... go for it!Tig
Nov 16, 2002 3:03 PM
I know its easy to tell someone to "go for it" with their money! I don't even know anything about the shop or bike, but at that price it could make for a great low cost project. If you buy one, let us know how it works out.

One place I'd avoid going budget on would be the rear hub. I've heard negative comments about the Quando flip-flop hub. Maybe someone with positive experience can set me straight. Go with a Suzue or Surly hub and you should be a happy customer.
I see where our misunderstanding is coming from...timfire
Nov 18, 2002 6:51 PM
I wasn't comparing the "sizes" of the bikes. Surly and Urbanite size their bikes differently. Urbanite sizes their bikes center of BB to center of TT, but Surly measures their center to top.

So I was comparing the Urbanite size 50 (ST/c-t: 53cm) with the Surly size 53 (ST/c-t: 53cm). If you compare the bikes that way, then the Surly comes out with the longer top tube.

--Tim Kleinert