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Which out-of-the-box fixed-gears have drillings for brakes and water bottle?...SS_MB-7
Jan 26, 2003 5:46 AM
I'm just curious, which out-of-the-box fixed-gears have drillings for brakes and water bottle? My Fuji Track is drilled front/rear for brakes and also has the bosses for a water bottle cage.

In checking the KHS Flite 100 and Bianchi Pista, the KHS is drilled front and rear, but does not have the means for a water bottle, and the Bianchi is only drilled on the fork, i.e., no rear brake and no water bottle.

For 95% of my riding, I go fixed-gear (48x16) with only a front brake. However, I did race the bike with a freewheel (48x17) and, although I didn't add a rear brake, I should have. Also, a water bottle cage is very important to me for commuting, training and racing.

How difficult is it to add a rear brake drilling for the Pista? How difficult is it to add a set of water bottle bosses to the Pista and Flite 100?

Are there any other ready-to-go out-of-the-box fixies that I haven't considered?

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
A fewTig
Jan 26, 2003 8:05 AM
Doug Sloan can tell you how easy/hard it is to add water bottle braze-ons. Some people have drilled out the rear bridge to add a brake, but I don't know how this affects the frame's strength.

The Gunnar Street Dog has everything.

The Surly Steamroller has one set of water bottle braze-ons and both brake drillings.

The VanDessel Country Road Bob comes with everything.

There should be more.
A fewdesmo
Jan 26, 2003 1:38 PM
A freind just got a Fuji (sorry don't know the model, but most likely their entry level track bike) that was very "streetable". Drilled for front and rear brakes and two cages.

Adding nutserts for cages is pretty easy. Here's a cool trick for putting them in frames with sharply shaped down tubes like a Bianchi Pista. Before compressing them all the way add a curved brake mounting washer/spacer between the tool and nutsert. this well bend the flanges of the nutsert over to match the profile of the frame tube. Looks slick.
Front is finemass_biker
Jan 26, 2003 5:40 PM
A front brake alone is fine. I run my Bianchi (sport/touring) fixie with a front dual pivot Ultegra brake and have forgone the rear brake in favor of fenders. Been doing 2.5 - 3.5 fixed gear rides here in the frozen tundra of New England (rolling terrain) with a 39x16 and it has been fine.

A teammate of mine has a Pista and does the same. As for waterbottles, he just stuffs one in a jersey pocket. That technique also works to keep liquids in a liquid state during the deep freeze.

As for out of the box fixies, three other considerations should be: Surly Steamroller, VanDessel, and SOMA.

Road framespauly
Jan 27, 2003 6:56 AM
You can still find some road frames with horizontal drop-outs. My fixie is a DeBernardi road frame (circa 1996) with great crit geometry. I looked at Gary Hobbs' site ( and saw a few Marinonis with horizontal drops.
Cannondale track bike.Alex-in-Evanston
Jan 27, 2003 8:38 AM
It seems to be put together for road use. Drilled for two bottles, carbon fork drilled for brake, road geometry and 46/16 stock setup.

Not to say it's useless on the track. There's a guy who kicked my butt all last summer riding one. I sure hope he wasn't riding it 46/16. That would be a great embarrasment.

Very nice, but...SS_MB-7
Jan 28, 2003 5:24 AM
Ya, the Cannondale track bike is very nice, but big $$$. It's a lot more bike than I need for commuting, training and the odd race. Plus, with C-Dale's current financial situtation, I'd be very leary about buying a new C-Dale for fear of zero warranty.

I'm looking for something comparable to the Fuji Track, KHS Flite 100 and Bianchi Pista...a bike that is ready-to-go out-of-the-box at a comparable price with drillings front/rear and at least 1 water bottle mount.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
chapter 11 might be a good thing.desmo
Jan 28, 2003 7:08 PM
might be some smokin deals comin up on a Cdale track bike. who cares about the warranty, not really that much to go wrong and probably won't. you might have your dealer check the situation for a heads up when the stink hits the fan. a couple of years ago when Schwinn went belly up there was a few weeks you get Paramount Ti framesets at an unreal discount, not to mention those $2500 Black Phantom repops for like $400! still kickin myself for not getting a Paramount.