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New Urbanite Fixed/Free--Pics and first ride report(6 posts)

New Urbanite Fixed/Free--Pics and first ride reportpswann
Jun 8, 2003 6:22 PM
Just got my new Urbanite Fixed/Free from Carey Chen at Urbane Cyclist in Toronto and thought I'd post some pics. Initial impressions are good. The welds look great and the powdercoat seems really good. Very high sheen and it seems thick. I hope it'll be durable. I got the basic $750 (canadian--$540USD) spec, which is pretty low end, but serviceable. I'm pretty new to this fixie thing so I'll upgrade as things break or as I can sneak new parts past my wife. The build, from memory, looks like this:

60cm (58cm top tube) Urbanite 4130 frame (black)
Shimano RSX cranks (170mm)
Unknown chainring (48 tooth)
KMC 1/8" chain.
Shimano freewheel (18 tooth)
Surly track cog (18 tooth)
Zoom seatpost
CODA seat
Tektro brakes (very nicely finished—I was surprised)
Profile (I think) time trial bars
Tektro RX 400 levers
Cane Creek C1 headset (1" threadless)
Kalloy Uno stem
Mavic CX-P 21 rims (36-hole)
DT spokes
Quando TX hubs
Seras Seca 23C tires
No pedals yet—currently running cheap flats until I decide what I want

The fit is perfect for me. I'm 6'1" with a 35.5" measured inseam. I have longer legs and a shorter torso and the geometry of the Urbanite seems to work great for me so far. The time trail bars stretch me out a bit more than I'm used to but it's easy enough to sit up and rest your hands near the bends. Might try a Nitto moustache bar but I'm not sure. I imagine the first upgrade will be a nice rear hub. The Quando is a bit rough. Maybe it will smooth out with use, but I have not heard good things about these.

The bike rides great. I took it out for a quick 12 miles this morning and really enjoyed it. My gearing (48/18) feels a little tall so I might bring it down a little, but smooth flats and downhills were a hoot. Rides steady and smooth and corners great. I do have a creak from the bottom bracket. At least I think that's where it's coming from. But I'll deal with that if it persists. I stuck a redline chain tensioner on to help me, well, tension the chain. I also put my Cannondale seatbag on, but other than those two things she's still bone stuck. I'll post more impressions as I get more time in the saddle.
New Urbanite--pic 2pswann
Jun 8, 2003 6:23 PM
pic 2
New Urbanite--pic 3pswann
Jun 8, 2003 6:25 PM
pic 3
It turned out nice!Tig
Jun 9, 2003 5:47 AM
I like the fork color against the black frame. The gearing does sound a little tall for the hills. Maybe a 19 T cog or a 46 T ring would make it a little easier, but without getting too low. Nice bike! Enjoy!!!
Very Nice!ss-nyc
Jun 9, 2003 6:20 AM
Thanks for posting the pics and ride report. I may just break down and get the frame over the Surly. It just seems to fit my needs better: chromed fork, rear brake stops, rear fender and rack mounts.

Anyway, enjoy it!
Nice bike - enjoy! nmPdxMark
Jun 9, 2003 11:00 AM