Critical Classic Fixed Gear Single Speed Bike Review

Critical Cycles is reputed for its reasonably priced mid-line road cycles. In particular, the Fixed Gear Single Speed with Pista Drop handle is among the best Fixies in the market, allowing both new and advanced cyclists to enjoy a perfect urban commuting, recreational riding, or endurance cycling.

It is one of the most trusted modes of transport thanks to some features, such as the Pista Drop down handle bar for any race track, artistically constructed steel fixed gear, convenient water bottle mounts, and the single speed track frame. As for this model, Critical Cycles has reserved about five sizes, with each of them offering up to eight different colors to choose from, allowing both male and female cycling enthusiasts to find a Fixed Gear Single Speed Pista that suits their style.

1. Critical Classic Fixed Gear Single Speed Bike Review

Hand-built Single Speed Steel Track Frame

To make the functionality of this two wheeler better, Critical Cycle has made the frame from durable steel. The frame is fitted with a flip-flop hub, allowing riders to comfortably switch from a fixed gear to single speed, without any complications. If you wish to try the freewheel riding, simply flip the rear wheel around and go on your track cycling. The frame supports water bottle mounts and the saddle, but still retains its lightweight, required in maneuvering through tight spots

Super Deep-V Double Wall Rims

Critical Cycle has incorporated double walled aluminum alloy rims for this bike. The rims are medium V style, meaning that there is some allowance regarding depth to the rim, on a minimal scale, not going to the top. The rim's sides are CNC machined, ready for use with standard calipers or linear pull style brakes, for beginners. The rim supports 32 spokes and beautiful rubber thin tires, making the fixie, a perfect cycle for concrete pavements, thanks to the aforementioned combined strength.

Critical Cycles Classic Fixed-Gear Single-Speed Bike with Pista Drop Bars

Alloy Pedal and Leather Strap

The alloy pedals are light and sturdy to ease the cycling process while giving the user a good range of balancing the bike. Recall that as in any other fixie, when you pedal forward, you move forward, and the reverse is true. Irrespective of the motion, the pedals continue to be on the move. The leather straps or toe clips, aid in keeping the feet from moving away off the pedals accidentally while also allowing you to do the pull-up braking comfortably.

Pista Handlebars with Soft Kraton Rubber Grip

Undoubtedly, Pista offers a comfortable set of handlebars and grips. The Pista drop down handlebars closely mimics the shape of track bars, allowing for more clearance for the cyclist’s arms when sprinting out of the saddle. The fixie comes with an extra pair of BMX handlebars giving a cyclist the option of replacing the drop down handlebars for an upright riding position. The soft Kraton rubber grips around the handlebar, provides a sturdy grip, allowing the cyclist gain control over the bike.

Features & Specifications

  • Premium hand-built steel fixed gear, single speed velodrome frame.
  • Super deep-V double wall rims.
  • Pista horizontal drop down handlebars with soft Kraton Rubber grips.
  • Urban, comfortable leather saddle.
  • Stainless steel 32 spokes.
  • Flip-Flop rear wheel hub.
  • Alloy pedals and leather toe clips.
  • Three piece cranks and lightweight alloy chain wheel.
  • Water bottle mounts.
  • Bar-spin clearance.
  • Mechanical front rim brake style.

Pros

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    It goes for less than USD 290, which is way much affordable for city dwellers.
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    Quality components and construction.
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    Easy setup, for those used to assembling fixies.
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    Extra BMX handle, to switch from the Pista drop down handle bar.
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    High-performance flip-flop feature gives cyclist total control over the bike's speed.

Cons

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    Lacks an Assembly Manual, making it difficult for first-time owners to assemble the bike. However, there are online fixie assembly videos for the task. 
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    It may take longer for beginner fixie riders to adapt to using the front brakes.
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    May need the testing of some components by your bike dealer.

2. FAQs : Critical Classic Fixed Gear Single Speed Bike Review

Q1: What Tools Does It Come With for Assembly?

Q2. Is the frame drilled to allow for installation of a rear brake?

Q3. What type of valves dos the fixie come with; Presta or Schrader valves?

3. Final Verdict: Critical Classic Fixed Gear Single Speed Bike Review

Go for the Critical Cycles Classic Fixed-Gear Single-Speed Bike with Pista Drop Bars if you are a minimalist type of cyclist, looking for a fun bike. It will give you the perfect endurance cycling and also double in the urban cycling, maneuvering around streets comfortably. The sturdy and lightweight steel frame, a solid mix of features and the wide variety of color options, make the fixie a pretty amazing bike. For less than USD 290, a very affordable price for most urban dwellers, I would recommend that you buy this two-wheeler. You may need to upgrade the brake pads if you are a beginner.

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