Core Bike 2009 fixie round-up: Cinelli, Ritchey, Tifosi

One gear, one way forward

The fixie market seems to be exploding at the moment, with most manufacturers turning out at least one fixed gear-specific frame. From inner city commuters wanting a hassle-free ride to road riders wanting to improve their speed and strength, it's clear that fixed gear bikes are in vogue. We’ve rounded up our highlights from the Core Bike show. Enjoy.

The Break-Away range of Ritchey bikes look, ride and handle like normal bikes but can be broken down using Ritchey’s coupling system and packed into a small bike case. 

This is Ritchey’s steel singlespeed/fixed gear frame which comes with a Comp cartridge bearing headset and Comp carbon fork for £725. It’s set up with street riding geometry and comes with a carry case.

Ritchey break-away:

Ritchey's Break-Away frames can be taken apart and packed into a small case

Kinesis UK

The Convert2 is part of Kinesis UK’s Decade range of bikes celebrating the company’s 10 years in business. Based on the popular Racelight T frame, it’s a versatile machine capable of fixed, freewheel or fully geared setup. With removable tab mounts to give a clean look, we can see this model being very popular, with riders making this frameset their own. Frame and fork are £375.

Convert2:

Kinesis UK's Convert2 can be run fixed, freewheel or fully geared

Tifosi

Tifosi’s Pista CX is a fixie/track bike available as a full bike with Miche 49T chainset, Tifosi wheels and Ricorso tyres for £729.99 or as a frame and fork package for £209.99.

Tifosi pista cx: tifosi pista cx

Tifosi's Pista CX fixie/track bike is available as a full bike or frameset

Cinelli

With a straight blade fork, oversized aluminium tubing and rear stays shaped for added rigidity, the Cinelli Vigorelli frame is built for speed on the track. It’ll set you back £579.99 for the frame and carbon forks.

Cinelli vigorelli:

Cinelli's Vigorelli is built for speed on the track

The Mystic Rats is from Cinelli’s Bootleg range (a range we haven’t worked out the meaning of yet) and is their stealth (apart from that bar tape) track-style bike. With neat touches like those anodised red custom flip-flop hubs and carbon forks, we can see this machine being ridden at speed on a road near you.

Cinelli mystic rats:

The Mystic Rats mixes stealth with speed

Evil

The Resident is from US company Evil and is a slight departure from the mountain bike frames the company is renowned for producing. Available at £850 for a complete fixed bike (white or lavender) or £1,295 with a Shimano Alfine rear hub gear, we’re looking forward to riding a built-up machine.

Evil resident: evil resident

The Evil Resident is available as a fixie or with a hub gear

Do you ride a fixie? Let us know how you get on with it over a regular geared bike in the comments section below…

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