By Michael Stenning | Tuesday, October 23, 2007 11.00pm
Fixie fever continues to grip the cycling public's imagination and the London Cycle Show confirmed there's an ever increasing choice for novice and seasoned rider alike.
Probably the most radical move from a major manufacturer was Specialized's single speed/fixed Tri-cross which makes for a very attractive and versatile minimalist all rounder. The bike is festooned with every kind of braze-on you could possibly want (including carriers, mudguards, bottle bosses) and even the sexy carbon fork blades sport a set of low rider mounts. With this offering it appears that the big S is looking to increase its share of the fixed market which is already strong thanks to popularity of their track inspired Langster that recently enjoyed some limited edition makeovers. Specialized
Pinnacle, a relatively new brand have made a brave entry into the fixer market with their aptly named Bachelor1 which might steal a march on some bigger brands. Boasting a neatly finished aluminum frameset, straight bladed fork and some surprisingly practical detailing; track ends feature stainless steel inserts for durability, there are two bottle mounts and four-point carrier fixings while it scores extra brownie points by featuring mudguard eyelets. Components are mainly own brand stuff but an adjustable stem, flip-flop hubs and Crank brothers pedals are nice touches at this price point. Pinnacle
It used to be the case that if you wanted a fixed hub you went for a track unit. Road hubs need better sealing and this coupled with the quiet but steadily louder voice of the single speed MTB market has spawned a much greater supply of good value hubs. System EX have been enjoying a quiet reputation for cheerful kit and the large flange double sided hubs with high lustre finish looked a good bet for a reliable winter wheelset. www.extra.co.uk
At the opposite end of the spectrum, Condor exhibited a Paris-Galiber reproduction (frame to order only from £1200) amongst a collection of very contemporary and sensibly dressed fixed/single speeds. Retro and fixed are almost symbiotic and there was old school charm by the bucket load. Condor
Elsewhere, Brooks are enjoying the renewed interest in leather saddles, bar tape and other, more esoteric products. Messenger bags oozing retro cool with modern lap-top carrying practicality drew quite a few admirers. Brooks
Pearson cycles proudly displayed an upgraded version of their popular Touché road fixer, this time sporting low pro bars, reverse action brake levers and winter clothes (full guards and a four point carrier). A lightweight steel sibling is planned to sell alongside existing models but the proposed introduction of a three speed fixed option - a concept last popular in the early 1950s - might really take the modern fixie market by storm. Pearson
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