German company Fixie Inc have unveiled their range for 2010 which includes a new retro machine, a belt drive bike and updates to older models in the range like the Betty Leeds and Chip Race.
The new steel-framed Backspin (main image) is aimed at riders who want to give fixed gear a try on a budget. At 850 euros (approx £730/US$1,200), it comes with toe clips, low-rise bars, a flip-flop rear hub and retro BMX saddle.
If retro’s your thing, then the new Black Jack is definitely going to hit the spot with its gloss and matt black finish and polished stainless steel highlights. Redesigned to set it apart from its younger brother the Peacemaker, it has a new Seagull handlebar, threaded headset and a height adjustable, polished quill stem.
Like Trek’s 2010 District bike, the new Peacemaker uses a Gates carbon belt drive and can be run fixed or singlespeed. The advantages of the belt drive are low maintenance, light weight and a quieter drivetrain.
Fixie Inc's JigSaw fastening allows the belt to be inserted into the frame’s rear triangle without bending the chainstay.
It now takes a narrower 27.2mm seatpost for increased comfort (it flexes more), and the modular IDS-dropout system (exchangeable dropouts for singlespeed or derailleur gears) has been improved. Geared versions now feature Fixie Inc's Direct Postmount (DiPS) system, which allows post mount disc brake callipers to be fitted without adapters.
The Betty Leeds road bike has been given minor refinements for 2010 including new geometry, a revised fork and new tube profiles to increase frame stiffness and improve the ride. It now takes a 27.2mm seatpost and will be decked out with SRAM’s Force groupset.
Built with Reynolds 953 steel, the 2010 version of this popular race bike has revised geometry, new chainstays and a custom painted