On-One Inbred 853 review£249.00

Since it started six years ago, On-One has created some superbly innovative and shockingly good-value frames

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Since it started six years ago, On-One has created some superbly innovative and shockingly good-value frames. We reckon its standard Inbred is the best singlespeed bike you can buy in terms of practical performance for the price.

The stretched top tube gives plenty of room to heave round stalling gears, and there’s massive mud clearance from the distinctive penetrated pipe wishbone.

A short stem and 100-130mm travel fork-ready geometry create an instantly engaging and con?dent ride, with a cracking balance of surefooted con?dence and insolent spark.

The same layout and geometry is used for this limited-edition sixth birthday special, built with Reynolds 853 maintubes (like the original Inbreds) instead of the standard ‘DN6’ cromo steel. It costs more, but it weighs roughly half a pound less. The 853 is

a fundamentally stiffer steel set than cromo, too, so the whole ride feel is crisper and more responsive.

There are no gear hangers or cable guides, so it’s a totally pure, permanent singlespeed with sliding CNC dropout sections for chain tensioning. Despite the low price, welding and alignments are immaculate throughout, and while the headbadge is a sticker you do get ‘proper’ cable guides and some neat gusset reinforcement.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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