Fixie Inc Pure Blood review

Disc-equipped cyclo-cross machine

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
£2,149.00 RRP

Our review

Brilliant to ride, but perhaps a niche within a niche too far
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Fixie Inc’s Pure Blood cyclo-cross bike is based around a custom-drawn 4130 chromoly tubeset combined with a matching fork, and is set up for disc brakes only. We love the way it handles, but can’t work out who this bike is aimed at.

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Ride & handling: Capable machine, but decisions made at the design stage limit its appeal

The Pure Blood is a joy to ride. The fairly short top tube (55.5cm on the 57cm size we tested) helps to inspire confidence and makes it feel almost mountain bike-like, and overall weight of 9.64kg (21.25lb) is respectable considering the fat tyres and discs.

The super-skinny rear stays with their sweeping downward curve both look great and actively spring, adding comfort over washboard surfaces.

This is welcome, because the combination of a stiff straight-bladed fork and an incredibly rigid bar and stem combo from Ritchey makes for a front end that transmits lots of vibration.

However, this can be cured by dropping a few psi out of the big 35mm Schwalbe Racing Ralph treads (the Pure Blood’s frame will fit up to 38mm treads).

It’s difficult to know, though, what this bike’s best use is. Surely the natural use of a bike that retails at over £2,000 and is as capable as this is competitive racing? Yet it only has provision for disc brakes, and these are outlawed in the higher ranks of ’cross racing.

There are swappable rear dropouts if you want to go single speed
There are swappable rear dropouts if you want to go single speed: there are swappable rear dropouts if you want to go single speed
Paul Smith

It would make a damn fine commuter or winter bike, but with no braze-ons for either a rack or mudguards, its appeal is limited in that regard. Also, the bike we tested had a bolt-on rear axle, making it a longer job to repair punctures or switch the wheel.

Frame & equipment: Beautifully made, with a decent set of kit

The Pure Blood is beautifully welded and finished, with interchangeable rear dropouts that enable you to run the bike geared or singlespeed.

The tubing is ovalised but flatter on the top tube, making for a bike that’s comfortable to shoulder. To create more space when shouldering, the bottle cage braze-ons have been moved further up the down tube and cables are routed internally – all neat touches if you intend to race the Pure Blood.

One sensible improvement on the latest model is making the seatpost a 27.2mm unit – previously it was a 31.6mm – helping to make that rear end more supple.

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Shifting is handled by SRAM’s Force levers and mechs, combined with a compact Truvativ Rouleur chainset, all of which performed faultlessly. The brakes are Avid’s BB7 road-specific mechanical discs, which work well.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Pure Blood (10)
Brand Fixie Inc

Available Sizes L M S XL XXL
Rear Derailleur SRAM RED
Chainstays (cm) 57
Brake Levers SRAM RED
Weight (lb) 21.25
Weight (kg) 9.64
Stem Truvativ Team 100mm -5°
Seatpost Truvativ Team
Seat Angle 73
Saddle Selle San Marco Aspide CS
Rims ALEX XD-Lite Disc
Rear Tyre Racing Ralph
Rear Hub Revolution rims
Headset Type FSA Orbit X
Brakes AVID BB7 Road
Head Angle 72
Handlebar HANDLEBAR:Truvativ Team 420mm
Grips/Tape fi 'zi:k microtex
Front Tyre Racing Ralph
Front Hub Revolution rims
Front Derailleur SRAM RED
Frame Material 180° TriShaped toptube • 180° biovalised downtube • 31.6mm seatpost diameter • 68mm BSA bottom bracket shell • 135mm spacing • 1750gr. weight
Fork doublebutted, ovalised AirCraftSteel 4130 fork blades • TIG welded • lugged fork ends, handbrazed • 750gr. weight
Cranks Truvativ Roleur OCT Cross 46/38 172.5mm
Chain SRAM PC-1090
Cassette SRAM OG-1070 11-28
Top Tube (cm) 55.5