The SS Fixed is from Foffa, founded back in 2007. It features the same geometry as the all-chromed Foffa Premium model that we tested back in September 2016, the cost saving on that bike deriving from a slightly lower-spec build.
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Thankfully, the hi-ten cromoly steel frame retains the internally routed rear brake cable and nicely machined rear dropouts with integrated chain tugs (tensioners). Our large test bike tips the scales at a hefty 11.7kg, while the 589mm top tube is matched to a fairly low 140mm head tube and relaxed 72° head and 73° seat angles.
The long chainstays push the wheelbase out to 1,036mm. This all adds up to a bike that steers you into a long, low riding position. Despite that, it never feels twitchy. The skinny-tubed frame is neatly welded, and we love the sand-like finish to the metallic primer grey paint and understated graphics.
The 48/18 gearing provides a nice cruising ride, and one that’ll send you over most urban hills without grief. It’s a good gear for fixed riding, too, especially if you’re new to brakeless riding. The flip-flop (single or fixed) hub makes it easy to switch either way.
The SS runs on triple-walled, 40mm-deep rims and unbranded bolted cartridge-bearing hubs. These are flex free enough to absorb the knocks of urban potholes and bumps. The large-volume Kenda tyres aren’t exactly the fastest rubber around but the tread patterning elicits sufficient grip on the greasiest of roads.
The brakes are simple, unbranded dual-caliper units activated by top-mounted mini-levers. The feel is okay but they’re let down by the cheap moulded pads. Replace these with a set of metal-backed cartridge pads and you’ll enjoy significant gains straight away.
We particularly like the curvy supportive saddle, which pays homage to the classic San Marco Concor. Upfront, the bullhorn bar results in a low enough position to ride fast when needed, but not so low as to induce neck or lower-back woes on longer rides.
All in all the Foffa is a clean, good-looking singlespeed-come-fixed machine. The frame is simple but well finished, while the budgetary equipment does a job, bar those waxy, flexi cheap brake pads. At the price it’s a proficient everyday workhorse.
- Frame: Hi-ten steel
- Fork: Cromoly steel
- Wheels: Foffa 40mm-deep V-shape rims on flip-flop rear
- Transmission: 48/18 singlespeed/fixed
- Brakes: Unbranded dual calipers