Urban Velo

Big Shot Bikes

Big Shot Bikes is another entrant into the online, color-coordinated bargain track bike market with their $395, you-pick-em color scheme bikes. The bike is what you’d expect for the bargain price — a hi-ten steel frame and a bunch of no-name OEM parts that add up to a serviceable if not particularly performance-oriented bike. It is shipped set up as a single speed with brakes, perfect for the entry level rider and campus cruising market this bike is most likely heading towards. A seemingly reasonable choice for someone between the bike shop and the department store that really wants a color matched bike. Also available is a $320 single speed mini velo, curiously marked as “polo” even if there aren’t more than one or two mini velos making regular appearances on the polo court.


  1. JeffSApril 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Hooray for cheap crap from China.

  2. pantspartyApril 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    wow, another republic bikes. for that price you can get a decent singlespeed from bikesdirect that has better components and cromoly steel frame. i think its lame companies are out there to capitalize on a trend and rip people off with crap bikes just because they have “sweet fixie colors”

  3. Chris KoppApril 27, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Its a real bummer seeing how many BS internet bikes Urban Velo gives free advertising to (or are you being paid for this article?). Can you at least have the decency to say “if all you care about is what color your bike is, and you would rather save like $100 bucks than buy a bike from a shop, this is that. Actually, you can get a Torker U-District for $360 at a bike shop.”

    Instead you say its “serviceable” and “perfect for the entry level rider”. No its not, its a piece of crap that will more likely reinforce the idea that bikes are for kids and young adults who like matching colors. Anyways, its spelled tarck, this bike isnt going anywhere near the track. See you at the Goodwill, Big Shot.

  4. Urban JeffApril 27, 2011 at 9:58 pm

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  5. jorgeApril 28, 2011 at 6:51 am

    First Republic Bikes, then the Wal-Mart fixie, then the Christian fixies (I forget their name), and now this. Man, must be sweet being an editor at UV :-)

  6. TomApril 28, 2011 at 7:55 am

    So, you post items about expensive bikes and get reamed for that, then you post items about inexpensive bikes and get reamed for that, too. Interesting times.

  7. NYC_cyclistApril 28, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Before bashing the bike, has anyone actually seen it “in the meat”? No. I thought so.
    Now, this bike, and others like it, are THE vehicles of two-wheeled revolution, IMO. They can get people to start riding. College students are perfect crowd for that: young, mostly unattached, not rich, not burdened with unaffordable houses in suburbian nowhere. Today’s students are tomorrow’s commuters, politicians, corporate execs. Infect them with love of cycling while they’re young, and maybe they will continue riding throughout their lives. This may be the one situation where cheap can actually do us some good.

  8. bmarkApril 28, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I agree with NYC to some extent, however, it doesn’t make sense to me that Urban Velo posts products like this that I’m assuming a) they’ve never seen in the flesh/ridden, and b) aren’t anything special. I’d love to see more advocacy content, more real-life reviews, and more news about forthcoming products that will actually impact their target audience.

  9. jorgeApril 28, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    i disagree.

    what gets college students on bikes is nice, inexpensive vintage bikes (10-speeds, etc) found on craigslist, in their grandparent’s attic or basement, or at the local used bike shop or coop.

    also, not all college students are poor.

    at the $500 pricepoint one can already begin to find some decent, taiwanese, off the shelf cromo fixies. at $700 you begin to find some truly awesome stuff, even made right here in the usa. i fail to see then why anyone in their right mind would spend $400 on these chinese, nondescript bikes.

    a bike should last a long time. it’s an investment. get a good one from the start. remember: garbage in = garbage out.

  10. Chris KoppApril 28, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    May I also add:
    The end-consumer isnt the only person in the world, and I think a lot of the resistance to bikes like these is the fact that folks seem to disregard any negative byproducts (worker exploitation, environmental impact, local businesses cant compete with internet, etc) that they create. If the “revolution” doesnt look at the bigger picture, its really not very revolutionary at all, is it?

  11. jimmyApril 29, 2011 at 8:45 am

    i think i just saw an office labeling itself as a bike company take a shit on polo. if i see anyone on the court with this crap i reserve the right to kick you in the balls or vag as it may be.

    brad and jeff, i love you guys, but you gotta cut the shit!

  12. AlvinMay 9, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I’ve actually seen their “polo bike” and ridden it, and I’ve got to say that it’s a solid riding bike. I’ve never seen it for polo, and I wouldn’t use it for polo if I had one, but as a mini velo I think it does a good job.

  13. David GMay 31, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    After seeing the recommendation for the Torker, I went on their site and looked it it. It appears to be a High Tensile steel and not a chromoly like the Big Shot. Am I missing something? I am looking for a good fixed/single speed and came to this site hoping for a review.

  14. DecJune 18, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    I’m in NYC for 4 months and wanted a ss/fixie to get around and save on transport. Was thinking about getting one of these, and now I’m sure I will. I would have gone into a store and bought one, but was too busy to actually go and find one.

    What’s now driving me to get one is the pompous and pretentious attitude of you “counter-culture revolutionaries”. I wanna go out and cycle, I don’t want to go pay $800+ for a machine of superb quality that I won’t even understand.

    It reminds me of surfing, where you can get custom fibreglass boards, designed and built by hand for ultimate performance or get cheaper epoxy boards cut by a computer and finished by hand. Some people turn their noses up at the latter, mostly those who think they own the sport/activity and that anything outside of their little bubble is evil and capitalist.

    Grow up and get over it, people who buy cheap epoxy boards usually end up getting better and investing in custom boards, because of what they learned from their cheap epoxy board…

  15. ClaytusJuly 5, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    do you people (bike snobs and elitist what have yous) really want other people ld to ride a bicycle? I got into biking with an old 80′s steel frame raleigh off craigslist about 2 years ago. i ride anywhere within 10 miles all year round everyday. i know i bike more than most people who spend all day sitting on the internet geeking out about components and spending all their money on getting their machine to go .25mph faster with 1/1000th less effot. you people (people that work at bike shops, bike couriers- i am one too but the dick ones you know who you are, and even people that run bike coops) are rude as hell, childish, elitist pricks. i ride more than all of you and just because i dont know how to work on bikes (ive tried to learn and have tried many times to pay someone to apprentice me) but no… youd rather us not know how to do this stuff so you can feel above us and feel better about yourselves. and put everyone down, because you hate the dumb public in their cars. but youd rather us be in cars because that makes you feel better. i wish you people would stop turning off so many people to biking and realize that its really yourself that you hate. very similar attitudes (but bikers are actually much worse) as guitar shop employees- at least they have a reason to be jaded because their band didnt make it and they are forced to play covers at a bar every night to support their heroin habit. bikers just wanna be a part of a small group that has supposed reasons for being above the rest of the world. environmental or health or whatever. but really you just spend all your time hating on proletarian bikes and worshipping expensive parts instead of riding. get off your fuckin horse and start riding. i really hardly ever see your expensive bikes out on the street. i see more homeless people putting more miles on the expensive bike they stole from you and turned the handlebars upside down. ill be here until it stops storming… and yeh ill take my bike in the rain because i have to be somewhere and would rather not drive my car.

  16. ClaytusJuly 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    pantsparty- both of those companies use chromoly steel frames- in fact 4130 cromo, which i found the same material on a $1200 surly bike that repped the hell out of it. “this bike is made on the best steel…4130 known for its smooth ride… give us $1200 and people will think you really know how to ride hard…blahblahblah”

    so please stop deffering people away from these companies. if they want a sweet looking colorful bike without logos all over it. let em have it. hell, maybe they just want a bike thats not black, grey or white. bikesdirect…. cmon? are they really spec’d better? i dont think so

  17. BearrundownmountainJuly 23, 2011 at 9:42 am

    seems like the last two posters really put the snobby folks in their place.

  18. JimOctober 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I kinda figured that hardcore cyclist would knock these bikes because they were not in the $1000+ bracket. It’s the same way with photography.. if you use a cheap camera you are an idiot and should only settle for the top of the line Canon or Nikon.. or possibly even a Leica M9 for $7,000. Snobbery is everywhere.

    Many people, like myself, just want a simple bike they can ride around the neighborhood or in local parks for a bit of exercise.. without having to deal with 18 gears, Etc.

    There’s a target market for these bikes and I probably fit that target.. just looking for something to ride every now and then. Not interested in races, joing a club or buying spandex outfits with logos all over them. Just want to ride.

  19. cycle scotlandDecember 23, 2011 at 11:46 am

    anything, anything at all that gets more people on a bike is rad.

  20. DrinkslingerDecember 26, 2011 at 7:23 am

    I agree wholeheartedly with cycle scotland. If you’re on two wheels, you’re one of the cool kids. Cycling is expensive enough without all the elitist BS thrown in. All I can say is buy as much bike as your budget will allow. We all know that “you get what you pay for” is true in cycling. If your budget only allows “x” amount spent, so be it.
    Jim said he “just want(s) to ride”, So we cyclists should embrace that attitude, so a year down the road he does want to join a club, race, and buy dorky spandex outfits.
    I know a LOT of jackassy elitist roadies who “win” the Saturday group ride but refuse to just go for a “ride”. At the end of the day it should still be about fun. If Jim wants a neato little barhopper/grocery getter, great. When he gets home on his $350 fixie after a morning ride with a smile on his face, shouldn’t we all count that as a win?

  21. LittleBikerJanuary 30, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Thanks for all the input guys, right now I have a geared bike that needs replacing, but I never use the gears. My freind has a fixed gear bike and I like it alot, though I’m not totally used to it yet. I have been looking at fixed gear bikes and came across Big Shot, I think that I will get one. I like being able to choose my own colors, and the fact that the bikes come with a back wheel that has a free gear and fixed gear will be useful for me, since I have never owned a fixed gear bike before. I definitely ride alot, but I dont ride very far so I dont need anything special.

  22. BradApril 12, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I am thinking of getting a big shot bike, but I don’t know if it lasts long, now long does the bike last?

  23. AndresApril 30, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    If someone wants to buy something that may be a little overpriced and built in China, what’s the big freakin’ deal? The people posting on here act like they’ve never done such a thing. I want a single speed bike with deep profile rims and in the color I want and this looks like the best option. I don’t plan on doing anything other than getting from point A to point B and looking good while doing so. I choose to spend my money how I want and I could care less if the elites will scoff at my purchase. When it matters I buy quality and when it doesn’t I don’t care. I just spent $3500 on a new camera because I need the features it offers but in this case I care more about the look of the bike than I do about features and I am totally happy with that.

  24. Ian Brett CooperMay 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I’ve been cycling for 40 years. Never owned a bike I didn’t like. Never paid more than $700 for a bike.

    Buy a bike, ride it. Simple as that.

    Don’t worry what country it came from, how good the components are. If it gets you where you want to go faster than walking, it’s good.

    As far as I can see, Big Shot Bikes make a product that you can customize as far as colors are concerned – and that’s a big selling point for many people. The components may be garbage, but components can be upgraded when you have the cash.

    I’m tired of seeing people who are obsessed with quality trash bikes that don’t come up to their standards. These folks need to get a life.

  25. JoeJune 13, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Just got one love these fast light bikes only $299 Costco! Fuck all u haters ain’t got shit to do but bitch online haha pussys

  26. CharlieJuly 8, 2012 at 9:52 am

    What really impressed me about BigShot Bikes is their customizable color selections. You can set up something that looks wild enough to be in Cirque de Solei or as classic as just black and white. I opted for a classic black and white bike and love the minimalistic look. I opted to buy the bike through a kiosk at a local bike shop since they let me take the bike for a ride using their floor model. After getting the right size bike, I places my custom order through their kiosk. They assembled the bike when it arrived and even swapped out the brakes when one of their techs inadvertently stripped one of the brake bolts. The bike has been riding very well, very solid, and very fast. The deep profile rims saved my ass on one occasion where I was speeding downhill, didn’t have enough time to pick up the back wheel, and hit a deep crack really hard, blowing out my tire. The rim stayed true, but I do see a little nick or chip in the rim where I hit that 3 in high cracked concrete. After patching the inner tube all is well. The parts may be cheaper eom parts, but they are still very light and solid. I’ve flipped my aluminum stem over raising the handlebars by 5 degrees and moved my seat up for better ergonomics. This bike is wonderfully adjustable and looks awesome on the road. My short rides are really enjoyable. The only suggestion I would make for Big Shots would be to offer the option of installing water bottle bolts. The bike doesn’t come with them, so you’d have to DIY or have your bike shop do it. Not wanting to give the bike up for any time, I opted to buy a clamp on bottle adapter. This bike is definitely worth the money.

  27. Mathias RickertAugust 12, 2013 at 1:11 am

    Just bought one of those bikes 30% reduced in price. The bike is a complete catastrophe! The reason why they can offer the bikes cheap is because they put on the cheapest parts made in China. Both breaks broke while being adjusted, completely cheap build. The tires are the cheapest you can imagine, I got two flats the first two times I rode the bike.
    The bike was delivered by mail and arrived completely scratched. I called the shop and asked for a partial refund. The only thing they wanted to offer was to send some paint to touch up the scratches. The paint never got shipped and I never heard back from them.
    All I can say is those Big Shot bikes are a complete ripp off! Do not buy those bikes ever, you will be very sorry.

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