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Introducing Republic Bike

republicRepublic Bike is a new company based in South Florida. For the past few years, the people behind Republic Bike have been designing bikes for other companies, and last year they decided to start their own venture offering customer direct and web exclusive bikes.

They currently offer just one model, the Aristotle, which retails for $344 complete. The singlespeed road bike includes front and rear brakes and a flip flop hub so it can be run fixed for free. Customers get to choose from five frame colors, four rim colors and black or silver components. Right now only 59cm frames are immediately available, but 52cm and 54cm frames are on backorder.

According to Avery of Republic Bike:

The Republic Bike concept is to deliver customizable bikes for off-the shelf pricing. All of our designs will be hyper value oriented. We are not out to compete or offer high-end bikes, but rather offer fun, modestly customizable bikes for fun, modest prices.

Visit www.republicbike.com for more info.

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40 Comments

  1. EricFebruary 16, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Did Republic design Create’s fixed gear bike? It’s very popular in England and cost an absurdly low price on ebay (150 to 200 bps). The Aristotle looks exactly the same to my eye. Only problem is, Create’s fixed gear bike is a total junker. Looks kind of stylish, falls apart in no time. Oh well – the frame is decent.

  2. jimmyFebruary 16, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    My curiosity lies were Eric’s does on this one. As awesome a deal as this looks like I would be afraid of the ole you get what you pay for axiom… anybody have any hands on experience with one of these?

  3. jamesmallonFebruary 16, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Gearings a bit tall for an entry fix/free: 76″ (46ring, 16 freewheel & 16 cog on 23mm tires)? Good thing it runs brakes, because 23mm tires would wear through skid patches pdq: 8 skid patches.

    Great deal if durable, but I’d already need to put on 28mm tires, a 44 chainring, and 18 freewheel: $200 extra! Hell, I don’t like flat bars either.

  4. BrianFebruary 16, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Seems like one of these ventures pops up about 1 a week these days. Not complaining, just wondering about market saturation…

  5. steveFebruary 17, 2009 at 5:04 am

    That is the infamous London Unipack bike with a Sugino crank on it. That might stop the pedals snapping off but not with the chain made of dental floss that can be snapped by 8 stone girls. The LFGSS forum bought one new for 99 GBP cash to investigate. Frame appears to be solid and just copied from a Charge Plug and rendered in hi-tensile steel, but all the components were as expected lower than low quality. When they first srrived no commute in London was complete without seeing some poor guy on the curb staring at a snapped chain or bent chainring on one of these things.

  6. AlanFebruary 18, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    What’s the point of offering three sizes if they all have the same length top tube? That seems like a false economy, if it is one at all, and leads one to question the design as a whole.

  7. ryanFebruary 27, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    does anyone actually own one of these? i think im about to get one.

  8. finnMarch 10, 2009 at 3:15 am

    Can anybody help me? I wanted to get such a custom bike but the republicbike fools do not ship internationally! Would be great to get an info!!

    Thanks everybody in advance!!!

  9. KevinMarch 13, 2009 at 11:53 am

    I got one of these bikes. I like it. Had to do some changes. For starters the chain is crap, the handle bars are alright but not my style. I got some syntec bullhorns and got a beefier chain. I am very happy with it now. Just understand that this bike is not for messenger type riding. I only put 100 miles a week on this thing. I do believe that any more than that a person should invest in a serious bike. I like this one since I won’t kill myself if it gets stolen. Chicago can be sketchy sometimes. and the frame is stronger than you think. I weigh 230 pounds and I can’t feel any tweeking.

  10. JonathanMarch 26, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    does anybody know if these kind of bikes can go any lower than 52cm?? because i am a small guy although if there isnt any ill stick with the 52 when they get some

  11. KevinApril 5, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Now that I have spent some time on this bike, I would have to say that I have not been pleased as spoken of in the previous post.

    I now have changed everything but the frame and cranks. I broke the back tire, cracked the stem, bent the seat post, bent a pedal, and broke the chain. Now that I have replaced all the components I am very happy. Ultimately I bought a decent frame and cranks. Now my total cost of parts and effort I have put in this bike is at about 700. I would have been happier buying a 700 bike with good stuff in the first place. Well, lesson learned. I still think the fram is pretty good though

  12. DonaldApril 8, 2009 at 1:52 am

    yeah, this bike caught my eye and I was getting ready to get one, but you guys did my research for me and I and now i can see that you do get what you pay for. I went shopping around for a bike and so far they are all very expensive, but now that I understand the quality in these bikes—it’s well worth it. So far I heard bikesdirect.com is good to get a deal. If anyone knows of any spots where I can get a good deal, e-mail me. dboyd05@mac.com

  13. chrisMay 5, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    i really think im going to get one of these bikes despite what people have said.

  14. ZanderMay 10, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Wow so many haters from “tech heads”. I think you’re all losing sight of the concept-a fun, customizable bike for casual riders. The target market is not likely pro racers or messengers. I’ve got one of these for cruising to the park and beach. I’ve got another bike for heavier commuting. Relax guys,these bikes are fun and fashionable… don’t sweat it, your precious road bike world will not be harmed.

  15. MikeMay 12, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    For sure all u haters out there dont worry these guys arent tryin mess with your precious road bike world. I bought one these bikes a few months ago no problems and it’s perfect for cruisin, I commute on it eveyday about 4 hours. So just chill out just like Zander said they are very fun and clean fashion, u dont all the bells and shit on your bike to ride and have fun!

  16. L'AutonomistJune 5, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    I just got my GF one of these…

    My first issue with it is that the seat post is not sliding into the seat tube easily.. even forcing it seems not to budge it. I’m sure with a little more cohersion. The wheels look really cheap.. good thing I have other sets…. but I can see someone like me eating it with those on! The pedals ARE CRAP… but hey, it’s pedals.

    But again, not for me but for my 140 lbs 5’10″ girlfriend. I just hope she doesn’t eat it hard.

  17. CoreyJune 17, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    It seems that everyone is hating on these. Well I ordered mine last week and its on backorder so I won’t be getting it for about 2 more weeks, which I’m a little mad about. This is my first road bike so I can’t say much when I get it, but i will post a review.

  18. DanJune 25, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Hey I just got my republic bike delivered today. Took about 15 mins to put together. The handlebars are pretty much soft plastic, brakes are terrible, removed front brake, replaced rear brake. I plan on getting a better chain, i think a smaller crank because you mos def rub on the front wheel when turning even in the toe clip. Still this is my first road bike from republic. I don’t mind the steel frame. its not heavy at all. Other forums I was reading, people were just crapping on steel frames. Yeah they rust ( if you scrap the paint) and yeah they’re heavier then others, but get tough, you whimps. Eventually gonna replace the wheels and peddles. Still not a bad buy for someone who wants a new cheap ride to get around on. Im not one of those cool hipsters who like to try to do wheelies and bmx tricks on a road bike, sooooo this bike will do me just fine. Still out of the box, it is a fun ride. I give my purchase a 6 out of 10 because I only spent $420 all together. My other choice I was going with was a custom build from mission bikes, they are sick, way better parts for your bike. The one I built with them would of cost me $1100. So again, the republic bike is fine for me.

  19. DanJune 25, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    sorry, the grips are terrible, pretty much soft plastic. oh yeah, my bike does look awesome. Plus part of the fun of having a bike is choosing all the upgrades you want to fully complete you own sickkkkk ride.

  20. CoreyJune 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Hey guys, just got my bike today. As stated above, the grips are shit, straight off a toy bike or somethin. The cranks are too long for turning sometimes, might be a bit unsafe. There were a few nicks in my frame which im not happy about. The seat is totally out of wack and off to the side even though its on the post rails perfect. Getting the seat post in was a pain in the a$$. Other than that the thing looks cool and serves its purpose. I honestly think this bike is worth maybe 250, not 430. If you don’t care about colors and such, I would advise you to get a schwinn cutter or some other name brand that is well known. I’m not very happy with my purchase, but if it falls apart I will sue :)

  21. DevinJuly 9, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    I’ve never been into riding bikes but I’m about to leave for college and I know it’ll be the easiest way to get around. I’m just wondering how hard it will be for me to use this bike since I am used to a regular bike with gears.

  22. johnnieJuly 9, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    just so u know fix gear for me is a whole new world for me i ride bmx and mountain bikes. it took me about a day to ride fix gear okay….. i dont like using the brakes so i stop by locking my legs and by doing that locking the back tire. but back to what u said devin i dont think its a hard thing to grasp very easy

  23. PhilippJuly 12, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Fot the guys from Europe i started a petition on twitter http://act.ly/8m

  24. davidSeptember 23, 2009 at 9:04 am

    are there any new updates on these? i’m looking into one as i just moved and all of my frames, parts, etc are across country and i’m itching to ride. will i regret the purchase?

  25. AnéOctober 1, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Just got my flat black rEplublic bike and danng! what a ride! Its light, sleek, smooth and fast! Ive been shop shop shopping around for a bike and am so glad I waited for my replublic. I’m calling the bike “La Poderosa”!

    Love it so much I will be doing a great review on my websites. I will send yaul the links. : )

    Ané
    Los Angeles, CALI

  26. chadOctober 15, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Shit, I just ordered one of these, now I’m really scared.
    I really hope it gets here and everything is just fine, I’m not a crazy intense rider. Just looking for something to play around on.

  27. RaviJanuary 2, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Bought one and it is a waste of money. A basic fixie should have a 48T chain ring. Not only is this bikes chain ring only 44 or 46T (can’t rember) it is also a low end crank. What does this all mean? You need to buy a new crank set if you want to keep up with your friends who bought normal fixies. The seat is off a childs bike, really hurts your butt. And the tubes are extremely hard to find, they are 700X18/23c SHRAEDER VALVE! And the schraeder valve needs to be 48mm to fit because it is a very deep rim. Honestly, it is hard as hell to find a tube for this bike, I had to finally buy a normal set of fixie presta rims because I got tired of trying to find the tubes. So the crank set which also required a new chain was about $100 bucks, the grips (because the stock ones suck) about $15. The wheel set about $170. The seat, freebie from a friend, and last but not least the cost of a bike you need to completely upgrade, well they say $344 but it was $399 when I bought. Do yourself a favor, work about $600 bucks into your budget and buy a decent fixie that you could actually ride before you buy because the Aristotle I own works well but I had to spend an additional $300 or so to make it work as well as bikes I have seen for around $600-$700.

  28. BobbyApril 18, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Is this a good cruising bike?

  29. JayApril 21, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    wow this is pretty gay….ijust ordered one of these and i hope that there isnt any problems with it. i mean putting money and upgrading your bike is wut customizing is all about.. mine shulld get here in about a week.=]

  30. jaimeMay 4, 2010 at 4:42 am

    i so wanna get one, anyone recommend a good website to go to buy customizable parts after i get the bike?

  31. StephenMay 4, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Jaimie, Universalcycle.com has everything you’ll need to change out parts, they have quality stuff too. As far as the Republic fixie goes, i am satisfied with mine. I had to change the handlebars but as of now thats it. The pedals will most likely be next followed by the brakes. But i don’t mind that, after it’s all said and done, i’ll have my own custom bike with a light steel frame/fork. This bike is perfect for someone to cruise around on to/from campus or to work, etc. Don’t let all the “tech heads” tell you how much of a piece of SH!T it is, they’re just bike snobs.

    You will enjoy this bike.

    Have a great day.

  32. jonJune 9, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Ha i was about to cop one of these. and i decided not to after reading all of these reviews. a messed up crankset is to big of a hassle.

  33. BuzzyMay 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    I just received my new republic bike yesterday and the for the most part I like it! But when i received it, one of the nipples had snapped and bent the spoke on the from rim. But they already reimbursed me to have it fixed. It only costed 16 bucks to replace the spoke and nipple. I am not a huge fixie rider, but I believe that they have upgraded their parts since these older posts. The crank doesn’t seem to be too long, and the over all bike is super light. Also I have posted all the parts below. But to be honest the pedals do kinda suck and the seat is a little uncomfortable, but other then that I LOVE MY NEW BIKE!!!!

    otal assembled weight: 22lbs (9.9 kgs)

    Frame: 4130 CRMO steel. Fully tig welded with rear drop-outs. No braze-ons, cable guides or cable stops.

    Forks: Tig welded 4130 CRMO steel with straight ovalised blades. 1 1/8″ threadless.

    Handlebars: Alloy bullhorn bar.

    Tires: 700C x 23C (100psi) nylon race tires.

    Wheels: 700C 32-spoke, 45mm deep section alloy rims on large flange alloy hubs. Nutted axles on both front and rear hubs.

    Crankset: Sugino XD2 165mm alloy crankset with 44T Sugino 5-bolt chainring.

    Chain: KMC Z410 painted chains.

    Bottom bracket: Sealed bearing cartridge bottom bracket.

    Rear hub: Anodized gold fixed/freewheel, flip-flop hub with fixed cog and freewheel, both 16T.

    Pedals: Wellgo with included toe clips.

    Grips: Cork grip tape.

    Brakes: C-Star alloy dual pivot calipers with cam action cable tension release, forged alloy cyclocross levers.

    Seat post: 250mm x 25.4mm.

    Saddle: Soft-top classic track saddle.

    Front, rear and wheel reflectors included.

  34. TpennyMay 19, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    A spoke and a nipple sixteen bucks? what?

  35. ChrisJune 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    These bikes suck. Trust me, even if you’re just looking for something to ride around, you will regret buying. For those of you barely getting into the fixed gear scene I recommend a Mercier Kilo TT, a bike from State Bicycle Co., a Fixed gear Schwinn, an SE. There are plenty more. If anyone wants advice let me know.

  36. Wil JJune 29, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    So I completely disagree with all of the negative posts on here. I bought one in March and loved it. Had it for two weeks then it got stolen, lol. I bought another one and two locks and have been fine ever since. I use it mainly to work out and for transportation to the office every now and then. I live in NYC and ride daily in Central Park. The bike has great cruising speed and, even with the gear set provided, doesn’t give me a hard time going up the hills. Its nice passing guys that spent $1k+ on their multispeed bikes. I would highly recommend this bike as an avid fixie cyclist.
    But yeah the seat is my only complaint.

  37. ryan aJuly 23, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    ok so just wondering..im looking into a republic my buddy has one and once he upped the “crap” stock parts hes fine with it so im following suit…just wondering tho a weight limit? im a bigger dude but i rode some street bikes that said noone over 180 for weeks and was fine so im just makin sure buying a bike wont be a mistake

  38. ChanaApril 26, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I purchased the Aristole about a year ago. I LOVE it. My color combination is so FLYY and people always tell me, GREAT BIKE… Needless to say, it makes my riding that much more fun. Contrary to the technical comments on this ride, I personally haven’t had any problems with my bike. it was easy to put together, and eveything fit. I loved it so much, I even purchased “another one” about a week ago. Different colors of course… I’m not a SERIOUS rider, but I collect cool bikes – and this is one of them… I cruise my city about 3-4 days a week, and I “would” recommend it to a friend. Perhaps since the negative wave of comments (dated back in 2009), Republic improved… Or… perhaps some people’s perspectives are doing a number on them… ???

    Ok. later folks.

    -Chana

  39. EvanMay 22, 2012 at 1:05 am

    How hard is it to put together one of these bikes? should I take it to a professional bike shop to get it put together or do it myself?

  40. matthewAugust 19, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    im thinking of getting a republic but im probably not going to be using the fixie aspect of the bike at all, because u can change from fixie to normal. is it a terrible idea to get this bike if i wont be using it as a fixie?

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