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Singlespeed Commuter Bikes for 2009

SE draft
A lot of my friends that are new to commuting keep asking me, “What bike should I get?” For the most part, I tell them to get what they like best, but I often steer prospective city cyclists in the direction of a singlespeed road bike. I thought it might be good to list a few of them here, along with their price and a link to their respective website.

Keep in mind, the best way to choose a bike is by test riding them yourself. This post is just meant to be informative, not a recommendation or a review—there are plenty of other bikes out there.

raleigh rush hourWindsor The Hour – $300
SE Draft – $310
Schwinn Cutter – $330
Republic Aristotle – $344
Torker U-District – $349
Nashbar The Bike Fixie 1 – $399
Oso Bike – $419
Sun Uno – $420
Redline 925 – $500
Felt Brougham – $529
IRO Mark V – $569
Raleigh Rush Hour – $600
Trek Soho S – $600
Jamis Beatnik – $600
Giant Bowery – $650
Redline 925Kona Paddywagon – $679
KHS Urban Uno- $699
Charge Plug – $710
Surly Steamroller – $720
Swobo Sanchez – $739
GT Gutterball – $770
Fisher Triton – $770
Masi Speciale Commuter – $795
Motobecane Messenger – $795
Volume Creedence – $800
Bianchi Pista Flatbar – $819
Specialized Langster – $830
Salsa Casseroll Single – $845
Cannondale Capo – $859
Cinelli Mystic Rats – $940
Masi CommuterTraitor Luggernaut – $988
Condor Potenza – $996
Van Dessel Country Road Bob – $999
Marin Ignacio – $1110
RT Bikes Icarus – $1149
A.N.T. Light Roadster – $3,235

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66 Comments

  1. J. E. SchwartzJune 12, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Might want to check out the following:

    http://www.missionbicycle.com/

    and

    http://www.somafab.com/index.html

    and

    http://www.torelli.com/tipouno.html

  2. jpackJune 13, 2009 at 7:54 am

    In addition to the Trek District belt drive someone mentioned, Spot Brand bikes makes the ‘Black,’ a belt drive single.
    http://www.spotbikes.com/bikes/black

    The Canadian who got the ‘Madison’ could have also gotten the Schwinn ‘Sprint,’ a Reynolds 853 steel single sadly not generally available in the US. Better steel than almost anything else.
    http://www.schwinnbike.com/can/eng/Products/Road/Road-Specialty/Details/1304-S9SPT-Sprint

    I am crazy about my Jamis Beatnik. My geared bikes are just sitting.

  3. IvoJune 18, 2009 at 7:08 am

    Nice list. You should add Fixie Inc. [cycles-for-heroes.com].

  4. Shane StockJune 21, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Whitewashasian:
    The Trek Sojo S has a top bar that slants down slightly and they make some smaller frame sizes. My wife is 5′ 2″ and that’s what she rides and it fits her fine.
    Andrew:
    The Windsor, The hour, the first bike on the list, is sold by Bikes Direct.
    Brad:
    Maybe next month I can do a little advertising with you all. I think I have actually got a few sales off of this list, so thank you. You are doing a great job and keep up the good work. Pretty soon you might have to have to quit your day job.
    Shane

  5. svJuly 4, 2009 at 2:07 am

    there are options for people under 5’2″ – bianchi makes the san jose in a 44cm with 650′s, and the san jose can be bought either fixed or singlespeed with flip flop hubs

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  7. JeremyRJuly 25, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    I just bought a Vilano SS from roadbikeoutlet.com for $269 with free shipping. They also have a Gavin Fisso for $359 with free shipping. Both look great in the pics. Cheapest I could find online. I’ll post a follow-up when I receive it.

  8. BBJuly 27, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    steelwoolbicycles.ca

    I ride a limited and love love love it. Available at a select few bike shops in Canada and I bet they would ship to the US if you asked.

  9. Suggestions for Singlespeed - TwoSpoke - Cycling & Bike Forums For Road Bicycles, Mountain Bikes and General BicyclingAugust 9, 2009 at 10:35 am

    [...] Went and rode several but didn’t really notice much of a difference between various models. Here’s a fairly good list of what’s available for 2009 with the prices. I would go with something steel. [...]

  10. kevinAugust 29, 2009 at 3:38 am

    Build your own, so easy, thats what i did and it looks amazing :)

  11. TomNovember 16, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    This is quite a selection, covering quite a price range. Perhaps people could comment on which represent good value for money versus those which are perhaps overpriced?

    My budget is not unlimited but I’m unsure whether to spend $300 or $800!

    My preference is a simple bike but with high quality components.

  12. Jen420March 6, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    I ordered a felt brougham.

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  15. stanczykJune 27, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    from design point of viev:
    ..Plug, felt Brogham , Langster series :http://www.specialized.com/de/de/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=38450&menuItemId=0
    and Marin is not bad :)
    Viva Creme is handsome too..

  16. Sterling FedericoAugust 19, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Great post, Thank You for sharing !

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