posted by Tyler Benedict - August 29, 2008 - 12pm EDT
Fixie, Inc., showed off their new 09 whips at Eurobike, and we’ve got some pics from them to show you. Ã‚Â We posted about belt-drive bikes recently, and Fixie Inc’s got a sweet new one called the Five Star (with a ‘cross and city one planned for later in ’09). Ã‚Â Their new stuff includes:
KickFlip Hub – Adjustable chainline for both sides, fixed or freewheel
Five Star – Belt Drive Stainless Steel frame with Ti, wood and leather bits
Read more for lots of sweet, single-speed-licious photos and specs on the bikes…
First, the Five Star. Ã‚Â The ultra-clean looking frame is Columbus XCR Stainless Steel with a Gates Carbon Belt Drive, but the bits are modern “old school” with wood rims and and a wood handlebar (more pics of that here), leather seat. Ã‚Â The dropouts have an integrated chain tensioner…but wait, that’s not a chain, how do you get that into the rear triangle? Ã‚Â Why, an S&S coupler of course! Ã‚Â Located on the drive-side seatstay, the coupler allows you to pass the belt through the frame and onto the drivetrain.
The blend of old and new with the tactile pleasures from wood and leather make riding this bike an experience.
The Five Star uses Fixie’s new Kick Flip hub, allowing you to ride it as a fixed gear or freewheelin’ singlespeed. Ã‚Â The 305g flip-flop hub features a 10-spline profile that allows for mounting of belt drive or sprockets (for a chain) and has adapters to use it with Centerlock or IS disc brakes. Ã‚Â Combine that with it’s ability to be used on or off road and an adjustable chainline on both sides, it’s pretty much the most flexible hub we’ve seen, accommodating any mood you might be in. Ã‚Â Pricing is not set yet.
Regarding the brakes, there’s a hole in the seatstay bridge and fork for traditional road bike brakes, but to run disk brakes would take adapters or a friend that knows how to weld (and, probably, your willingness to void any warranty).Ã‚Â
For the racer types, there’s the Chip Race geared frame made of ultralight Reynolds 953 tubing. Ã‚Â Since Recep at Fixie has put it so eloquently…I’m just going to share with you their blurb on this frame:
Frame price for the Chip Race is Ã¢â€šÂ¬2120 (about $3,100 USD). Ã‚Â The custom build up shown supposedly weighs under 6kg (13.2 lbs). Fixie Inc doesn’t currently have a US distributor or importer, but they will ship direct.
Just for fun, here’s one of their test bikes dubbed “Rusty”. Ã‚Â This is the frame they use to test new concepts like the Belt Drive and Kick Flip hub. Ã‚Â Once the frame rusts over (which, by the way, isn’t likely to happen to their production frames), it’s pretty well protected from further rust or corrosion. Ã‚Â I asked them how long it would last like that. Ã‚Â Their response: “We’re testing.”
Note the rear hub sporting both the belt drive and a cog.