Review: Fyxation Quiver 1×10 Urban Road Bike

Fyxation Quiver 1x10 urban commuter road bike

Fyxation introduced the Quiver frame earlier this year, offering it in single speed, 1×10 and 2×10 complete builds. Or as a frameset, letting you decorate the 4130 chromoly frame anyway you like.

We brought in the 1×10 for review, which was built up with SRAM Apex, A-Class wheelset and smattering of Fyxation parts and pieces to make it roll. Most of its miles were under Ben, who commutes to work daily, along with a couple errands and joy rides by the rest of us.

Looking for a cheap, durable commuter that can take a few hits and still join in on the B or C weekend group ride? Roll past the break and see why the Quiver could be that +1 your own collection needs…

Fyxation Quiver 1x10 urban commuter road bike

The Quiver’s fairly unassuming looks help it blend into city environs quite well, not attracting attention to itself, but not being that embarrassing spray painted beater, either.

Fyxation Quiver 1x10 urban commuter road bike

Spec is solid for a $1,199 price point, including a shallow drop FSA alloy bar, house brand stem and Ritchey headset.

Fyxation Quiver 1x10 urban commuter road bike

Fyxation Quiver 1x10 urban commuter road bike

The Tektro calipers worked fine for the job, but some grabbier pads would be a good first upgrade.

There’s room in the frame for a 47c tire, perhaps with different brakes though.

Fyxation Quiver 1x10 urban commuter road bike

Removable cable stops keep the frame smooth and clean if you’re running singlespeed or 1×10 setups.

Fyxation Quiver 1x10 urban commuter road bike

Standard threaded bottom bracket and 1-1/4″ head tube is expected for a steel frame, particularly at this price point. And both have worked just fine for years, no need to change them for a bike like this.

Fyxation Quiver 1x10 urban commuter road bike

The Fyxation Pilot seat post and saddle are solid performers, with enough padding for commuting in standard trousers without discomfort.

Fyxation Quiver 1x10 urban commuter road bike

A wide range cassette makes up for the single chainring on the front to provide a good gear range. Their external sliding hanger is pretty trick, adding to the clean lines if you’re running single speed. It also pairs with their SixFyx custom rear derailleur collabo with Microshift to turn any 120mm spaced frame into a six speed geared bike.

The original chain had some issues, so we replaced it with a KMC, hence the orange Teflon-coated inner plates.

Fyxation Quiver 1x10 urban commuter road bike

All in (sans pedals), the largest size 59 came in at a respectable 24lb 13oz.

RIDE REVIEWS

Fyxation Quiver 1x10 urban commuter road bike

BEN’S REVIEW: I test rode the Fyxation Quiver 1×10 for a month as my commuter, giving my 1980s steel Rossin a break. The first thing I noticed about this bike was the weight and larger 35c Session 700 tires, which proved to make the bike incredibly stable and comfortable. My wife loved pedaling this bike to run errands because of the stability afforded by the sturdy cro-mo frame and the beefy tires. The plush ride made my usual steed feel flimsy and harsh. The 46 tooth front chain ring with an 11-32 10 speed cassette allowed me to wind it up when I needed to get ahead of traffic and also let me take it easy over the hills when trying not to break a sweat on the way to work. The Tektro brakes had more stopping power than the older 105s on my usual commuter. The bike I tested was did not have a chain guide and I dropped the chain several times when hopping over curbs and small obstacles. I think this bike is an excellent commuter and my only additions would be a front rack and maybe some fenders. It seems a bit heavy for the climbing that usually comes along with any gravel grinding rides, but it could be done – with some smaller tires of course.

TYLER’S REVIEW: Colin and I both had far fewer rides on it than Ben, but both of us loved it. Remember that Huffy you had when you were a kid? It’s like that, only much higher quality. It’s one of those bikes you can just hop on and ride. No fiddling, no need for special shoes and pedals, just something to get out and go. Which makes it perfect for short trips, riding with the family, commuting or anything else short of full on training rides. Fyxation’s tires are big and burly, so I had no fear of flatting. Or losing traction, regardless of weather. Fortunately, I didn’t have the chain drop issues Ben did. I could ride down stairs on it. Or across multiple train tracks. All without slowing down at all. And that’s what makes it so fun…just like a bicycle should be.

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Comments

Coupe - 12/26/13 - 12:39pm

Nice whip. Who makes those pedals? Looks like you stole them from an old Airdyne.

Pancakes - 12/26/13 - 12:44pm

Is it a 120mm spaced cassette hub with a shorter freehub? Proprietary cassette too?

Steven - 12/26/13 - 12:45pm

Coupe – I believe the pedals are made by Ergon

Slonie - 12/26/13 - 12:45pm

Looks like those might be the Ergon flat pedals, Coupe.

topcheese - 12/26/13 - 1:46pm

$1,200 and I get a $25 headset and a 1” steer tube?! Yeah, No thanks.

turtlehead - 12/26/13 - 2:09pm

That looks like 1 1/8 to me. Think the author means straight fork and not tapered? Here: http://www.fyxation.com/collections/quiver-bicycle/products/quiver-single-speed

Ck - 12/26/13 - 2:10pm

I agree with topcheese. I put down way too much power sprinting through red lights during my commute to be able to live with a flimsy 1 inch steerer. And the free watts you get from a CK headset means a Richey headset should be left for pathetic commoners.

Der_kruscher1 - 12/26/13 - 3:36pm

Ck – I think that you missed the point of Topcheese’s comment: Cheap Ritchey headsets suck and there aren’t many good replacement options for 1″ steerers (there are a few but good luck finding them in stock at most shops). Why did they choose such an outdated size? Doesn’t make any sense IMO.

James S - 12/26/13 - 4:11pm

Their is way too much left out of this review… What’s the rear spacing? Is it available as a frameset? What type of derailleur and shifter? Does it use anything at all to prevent the chain dropping (clutch derailleur, stepped tooth chainring, guides)? And finally, is it really 1″ or is it 1 1/8″?

C’mon guys, I know it’s the holidays, but this is really weak.

James S - 12/26/13 - 4:13pm

Oops, I meant “there”…

PDXFixed - 12/26/13 - 4:37pm

Considering their track frame doesn’t even use a 1″ headtube, and they don’t make a 1″ stem in 31.8, I imagine this bike has a 1.125″ headtube…

topcheese - 12/26/13 - 5:45pm

“Standard threaded bottom bracket and 1″ head tube is expected for a steel frame, particularly at this price point. And both have worked just fine for years, no need to change them for a bike like this.” — Unless I am reading this wrong, it’s right there in black and white.

PS, I refuse to pay more than a grand for a 4130 proprietary tube set, less than awesome components, and a build that weighs more than any of my current steel bikes (with an extra chain ring).

Tyler Benedict - 12/26/13 - 6:43pm

All – it’s 1-1/8″ headset, sorry for the typo. It’s been fixed. And yes, those are Ergon pedals. Left that out because Fyxation also makes pedals. The Ergon commuter style pedals are good, but fair warning, the “large” size option is really, really big and can make it all too easy to have your foot sitting far enough forward to get toe overlap with the front wheel even on a properly sized/fitted bicycle.

James S – rear spacing is actually 132.5mm spacing, which is a bit more than what’s required for the standard 10-speed cassette in there. Post does state that it’s available in single speed, 1×10, 2×10 and frameset in the opening section. Spec is listed and shown as SRAM Apex, which does not have any clutch mechanism.

Ck – Ben’s an ex pro roadie who holds a national championship title. He can put the power down, regularly making us all feel weak and useless, and he had no complaints in that department. Keep in mind, this one’s built to handle anything you throw at it, not be a lightweight racer.

Fyxation - 12/26/13 - 6:51pm

Hey all- the Quiver runs a 1-1/8″ steer tube, 132.5 spacing– so you can run a road rear wheel or internal gear hubs. It is available as a frameset for $299. The rear derailuer and shifter are SRAM Apex double tap. The frame comes with rack and fender mounts, including mid-fork mounts and the frame and fork are coated inside and out with an auto level undercoating. It has clearance for 35c tires with fenders.

John - 12/26/13 - 6:53pm

I own a Quiver frameset, but built up different. It’s 1×9 (11-25t) Ultergra with a Raceface N/W 32t ring on Sram X7 cranks. It’s got some wheels I built up with stuff laying around with 10×135 rear hub. Salsa cowbells, Tektro 559 stoppers, yada yada. At the moment, it’s doubling for cyclocross duty and doing just fine, although I’m not racing it. Be it I’d like some different pads on the brakes, I’m not complaining at all. Heck, it’s just fun. I’m typically riding it on the local single track trails and I can’t find a single fault with it. It’s steel, it’s well constructed, and it gets the job done. Is it the latest and greatest tapered 12mm thru frame split axle design? No. But the last time I messed with anything on the bike was when I built it 4 months ago.

zemil - 12/26/13 - 9:59pm

uhh, ck’s comment was sarcastic…topcheesy comments should be, too.

Dave B - 12/27/13 - 8:25am

This seems to be a direct competitor for the Surly Pacer when it’s built as a multi-geared bike. The Pacer has the same Cr-Mo frame, 1-1/8″ steerer, 130 mm (ok not, 132.5) dropouts, clearance for large tires, long reach calipers and even the same price point.

gravity - 12/27/13 - 10:57am

Oh god. This bike is a nightmare. Do people really buy this crap?

It’s not even remotely close to a Pacer. A Pacer is a legit road bike, designed by a company with decades of experience designing road bikes, not some trend-hopping fixie brand that is slowly realizing that the market they invested heavily in is dying. A Pacer has vertical dropouts, meaning changing wheels won’t be a nightmare, while this bike inexplicably uses track-style fork ends and stupid derailleur hanger tab that means you will have to reinstall your rear derailleur every time you fix a flat tire.

This is the bike that no one needs, and that about a dozen companies already makes better.

hellbelly - 12/27/13 - 11:48am

Gravity -Surly has not been making bikes for decades as they only got off the ground around ’98/99. They make great bikes without a doubt, but I think the focus of the Quiver and Pacer are quite different. The Quiver is a do most things (commuter, fixie, single speed, road, cyclocross) well kind of rig whereas the Pacer is more narrowly focused as an actual road bike. The Quiver with it’s multiple personalities has some compromises, but it seems like a simple inexpensive fun rig. That said, you could create a similar bike with a used CX frame and some smart component selections.

jaime - 12/27/13 - 3:31pm

um. a 1X, or not, for short trips and general urban commuting up and down obstacles for $1200?? naw man, i’m shopping craigslist for that bike.

mudrock - 12/28/13 - 5:58am

Tyler – sugar-coating the faults of these bikes does a disservice to your readers. You don’t even mention the hassle of rear wheel removal, and omit what the issue was with that chain.

ve - 12/28/13 - 12:10pm

Surly is the quintessential trend hopper.

They find some sort of bike that is gaining popularity on a small scale from small makers, then ramp up production in off shore facilities and use QBPs distribution network to try to take a big chunk of market share.

AC - 12/30/13 - 4:36pm

The Fyxation Quiver is a versatile frameset. We sell them in my shop. It is cool that it can be everything from a strait-up fixed gear to a fully geared road bike. In fact, it is easy to fit with real fenders and even a rear rack. We haven’t had any complaints about the detachable derailleur hanger. It is pretty intuitive and people dig that it comes off when not needed as do the cable stops etc for a clean look. I am going to build up a Quiver as a gravel grinder with all that clearance for fatter tires.

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