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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Pure Fix Original Series. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
13 reasons to buy
- One of the virtues of the Pure Fix Original is its gear ratio, which numerous riders described as well-optimised for climbing, descending and flats.
- The simplicity and apparent low-maintenance of this bike attracts owners.
- For some reviewers, this bike ran smoothly and quietly.
- Owners said that it suited short commutes, short trips and ‘pub-runs’.
- The Original’s minimal, logo-free appearance got complimented as being ‘sick’ and ‘badass’.
- Numerous tinkerers found this bike easy to assemble.
- It was often described as being a good-value, affordable bike.
- The presence of eyelets for a rack mounts was a drawcard of this frame.
- The Original struck some owners as solid and sturdy.
- Those buyers that received ‘Thickslick’ brand tires rated them highly.
- Some reviewers appreciated the coaster-brake option.
- The wide range of colors and color-schemes were appealing.
- The inclusion of a bottle of touch-up paint, proved useful for many owners.
15 reasons not to buy
- A number of owners complained of paint flaking easily.
- There were numerous reports of buyers receiving cheaper Kenda tires, rather than the depicted Thickslicks.
- The bike was often not as described or chosen, with owners receiving different colors, parts, frames - and in one instance a completely different model of bike.
- Many reviewers experienced repeated punctures before having to replace the rim tape.
- Some owners found the fork dropouts to be misformed or of two different sizes.
- Damage during packing or transport was regular.
- Braking problems were experienced with the rear rim, which is painted. This resulted in squeaking and powdered paint being released onto clothes. The Original comes equipped with only a front brake.
- For some riders, the pedal stripped out of the crank necessitating replacement.
- Missing parts were not uncommon, including a seatpost, saddle and for one owner – everything except tireless wheels.
- The freewheel failed for a number of owners
- The Hi-Ten frame was occasionally accused of being heavy.
- Tires needed replacing quickly, for many owners.
- Truing of wheels was infrequent and irregular.
- Some reviewers and experts classed the Original as overpriced, compared to the competition
- Long-term riders (1.5 - 2 years) reported a front hub failing after 6 weeks, a freewheel hub exploding after 4, a seatpost and crank snapping after 2 years – and the shearing of a bottom-bracket causing a crash.
Expert Reviews0/100 based on 0 rated expert reviews
How to Spot Bad Beginner Fixed Gear Bikes
Pure Fix sells these really low quality, bottom-of-the-barrel, entry-level bikes with all those color options and lack of important spec. and geometry details… The problem that I have is not with the bikes themselves … it’s that these companies are selling these bikes for way more than they’re actually worth.