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mhj999mhj999 Posts: 122
edited March 2013 in Commuting general
I am looking for a cheap new single speed for Commuting and was hoping to get some ideas from the forum.
Only looking to spend £300 if poss.....I know that narrows it down a lot!

Thanks!
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  • i have a vitus vee-1 2013 that i commute on and it is a great bike, i looked around on here and at reviews before i purchased mine. And i am pleased to say it lived up to every expectation, depending on your area you may want to change the freewheel to suffice if its hilly or flat. The standard one is fine but its all based on personal fitness/preference. Its nice and light Weighing in at just under 11kg (for the 19"frame)
    It is available through Chain Reaction Cycles and comes in a few different styles 26" or 29" wheel plus there are ones with disc brakes named as Dee-1

    Vitus Vee-1
    http://www.vitusbikes.com/city-bikes-20 ... escription

    Heres a link to a review of the 2012 model (dont think theres much difference?)
    http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/ ... e-11-44908

    Or The 2013 29"
    http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/ ... 9-13-46662

    Just my suggestion and i belive they have also decreased the price since i bought mine too so both these fit nicely under your £300 budget.
  • iPeteiPete Posts: 6,076
    second hand specialized langster?
  • Big_PaulBig_Paul Posts: 277
    Another vote for the Vee-1, I have one and it's unkillable, don't bother with the Dee-1 with discs, the V-brakes are fine as they are.

    I'm in the middle of building up an old Raleigh Record Sprint into a singlespeed, total outlay will be just over £100.
    Disc Trucker
    Kona Ute
    Rockrider 8.1
    Evil Resident
    Day 01 Disc
    Viking Derwent Tandem
    Planet X London Road
  • raymondo60raymondo60 Posts: 735
    I think the Vitus Vee-1 is fast attaining 'cult' status. I know of about a dozen people around these and other forums that own them now - I have the 29-er version - and everyone says just what a great bike they are. I may be demented but whenever I get out for a ride on mine, I always end up with a huge smile on my face. Just a great fun bike that's actually built brilliantly too - a real bargain.
    Raymondo

    "Let's just all be really careful out there folks!"
  • Big_PaulBig_Paul Posts: 277
    raymondo60 wrote:
    I think the Vitus Vee-1 is fast attaining 'cult' status. I know of about a dozen people around these and other forums that own them now - I have the 29-er version - and everyone says just what a great bike they are. I may be demented but whenever I get out for a ride on mine, I always end up with a huge smile on my face. Just a great fun bike that's actually built brilliantly too - a real bargain.

    They're simply a BMX for grown ups!
    Disc Trucker
    Kona Ute
    Rockrider 8.1
    Evil Resident
    Day 01 Disc
    Viking Derwent Tandem
    Planet X London Road
  • raymondo60raymondo60 Posts: 735
    Big_Paul wrote:
    raymondo60 wrote:
    I think the Vitus Vee-1 is fast attaining 'cult' status. I know of about a dozen people around these and other forums that own them now - I have the 29-er version - and everyone says just what a great bike they are. I may be demented but whenever I get out for a ride on mine, I always end up with a huge smile on my face. Just a great fun bike that's actually built brilliantly too - a real bargain.

    They're simply a BMX for grown ups!


    Ha ha - you're probably right. And that may well be the attraction!
    Raymondo

    "Let's just all be really careful out there folks!"
  • CanalRiderCanalRider Posts: 194
    I think I may have to short list this bike for my Cycle2Work upgrade.
    --
    Saw a sign on a restaurant that said Breakfast, any time -- so I ordered French Toast in the Renaissance.
  • iPeteiPete Posts: 6,076
    Do any LBS stock these and are they suitable for girls? Always being asked what bike to get and I'm a massive SS advocate but most cheap bikes with gears or sit up and beg machines <£300 are made of cast iron and cheese.
  • raymondo60raymondo60 Posts: 735
    iPete, to my knowledge they are only available online at Chain Reaction cycles....
    Raymondo

    "Let's just all be really careful out there folks!"
  • Check out http://quellabicycle.com/ out of stock tho until May/June - light and bike radar will have a review soon.

    Also lots of people rave about mango bikes.
  • jeepiejeepie Posts: 495
    Halford have just starting doing the singolo > http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stor ... 61353#tab4

    Would love to know how much it weights. What do you think of this? I think it looks nice.
  • roger_merrimanroger_merriman Posts: 6,155
    jeepie wrote:
    Halford have just starting doing the singolo > http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stor ... 61353#tab4

    Would love to know how much it weights. What do you think of this? I think it looks nice.

    26lb so they (halfords) say does look a bit cheap around the edges but other wise looks fine.
  • Big_PaulBig_Paul Posts: 277
    jeepie wrote:
    Halford have just starting doing the singolo > http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stor ... 61353#tab4

    Would love to know how much it weights. What do you think of this? I think it looks nice.

    26lb so they (halfords) say does look a bit cheap around the edges but other wise looks fine.

    I had a "Real" bike from Halfords and the build quality was absolutely shocking.
    Disc Trucker
    Kona Ute
    Rockrider 8.1
    Evil Resident
    Day 01 Disc
    Viking Derwent Tandem
    Planet X London Road
  • roger_merrimanroger_merriman Posts: 6,155
    Big_Paul wrote:
    jeepie wrote:
    Halford have just starting doing the singolo > http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stor ... 61353#tab4

    Would love to know how much it weights. What do you think of this? I think it looks nice.

    26lb so they (halfords) say does look a bit cheap around the edges but other wise looks fine.

    I had a "Real" bike from Halfords and the build quality was absolutely shocking.

    like a lot of chains you do get postcode lottery, some know their stuff, others less so...
  • Big_PaulBig_Paul Posts: 277
    Big_Paul wrote:
    jeepie wrote:
    Halford have just starting doing the singolo > http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stor ... 61353#tab4

    Would love to know how much it weights. What do you think of this? I think it looks nice.

    26lb so they (halfords) say does look a bit cheap around the edges but other wise looks fine.

    I had a "Real" bike from Halfords and the build quality was absolutely shocking.

    like a lot of chains you do get postcode lottery, some know their stuff, others less so...


    Although it was poorly set up by the shop, I had the distinct impression it was cobbled together from the parts bin, the frame was more like an MTB frame than one for a "classic" and it just seemed very cheap and built to a very low budget.
    Disc Trucker
    Kona Ute
    Rockrider 8.1
    Evil Resident
    Day 01 Disc
    Viking Derwent Tandem
    Planet X London Road
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