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You can't beat an attention-grabbing £199.99 price tag

Halfords are wheeling out the venerable Viking 'racing since 1908' brand name on a sub-£200 fixie called Racemaster.

The look is classic with white contrast panels against a sky-blue painted steel frame. Fixie purists will be offended by brake cable braze-ons to the top top tube but it comes with a pair of sidepulls anyway and at least the stops are tucked underneath if you insist on dispensing with the rear brake.

We're not sure at the moment whether the rear sprocket supplied is fixed or free - the latter we suspect making it strictly a 'singlespeed' - but the hub is double-sided so you could run both or two different ratios.

There are only two size options; 56cm and 59cm and a limited number of 17 Halfords branches stocking, essentially the urban and suburban London stores plus two in Manchester and Brislington in Bristol. Plus Cambridge for pretty obvious reasons. Oxford will be seething they're not getting their own shade of blue or indeed the bike at all.  

Details: halfords.com.

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amazon22 [248 posts] 4 years ago
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Good to see a sensible price on a fixie at last - and what looks like a leather saddle as well ...

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step-hent [722 posts] 4 years ago
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I had a flat bar fixed/ss from halfords, the Carrera Subway 0. Paid £199 for it in the sale, reduced from £299, and it was a great bike - not too heavy, comfortable, stable and surprisingly nippy for under £200. And being relatively cheap, I wasn't too concerned about it getting nicked - which it did, so I replaced it (in the sale again), only to have it nicked again  20

Anyway, apologies for rambling - my point was that Halfords have done a decent job on a cheap fixed/ss before, so I'd expect this to be pretty good. Just don't rely on halfords to set it up properly. On my first one, the headset was so tight when i picked it up that I couldnt turn the bars  40

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cat1commuter [1421 posts] 4 years ago
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I'm guessing that that isn't a Brooks Swallow saddle on it!

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antonio [1124 posts] 4 years ago
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Saddle looks like an Italian 'Mont Gruppo', I've got one, great hand made real leather saddle but if weight's your thing forget it.

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antonio [1124 posts] 4 years ago
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Just checked on Halforde site, saddle is as I said, a 'Mont Gruppo' Italian leather saddle, it's double sprung by the way.

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mad_scot_rider [581 posts] 4 years ago
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What? Not going to try to sell a single-speed for the Scottish hills? Well colour me surprised!

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James Warrener [1082 posts] 4 years ago
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Nice looking bike.

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amazon22 [248 posts] 4 years ago
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antonio wrote:

Saddle looks like an Italian 'Mont Gruppo', I've got one, great hand made real leather saddle but if weight's your thing forget it.

Can't find anything on interweb about these - do you have any info? The one on the Viking doesn't look sprung (in a Brooks sense, anyway).

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antonio [1124 posts] 4 years ago
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amazon22 wrote:
antonio wrote:

Saddle looks like an Italian 'Mont Gruppo', I've got one, great hand made real leather saddle but if weight's your thing forget it.

Can't find anything on interweb about these - do you have any info? The one on the Viking doesn't look sprung (in a Brooks sense, anyway).

Go to 'On One'site, sister site to Planet X. The saddle has a sprung single coil rail and unique mattress type springs under the leather top, the saddle shape is great, a bit like a 'swift'.

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jezzzer [329 posts] 4 years ago
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for a little more, you can have a real Brooks and nice internal cable routing:

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=48560

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antonio [1124 posts] 4 years ago
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jezzzer wrote:

for a little more, you can have a real Brooks and nice internal cable routing:

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=48560

'a little more' depends where you are coming from, the gruppo is a third the price of a 'swift'.

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bfslxo [144 posts] 4 years ago
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dumb ass question but do 56 & 59 cms sizes come up as 22 / 23 inch frames - ie for tall people only?

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nick_rearden [436 posts] 4 years ago
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bfslxo wrote:

dumb ass question but do 56 & 59 cms sizes come up as 22 / 23 inch frames - ie for tall people only?

Not dumb ass at all - yes they really are only coming in those sizes. Bad luck anyone under about 5'10"...