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Singlespeeds don't have all that gear junk, multiple chainwheels, derailers, shifters, cassettes and so forth, why should they be expensive? The Redline 9•2•5 isn't! Sure, the 100% double-butted cromoly frame isn't as light as unobtanium, but the whole bike costs less than many high-end singlespeed frames.
This is a great practical bike for the "serious cyclist"...there's no kind of cycling more "serious" than going to work in the morning!
Singlespeeds and fixed-gear bikes are hot at the moment, but unfortunately most of them are not well designed for the urban jungle or for practical use. Most of the bikes in this catagory are more like pseudo-track bikes, with geometry that makes sense on the velodrome but not in the real world.
The Redline 925 comes with 30 mm tires...narrow enough to be fast, wide enough to cope with potholes and other road hazards. Not only does the frame have clearance for these tires and fenders, it comes with the fenders too!
It also has braze ons for a rear luggag rack and a water bottle cage.
Comes with excellent Tektro dual pivot brakes, so you can ride as fast as your legs can take you.
The sealed bearing flip/flop rear hub gives you a choice of fixed gear (you gotta try it, it's way more fun!) or a slightly lower singlespeed freewheel gear for hillier terrain, or for when you're tired and far from home.
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