Top 10 Best Fixie Bikes 2018

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Model
Features
Muddyfox Men’s Fixie Race Bike



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  • Designed for speed and easy to maintain, this bike is fitted with 700C road wheels, slick road tyres and alloy calliper brakes.
  • The Flip-Flop rear hub means that this bike can easily be converted from a fixed sprocket to a freewheel when needed.
  • Steel Track Bike Frame, Steel Rigid Front Forks.
Kingston Men’s Hoxton Road Bike

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  • Sturdy and long lasting, the Kingston Hoxton drop bar fixed gear bike is surprisingly easy to handle, nimble through traffic and quick to stop.
  • With an embossed comfort road saddle and sleek decals, turn heads wherever you go.
  • Gears: Single speed, with flip flop hub for fixed gear or freewheel cycling.
Mowheel Bike Fix 5

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  • Rear wheel mowheel 70 mm Sealed 5 Arm Aluminium with bushing front wheel with aluminium hub sealing type flip/flop.
  • Power Aluminium A-Head Road lined with bar tape black or colour.
  • SILLIN mowheel yanse aluminum SILLIN seatpost.
Micargi Fixie Road Bike


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  • Sturdy 24-inch wheels.
  • Has T-6061 handlebars with the aluminium riser.
  • Four proper bolt on the faceplate with 7 degrees and 90mm of the stem. It also has 25.4mm clamp.
Mowheel Fix 2


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  • Seatpost and saddle: 25.4 mm Aluminium Handlebar: Double height aluminium. Sleeves or cuffs: mowheel red.
  • Weight: approximately 9.5 kg.
  • Chainset: Prowheel, 46 teeth aluminium Chain: KMC Z410 Brakes: Mowheel double pivot chrome (including the 2 brakes) Pedals: WG platform.

Cycling is one of the most popular pastimes of all, as well as a very popular participation sport. The sheer number of different types of bike you can buy is bewildering; from your everyday commuter bike – a great way of getting exercise and saving money on the way to and from work – to the lightweight racing bike, there’s everything you need for riding on the road. Then there are the off-road bikes, used for mountain biking and trails – more arduous terrain that is fun and challenging – and even BMX bikes for serious tricks and fun.

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However, we’re here to talk about Fixie bikes. If you’re not yet up to speed with terminology, here’s what we mean: a fixie bike is a fixed-gear bike. Now, this means that instead of a bike with a gear hub or a set of cogs, and you will have seen examples of both, the fixie bike has just one speed, and strictly there is no freewheel. What do we mean by this? When you pedal your bike along and then stop pedalling, the wheels keep turning but the pedals don’t. That’s the freewheel action coming into play.

We’re going to take a look at the top 10 fixie bikes you can buy right now, and there are plenty to choose from, but before we do, let’s talk a little more about the fixie bike, what it does, and why you may need one.

The Top 10

1: Muddyfox Men’s Fixie Race Bike


Muddyfox is a brand that has a large range of bikes, including fixies and off-road designs, and a reputation for decent products at sensible prices. This one is no exception, and as the cost of a fixie bike – or any bike for that matter – can vary greatly, it’s certainly one for you if you’re on a limited budget. We advise you work out what you have to spend before you start drawing up your list as, unlike some smaller items, the fixie bike can be quite an expensive one.

This model is a man’s bike, comes with a steel frame as used for track bikes, plus rigid front forks also forged in steel for added strength. It’s finished in either black or grey, with coloured highlights in orange of pink, and is fitted with the usual flip-flop hub so you can switch between fixed gear and freewheel. Alloy handlebars and stem help with weight-saving, there are full brakes front and back, and 54cm and 60cm frame sizes. Weighing 12kg when assembled, this is a decent fixie at a decent price.

Key Features
  • Known brand
  • 54 or 60cm
  • Flip-flop
  • Steel frame
  • Allow handlebars

2: Kingston Men’s Hoxton Road Bike


Classic looks are in at the moment, and this drop-handlebar racing-look fixie bike is as stylish as it gets. Finished in a lovely deep red with vintage-look brown handle bar grips and a road saddle, it looks the part and delivers the goods, too. This is a steel-frame bike that exudes quality, has straight forks as is the norm with this type of bike, and comes with an alloy head and stem for the usual weight-saving attributes and ease of use.

The fixed gear is permanent but there is a flip-flop hub so you can engage freewheel, it is beautifully finished with double-walled, 36-hole rims for added class and longevity, and it has alloy calliper brakes front and rear with 2-finger alloy levers for operation. Choose from either 50cm or 56cm frame size, and you have a bike that would be great for road use, commuting or just leisure purposes. Bear in mind what we said about the cost, as although we don’t think this one expensive, it is twice the price of the one above.

Key Features
  • Drop Handlebars
  • Vintage Looks
  • Steel Frame
  • 50 or 56cm
  • Brakes All Round

3: Mowheel Bike Fix 5


Bicycle design has remained pretty static for some time now, with just a few developments that often – even today – look out of place. Take this model, with its very unusual, in general terms, aluminium wheels back and front, designed for light weight and strength, and a choice of frames – each finished in black – in either steel or ‘Fabric K’, which we believe is a plastic polymer that is very strong and light.

This model is the usual fixed gear design with the flip-flop hub so you can engage the freewheel, and it is a nicely made bike that is a quality product in every way. Aluminium is used for the handlebars and the seat post, the pedals are a special lightweight design, and it is a superb looking bike in every way – indeed, one that is going to get you noticed. If you have an eye on your budget you might want to have a close look at this one before you decide, as you won’t get much change from £300.

Key Features
  • Clever design
  • Aluminium wheels
  • Flip-flop hub
  • Black finish

4: Micargi Fixie Road Bike


This very neat and yet simple design is a typical fixie road bike. It comes with a straight handlebar set up, is finished in a nice black, and has everything you need for commuting or for leisure use. The brand is known for its road bikes in Europe – indeed this is a European market bike so you might find the brake levers are the wrong way around – and makes quality, stylish bikes that sell for very competitive prices – look at the price of this one, and you’ll find it makes a slot on your shortlist.

A steel frame with straight forks, aluminium bars and risers, and alloy brake callipers and levers are all quality fitments, while the flip-flop hub is the required equipment for this type of bike on the road. All the fixtures and fittings are of the requisite quality, and it comes in frame size 45cm. This is not the biggest bike on the list so may not be suitable for the taller riders, but it is a very nice fixie bike that looks good and performs well at a great price.

Key Features
  • Straight bars
  • Steel frame
  • Alloy brakes
  • 45cm frame size

5: Mowheel Fix 2


The Mowheel brand – we already included one of theirs above – is interesting in that it tends to take a modern approach to the design of their products. This bike, the Fix 2, is typical in that it features ‘classic’ red wheels, which really do look the part, among other trend-setting and very modern features. Nevertheless, it is still a simple fixie bike – the fixed gear/freewheeling flip-flop hub is here – and it offers some nice features along the way.

With a steel frame, saddle mount and straight steel forks, plus aluminium bars and mounts, and alloy brake callipers front and rear you get all the usual details, and is fitted with high quality fitments such as the lightweight pedals, all of which allow this very neat and stylish bike to weigh in at just 9.5kg when ready to ride. This one is a 53-inch frame size – there are others in the range – which should be good for a wide range of people and, given the quality, it’s not bad value at all.

Key Features
  • Mowheel red wheels
  • 53 Inch
  • 9.5kg
  • Flip-flop hub

6: Vilano Rampage Road Bike


When you buy a bike, whatever type it may be, it is not something you do on a whim. You want a fixie bike that is of a decent quality, that will last a long time, and that is value for money. This model, from Vilano, is one that we reckon will be high on your shopping list. Why? Because, quite simply, it’s simple, it’s effective, it’s very stylish and it comes with all the attributes you expect from one of these, at a decent price too.

The one reviews is a black model – you can get this design in a variety of colours if black is not your thing – with a 50cm frame, and it has the usual straight forks, steel frame, and alloy brakes at front and back. The chain set is of a good quality, there is the required flip-flop hub for freewheeling, and it is a straight handlebar model, which is the required and most comfortable design for some riders. This one is an all-rounder that we believe is good value for money, so if it’s within your budget it’s worth a look.

Key Features
  • Steel frame
  • 50cm
  • Multiple colours
  • Alloy brakes

7: Royal London Fixie Road Bike


The maker of this model, Royal London, makes no secret of the fact this model is intended as an urban bike, perhaps for shopping or the commute to and from work. It is finished in a rather unusual – but neat – yellow and blue design so stands out, and is a very good price indeed. This is not the most sophisticated of the models here, but that’s because it aims to be as simple as possible, and the maker even states they have only attached brakes to make it legal!

It comes with a steel frame, a 56inch design so that should accommodate most, and is fitted with steel bars and a height-adjustable seat. You get the flip-flop hub so it can freewheel if required, and it has – rather oddly for one of these – very cheap plastic pedals. If you can get away with that, and want a cheap fixie that is not trying to be anything special and is not especially light or advanced, then this is one that can be yours for a very attractive price.

Key Features
  • Steel frame
  • 56cm frame
  • Plastic pedals
  • Flip-flop

8: Micargi Fixie Road Bike Green


This is the same model from Micargi that we reviewed earlier, but in a rather nice green finish. It comes with a straight handlebar set up, and has everything you need for commuting or for leisure use. The brand is known for its road bikes in Europe – indeed this is a European market bike so you might find the brake levers are the wrong way around – and makes quality, stylish bikes that sell for very competitive prices – look at the price of this one, and you’ll find it makes a slot on your shortlist.

A steel frame with straight forks, aluminium bars and risers, and alloy brake callipers and levers are all quality fitments, while the flip-flop hub is the required equipment for this type of bike on the road. All the fixtures and fittings are of the requisite quality, and it comes in frame size 45cm. This is not the biggest bike on the list so may not be suitable for the taller riders, but it is a very nice fixie bike that looks good and performs well at a great price.

Key Features
  • Straight bars
  • Steel frame
  • Alloy brakes
  • 45cm frame size

9: Feral Men’s Dash Fixie


This is another nice design that has one difference to the rest: instead of straight or drop handlebars – the two more popular types – you get the increasingly common and very comfortable ‘bull bars’ which allow for a variety of riding positions, and can help when you want to pick up some speed. It comes in a nice shade of pale blue, looks the part with a very clean design and stylish wheels, and is a neat machine all-round that would be great for commuting or more sporting road use.

The frame is steel, as is the case with most of those reviewed here, and the straight forks and front and rear alloy brakes are the standard fitments for one of these machines. It offers the flip-flop hub for freewheeling if needed, and is light at just 11.8kg. There are three frame seizes to choose from – 52cm, 55cm and 59cm – so all heights should be catered for, and it comes with all accessories needed to ride straight onto the road, bar a set of lights. In terms of price this is in the middle of our list, but it’s a quality bike and not expensive for what you are buying.

Key Features
  • Choice of frame sizes
  • 11.8kg
  • Clean design
  • Bull handlebars

10: Micargi Prestigio


The two Micargi models we have included so far are from the budget end of their range, and make for very good road bikes, while this model – the Prestigio – is a top of the range fixie with all the mod cons you would expect from this premier European brand. The frame of this model is a lightweight alloy construction – for rigidity the straight forks remain steel – while the alloy seat and seat post and aluminium straight handlebar set also help save weight.

As with all Micargi bikes, this is a European market model so the brakes will be the other way around, but that is easily rectified. The fixtures and fittings, plus the mechanical side and chain set, are all top quality, the hub is a flip-flop design, and the bike is finished in an eye-catching black, white and red design that will certainly get you noticed. As for the price: this is one of the most costly here, but we refrain from calling it expensive as it is a very good fixie bike that weighs just 10.5kgs and does everything you would expect from a quality model.

Key Features
  • Micargi brand
  • Alloy frame
  • 10.5kg
  • Flip-flop

That’s our list of the top 10 fixie bikes available today, so which is for you? Before we give you our verdict, here’s a reminder of some of the important points you need to look for when buying a fixie.

Important Features to Look For

A fixie bike, in fact all of these can be either a fixie or a single-speed bike as there is a subtle difference, is designed to be simple to ride and maintain, so what do you look for when buying one of these? We’ve covered the main features above, so let’s recap some of them for you.

  • Frame – the norm is for a steel frame in a fixie bike, but one of these goes a little further in weight saving with an alloy frame.
  • Size – check that the frame size is right for you; some of these come in one size only, others in a choice of frame sizes.
  • Brakes – it is a legal requirement in the UK for all bikes ridden on the road to have front and rear brakes. All of these adhere to this regulation, but if you buy from other than our selection, you need to check first. Also, the Micargi models may have the brake levers on opposite sides as they are European models, so this should be changed.
  • Wheel Size – there are various different wheel sizes with these bikes, so if you have a personal preference we are sure it will be covered.
  • Quality Fixtures – look for models that have quality gear and chain sets, especially if you are going to be using it regularly
  • Handlebar Style – three styles of handlebar are covered in our list: straight, which is the most popular, plus one each of the drop and bull type of bars. This is a personal choice.
  • Colour – not a performance or quality issue, but you want a bike that is nice to look at, and there are some that are great colours and also very stylish designs.
  • Cost – finally, buying a fixie bike is not a cheap purchase, and the price range of these starts at a little over £100, and rises to a bit under £300, so you have a lot of ground to cover.

That’s our checklist, so is there a fixie bike here for you? We think their should be, so let’s see if we can wrap things up.

How It Works

Strictly, a fixie bike has no freewheel. This means that when you stop pedalling, the pedals keep going. There are clear disadvantages to this, which is why your modern fixie bike will likely come with what is known as a ‘flip-flop’ hub; this will have a fixed gear as usual, but on one side is a mechanism whereby you can actually get it to freewheel. Fixie bikes are used widely for circuit racing, and are also popular with riders thanks to the simplicity aspect.

The fixed gear also means you can pedal backwards, and this can be used to aid stopping. Some fixie bikes have no front – or indeed any – brakes; bear in mind it is illegal to ride such in the UK, so you must at least have brakes fitted. Nevertheless, many riders find the ability to control deceleration by back-pedalling is a major bonus – although it is a skill that has to be mastered – and the fact there are no gears to maintain means you have less work to do to keep your bike in top condition.

So, you think your next mike might be a fixie? Let’s check out the top 10 right now, and see if there is one that suits your needs and budget.

Here's an awesome video from Chris & James from the Global Cycling Network on how to ride a fixie bike. Definitely worth a watch!

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Let’s Wrap It Up!

We’ve covered all the bases in our review of the top 10 fixie bikes, but picking one for you would need us to know what your budget is, and other personal preferences. What we will say is that the last on the list, the Prestigio from Micargi, is a very nice bike with an excellent specification and, if you have the budget for it, will serve every purpose you could want.

If you don’t have that much to spend, look at either of the other MIcargi models as they are very nicely made and decent prices, but remember to change the brakes over or you might get confused. If there’s one on here that we like a lot, and we think is value for money, it’s the Feral Dash, at no. 9 on the list. A quality bike that is well made, has excellent fittings and is light at less than 12kg, it tocks all the boxes at a mid-range price in this company.

So, have another look, make your choice, and enjoy your fixie bike!