Tarck bike, Trick/Track, 700cmx, fixed freestyle, so many names. The research and development that has gone into fixed gear bikes over the past few years is building solid bikes that can be ridden hard and put away wet. More and more, these urban (and dare I say, dirt worthy) fixed gear bikes are getting a bit heavier, but more solid with every generation off the line. Volume offers a “Lifetime Warranty” on their Cutter frames, as well as their Fu Manchu forks. They’ve become so popular that unless you pre-ordered, you probably don’t have one.
One thing you won’t have a snowball’s chance in hell in finding is a lifetime warranty on wheels.
So what can you do about that? Traitor Bicycles is changing it up a bit as an answer to that question. Coming up soon is their 650b-MX bike.
This could change everything.
Taken from the Traitor site:
“Designed around a 650b fixed wheel, yes you read that correctly, this is the bike you can hammer around town on, jump over stuff, at stuff and do just about anything else on. We chose the 650b wheel because of the added strength offered by using a smaller diameter wheel which also has less toe overlap during barspins without the crazy long top tube. The frame also features oversized tubing, an integrated headset and a disc brake tab on the front fork, for those who want to run a front brake and still throw their bars. More pics and info to come on the one for sure.”
This is intriguing. When I’d heard that Traitor was working on a bike like this, I wasn’t sure what to think. My first reaction was something that was less than stellar. My pre-established opinion on 650 front wheels carried on to this bike, which sight unseen, I assumed would be something that would miss the point.
My main bike is anything but a track bike. It’s a street machine. Not a street machine like this:
But a Street Machine nonetheless.
My daily rider is coming up on 6 years old, an NYCBikes aluminum frame and carbon fork. I got it complete for $450, delivered to Alaska. It’s been ridden hard by my 210 pound body. I’ve gone through wheels, cranks, pedals, everything but the frame and fork. I like it, and it’s been beat to hell. I’m way more gentle on it now than when I got it. I don’t have a bunch of dough to drop on a new bike, and more importantly I am well aware that Aluminum and Carbon are not known for failing lightly. When they fail, they fail catastrophically. But this isn’t about my bike.
I’m really curious about Traitor’s addition to the field. I’d like to see one that fit me. It seems that the 650b wheels might look a little small on a bigger bike? Touring cyclists haven’t agreed what is better for their uses- 700c, 26″, or 650b, and now maybe the fixed gear community will have one more thing to figure out. I’d be stoked to check this out- see how it rides, throw myself off some shit, and see if I make the switch. The theory of the 650bmx is one I can get behind. The feel is something that will have to be decided.
This looks to be a bike built for the streets. The fork set up for disc brake routing seems solid, if you are into that kind of thing. Bar spin the hell out of it, and still stop on a dime.
Some pics can be found below. And go check out what Traitor is now offering, including a Single Speed Cyclocross bike that looks really good, as well as some antique brown anodizing, and a new drop bar.
Go to Traitor’s site HERE