Kyoto Single Speed Fixie Bike Review
Do you love to ride your bike? Are you looking for something elegant, reliable, and sturdy? Do you like the idea of riding a fixed-wheel bike? If you’re interested in getting a “fixie” bicycle, then the Kyoto Single Speed Bike is for you.
Lately, fixies have become more popular among urban bicyclists and trendy people who want to buck the trend of having a multi-speed roadster. If you’re new to the fixed bike game, however, the Kyoto is still a great option. I’ll explain why this is the bike to have in your garage if you’re looking to ride in comfort and style.
Race Inspired Geometry
One of the major benefits of a single-speed bicycle is the efficiency of energy transference. This may sound like a complicated thing, but what it really means is that almost all of the power you put into the pedals goes towards forward motion.
Since a fixed wheel only turns as the pedals do, you don’t lose any energy by coasting. That transfer of power makes many single speed bikes ideal for racing, and the Kyoto is designed for that. Simply put, if you want to go fast, then this is the bike for you.
If you’ve never ridden a fixed bicycle before, the experience can be a bit jarring, to say the least. For most bike riders, the ability to switch between gears means that you can coast. Coasting is probably the most common thing for a biker to do since you can build up your momentum and then just let the bike do all the work.
On a fixie, however, you can’t coast. This may feel awkward at first and take some getting used to. To help you get into it, the Kyoto offers a flip-flop hub, which enables you to switch between a fixed gear or freewheel so that you can coast.
Front and Rear Brakes
Fixed speed bike purists will swear that they don’t need brakes. Since the wheels move with the pedal, to slow down, you simply have to go backward to get your wheels to stop. However, for many new riders or anyone new to fixies, the concept of reverse braking is foreign and potentially dangerous.
For your safety and convenience, the Kyoto comes with two caliper brakes (front and back) that are controlled by the handlebars.
Speaking of handlebars, the ones on the Kyoto are bullhorn style. What that means is that they resemble the horns of a bull, so you can get the best grip possible. Bullhorn handlebars are ideal for most casual riders, so unless you’re a hardcore racing enthusiast, these should help you stay in your lane.
- Durable construction
- Easy to use
- Built for speed
- Able to switch from fixed gear to freewheel
- Durable rims
- Handlebar is suited for better grip
- Dual brakes to help stopping power
- Assembly required
- May be too large for smaller riders
- Braking system is not high tech
- Not ideal for rough terrain or inclines
Q: How heavy is this bike?
A: According to the manufacturer, this bike weighs approximately 25 pounds.
Q: Can you swap between having a freewheel or a fixed gear?
A: Yes, this bike has a flip-flop function so you can switch between both for your convenience.
Q: How tall is this bike?
A: You can get it in three sizes:
52 CM for riders 5’, 2” to 5’, 7”
56 CM for riders 5’, 7” to 5’, 11”
60 CM for riders 5’, 11” to 6’, 3”
When I was a kid, riding my bike was the best thing ever. No longer was I tied to my house; I could go anywhere I wanted. However, once I learned to drive, my biking days were over. That is until I moved to the city and decided that I wanted to ride to work. I looked at many different bikes, but a friend of mine told me about fixed-speed bicycles and how they were superior.
I was a little wobbly to start, but I quickly got the hang of it. That’s when I found the Kyoto. I like the fact that this bike has the handlebar brakes and the flip-flop hub, so I can ride the way I want to and not be held to the standards of the fixie community. Overall, I like how easy it is to ride as well as how light it is. I would highly recommend this bike to anyone looking to get into single-speed bicycles.