This is a good bike if you like minimum maintenance for bikes. Messing around indexing gears is not fun when you have to on a geared bike. I can go up a hill on a single speed. It's actually not as bad as you think, because the bike weighs less and your more focused on riding it up the hill I find. Alternatively you do have second gear which is walk up the steepest of hills which is actually faster than geared bike sometimes.... I miss my single speed bike which broke because I came flying off it when I hit a pot hole and broke my arm. Looks like a great bike and it has an aluminium frame! Heat
If you want to change the cog to one that suits you, meaning buying a few plus the changing tool and removal isnt easy without a vice. Absolutely not for a beginner.
Fixed gearing can be low or high. You could have a nippy bike that moves off quickly but just isn't capable of particularly high speeds without a ridiculously high cadence. I actually think a fixed gear bike could be a good commuting bike as it gives you that stronger feeling of control as long as you have some form of foot retention.
I just got the 8.9 with the gates belt last week, it's like where have you been my whole life! Amazing (lol)
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