Ebay "Create bikes" fixie deal – rubbish or a find?
I asked the same question a week or so back, and I think its fair to say that the consensus was that they're a complete tub of toss.
If you're in the market for a cheap singlespeed hack, search for the thread as someone posted a link to what looked like quite a good deal on an SE Draft at Winstanleys Bikes (who bizarrely have the Create Fixie on offer for over twice the price of on ebay!)Posted 8 years agojimbobrightonMember
for a ton fifty I'd give it a go.
I think I currently hold the record for cheap, new bike on ebay @ £125 for Sora equipped bike, truatix chainset etc. It's done over 2k so far and still rides great (a bit of wheel trueing).
so don't always say no to cheap bikes on ebay, sometimes it's genuine.
🙂Posted 8 years agojimmy78Member
I have one of these and my rear wheel needed truing. To be honest i think it works perfect!
Majority of people are very happy apart from some needing the wheels trued! I called the company about this and they said this is due to their manufacturer cutting corners. It is only occurring on a few bikes, not all.
I am not sure if any of you have started a company of your own? It is a fact that new companies make mistakes and learn from them. I guess this is the case with Create Bikes. The mistake here is them not employing people from their company to sit in the factory in china or india (wherever they are made) to oversee quality control resulting in the manufacturer screwing them over.
If they nail this aspect they will have an incredibly cheap bike with a high quality build that is perfect and looks awesome. I have a feeling they will nail it this time with their 2010 range because the improvements from version1 to version 2 were huge!
If they do learn from their mistakes and apply feedback received from reviews, maybe this time we will be getting affordable perfection??
1. UnicrapPosted 8 years ago
I’ve had a Create 2010 since late September this year. It cost me £210 with delivery off eBay and another 150,- to get it running properly. I had to change so many of the original components, I nicknamed the bike FRANKIE, after Frankenstein. Here is a list of things I needed to change:
2. Saddle – second hand San Marco
3. Bottom Bracket – got a 2nd hand Shimano
4. Back wheel – replaced by manufacturer, will get Mavics as soon as I get enough cash.
5. Freewheel – replaced by manufacturer, then bought a Shimano 18t
6. Chain ring – got a Sugino 42t off eBay
7. Crank set – got a Shimano Ultegra 2nd hand off eBay
8. Pedals – got old school vintage one, also 2nd hand, ebay again
The original back wheel didn’t last two months. It had to be sent back to the manufacturer and replaced by a new one. The new freewheel that came with it was simply rubbish – it kept getting stuck. To be fair, however, I have to admit Create has amazing customer services. They are fast and really pro-active, but still that doesn’t make up for the fact that they are selling a horrible product.
Again, on the bright side, I learned a lot about bike mechanics. So much I was able to do most of the customisation myself – except for the BB fitting as I don’t have a torque wrench. I am now building my own fixie out of a 1980 Releigh with Reynolds 501 tubing. I’ll still keep the Create – after all the time, effort and money I have to confess I got attached to the thingy. But the Releigh has definitely stolen my heart. You can tell that, even though it is an old bike, all the components are far, far superior to my Frankie’s.
My suggestion if you are considering a Create: go on eBay or Gumtree. Type: Langster or Charge Plug. Cough up 250 quid and be the happy owner of a good quality bike!
Just my two cents!Posted 7 years agoJackass123456789Member
I bought an old ‘un-branded’ vintage frame from ebay and set about creating my own fixie (a few years ago before the big trend). It was a great learning curve and has now got me singlespeed mad with all but my proper road bike being single. My fixie has seen so many different setups and currently its used as my turbo training bike.Posted 7 years ago
Here is some pics to tempt you into a DIY project rather than off the shelf:
Arrived from ebay (think I paid £12 for the frame)
DSCF0069 by Jackass123456789, on Flickr
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