It's time to redefine "rush hour." The Raleigh Rush Hour's chromoly track frame and chromoly fork are built for the urban environment and offer a smooth ride that makes it easy to ride everywhere, everyday. The quick-rolling aero wheels with Vittoria tires are perfect for zipping along streets and down bike paths in style. Street, path, or back alley, the flip-flop rear hub lets you choose between riding with a freewheel (coasting) or fixie (no coasting, ever!) drivetrain, while the dual-pivot brakes offer excellent stopping power.
|Tires||Vittoria Zaffiro, 700 x 23c|
|Rear Cogs||16T fixed and 16T freewheel|
|Brake Levers||Tektro inline|
|Saddle||Raleigh Classic Road|
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About a year ago my single speed vintage Nishiki got wrecked, and I thought I would find a frame and transfer over my componants. Almost a year later, I had not found the right frame. I have 4 bikes in the garage, but none of them run. I needed something to get around on ASAP. I used to purchase very high end bikes with custom componants, but after having 3 bikes stolen (2 in SF, 1 in Oakland), I decided I wasn't going to spend too much and capped it at $700. I figured that would be enough money to get a new bike with warranty, an excellent frame & good componants. I'm a savvy shopper, and looked all over, even on-line. After looking at different bikes in Berkeley and SF, I didn't really find what I wanted and thought I was going to have to settle for a cheap, beater Hi-Tensile bike. Granted, the price would be very low, but I felt like I would be settling on the quality. I had walked into Bay Area Bike once before to ask about some work related to the bikes in my garage, but never really considered purchasing a bike there. At that time I was focused on trying to get a used/vintage frame for my build, rather than a brand new bike. Alas, I saw the light. They had this Ralaigh single speed, that was exactly my size in a flip/flop hub (I can ride fixed but prefer free-wheel). I took it for a test spin, and really liked the frame, but wasn't really feeling the drop bars. They look fantastic, and give a strong urban look to the bike, but froma practical standpoint, it wasn't what I wanted. I'm totally neurotic, and went back and forth. Should I settle on an cheapy bike at under $400. should I bite the bullet, get something that I really want that is hand made in the USA, and pay a small fortune, even if I have to worry about bike thieves? Or something in the middle? Oh, that middle.... It can drive you crazy because there are so many options for tubing and componants. I decided on steel vs. aluminum alloy for the frame. Did I want to spend a little more for some Reynolds or Tange tubing in the frame, but maybe not so much on wheels or componants? Maybe I should think of the frame as a comodity and worry more about the componant build??? Anyway, we ultimatly do what feels right, and after those test rides, I knew that I had to have this bike. The all black with the blue detailing is killer. The service at Bay Area Bikes was also a HUGE determining factor. The guys were able to swap out the OEM drop bar for a flat bar I fancied. In fact, they were kind enough to cut down the handle bar to a width I wanted. They also threw in the new grips - all of this at no additional charge. I noticed a very small chip in the top tube, which ws driving me a little crazy. Again, price was not the determining factor, and I probably would have waited for a new build without the chip. They offered to knock a small amount off the price to compensate for the chip. That type of customer good will really means a lot to me, so at that point I had a deal. I cannot stress how important it is to have a good local bike shop. I moved from the other side of Lake Merrit, and am so glad I discovered Bay Area Bikes. Since I have purchased the bike, I have been in about 4 times for minor little things. Sometimes it's crowded, but at this point they guys there recognize me and are very cordial. In addition, the purchase comes with free service for a year. That alone is worth supporting the LBS, rather than an on-line merchant. As for the bike itself, I was running it as a fixie for about 7 days. This is to put a little extra torque on the wheels before I get them dialed in at the next service/truing. Since I have flipped them over to the free-wheel, I am loving it. Initially, the brand new brakes would howl like a siren. But now they have broken in and have very good stopping power, while being quite. This is even after removing the rear brake, and just running brakes up front. The frame is firm, but forgiving (like me). I have hit some major ruts and pot holes along Telegraph and San Pablo. My Rush Hour swallows it up, no problem. I have ridden many thousands of hours in Oakland and SF, and this bike is a dream. The gearing is fantastic. I have not been riding for many months now, but the muscle memory returns, and then the adrenaline. Boom, it's on! I figure in another 2 weeks, I will not need to get out of the saddle to walk hills as my endurance and muscle strenght improves. I really like the black with blue detailing. "Murdered Out" is cool, but the blue detailing is kind of distinct, and works for me. In fact I added blue grips in the handle bars to match the blue detailing in the frame and wheelset. Very sharp My only complaint would be the wheelset. These are JoyTech hubs laced into some Wienman Aero Rims, and I am comparing to a set of Mavic Ceramic Rims laced into Godspeed hubs. This is probably not fair. Consider the history of this bike, which has been in production since 2006. Every year the tubing and componants get tweaked a bit. I have seen better wheels and Reynolds tubing on earlier models, but at a price point almost $200-$300 higher. I will probably have a set of wheels built for this bike in the near future and swap out the stock crank for a Pake Track that is still on the busted Nishiki. If you are looking for a good looking, solid, urban, single speed bike, at at very good price, the Rush Hour is a very strong candidate. Good luck in your Bike Journey.....
Reynolds steel.. a dying art that should be the standard for all steel frames. when i purchased this bike i rode it from the [...] streets to bike paths and gravel trails ( fine gravel) it worked great and felt great. I recommend this bike to all new comers to fixed gear bikers that don't have the time to build their own. Or the commuter who wants a well balanced bike for everyday use. worth every penny.
This bike is built with quality tubing that is durable and sleek. I put my bike through a beating, I use mine as a commuting bike and a trick bike. So far it is holding up well. My only complaint IS that the lock-ring or the cranks STILL slip and come loose every once and a while, but pretty soon im going to get some new rims and hubs for christmas. YYYYYIIIIPPPPPEEEEEE