Fixie Inc Black Jack review

Fixie Inc Black Jack
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The only problem is the Black Jack is really too beautiful for hacking about on. Fixie Inc would probably disagree and tell you to ride it like you just don’t care (or whatever they say in German), but every time the gold coffee paint gets chipped it will feel like somebody is gouging out a piece of your own flesh.

Reasons to buy
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    A head turner

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    Intricate detailing

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    Wall to wall chrome

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    The feel of steel

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    Brooks finishing kit

Reasons to avoid
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    Too nice to knacker!

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According to its website, Fixie Inc stands for ‘individualism, purity and a love for detail’. The German firm from Karlsruhe regards its creations as state-of-the-art in efficient, detail-oriented design. Its motto is ‘Cycles for Heroes’ and Black Jack is definitely a heroic recreation of a classic bike with all the trimmings. Its golden coffee and chrome finish turned heads everywhere. In fact, you’ve probably seen it in the magazine a couple of times already — we’ve used it as a prop in photo shoots ever since it arrived.

Obviously, it’s made of steel — double-butted 4130 aircraft steel — and lugged in the traditional style. Even the chromed stem is lugged (though bolts to a modern threadless 1in steerer), as are the bottle cage mounts on the down tube! Everything is either beige, chrome or brown leather, and there’s a sharp, black panel on the top tube where the Fixie Inc logo is reversed out.

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