I love a good custom made product. When everyone is able to get their hands on all the same latest gadgets and gear, it’s nice knowing that I’ve got something more unique. That’s why I decided to have a go at designing a custom fixie from CELL Bikes. The Australian company have a super simple designer tool on their website where you can choose the colour of pretty much all the different parts of your bike as well as what style of handlebars you want and whether you want to ride fixed, free-wheel or two speed.
When you’re designing online there’s an image of your bike in front of you so you can see what the different options will look like. There’s four options for handlebars; riser, bullhorn, pursuit and pista. They’re all pretty sleek but I went with the pista style and also got the riser bars too because I wanted to play around with a few different set ups. Having the freedom to easily change between the handlebars is a feature that I really like about these custom fixies because it makes it feel like I’m riding a new bike whenever I go between them. Colour wise I chose to go with a minimal black and white palette but there’s heaps of out there colour combos you can opt for if that’s more your vibe.
Parts & Assembly
After I created the new bike online, it was shipped out quickly and arrived with all the different parts in a box. Everything was actually really easy to put together and I was stoked to see it looked even better in person than it did on the screen. When I got a chance to ride it I found it be nice and lightweight due to the 4130 Cro-Mo frame and fork, not to mention really smooth. It’s a winner for riding around the city or for going up to the local cafe for a coffee fix. These bikes are also fitted with Promax brakesets with lightweight crosstop levers which have already come in handy with a few quick stops. Other features of these bikes include forged track dropouts with integrated chain tensioners to firmly secure your wheel and a Flip-Flop rear hub so you can choose to ride freewheel or fixed. If you’re not sure what that means – freewheel is what you’re most likely to be used to, where you can coast along without pedalling when going down hills for instance. When riding fixed, if your wheels are going around then so are your pedals, and vice-versa.
All-in-all, I think the CELL custom fixies are a great option if you’re after an affordable bike but also care alot about how it looks. I found being able to design and build one to my personal taste a really satisfying experience. I liked being able to see the bike change in front of me as I went through the different options. If you’re after value and style, this is your ride.