Big shot bikes is an online bike retailer that sells customized fixed gear bicycles. While you don’t have much choice in the parts/components of the bike, you get a variety of choices in the colors of the various components. You can choose a different color for the frame and fork, the handlebar tape, the front tire, the front rim, the rear tire, the rear rim, and the chain.
With so many choices, you come up with some pretty stylish fixies! Check out their website—it has a cool interface where you can view what your bike would look like as you pick and choose the colors for each component. There even is a “randomize” button, which can lead to some pretty interesting combinations.
So my suitemate, Juan Pablo, actually has a Big Shot fixie, so I’ve had the chance to take one for a spin.
Pablo’s has a purple frame, with orange, white and blue accents—a solid color scheme in my opinion. With bull-horn handlebars (handlebars that curve forward and up at the ends, hence the name), and a sleek black saddle, this fixie provides a pretty comfortable ride.
While these bikes are not sold based on their components, they are actually pretty decent bikes. Big Shot doesn’t cut any corners when choosing the specs: all parts are of high quality and have remained in great condition after over a year of use. Even the wheels have remained pretty true, which indicates superior quality.
Furthermore, the bike is overall pretty light. The brakes work great, and its comes with front and rear brakes (for added safety, especially if converted to a non-fixed cog). A single speed specific crank with metal pedals is another plus in the quality. To top it off, big shots stamps the front with their signature star:
So how does it ride? Well one word sums it up pretty well: smoothly. There are a lot of factors that affect how a fixie will ride, and it often is hard to get a perfect smooth ride, but Big Shot is a pretty successful in doing so. One great spec of this bike is the horizontal rear dropouts with adjustable tensioners for adjusting chain tension. This is extremely useful for a fixie, as chain tension is very important in achieving a smooth ride.
Overall, I find Big Shot to be a pretty decent brand of fixed gear bicycles. They allow for very unique appearances and styles, while not sacrificing any quality.