The Big Shot Fixie

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.

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8 Responses to The Big Shot Fixie

  1. David Messmer says:

    Okay, I just wasted a huge amount of time playing with color combos. Is the pricing on these generally in the ball park for most new fixies?

  2. ricefixie says:

    Haha i’ve done the same thing. The pricing is pretty average. Cheaper than a high end track fixie that one would use for racing, but more expensive than a fixie you could buy at wallmart. I think its a pretty good deal. As a comparison, when I built my fixie from an older frame (like Ben’s “classic fixie”), I spent $250 and that didn’t include buying cranks, bottom bracket, chain, seat or the frame itself. So the comparison is that if you were to try build a fixie on your own, you could easily spend more than $400.

  3. Greg says:

    Hey Michael,

    Great review on the Big Shot fixies!! Do you think I should invest in one for my first fixie? If so, what are some of the more traditional color schemes?

    -Greg

    • ricefixie says:

      It really depends on how much $400+shipping is to you. For some people, it is a lot of money, and for others, its not. Also, I would definitely recommend trying out a few different fixies/bikes before you spend any money on one. More than anything, its important that you find a bike that fits you right, and suits your biking needs. If you’d like to try out my fixie, or another one featured on this blog, let me know and we can figure out a time.

  4. I notice most of the handle bars you’ve featured force the rider to lean forward. Is that a speed thing or a guy thing? Do you see any women riding fixies?

    • David Messmer says:

      I’ve actually been wondering the same thing, though in the opposite direction. I’ve stuck to a road bike for years because I like the forward leaning feeling, as opposed to mountain bikes and hybrids.

  5. ricefixie says:

    The bullhorn handlebars on Ben and Pablo’s bikes are not really for speed, more for style. And lots of women ride fixies, even ones with bullhorn handlebars. Some fixies also have “riser” handlebars, which allow you to ride a little more comfortably. My fixie actually has riser handlebars, as I find the position a bit more comfortable. Also, the position of the handlebars is mostly determined by the size/type of stem and headset, so that is almost more important that the type of handlebars. Does that answer your question?

  6. tomyxia says:

    the website is pretty amazing. i’ve finally found my color combo. anyway, you’re link broke or something. it’s linking to hotshotbike.com instead of hotshotbikes.com.

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