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    New question here. Surly 1x1 or IRO Highlander

    I'm looking at an IRO Highlander single speed frame and fork. Does anyone know anything about this frame/fork? I'm also looking at the Surly 1x1 and a Gunner. The Gunner is a little rich for my blood, but the Surly isn't.
    I would like the bike to weigh in at around 22 lbs give or take one. IRO has a special right now...Frame and Fork for $240. The IRO hub set is $60 (with sealed cartridge bearings). Almost to good to pass up. Would this be a waist of $300 bones?

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    Here's a review of the IRO Jamie Roy from Dirt Rag magazine. I realize it's not the frame you're considering, but might be a good data point for IRO products.

    http://www.dirtragmag.com/articles/a...=stuff_reviews

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    I have an IRO on the way... if you can wait until the weekend I'll give you my review.

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    I've already got one, it's vera, vera niiiice.

    Quote Originally Posted by Econoline
    Here's a review of the IRO Jamie Roy from Dirt Rag magazine. I realize it's not the frame you're considering, but might be a good data point for IRO products.

    http://www.dirtragmag.com/articles/a...=stuff_reviews
    I got the IRO fixie based on the review in Dirt Rag (I was looking for an inexpensive fixie frame to upgrade my old beater, when that issue came out, and they just happened to have the '03s on clearance for what came out to right about $200 including shipping.) and am pretty happy with it so far. I've got a little over 600 miles worth of commuting and cruising around town on it, and it's doin' fine.

    The only thing I didn't like were the decals which I thought were kinda cheesy, but fortunately there's no clearcoat over them so they're easily removed...

    Watch for mine to show up sometime soon on the irocycle.com site, as I sent in a few pics to get my free t-shirt...

    Of course this is still the fixie we're talking about, but I'd expect similar build-quality on the SS frame. The only thing to consider is that it's aluminum, and many seem to prefer steel for SSs. I dunno how much fact v. fiction there is to the claims of better "ride-quality" with steel, but the fixie does feel pretty stiff and it might be a bit harsh were it not for the carbon fork I put on it. Also put a carbon seatpost. Hope that wasn't a risky move...

    -Trevor

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    Surly!! Gotta Be Tha Surly

    You won't regret the choice of the Surly. I'm sure the IRO is a fine ride, but you simply cannot beat the handling of the Surly.

    I own two Surlys (1x1 and Cross-Check), and they are some of the nicest handling bikes. Not the lightest, or the prettiest, but that's the point. They ride great.

    Mine has been through everything. Everyone I know who has a Surly loves it, I've never known a Surly that's taking up space in a garage or basement.

    Go wit da Surly!

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    Suppose I shoulda mentioned...

    Quote Originally Posted by pimp-daddy
    You won't regret the choice of the Surly. I'm sure the IRO is a fine ride, but you simply cannot beat the handling of the Surly.

    I own two Surlys (1x1 and Cross-Check), and they are some of the nicest handling bikes. Not the lightest, or the prettiest, but that's the point. They ride great.

    Mine has been through everything. Everyone I know who has a Surly loves it, I've never known a Surly that's taking up space in a garage or basement.

    Go wit da Surly!

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    I wasn't dissing Surlys. I *have* a Surly. My main off-road ride is a Surly 1x1. I didn't plan it that way, but somehow I ended up with a white one-speed bike for road (the IRO) *and* off-road (the Surly). I just hafta figure out which one is the "evil" twin .

    -Trevor

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    I can't agree or disagree, having never ridden a Surly, but they are very similar frames (except for the IRO being aluminum): same HT and ST angles, IRO has a shorter top tube. Just for information purposes.

    Quote Originally Posted by pimp-daddy
    You won't regret the choice of the Surly. I'm sure the IRO is a fine ride, but you simply cannot beat the handling of the Surly.

    I own two Surlys (1x1 and Cross-Check), and they are some of the nicest handling bikes. Not the lightest, or the prettiest, but that's the point. They ride great.

    Mine has been through everything. Everyone I know who has a Surly loves it, I've never known a Surly that's taking up space in a garage or basement.

    Go wit da Surly!

    Suppa-Pimp

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