We last had a look at the affordable $500/550€ Pure Cycles road bike when they were previewed back in the fall, transitioning the company as Pure Fix away from just offering cheap consumer-direct fixed gears & single speeds to having more geared options. Now we have word that the Pure Cycles road bike is actually available in a few different versions in the European and American online stores, plus a US-only flat bar version. There is also an even cheaper flat bar commuter series available that gets a 8 speed drivetrain, disc brakes, and fat road slicks for cruising to work on either side of the pond. Get a closer look at both bike variants after the break…

Classic Road bike

Pure Cycles affordable chromoly steel road bike outside

The Classic Road series is all about getting more people out cruising around on road bikes, with modern geometry, decent tire clearance, and rack & fender compatability. You’re not going to get a lot of new tech or light weight for a $500/550€ road bike, but the chromoly frame and threadless fork should give a decent (albeit weighty) ride.

Pure Cycles affordable chromoly steel road bike Pure Cycles affordable chromoly steel road bike fork brake tire

Available in the black Veleta, blue Bonette, or US-only gray Dornbush, each gets the same spec with a 2×8 speed compact Shimano Claris drivetrain, and alloy wheels with 28mm Hutchinson Nitro tires with plenty of room to spare. Claimed weight for a 56cm complete is 11.8kg/26lb with pedals, which is surprisingly reasonable at this price.

Flat Bar Road bike

Pure Cycles affordable chromoly steel flat bar road bike

In the US there is also an option for a flat bar variant in the red Wolf or black Turnbull, which share the same price & specs, just with a more upright position.

All of the road bikes come in a six size range from 49-60cm.

Urban Commuter bike

New as well, Pure Cycles has added an Urban Commuter series at just $450/450€. Like the road bikes, they get a no frills chromoly frame & fork, this time opting for an 8 speed SRAM A1 rear derailleur and 11-32 cassette to offer a wide enough gear range to hit your local city streets.

Pure Cycles affordable chromoly steel urban commuter road bike

Tektro mechanical disc brakes bring the Urban Commuters to a stop in all weather, and 32mm wide WTB Slick comp tires offer plenty of cushion and grip paired with some 32 hole alloy 700c wheels.

Pure Cycles affordable chromoly steel urban commuter road bike frameset

Fit and geometry is more upright with a gentle backsweep flat bar, a longer toptube, more slack 70.5° headtube angle, and long wheelbase. Available in three frame sizes as the teal Ando, blue Peli, black Wright, or white US-only Frey, the commuters also get rack & fender mounts, and look like a solid bike to lock up outside the office.

For the most part each of the bikes is in stock and shipping both from the EU & US online stores. In Europe the road bikes are technically on pre-order still, although Pure Cycles assures us that even those will ship out in the next week or two. Each of the new Pure Cycles bikes can be delivered straight to you for the final assembly and setup at no extra charge beyond regular shipping costs, or to a local bike shop for a pro build for another $75/50€, or built up and delivered ready to ride at your house for $100/100€ in most locales.

PureCycles.com or PureCycles.eu


  1. Pure fix is like the corporate embodiment of a young city hipster idealist slowly turning into the eventual suburb loving parent.

  2. Watching that video, I can already tell this is going to be some west end toronto commuter trope. This isn’t a bike to grow into, it’s one that you buy because if your kid doesn’t have a bike, they’d outta have one, and so you buy something cheap, but not from a department store. A sort of compromise. From an outsider it looks like a nice bike, but to an insider it looks like a cheap steel frame.

    Of course every consumer is entitled to buy whatever fits their wants, but it’s hard to watch sometimes when other people just don’t know what they want. Those poor, hip, uninformed, souls. I can already see these bikes with paint chips, rusted drivetrains, and 250$ repairs that daddy will have to pay for.

    • we’ve sold a lot of bikes at our shop, entry level road generally started at 750 with 8 speed double / tripples and not much else to em. For the price (and comprimise) these things kick ass. all cheap components are cheap where it counts and pricier when it matters. Yes its a cheap frame, but at that price point its what people want.

      It does fall into the category of “eh, its a bike” but thats what it is. A rack and fenders, commute, weekend trip, evening exercise, campus beater, bike shop quality bike.
      Its nothing fancy, but for a first bike, it checks all the boxes as a do-it-all road bike.

      • I will agree that on a “cheap” bike which is unlikely to be upgraded, I’d much prefer the frame to be the cheap component. No cheap steel frame is going to be the embodiment of “steel is real” for its feel. Might as well save as much money and roll it into components that are better (functional and reliable).

      • Does anything on this bike count as pricey? I don’t think these frames are even butted. I guess it’s not tourney? Not that it’s unridable or GMC Denali tier, I’m just not seeing where this is pricier where it matters.

      • When you buy a similar bike for $750 at a local shop you usually get some free associated maintenance (small fixes, cable adjustments, etc). I assume the people who buy these bikes aren’t going to be able to maintain them too well, and the trips to the bike shop will start to add up eventually, that is, if they keep riding….

  3. Watch out,they say affordable but they end up in San Francisco,that means for 450& you actually only get the box,then you have to add another 9K $ for the whole bike

  4. Hello,
    I currently live in Canada and I want to buy this bike. Unfortunately, it is only delivered to the United States. So I was wondering if it’s worth it. I’m going to use it to go to school. I will have to ride 22 km every day and on rainy days. Is the price worth it or is it better if I save money to buy a better quality bike?
    Thank you!

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