As mainstay traditional fixie brands have moved onto new segments such as cross and touring and larger companies have moved away from the segment all together, young city bike brand Brooklyn has stepped up with a respectably spec’d flat bar single speed. The Wythe, named for the street in Brooklyn, features a robust 4130 cromoly frame and fork, bolt on hubs, and puncture resistant tires standard, all for sub $500 MSRP. And it comes in whatever color you want, as long as that color is matte black. Pay heed to this new, easy, entry-level urban work horse next…
Durable cromoly framesets are rarely available on complete bikes at this price, usually companies will use less durable, less expensive Hi-Ten to keep costs in check. So the fact that Brooklyn manages to spec the frame with street ready sealed bearing high-flange hubs, puncture resistant tubes, and quick release front and rear rim caliper brakes at that price is pretty impressive.
The Wythe comes spec’d with riser bars rather than drop bars to keep heads up in city traffic. Deep V double-walled alloy 32-hole 700c rims laced to flip flop hubs will help your wheel stay true on street potholes whether you’re coasting or skidding. It also has bolt on hubs, seat collar, and a quill stem, all helpful for deterring bike thieves when the rig is locked up. The saddle features riveted brass accents and the headtube features the iconic Brooklyn bridge metal headbadge, which really class up the build, putting it squarely within the rest of the Brooklyn line of classically styled city bikes.
Brooklyn’s Wythe is available now for $499 MSRP. You can order directly through their website, but bikes are not shipped direct. Brooklyn links consumers with local dealers for bike assembly and ongoing product support.