Reeb SFP

How’d we pick 'em? Our primary evaluation process took place over seven days in January on the trails and back roads outside Tucson, Arizona. We spent three days on mountain bikes on the rugged and rocky singletrack at

Reeb SFP

Best For: Hard-riding (and hard-living) single-speeders. 

The Test: If you have to ask why Oskar Blues, the Longmont, Colorado, brewery, is producing a high-end steel single-speed, this is probably not the bike for you. With OX Platinum tubing (the good stuff) and a savvy mix of parts (Thompson post and stem, Formula’s grabby The One brakes, mega-wide Truvativ carbon bars), the Reeb (yep, that’s “beer” backward) is for real. The wisest bit of all is the Gates CenterTrack carbon drive belt that powers the bike, which is ice smooth, totally efficient, and dead silent. “Amazing!” one tester enthused. “For single-speeding, chains are dead.” 

The Verdict: Like the tattoos they award at the Single Speed World Championship, you have to be fast and dedicated to deserve one. 22.7 lbs

Brand: Reeb Bicycles $4,300
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