DeKerf Solitaire Singlespeed

5/5 (2 Reviews)

Product Description

You've had them all, hardtail, XC full suspension, downhill. You've reached that Zen point of being a cyclist where all you want is the purest cycling experience you can get. Own a Dekerf Solitaire and you'll have it. Similar to the reputation defining Team 853, the Solitaire could be described as the core under the frame. Accurately, and beautifully assembled Reynolds 853 tubes, Dekerf trademark design wishbone rear end, one gear, and you. We can build the frame with horizontal dropouts or eccentric BB. Disc or V-brakes are also your choice as is a paint palate only limited by your imagination. The true and pure 'ride of steel' experience, without the distraction of gears, pivots or hype. Namaste.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dekerfrider a Cross Country Rider from UK

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2011

Strengths:    Simple, clean lines. A brand only known by those in the know. Beautiful tangerine metallic orange paint.

Weaknesses:    Beautiful tangerine metallic orange paint chips easily so buy lots of helitape!

Bottom Line:   
Sometimes simple really is beautiful. I had always been frustrated with gears and their high maintenance neediness. Now riding SS (or occasionally with a Rohloff internal geared hub) I am actually loving my infrequent singletrack expeditions.

Perhaps not a bling as Reynolds 853, my Reynolds 725 frame does the job buy maybe lacks a bit of 'zing' off the line so would award only four chilis if there was a 'performance' rating as a result.

But, to be honest, I also lack a bit of 'zing' these days too so it's a bike that I will never sell - we have had great times and I expect to have many more. That's got to be worth five big ones!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Singletrack

Similar Products Used:   My first singlespeed

Bike Setup:   Dekerf Singlespeed frame (before it was named Solitaire) in Reynolds 725 steel with horizontal dropouts. Fox F80 RLT forks, Spot Brand singlespeed hubs with FIR rims, Avid disc on the front, XT V on the rear, XT cranks, 32T chainring, White Industries cog, Easton EA70 finishing kit

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gary from amsterdam

Date Reviewed: March 21, 2002

Strengths:    Great look, strong and light. a piece of art
A great bike for a singlespeeder feels like a great exotic car.
i like it yessir i like alot.

Weaknesses:    None(for the gearies the one speed maybe ;))

Bottom Line:   
Awesome i love this bike.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   500

Bike Setup:   Avid mag brakes, deore brake (i broke the other avid mag), avid mag brake levers, Nokian gazzolodi 2.5 front tire, dmr rigid fork, rhynolite rim front, raceface cranks etc., spot chainguard, primo bmx chain tensioner, spot hubs, goretex cables, acs claws freewheel, Rigida Tucana rear rim, kujo 2.35 rear tire.

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