The Framed X300 3 Speed Bike is an awesome bike for getting around town or short commutes. It has that cool "fixed gear" simple look but is packed with features that you won't find on a fixie anywhere. The frame is light and stiff thanks to alloy construction. It's paired with a 3 speed Shimano Nexus coaster hub. This hub is awesome on a few levels because it (obviously) allows you to change gears but also requires very little maintenance. The shifting mechanism is sealed inside the hub so you just pedal instead of worrying about it breaking all time.
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I bought this bike for exercise. I am 67 years old 6 ft and 220 lbs. The bike went together easily enough although the screw to tighten the seat was a hex insert (allen wrench required and provided) but the engineering is a bit faulty as it requires tightening the frame in order to secure the seat post - take care its easy to strip the screw. The reflectors do not fit properly. I did not need the toe clamps on the pedals but it was easy enough to remove them and have a regular pedal. I had to purchase an extension to raise the handle bars and I stripped the pedals after a month of riding (guess my weight was a bit for the crank threads).I had an insert installed to fix the pedals. I ride about 10 miles per day over pretty smooth suburban bike paths. The ride is a bit stiff with the tires at full pressure (85lbs) but I love the three speed internal gears and coaster brake. On average this is a good exercise bike - I don't get the rating as a commuter bike - the form fit and function will not lead itself to that. Good bike for the price now that I have it tuned up to my needs and am looking forward to the spring.
Such an overally capable setup. This bike is so nimble I've tried to test it evading road issues purely last minute and its always pulled through. Coaster brake brings back the hooligan kid buried inside. What a blast. Hats off to the Framed team on pulling this off.
I bought and sold 2 bikes until I settled on this one. This is the perfect commuter bike. Winters are hard in WI and this closed gear is a life saver, such a tank. The visual appeal of a fixed gear but with 2 more gears. Awesome build quality and great price, can't say enough good things. Buy it :)
Sharp looking bike that I was very excited to get. Recieved the bike yesterday, and rode it to work today. Problem are all about the gears. Gears are already slipping from 2. It also does not like to shift smoothly from 3 to 2, and sometimes have to shift down to 1 to even get it out of 3. Def not to stoked about that. Maybe it will smooth out a bit.
I already left a long review on Amazon (Doc. Jr.) so I'll save this for a follow-up. Except for trying to figure out how to adjust the Shimano gear hub so it will shift better (might have to visit a bike shop-so much for lower maintenance), bike is pretty durable. Still haven't found a front brake for it yet, so avoiding areas with lots of cars.
Exactly what I was looking for. Simple. Fun. Quick. Couple spokes came dented and the pedals are lame. I do fine drive train to be noisy but that is nature of internal hub but other than that great bike.
I'm a long time roadie and former messenger and was looking for an inexpensive fun riding option to add to my bike collection and this sweet little ride fits that perfectly... Can't wait to thrash around in traffic on this little gem. Happy riding, whatever kind it may be.
What do you think of the gear ratios? Are they well-spaced for dealing with both flat terrain and hills?
A shopper on Aug 12, 2014
Best Answer:The ratios are fine. 3rd gear is good for flat and light hills. It's not like a 10-speed, so you're not gonna tear up the road, or anything, but you get a good speed up. 2nd gear is good for most hills (I live in San Francisco and there are a lot of them). I hardly ever use 1st gear except for the steepest hills. One problem I've had with mine though is that the gears slip sometimes, which is hard to fix without taking it to a shop since it has an internal transmission, not the normal wheel gears.
Yes, I'd say so, transitions are pretty smooth. I bought this bike as more of a recreational bike for towing my two year old daughter around on a bike path. I find myself riding in 2nd and 3rd gear most of the time, but 1st gear has definitely come in handy on most of the hills I've encountered. Great little rec/commuter bike and you can't beat the price.
P.S. If you're looking for more or less out of the 3 speeds - you can always change the size of your chainring up front.
yes they are, but I use the bike on flat rail trails, when I used the first gear, which is for hills it worked ok, not for racing though, it's a great bike for my needs, mostly second speed, 3rd is for slight downhill, it's like overdrive, great looking, some think it's a fixie, don't see the pedal brake, use a bike compression shorts with a pad.
The ratios are really well spaced, you can feel a big difference between them and it will work with most terrains; you may feel sometimes like a gear is "missing" but hey is only 3 of them... Great bike, gret ratios if you ask me...I've been using this bike for 6 months and I love it...
Yeah, they are decently spaced. Enough to get up mild hills. If you live in a steep hilled area like San Francisco it would be a no go. Perfect for my commute to work. Its a solid get you where you need to go bike. The three gears make it a little more versatile.
I rode fixed for a long time and I bought this bike cause I wanted to have some range. I think the spacing is good coming from that perspective. Shifting at a standing position is awesome. I love this bike to death and you can't beat this deal.
I don't ride the bike myself as it was a gift for member of the family in Florida. Relatively flat there but he enjoys it very much. Having ridden some single speeds myself, hills (say >4%) could present a challenge to some. I'd suggest having 3-speeds would be very helpful where on a single I'd be out of the saddle all the way up.
Flat and steep hills no problem. The front sprocket makes keeping up with other multi-gear road bikes on the flat easy to do, unlike the same 3-speed which is in my wife's beach cruiser. Climbing-up the side of a mountain won't work, and, doing 40+ down a long straight would require some very fast legs.
The Framed X300 comes with a standard 3 speed internal hub. The Gearing will work for most right out of the box, and others it will take some conditioning. The Cog on the rear wheel is changeable if you are looking to get a different gearing with out buy a whole new hub
I am 5' 8" --- is a 52 CM too small, the 56 seems like it would be too big...54 CM would be ideal?
A shopper on Oct 18, 2013
Best Answer:What luck I also am 5' 8 with short legs and the 56 was ok for me. It is a great bike and the gear ratios are perfect. My only complaint was the quick release on the front tire is kinda cheap but you can pick up a better one at a bike shop.
I just got mine today, and the installation is pretty easy and straight forward except the seat post that doesn't want to go in... Is it possible to get a wrong sized one in the shipping or is there a trick to put it in? By the way, tried several kinds of grease and oils with no avail... It just doesn't go further than 1-2 inches down... Thanks in advance for your answers...
Best Answer:What do you think of the gear ratios? Are they well-spaced? How does the bike perform on flat vs hilly areas? Do you feel that the gear ratios are optimal, or would you tweak them if you could? Thanks, Patrick
Best Answer:Just - the important measurement is your inseam - measure yourself (or trust your pants size), then use the Sizing & Fit link next to the size choice drop down menu to determine which size will fit you best Hope that helps!
Best Answer:The Framed X300 comes with a standard 3 speed internal hub. The Gearing will work for most right out of the box, and others it will take some conditioning. The Cog on the rear wheel is changeable if you are looking to get a different gearing with out buy a whole new hub