First Impression: Fyxation Quiver

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Fyxation is a Milwaukee based company founded in 2009. Its first product was the robust Session 700 tire, the tall, high volume rubber you see here. Fast-forward a few years and the company now has a complete line of components and frames focused on urban riding.

The Quiver is a 4130 cro-moly frame with rear facing, horizontal dropouts. The company’s proprietary derailleur hanger allows the frame to be offered as a single-speed for $800, or with 1×10 gearing for $1,200, and 2×10 gearing for $1,390. I’m testing the 1×10 equipped with Sram’s Apex drivetrain and rear shifter.

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The derailleur hanger is not bolted to the frame. Instead, a small tab on the hanger fits into the dropout for alignment and the hanger is held against the frame by the hub’s quick release skewer. This clever idea allows any drivetrain to be used, but it also has drawbacks as well.

A full-coverage fender will need to be unbolted to slide the rear wheel out of the dropout. The end of the skewer also needs to be completely unthreaded to get the derailleur out of the way which opens the possibility of loosing the spring. Not a big deal if you’re careful.

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To make the bike meet my commuting needs I wanted to mount fenders and a rack. Fyxation’s website states that 35mm tires with fenders will fit in the frame, but their stock Session 700x35mm tire is too tall and wouldn’t spin freely when I installed my fenders. A shorter 35mm tire does work though.

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I like how incredibly smooth the bike rides and those big Session 700 tires really soak up road imperfections. With a rack and loaded panniers the 1,026mm wheelbase feels stable when standing to pedal. The bike also steers quickly and tracks well when doing multiple swerves to avoid junk and glass on the road. I’ve also been pleasantly surprised at how well the 1×10 drivetrain handles my hometown’s hilly terrain. I’ve yet to desire more gears. It’s been a while since I’ve ridden caliper brakes but the Tektro R559 long reach brakes are doing a fine job at stopping.

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That’s it for now. Look for a full review in an upcoming issue of Bicycle Times Magazine.

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