Review: Reid Wayfarer

Key tech specs

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4130 Chromoly Steel frame with Internal Brake Cable
Lasco CNC Machined Crankset 46t
Reid 4130 Cromoly Steel fork
Alex DC19 High Polished Alloy City rims
18T Freewheel / 18T Fixed Sprocket
VP Sealed Bearing bottom bracket
Tektro medium reach dual pivot brakes
Weight 11.77Kg

Specs, servicing & warranty

Free servicing for 12 months
Lifetime warranty on frame & forks
2 years warranty on parts

Full details: http://www.reidcycles.com.au/wayfarer.html

Review

The Wayfarer is a solid forward iteration in the design and spec of Reid singlespeeds, moving away from threaded headsets and lairy powdercoated colours of the past.

The metallic midnight plum paint finish looks like it belongs on a much more expensive bike, along with the chrome fork and stay ends. The all silver alloy components match the frame well and are a pleasant departure from all black everything. The main frame is made from Cr-Mo steel, instead of being a gaspipe clunker, which provides some weight savings / strength gains.

With medium reach Tektro dual pivots it can take wider tyres for commute pothole jumping, but it’s a shame to only have a fender mount on the fork and not on the rear dropout, when this could have easily been included during manufacture.

The Tektro dual-pivot caliper brakes feel strong, and the internal brake cable was a nice touch, adding to the minimalist feel and overall look of the Wayfarer.

The all silver (very happy to see the return to monochrome wheels instead of powder coated wheels that end up looking permanently grimy after a few months) wheels are simple cup & cone flip flop hubs, worth a quick bearing adjustment out of the box, but otherwise a good match for the bike.

The bar sweep takes a little bit of getting used to if you’re coming straight off a flat bar or more drop bar setup, however it’s nothing other than a different feel (a bit like switching between flat bars and drops).

The tyres are a bit of a let down, clearly chosen to colour match the saddle and grips, however unfortunately they’re hard and feel a bit dead – skid through them quickly and replace them with something that both rides well and looks the part, like a Panaracer Pasela.

The Wayfarer isn’t necessarily as cheap as some complete singlespeeds available, however cheaper options see you downgrade to hi-ten steel with get lower spec components and a loss of the stylish yet minimalist and clean livery.

Conclusion

Cons: The lack of a proper geometry chart is a bit of a nonstarter for ordering online, as the S/M/L size designations don’t mean much (best to size in store). Additionally the lack of a fender mount on the rear stay, along with tyre choice are the only letdowns on the Wayfarer that we could find in our first look review.

Pros: Overall the Wayfarer is a good looking, functional and stylish singlespeed, with nice a nice selection of componentry and a fair price point at $399 RRP. We’re giving the Wayfarer 7 out of 10

Competitors

Cell Custom Fixie at RRP $459, also with a cromo frame, but aesthetically not as nice and parts are more generic.

Chappelli have some similarly styled bikes (cr-mo, chrome/metallic), also appear to take wider tyres & include rack/guard mounts too. Unfortunately the Chappelli has a threaded steerer, which is taking the vintage ‘look’ a step too far in our eyes – RRP $450.

Overall: 7/10

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