SE Bikes has a wide range of BMX bikes, several different fixed-gear urban bikes, beach cruisers, and a single-speed 29er mountain bike that Cycling For Beginners reviewed earlier this year in our SE Stout review. I recently picked up an SE Draft lite single-speed bike/fixed-gear bike to review. While it’s too early for a full review yet, I wanted to go ahead and share my preliminary SE Draft Lite review below.
SE Draft Lite Bicycle Specifications
The SE Draft Lite’s frame and fork are made of high-tensile (Hi-Ten) steel, which is a bit heavy but certainly sturdy. The frame has mounts for one water bottle and also has mounts for fenders, should you decide to add them. If you decide to remove the brake cables for fixed-gear riding, the bike can perform bar spins (the clips that hold the brake cables are removable).
The SE Draft Lite comes with Kenda Kwest 700x28c tires riding on wheels with Alex DC-25 double-wall rims and SE’s own brand high-flange hubs. The rear wheel has a flip-flop hub with a 15t fixed gear on one side and a 16t freewheel on the other.
As the name implies, simply remove the wheel and flip it the other way to change between fixed gear (which does not allow coasting) and single-speed (which does allow coasting). The crank is SE’s own 42t crankset, that is color coordinated with the bike.
The Draft Lite comes with front and rear dual pivot caliper brakes with quick release, and “2 finger” brake levers. The handlebar is SE’s 40mm riser bar, with SE Racing winged grips. The Draft Lite has an SE brand saddle and pedals with cages and clips. The Draft Lite has an MSRP of $359, but you can often find the Draft Lite on sale for much less.
Overall, the SE Draft Lite is a simple and good looking bike. I’ve enjoyed riding the bike so far, and will provide a more detailed riding review after I’ve had the chance to ride the bike a bit more. In the mean time, you can find more information about the SE Draft Lite on the SE Bikes web site. UPDATE: You can see my riding review here: SE Draft Lite review.