Keirin Racing! What is that? + Introducing the new Pure Fix Keirin Series!
The name „keirin” means “racing wheels” or simply “bicycle race” in Japanese. And it became the name of the race that originated in Kokura City, Japan in fall of 1948. Now the hugely popular race has 47 tracks all over Japan.
Keirin bicycle race compares most closely with greyhound or horse racing in the West where you bet on the rider you fancy. A Keirin pro will race 80–100 times a year, prize money can be upwards of 100,000 € for the winner of a large Keirin event, the top riders earning up to 1.5m € a year. There are 4000 registered Keirin riders in Japan. The average age of the riders is about 35, but it's not uncommon for a Keirin racer to compete into his fifties. There are no women racers since 1969 due to low interest in the sport. Even the spectators and bidders are 90% men.
The events are held almost every week, for 4 days with 11 races per night and a maximum of 9 riders per race. Not only the endurance of the cyclist is taken into measure but also the blood group, astrological sign and thigh measurements in addition to starting position and seasonal form, and this is not the extent of the gamble. Form and information about the athletes can be studied and analyzed in special newspapers.
The riders race in brightly colored jerseys and helmet covers, to make them easy for the crowd to identify: white, black, red, blue, green, orange, yellow, pink and purple. The races are usually 2000m (5×400m). The race starts off in a slow pace, gradually getting faster and safer. The riders are competing for an advantageous position behind the pacemaker, who goes off the track after 3 laps and a bell rings opening the sprint. During the last two laps the pace rises, and the riders begin a furious battle, fighting to get into gaps. In the final sprint towards the finish line the racers can reach the speeds of up to 70 kmh. The races in most cases require photo finishes, the riders who win go on to compete in higher-staked races the next day.
The Keirin race is an exciting and unpredictable, and has become an established international track cycling event, enjoyed by fans throughout the world.
Pure Fix Cycles are introducing the Keirin complete bicycle series!
The next step for the Pure Fix is the complete bike for the for the famous Keirin frame. This is the next level for fixed frenzy of sleek and fast Pure cycles. The Keirin series was created to offer quality and cost-effective aluminum frames designed to perform from the streets to the velodrome.
There are two options, the Keirin and Keirin Pro, there are 4 frame sizes for both 49,52,55,58 of the Keirin series and they are ready to ride!
The Keirin is designed for all urban terrains, from track and the streets. Built with double-butted 6061 aluminum tubing, with an integrated headset and smooth welding, it’s light, stiff, responsive, and ready for anything from a crit to a commute. The Weight for the frame is from 2.04 to 2.29kg.
The Keirin Pro is a slightly lighter frame that is a fighter in the streets. The Weight ranges from 1.70 to 1.98kg for the frame. Keirin Pro is saint of all bikes! It’s geometry was crafted to win at the highest levels in racing whilst looking like a star. It’s built with triple-butted 6061 aluminum and features a hydro-formed top tube and seat tube, integrated headset, smooth welds, and a hand polished finish.