Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking - Kelly
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11-23-05, 10:02 AM
Anyone ever buy or ride a Kelly?
Looking for a review from someone that's spent time on one of his bikes. Thanks
There's a couple kelly's I see at the chicrosscup.com regularly
Me and my broken arm'll be at montrose harbor to watch come on out
and chat up the kelly riders
i have. (bought and ridden)
they are very nice rides, but he recently increased his prices, so you could go elsewhere and get a custom frame for the same money. also, i think this years frames have 135 mm spacing, which, imho, can be a bit inconvenient if you already have wheels lying around. also, the kelly frame (im assuming you are looking at the knobby x) is more suited to mtb cranks/drivetrain than road. this may or may not be a disadvantage, depending on how you look at it (but you can still use road cranks if you want).
mine was a single speed set up with mtb cranks. lots of nice colors and you dont see many of them in the midwest/east, so you have the cool factor going for you. in my experience chris kelly was a nice guy to deal with, but i have heard the opposite as well.
11-25-05, 07:27 PM
I have a Kelly BoneStock, which is his steel racing frame. Chris Kelly, the owner, is easy to get ahold of via email. He has responded to all of my emails.
I like my frame. It is very pretty and obviously well made. The only complaint I have is that I think I may prefer the stiffness of an aluminum frame, but that is not the problem of Kelly.
Regarding the Knobby X, I think I read on his website that he changed the BB to make it more accessible.
Finally, I think you can get the frames for around $700 or so on various websites, which is less than the price on Kelly's website.
11-25-05, 07:28 PM
I forgot one other thing. I *love* the way my bike handles on tight descents. I feel so in control.
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