Cyclocross - I hate to do it, but I need some advice.
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Hey guys, I fell in love with cross and have started training for the 2009 season. But heres the thing, I need a bike.... I work at a shop so I've been digging around looking for something but it's hard to say what would be a decent bike without actually testing it out in the field.
So heres my question, obviously I'm looking for a race ready bike, and I can get a pretty damn good deal on an '09 Jake, And I can get decent deals on some other stuff, Like a Conquest Pro... Would the Jake be a good starter bike?
It's a little heavy, but I figure I can put it on a bit of a diet (and myself too). So what do you guys think?
08-16-08, 11:30 PM
My approach to weight is that the more the bike weighs the faster your descents! ;)
Seriously, it can't be that bad. I've heard that Jakes are perfectly good bikes. If you stick with racing you can get a better lighter wheelset and some lighter better components, or sell it off and buy a lighter rig altogether.
That's just the push I needed, thank you..
08-17-08, 12:07 AM
My buddy races on a Jake the Snake for both A's and SS. They are great bikes.
I'd take a Conquest Pro or a Jake the Snake over a Jake if you want to race.
08-22-08, 02:04 PM
You almost always get more bang for your buck with a used bike. This time of the year, unfortunately, is exactly the wrong time of year to shop for a used cross bike. Seller's market.
08-24-08, 12:13 PM
If you work at a shop, take a look at the brands you carry. Many times you can get a pro-deal/employee purchase discount straight from the dealer. If not, QBP always carries Salsa frames as well as closeout BMC frames that you could get at cost.
08-24-08, 04:38 PM
BMC would be hot.
08-25-08, 01:17 AM
i have had 3 redline conquest's (2006 conquest / 2007 conquest) and just two weeks ago an 09 conquest pro , for what it's worth the redlines are the best in my opinion they are really commited to the cross scene , and they have the best bang for the buck , good luck
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