Cyclocross - Help me find a cyclocross frame/bike
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12-10-08, 04:52 PM
I'm trying to find a moderately inexpensive cyclocross frame or complete bike. I'm looking for the following:
Steel frame and fork
preferably with rack and fender mounts
I know this is a tall order, but is anything like this available in the $500-$700 range? I was considering the Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno, but I would really prefer disc brakes. I need to have something versatile(due to finances) that can pull duty as racer, commuter, tourer and winter bike. I am interested in new 2009 models or anything older/used as well.
12-10-08, 06:52 PM
White Industries ENO rear hub is your friend.
You wouldn't be able to build up the whole thing for $700, but the Surly Karate Monkey frame could be a good starting point for what you have in mind. It's not exactly road geometry, but it will do everything else you want.
12-10-08, 07:58 PM
I checked out the Karate monkey, unfortunately from the website:
KM has cable stops and hydro housing guides. Also single eyelets at drops for fenders or rack.
IMPORTANT: if using disc brakes, you will not be able to use these eyelets, and so need to use clip on fenders and/or a seat post mounted rack"
12-10-08, 09:44 PM
Check out Soma DoubleCross DC:
Best price I've seen:
Beware that Bikemania does not maintain stock; They have everything drop shipped.
I just bought a Soma DoubleCross non-DC frame from them a couple months ago.
12-10-08, 10:06 PM
I could probably manage the Soma DC and an eccentric BB or Hub and the rest from parts I have lying around, or if I want to go cheap, I might do the fantom cross uno and put the brazing skills I have been developing to the test with some disc mounts unless anyone else has an idea?
12-11-08, 10:34 AM
Salsa La Cruz....
You can use P-clamps for racks/fenders....
I've heard the Soma cross bikes have a history of cracking and I had a Soma Smoothie ES that had a crack on the bottom of the downtube/headtube joint...
Just my experiance
12-31-08, 02:08 PM
I am looking for inexpensive (even old) cyclocross steel frame&fork only, size 47-48 cm, single speed, no disc brake around $200 to build up commuter. Any suggestion?
12-31-08, 04:26 PM
Iro Rob Roy?
12-31-08, 04:45 PM
Its a little more than your looking to spend but the gunnar fastlane would be a perfect fit for what your asking. I just ordered a gunnar crosshairs and they have been one of the easiest companies ive had to deal with in a long time. Gunnar bikes are basically stock geometry waterfords so you know the quality is there.
Gunnar Fastlane (http://www.gunnarbikes.com/fastlane.php)
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