Cyclocross - cyclocross bike ?
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11-21-11, 07:30 AM
I am a newbie to cross(actually did my first race yesterday). I new I would like it and due to a broken arm was unable to race in any earlier races this year. Well, I love it. Now I need to get a cross bike.
I have plenty of time to decide but...
I don't really want a bike everyone has. I want it to perform well but also be sweet looking. I am 6'5" so I have just a little harder time finding a used bike. I am debating getting a Van Dessel frame and having it built locally or trying to find an older frame or complete bike. If I get the Van Dessel I can get it whenever I want and have it built. Or I can keep my eyes open and HOPE something pops up that I like and will fit. I will save a lot of money if I go used but I might not find anything and then be rushed.
Anyone have any advice? Also anyone have any frame suggestions that are tried and true for cross and have a rad paint scheme?
11-21-11, 10:23 AM
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11-21-11, 10:54 AM
I don't really want a bike everyone has.
Also anyone have any frame suggestions that are tried and true for cross and have a rad paint scheme?
Tried and true for cross and something that no one else has are mutually exclusive.
You might look into the Gunnar Crosshairs (http://gunnarbikes.com/site/bikes/cross-hairs/). They only sell framesets, and are handmade in the US by Waterford. Because they are only sold in framesets, and because they are a little more pricey than your average Kona, Surly, Fuji, or even Soma, they are not that common. I raced my first season of cross in Portland this year, and I have seen hundreds (if not thousands) of cross bikes. The Crosshairs has a very good reputation, but I have only seen a few at the Crusade series (http://www.crosscrusade.com/) this year. You can order any paint scheme (http://gunnarbikes.com/site/order/ordering/) your heart desires.
You might also look into CoMotion (http://co-motion.com/), but there is a big price jump between Gunnar and CoMotion.
11-21-11, 12:38 PM
Don't know what pricepoint you looking at but.......Price Point.com is selling Sette CX-1s for $1700 with Ultegra or framesets for $700. I bought one this Sept. and have put some HARD miles on it and couldn't be happier with the bike. I built up a frameset with on hand stuff and some select ebay gear and the bike weighs 14.95lbs. as I raced it yesterday. I figure I have about $2700 or so in it.
We don't have the numbers like the Cross Crusades get, but I have the only Sette in S.W. Idaho as far as I know. I really like the look of the bike(goes with my team kit) and the 59cm fits me well (6'4"). I run a 100mm stem which is good for racing, but if I wasn't worried about slowing down the steering, a 120mm puts me real close to where my 62cm Madone is as far as fit.
If price is no object, get a Crumpton.
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