Join Date: May 2007
Location: Raleigh, NC
Bikes: Waterford RST-22, Bob Jackson World Tour, Ritchey Breakaway Cross, Soma Saga, De Bernardi SL, Specialized Sequoia
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Originally Posted by JeffS
Really? A La Cruz without disks is just a plain cyclocross bike. There's absolutely nothing special about it.
It's one thing if you're asking for something special, but it bugs me a little to hear you advocating (several times now) for a unique/specialty bike to be dumbed down or changed into something that already exists. Anyway... it's already been decided at this point.
The spirit of the La Cruz lives on in the Vaya... with it's rediculously sloping top-tube - ala-Fargo. I'm sure many will be rejoicing. Me? I'm fully grown and think super-sloping tubes are stupid.
My needs are obviously different than yours, but I don't see canti brakes as a "dumb down" from discs. Disc brakes are totally unnecessary for many riders, and they add more weight and expense. It also seems that disc are becoming more and more common, while it is becoming harder to find a simple cross/commuting/touring frame with canti brakes. I can see the advantage to discs if you live in an area with lots of rain, sleet, snow but Raleigh, NC, isn't that. Another issue is that if you have several bikes and would like the option to swap wheels, you can't do that with a disc wheels if your other bikes have caliper or canti brakes.
BTW, show me some other cross frames with geometries and prices comparable to the La Cruz that have canti brakes. I haven't found one, except perhaps the Pake C'Mute. Most other cross bikes (eg, Surly and Soma) have much shorter head tubes and longer top tubes than the Salsa.