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Old 06-24-12, 07:35 PM   #1
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1st bike purchase in a while...finally settled on a cyclocross but need advice

Hi. I was convinced I needed a hybrid but after a few weeks of test rides and much research, I am now set on a cyclocross. My quest originally started looking for a light hybrid or flat bar road bike capable of being a good street commuter but also solid on loose dirt and bike paths. My LBS and a few posters recommended a cyclocross. I was unaware of what they were and after some due diligence, here I am. I am 6'2". Not sure if height is an issue but just in case. I will be riding 25 miles per day round trip to and from work. 50/50 street and loose dirt path. I've looked at Kona Jake model, Salsa Casserole, and researched Bianchi Volpe, All City Space Horse, and Swobo a bit. I'm looking to buy/order this week and appreciate comments and input. Price range preferred $600-1,000, but willing to spend a couple hundred more if it makes a significant difference. Thanks in advance.!
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All of your bike choices seem to be very popular models. I think you'd end up liking any of them. I only have experience with the Kona, and I believe they are a little more road and aggressive, which is why I settled on one. With road tires, it to me feels like a road bike. Scott and Fuji make some nice CX bikes around that price range. Test ride a few, and see what you like. With a spare set of wheels you could have more riding options.
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Hey there Azforme!

I think you'd do very well with a cyclocross bike. I would recommend the following:

The Surly Cross Check ~ $1150

The KHS CX 100 ~ $910

The Trek Steel Cross Lane ~ $1210

Good Luck!


If you're thinking about buying aluminum then you might wanna check this one out:

The Motobecane Fantom Outlaw ~ $1000
( Get the brushed silver model only. It's gorgeous!)

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Old 07-04-12, 01:18 PM   #4
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I have a 2012 Bianchi Volpe and love it. I ride daily on road and path. I also looked at the crosscheck but went with the Bianchi and I'm glad I did. It's an all around sweet bike.
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