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Old 08-22-14, 08:02 PM   #1
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Questions on nex XC Build

When building up my road bike, REI shipped me a cx fork instead of a road fork. I was set to return it but decided to keep it for an eventual cx build, which is now. It's a 1-1/8" full carbon Shimano Pro, 45 rake, cantilever/v-brakes, and white detailing on sides. I don't really have a budget set out, but I'm not going to break the bank on this build. Where I live, there is a old Katy RR tracks converted to The Katy Trail, which consists of crushed rock used by pedestrians and cyclists. This is the safest route to get to a lot of good bike riding on large hills south of where I live. Cx is totally new to me, so I have a few simple questions.

Frame: Started looking on Ebay. CAAD X $450+$150 shipping(yikes, from Taiwan)
2006 Kona Jake the Snake CX $300
Soma Double Cross $420

I'm going to try to keep this build pretty light. Any other suggestions on frames. The BB doesn't have to sit high since I don't intend to go over rocks, tree branches, etc. Thinking about TRP CX-9's with a 105 drive train I already have. What wheels/tires(25mm) would you recommend? I'm partial to GP4000s on my road bike. Is there anything else cx specific that I should know about? Thanks in advance.

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Old 08-23-14, 08:11 PM   #2
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I'm partial to Redline frames, Mini-V brakes like the TRPs will sidestep the fork chatter issue and if you aren't planning to ride massive mud, the reduced clearance is a non-issue.
I recommend using much wider tires, CX geometry is designed around 32C-34C tires and smaller tires can give skittish handling. You are better off with a 32-34CC hardpack, gravel racing or touring tire. You can still move quite fast with these since my kid has been running Conti CX Speed 34C file tread tires for a few years.
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