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    First time crosser equipment questions

    I'm putting together a cross bike, and have a few questions:

    [list=1][*]8 or 9 spd? Any preferences?[*]Sti or barcons?[*]drops - same width as road bike, or wider. Deeper, shallower or the same[*] brakes. Canti's or V's[*] stem length/ height. Same as road?[*] ratios. I was thinking 39/48 12-26. Sensible or silly. I already have the 39 so it will save a bit of money.[/list=1]

    Thanks for any help - I appreciate any advice I can get


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    Leon

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    Originally posted by fortunemunkey
    [list=1][*]8 or 9 spd? Any preferences?[*]Sti or barcons?[*]drops - same width as road bike, or wider. Deeper, shallower or the same[*] brakes. Canti's or V's[*] stem length/ height. Same as road?[*] ratios. I was thinking 39/48 12-26. Sensible or silly. I already have the 39 so it will save a bit of money.[/list=1]
    1. 9-speed
    2. Ergopower
    3. Drops, slightly wider than road bike [42 c-c, rather than 42 o-o]
    4. Cantis
    5. Same length but slightly higher.
    6. 39/48 13-26 . If I need a lower gear than 39x26, then I'm probably better off running.

    At least that's how I have it set up. YMMV.
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    Thanks for the advice. I'm thinking of getting 38/48 and 12/25 cassette, as that is what I can get hold of fairly easily.

    I'll go 9spd if you have no problems with it, then at least all my bikes are compatible with each other.

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    9-speed (so all your stuff is compatible)
    wider bars, shallow drop
    sti or barends are personal preference
    the frame tt should be shorter than your road bike. I have the same length stem and works fine.
    I run 38/46x12-27. I honestly can't see an application for a 48 in any cross race I've been in but maybe for mulit-purpose (like road and commuting).

    39/48x12-26 sounds like work... I would at least consider a 12-27 cluster.

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    I agree with RacerX, the 38/46x12/27 is the way to go...though if you find yourself in the 38x27 you're going backwards, but it is nice to have. Good luck.

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    go with what you have and upgrade as necessary. I run a 42 single and 27 rear. This past weekend in the snow and deep sticky mud was the first time i wanted my 39 back. As for brakes, get cantis because of mud clearance. With v's you have to run cable adapters for pull length. Use a wider handlebar. Top tube length should match your road bike. Seat tube lenghts to top tube ratios vary between manufacturers.

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    I've gone with 38/48 with 12-25, mainly because I got a 12-25 cassette 1/2 price!

    I'll report on how I get on in a couple of weeks when I get the bike together. Should have a blitz of weekly CX races in Jan and Feb. Looking forward o it even though I haven't been race fit for about 3 years.

    Should be ok though - surely nobody is fit in january ;-)

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    Besides, its only around 45 minutes. So the pain will stop eventually.

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    Originally posted by velocipedio

    1. 9-speed
    2. Ergopower
    3. Drops, slightly wider than road bike [42 c-c, rather than 42 o-o]
    4. Cantis
    5. Same length but slightly higher.
    6. 39/48 13-26 . If I need a lower gear than 39x26, then I'm probably better off running.

    At least that's how I have it set up. YMMV.
    Totally agree with Velo. I'm running 8 speed since I did a hand me down from another bike, but 9 will work just fine too. Use what you have, first before you spend the coin to upgrade.

    Rear cassette for me is a 12-27, with 38-48 in front.

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