Racing iS my Training
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: San Francisco
Bikes: 07 Bianchi San Jose, 08 Tarmac SL2, 05 Cervelo P3
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New to CX & 2007 Felt F1X
Now that the end of my first season as a roadie is fast approaching, I find myself needing a cyclocross bike for racing/training through the fall & winter. I've been looking for a used one on Craigslist for months, but never can find a good one in my size. At first I was thinking of going the cheap route and buying the Motobecane Fantom Cross for about $700, but I was having the chain replaced on my Felt F2C and I saw 2 bikes I'd much rather have. 1st was the steel Lemond Poprad. Very nice looking bike for $1099, but maybe a bit heavy for racing. I had been looking at the 2006 Felt F1X, but at $1,449 it was a little more than I wanted to spend, but today they had just one 2007 Felt F1X, and it was in my size (I think - 53cm). Anyway, the guy at the shop said that they've been re-specked for 2007 and will be less expensive. He didn't have a price (they just got it and built it today), but thought it would be around $1,200.
I haven't been able to find detailed specs for the 2007 model (anyone?), but here are the differences I could see from the 2006 model:
Frame is the same as 2006.
2006 has 10 speed Ultegra shifters & derailleurs, 2007 has 10 speed 105 shifters & front derailleur, Ultegra rear derailleur.
2006 had 48/39 chainrings, 2007 has a compact 46/36 double.
Sorry that's all I was able to notice before I had to go, but I plan to go back soon for a test ride.
My first question is, what should I look for in a cross frame's geometry?
I know that the chain stay length and wheel base are a bit longer than regular road racers, and it seems that the bars are usually higher (stems usually flipped up for CX and down for road racing?)
I ride a 54cm F2C road bike and was thinking that a 53cm F1X should be the right fit. This LBS is pretty good at fitting, so I'll have them fit me on it to see.
Any opinions on if the F1X (even with a 105/Ultegra mix) is a good bike for racing?
Thanks in advance.