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Old 05-02-07, 10:31 PM   #1
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Noob @ Cyclocross

I've been a roadie for about 2 years now but want to get into cyclocross. I'm on a pretty crappy budget (less than 1500). I've been looking around really have no clue what's decent for that kind of money. any suggestions would be great.
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You could have a look at the Kona Jake the Snake: http://www.konaworld.com/bikes/2k7/J...AKE/index.html

I haven't seen many (any?) cheaper bikes with this equipment.
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We're soponsored by Fuji, so I am a little biased, but I just ordered a Fuji Cross which seems very nice.
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Fuji bikes are priced right. Depending on bike fit, this Bianchi might work for you.
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Old 05-03-07, 09:24 AM   #5
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Some good choices in the price range include the Kona Jake the Snake, Raleigh RX 1.0, Fuji, Trek XO1... Of course there may be others. There are a lot of options within your budget.
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Fuji

The Fuji Cross Pro should fit that budget and it seems to be a good deal (Ultegra 10sp/Ritchey/FSA)
I don't know about the wheels though but I am sure they will be great for your first year and then you could always upgrade, etc.

I have a 2002 Fuji Cross that I have been upgrading when parts wear out/bust and the frame has been rock solid. I have raced crits with it, and early season road races. I really like the Fuji frame and for the money you get a lot of bike. My team is sponsored by Fuji as well...so I am biased like another poster who responded. With 1500 you should have some really good choices.

Good luck and have fun. It is a highly addictive form of cycling!
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Would I be crazy to suggest a BD cross bike?
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++1 for the Bianchi X-concept!

My LBS has a sample that I took for a spin, and it was great. Light and rugged. The shop tech uses the store model for his weekend races, and said he would have to spend over $3,000 to get something noticeably better.
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