Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Crownsville, MD
Bikes: 1998 IF Crown Jewel
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Cross bike build on the cheap
I'm looking to race cross this fall and would like to build up a bike as cheap as possible. I have some old 8sp Dura Ace stuff not doing anything that would be perfect since they're already a little tired. I also have several sets of GP-4/Campy Record wheelsets and wheels manufacturing Shimano spacers too. Only thing i need would be some NOS 13-26 campy 8sp cassettes to make those wheels work. I also have a couple sets of Neuvation clincher wheelsets that will take Shimano 8/9/10 sp cassettes.
I also have a set of Chorus 8sp brifters that are almost brand new.
What works better for cross? Shimano or Campy?
What is a good cassette size for cross. NOS 8sp stuff is getting harder to find even on Ebay and the most common sizes are 12-23 or 12-25. I have an FSA 46/36 compact crank on the way (need it for a couple of extreme climbing centuries) and was wondering if i could get away with 36/23 on most Mid Atlantic area cross courses?
The idea here is to use as much stuff from my parts bins as possible.
Any help here is appriciated.
'09 Cannondale CAAD9 - Team Latitude/ABRT Special.
'04 Lemond Victorie Ti
'98 IF Crown Jewel (dead)
'92 Trek2100 (TT)
'50 something Gino Bartali (fixer)
'02 Ducati ST4s (Moto-Ref mount)