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Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 11-07-07, 11:32 AM   #1
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single speed cx?

I have been looking into a less expensive way to give cx a try when i came across the Tricross Single. It looks like a nice frame, and i do not mind riding a ss. My question is, who else is making a bike with a similar price ($700). I am yet to find and companies embracing the ss cx bikes like Specialized, so hopefully someone can point me in the right direction. Oh yeah, im not really all the interested in building my own, but it is an option, if i can keep the price down.
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for that much you could probably build one up - in the seattle area races i've attended this season, a whole bunch of people have been riding the on one pompino.
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iro rob roy, lots of people run their crosscheck singlespeed.

i think the reason you don't see so many ss frames out there is that most people run a freewheel for cross, and if you do that you can run a chain tensioner on any frame to make it a singlespeed.
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iro rob roy, lots of people run their crosscheck singlespeed.

i think the reason you don't see so many ss frames out there is that most people run a freewheel for cross, and if you do that you can run a chain tensioner on any frame to make it a singlespeed.
I built an Eno wheel for my single speed cross.

Actually, the bike started as a pair of tubular rims I got on ebay with no plan. It just sort of happened......
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FWIW ran across this yesterday:

http://www.velonews.com/tech/report/...s/13621.0.html
Travis Brown (Trek-FRS) rode a pair of NoTubes.com 29er wheels featuring Bontrager tires that were set-up tubeless with sealant and only one gear. Brown has been a proponent of single speeds for 'cross for years. The pink single speed he rode was more than seven years old. Even with only one gear he was able to finish on the lead lap at Saturday's Redline Cup - something less than half of the 56-man field was able to do.
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^that reminds me of one small drawback. if you do manage a respectable showing in the main field, you'll have to endure lots of comments like "oh wow, 22nd place on a singlespeed! that's super!" and "just think of how well you'd do with gears!"

these are usually meant to be taken as compliments, but they still come off a little patronizing.

but as drawbacks go, that's pretty minor compared to having to stand up and mash ten or more times a lap. if you feel like you're up for it, give it a go!
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thats funny ive never taken that as patronizing
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thats funny ive never taken that as patronizing
yeah it's not really. i think i just can't take a compliment.
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