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Old 12-16-07, 04:49 PM   #1
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best low cost cross bike/bike option?

i'm really looking into a cyclocross rig; what are my cheapest options?
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Old 12-16-07, 05:17 PM   #2
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Do you want to race?

What's your budget?

Are you singlespeed friendly?

Can you build it up yourself (bikesdirect)?
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Old 12-16-07, 08:22 PM   #3
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i can indeed build up myself, and I am definitely singlespeed friendly (my main bike is a converted fixed gear)
my budget is basically as cheap as possible
racing would be sweet on the horizon, but as of now I'm looking more for fun
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Old 12-16-07, 09:52 PM   #4
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Bianchi San Jose if you want singlespeed. Plenty of people race it, too.

As cheap as possible doesn't really mean much either. I mean, you could find an old touring bike and make it into a passable cross bike for under 200 dollars.

The Redline conquest sport has sora and even lower components. Besides bikesdirect it's probably the cheapest geared bike available.
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Hey guys and gals, weighing the option of posting a way similar thread, or jumping on board with this one (apologies, Brett).

I'm in the same boat, however a bit more specific. Since riding on/stopping with discs for the first time, I've wanted to get what is essentially a road bike with disc brakes. I don't want to spend more than $700-$900, not a racer (more of a commuter), and pretty much just want the big wheel action with the MTB disc experience. My current road bike is a low-end Fuji, but I like it - problem is, no disc compatability in the back. I could get the front taken care of with a custom build wheel and some new forks, but would rather have disc on both.

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Sometimes cheap is expensive because you wind up with a piece of crap. For $799 I purchased a new Surly Crosscheck that will last a long time. Cheap is one thing , best value is another thing. Don`t be cheap.
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Sometimes cheap is expensive because you wind up with a piece of crap. For $799 I purchased a new Surly Crosscheck that will last a long time. Cheap is one thing , best value is another thing. Don`t be cheap.
Without the discs, I may as well get a road bike, no? The closest thing I've seen to what I'm looking for is a Jamis Coda Elite, but was wondering if there was a maker out there I had overlooked?
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This is the bike with the lowest end specs that has discs that I know of, though cannondales do not tend to be cheap:

Cross XR7

Though I'd much rather buy a crosscheck, personally. Cantis have good stopping power, especially with kool stop brake pads.
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Sometimes cheap is expensive because you wind up with a piece of crap. For $799 I purchased a new Surly Crosscheck that will last a long time. Cheap is one thing , best value is another thing. Don`t be cheap.
yea this is the kind of thing i meant. I realized a conversion could have been the cheapest option, but this is what i really meant

thanks!
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Old 12-17-07, 09:40 AM   #10
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If that is the case, don't forget the Soma Double Cross. About the same price for frame and fork (they have a winter special on the frame) and is made of Tange Prestige.

http://www.somafab.com/frames.html
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Old 12-24-07, 06:09 AM   #11
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what size frame are you looking for
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I just built a Scattante frame (Performance house brand) Picked up frame/fork for about $220. Great bike. Very happy with it.

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Without the discs, I may as well get a road bike, no?
As long as there's enough clearance for tires, yeah. I don't think I'll ever be able to put a typical cross tire on my road bike.
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Old road frames that came w/ 27" wheels will fit bigger tires on 700c wheels no problem. I run 35mm tires on mine and there is still plenty of room. stock side pull brakes, too.
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I don't think I'll ever be able to put a typical cross tire on my road bike.
Ask your LBS about a frame stretcher then bigger tires might fit.
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Old 12-28-07, 11:10 AM   #16
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I just built a Scattante frame (Performance house brand) Picked up frame/fork for about $220. Great bike. Very happy with it.

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I'm in the process of building an Ultegra/105 racer for my wife with a Scattante frame. I'm very impressed what you get in the package for the money. The frame is the same quality as an entry level Kona, or Redline for a lot less.

The bike should come in @ 20 pounds when done. I'll post pics.
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Look at the NOS Schwinn SuperSport DBX

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...estore_ID=1366

http://www.thebicycleoutlet.com/inde...shop&Itemid=37
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Bought the Scattante as well. Right around $200 for the frame and fork. Came with touch up paint and a replacements hanger for the rd. The frame is a few grams heavy, but I've been having a blast on it. Have never ridden a cross bike before so I don't have much to compare it to.
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Sometimes cheap is expensive because you wind up with a piece of crap. For $799 I purchased a new Surly Crosscheck that will last a long time. Cheap is one thing , best value is another thing. Don`t be cheap.
Where was this?

I'm still amazed that cyclocross bicycles are expensive compared to other bike when they're not fundamentally different.

I'm looking to get a 'cross to just tool around on trails and perhaps commute this coming spring/summer but I'm not really wanting to part w/$1k for a bicycle. Ideally, I'd like to spend about $600 on a steel bike. I shy away from the cheaper BD options because I don't want aluminum and I hate the idea of integrated headsets.
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Cross bikes start at about the same price/component level as road bikes.
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Cross bikes start at about the same price/component level as road bikes.
Just as an example, BD sells the Surly Cross Check for $899 w/Tiagra components. http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...rosscheck2.htm Seems a bit high for that level of spec IMO. I'd at least like to see a 105 rear derailleur or perhaps a Deore.

My search continues...
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I've been lurking and doing a lot of searches through the forums for a while and I wanted to hop on this thread as well. I've been looking at a couple of lower cost new frames to build up, and can't really find to many reviews of them.

The Nashbar X - somebody here on the forum (can't remember off the top of my head) just recently built one up...how do you like it?

Fetish Position - There's a couple in the users forum on the Fetish site, but does anybody here have one?

NYC Crossspeed - I can find a couple of quick comments here and there, seems like they might be heavy, but other than that there isn't too much info around. I realize at the price point for these frames that they are going to be a little heavier.

any thoughts,

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Old 01-04-08, 12:01 PM   #23
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any of the CX bikes in this list at a guess

drop bar, discbrake, 700c, off the peg
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the 2008 kona jake is upgraded from last year's model. it's a pretty awesome bike for the money now. $850

I also just raced a season on a jamis nova pro ($1100) I loved it.
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Look at the IRO Rob Roy.

Singlespeed cross bike for $600.

Good reputation (and lots of posts) in the Fixed forum. If you're willing to deal with a small vendor who may not pick up the phone every time you call, you can get a great bike. I had Tony hand-build a set of wheels for me that totally rocked.
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