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    Cyclocross/Commuter Build thoughts?

    Turns out Brodie isn't going to have a 58cm 2008 Ronin for me, so the plan is to build up a 07 Romax. So I commute 5 days a week on a mostly flat and paved 6.5mile route. The bike will also be used for errands around town, light touring and the occasional triathalon/alleycat. Without vbrake bosses, it can't be used for a CX race (or at least one with people who are sticklers for rules), but I'm ok with that. Yeah, quite the spread of uses, I know. I wasn't going to post this here, but even though this isn't a CX race bike, the expertise and experience of the CX guys in this forum would be much appreciated.


    07 Brodie Romax, 58cm, Alum frame with front and rear rack and fender mounts.
    SRAM Rival Shifters
    SRAM Rival rear derailleur
    SRAM Force front derailleur
    SRAM PC1070 10sp chain
    SRAM OG1070 cassette 12-25
    Avid BB7 Road Front Brake 160mm
    Avid BB7 Road Rear Brake 160mm
    Origin 8 Pro Propulsion Stem
    Origin 8 Elite Carbon Seat post
    Selle Italia Pro Link Light Gel Flow Black
    Pyramyd QR seatpost
    SRAM S300 Cross 46/38
    Crank Bros SPD pedals
    Vittoria EVO Cross XN 700x32
    Spinergy Xyclone 700c disc wheels, 32h yellow spokes
    Rear Rack
    Ortlieb Back Roller Classic Panniers, red
    Planet Bike Cascadia full length fenders




    Thanks for your thoughts!

    -david in fla

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkpowa View Post
    ...Thanks for your thoughts!

    -david in fla
    It's still an awesome build - post some pictures when it's built please.
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    Thanks again!

    I forgot to mention the bars are going to be Salsa Bell Lap Moto Ace in 46cm. They look like a nice flare and very ergo for my wide shoulders and big mitts.

    I chose to go with the SRAM over Shimano for this CX-style build because I thought the solid brake lever vs the pivoting brake/shifter lever of the Shimano would be more solid. Have any of you CX guys run SRAM shifters? My LBS is a big fan of Shimano, but from an engineering perspective I think SRAM is where it's at. Plus the hidden cables look much nicer...

    -david in fla

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    Looks sweet.

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    There is no rule that says you can't run caliper brakes.

    There just ain't no such rule.

    Under the UCI there IS a rule against disk brakes. If it applies to you, you'll know because you'll be an elite racer.

    Cyclocross is pretty much run whatya brung.

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    Can't give you any feedback, except that I am very interested to hear how you are faring with the Vittoria Cross EVO XN tires. I am thinking of getting some myself. I have an old Fisher Sphinx "monster cross" which I use for both road and offroad rides. I run Continental Ultra Gatorskin 28mm on the road, and switch to IRC MythosCX Slick 42mm for offroad. But there are some really nice rides around here (Chiang Mai, Thailand) that start on the road but have lengthy dirt road sections, and I am wondering how these tires would handle such mixed rides. The dirt roads are usually dry, btw. Despite heavy rains (we are in the tropics, after all), water seems to drain away incredibly fast here.

    Cheers,

    Gernot

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    Sounds like a really nice build to me. Any reason for SRAM other than it's different?

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