I'm looking at the Kelly Knobby X and the Gunnar CrossHair... anyone have opinons or anything on them??
I don't have experience with either but I have looked at both and considered them both. One thing to keep in mind is that the Kelly is set up with a 135 spaced rear end and is meant to be set up with mostly mtn. bike components. The Gunnar on the other hand is set up with a 130 rear end for road stuff.
They both use good tubing, Ox Patinum on the Kelly and either Ox Plat. or 853 on the Gunnar. The specs list the Kelly as being about .3lbs lighter then the Gunnar.
I like both, but I would go with the Kelly. I just like the bike plus I'm running a 135 rear hub so that just makes sense for me. I also like the straight blade fork on the Kelly better if you plan on getting a frameset.
chech the tire clearance on the kelly, a friend of mine had one and he could not use anything larger then a 30c knobby tire without rubbing the rear stays, he got a 32c in but it was more of a touring tire, sorry i dont have great detail but i think it was a '02 frame
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I've been riding a Gunnar for about a month now. I like the frame, it feels great. I don't anything about the Kelly, but I can guarantee that if you buy the right size frame of the Crosshairs and part it well, you'll love the bike. It's not the lightest of frames, but it shouldn't be. They should be slightly overbuilt for off road.
The guy I bought it from was a roadie who worked the lbs. He thought it was a bit too small for him, and gave me a deal. So I would suggest that you find out which frame size is right. The Gunnar has a somewhat longer top tube than some cross bikes, such as a Surly, and you may want to choose depending on what top tube length you need. The seat can always be adjusted much easier than a stem.