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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 06-20-08, 02:07 PM   #1
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Steel Cylcocross Frames, what are my options?

I'm considering building a fair-weather commuting & training bike and like the heavy duty design of most steel cyclocross frames.

Any suggestions?

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Crosscheck

It's not very cross, but the KHS Flite 220 is a very cheap 4130 road bike built around Tektro 365 long reach caliper brakes (=huge tire+fender clearance and possibly less fussy to set up than cantis), and it has full rack and fender eyelets.

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Voodoo makes a steel cx bike, wazoo I believe.
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Pretty sure that bikesdirect has mentioned at least a 4130, and possibly an 853 model coming in the not too distant future.
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cross bikes like the road too!

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There's always the Legolas from Rivendell. And of course the custom builders - how much you looking to lay out for this?
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MIN will use ANY excuse to post that sick Lemond of his. Not that I mind looking at it.
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Considering that LeMonds will be no more, it is practically an endangered species.
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salsa la cruz is another steel frame TT OX platinum frame as with the Lemond.
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Masi has one too. I forget what it is called.

OTOH, the new Raleigh Sojourn would be a beautiful and strong companion. And it includes a Brooks saddle!

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Two new bikes: - Planet X Uncle John. - Cotic Road Rat, long or short wheel base version. Both are cromo and disc capable. You might also look at a hardtail 29er MTB like the Surly Karate Monkey, maybe with Midge drop bars.
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Two new bikes: - Planet X Uncle John. - Cotic Road Rat, long or short wheel base version. Both are cromo and disc capable. You might also look at a hardtail 29er MTB like the Surly Karate Monkey, maybe with Midge drop bars.
Woah, the Cotic is pretty cool. Never saw that before.
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Woah, the Cotic is pretty cool. Never saw that before.
Cotic have made a name for themselves in mountain bikes. Planet X are a twin company to the famous single speed company On One. The Uncle John builds up very pretty, although it looks more conventional than the Rat:




- shame I couldn't found a picture of a bike built with disks.

EDIT TO ADD: I ***thought*** this was cromo, but now I'm not sure. The makers webpage just says "triple butted".

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Cotic have made a name for themselves in mountain bikes. Planet X are a twin company to the famous single speed company On One. The Uncle John builds up very pretty, although it looks more conventional than the Rat:




- shame I couldn't found a picture of a bike built with disks.
That is a nice looking bike. Is it difficult to handle off road with the bars that low?

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That is a nice looking bike. Is it difficult to handle off road with the bars that low?

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Alas, this one's not my bike. I'm thinking of getting one to replace my Sirrus when I have the Bike 2 Work scheme (huge UK tax break) sorted out. Probably with Midge Bars, BB7s, and just possibly an Alfine internal hub. (From which you can tell I have no intention of racing it...)
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Isn't the Uncle John aluminum?
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Isn't the Uncle John aluminum?
Yes, it is. It's still a nice bike though.

The Kaffenback is steel though, if that is what you want.

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^ Looks like the On-One.
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^ Looks like the On-One.
It is. Planet X and On-One are the same people... Planet X being the road/triathlon portion of the company and On-One being the MTB side... Cross is where they overlap.
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Thanks for clarifying... it seems like a versatile frame.
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Thanks for the info!

If I hadn't already overspent on bike (& alpine ski) gear this year I would be searching out a Lemond Poprad.

I'll add a reply when I pull the trigger on something.

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Michael,
I have the Kaffenback. the steel frame/fork was only $ 300 shipped, but it got pricy building it up -- it has road crank 53/39 and 9 spd cassette (all shimano 105), easton midrise bar handlebar and r/fire shifters and avid shorty 4 c/lever brakes kenda kwick 30 tires. I find it to be a great for commuting on tough roads/ trails/ etc. while compromising little versus road bikes. it also takes fenders (barely clears the tires).

HOWEVER, I would not call it a cyclocross bike. If you're at all thinking about casual cx racing, you may want to spend an extra $ 100 for the surly crosscheck frameset. But, I think the Kaffenback is much better looking!
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Masi has one too. I forget what it is called.

OTOH, the new Raleigh Sojourn would be a beautiful and strong companion. And it includes a Brooks saddle!
Masi Speciale CX = steel frame

CXR = aluminum

both nice looking bikes and well-spec'd.
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