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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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    Lemond Poprad
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    kelly Knobby X
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by meanwhile View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by non View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by meanwhile View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by cs1 View Post
    That is a nice looking bike. Is it difficult to handle off road with the bars that low?

    Tim

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by the pope View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by MIN View Post
    ^ 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.

    Thanks again

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by acorn_user View Post
    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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