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    What is your dream bicycle?

    Long time ago I helped someone (a lot, according to him) and this dude suddenly materialized and wants to give me a present. He knows of my addiction and he's going to buy me a "bike of my dream" for my birthday. I have been looking for a cross bike that could handle some of the road duty, something along the lines of the bike used for Paris-Roubaix. Something that I could ride in the winter and fall on cross tires and fatter road tires during the sping/summer.

    So, if YOU had to select a bike of your dreams, what would you pick? If I had to guess, the guy is willing to spend anywhere from 3 to 5 k USD.


    P.S. My birthday is July 17th, so I don't have much time.

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    Frame - Ridley X-Night
    Groupo- SRAM Rival (Great for cross, just about as light as Force, real durable, I love it on my Salsa)
    Brakes - TRP CR 950's (Carbon and Lightweight but more adjustable than their EuroX's)
    Bars/Seatpost - Stay away from Carbon, I've had good experience with Salsa Products

    So here you're up to about 4k (Competitive Cyclist), use the rest to build up a good set of tubular cross wheels and you're set.

    EDIT: I'm bored so I did up a set of Mavic Open Pro Ceramic Rims with DT Swiss 240's and DT Swiss Revolution Spokes (32 hole). Now you're up to 4500 or so, with plenty left to buy a set of Grifo's or two. If you want to go cheaper they have an excellent deal on an Excalibur built up with Rival too.
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    Steelman, eurocross with Chorus.

    More specific...


    Frame = Steelman eurocross (57.5tt, 55st)
    Fork = Alpha-Q cross
    Group = Record/Chorus mix (chorus rear shifter, and RD, Record carbon brake lever (left), and hubs)
    Cranks = FSA carbon pro
    Pedals = Crank Bros Candy ti
    Wheels = Velocity arrowheads build with Record hubs
    Brakes = TRP euro-X
    Headset = King
    Seat post = Thomson Masterpiece
    Stem = Deda Newton (120mm)
    Bars = Deda 250
    Tires = Challenge Grifo 32s
    44 single up front.

    Bike will weigh around 17.5 pounds.
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    What I did when I built my cross dream bike was to get a Stevens Cyclocross bike, minus gears, in the classifieds, and a new SRAM red group from ebay. This set me back about $3500 and now I have a super-light cross bike with the best gears money can buy. Maybe it's not an option in this case, but I always recommend buying used stuff, it's so much better value for money.

    By the way, he isn't an escaped convict is he? (Great Expectations)

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    Waterford custom steel frame
    Dura-Ace group (46t/39t rings)
    Paul brakes
    Thompson components
    Mavic Reflex laced to White Industries H2 hubs
    FMB tubulars

    For the pit, maybe a singlespeed version of above just for variety.
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    Quote Originally Posted by qw1a View Post
    Long time ago I helped someone (a lot, according to him) and this dude suddenly materialized and wants to give me a present. He knows of my addiction and he's going to buy me a "bike of my dream" for my birthday. I have been looking for a cross bike that could handle some of the road duty, something along the lines of the bike used for Paris-Roubaix. Something that I could ride in the winter and fall on cross tires and fatter road tires during the sping/summer.

    So, if YOU had to select a bike of your dreams, what would you pick? If I had to guess, the guy is willing to spend anywhere from 3 to 5 k USD.

    P.S. My birthday is July 17th, so I don't have much time.
    P.S. I'm just throwing this out there: maybe you want to reconsider accepting such an extravagant gift. I obviously don't know the details, but it seems a bit odd.

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    Guerciotti X-Crow, equipped with 2005 Campy Record (single chainring up front) and ZIPP 404 wheels.
    "Quäl dich, du Sau!" (trans.: "Suffer, you swine!") - Udo Bölts

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    This thread is a bit odd.

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    matt chester makes nice frames.

    but yeah, without knowing any of the details this gesture smacks of ulterior motives.
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    Because when fashion conflicts with function, I vote for function.

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    I'm in love with the Habanero Cross bike.

    I'd get it with a Ritchey WCS carbon fork. Put SRAM Red on there, some Paul Neo-Retros, Thomson stem and post, Phil Hubs on Mavic A 719 rims or Open Pros if you have any mind to run tires skinnier than 28.

    Bar-wise I'm pretty partial to the Ritchey Biomax, but it's a personal thing. I have no need for carbon, like my alu cheapies just fine, even though it's a dream bike.

    Might as well put a Chris King Headset on there if it's a dream bike

    Couldn't tell you how much that runs ya, but it's gotta be in your range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flargle View Post
    P.S. I'm just throwing this out there: maybe you want to reconsider accepting such an extravagant gift. I obviously don't know the details, but it seems a bit odd.
    Maybe he saved his life or something

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    As much as I like steel, if money were no object, I'd have to go with Ti. Specificly, the Moots Psychlo-X:

    http://www.moots.com/#/product/bicyc...oss/psychlo-x/
    Lemond Poprad: Cross/Road
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    "the feel of steel"

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    Ordered. Pictures to follow shortly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qw1a View Post
    Ordered. Pictures to follow shortly.
    Well that didn't take long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qw1a View Post
    Ordered. Pictures to follow shortly.
    So what'd you end up going with?

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