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    A new K2 Enemy for $750, a good buy?

    My local REI store has a XL K2 Enemy Cyclocross bike on close out. The frame is marginally large, so I need to evaluate the fit, but the price is right, $750. The store might negotiate further now that the season is ending and the floor space will be changed over.

    Is the bike a good buy? I'm thinking the parts are worth more than the asking price, it has a carbonfiber fork.

    Here are the product specs


    Frame: Butted 7005 Series Aluminum Cyclocross Frame, Reflex Road Tubing
    Fork: Carbon Blades, Aluminum Crown & Steerer
    Front Derailleur: FSA Energy
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105
    Shifters: Shimano 105 STI
    Cassette: Shimano 105 10sp Cassette, 11-25t
    Crankset: FSA Omega Compact MegaExo, Aluminum Rings (34/50t)
    Bottom Bracket: FSA MegaExo
    Chain: KMC DX-10SC w/ Removable Link
    Wheelset: Alex A-Class ALX-220
    Tires: Vittoria Cross XG Pro, (700 x 32c)
    Brakes: Kore Kross Race Cantilevers
    Brake Levers: Shimano 105 STI
    Headset: 1.125" Threadless, Integrated
    Stem: K2 Fit System (By: NVO), Cold-Forged Aluminum
    Handlebar: Kore Road Race
    Grips: K2 Weather-Resistant Bar Wrap (w/ Gel Padding)
    Seatpost Clamp: Alloy
    Seatpost: 2014-T6 Aluminum, 3D Forged, (w/ Micro-Adjust Clamp)
    Saddle: Selle San Marco Ponza K (w/ Kevlar Rear Panels)
    Pedals: Crank Brothers MXR Clipless
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    Does anyone have an opinion based on the specs?
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    750 for an aluminum frame and 105 components is pretty good. The only bike with similar specs at that price point that comes to mind is a fuji cross comp.

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    I have the 07, which I also got on closeout at REI. Mine was 800 with Tiagra though...oh wel.

    It's a good enough bike, especially for the price the components are good. The gearing isn't great for cross, but would be good if you are commuting or road riding a lot. I just converted mine to a single chainring anyways. I need to take some updated pictures of it with the BBG bash guard and short cage Ultegra rear derailleur.

    The handling is pretty slack for a cross bike. Talish headtube too, at least on the 07. I like the stable handling, but you may prefer something a bit quicker. Also, my 07 doesn't have seatstay rack mounts, but it does have fork and rear dropout fender mounts. Again, not a big deal to me, but if you're using it mainly as a commuter or something it may not be what you're looking for.

    Also lookign at the specs it loks like they upgraded the drivetrain but kind of skimped in some other areas as compared to previous years. But it's still a prety fantastic deal. 750 is usually a mix of Sora and Tiagra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M_S View Post
    I have the 07, which I also got on closeout at REI. Mine was 800 with Tiagra though...oh wel.

    It's a good enough bike, especially for the price the components are good. The gearing isn't great for cross, but would be good if you are commuting or road riding a lot. I just converted mine to a single chainring anyways. I need to take some updated pictures of it with the BBG bash guard and short cage Ultegra rear derailleur.

    The handling is pretty slack for a cross bike. Talish headtube too, at least on the 07. I like the stable handling, but you may prefer something a bit quicker. Also, my 07 doesn't have seatstay rack mounts, but it does have fork and rear dropout fender mounts. Again, not a big deal to me, but if you're using it mainly as a commuter or something it may not be what you're looking for.

    Also lookign at the specs it loks like they upgraded the drivetrain but kind of skimped in some other areas as compared to previous years. But it's still a prety fantastic deal. 750 is usually a mix of Sora and Tiagra.
    Thanks,

    Yes, noticed the frame specs scream "Touring", not Cross. The BB drop is 70mm, not the 66mm found on the Soma Double Cross or Surly Cross Check. But I'm be using it as a commuter, so this is a plus for me.

    How do you like the ride? Is it stiff & harsh or more plush?

    Also, I might sell the wheelset, tires & cassette immediately and use something I already own. My guess is that the Alex A-Class ALX-220, Vittoria Cross XG Pro, (700 x 32c) & 10 speed cassette are worth $250. Am I guessing too high?

    Michael
    Last edited by Barrettscv; 08-18-08 at 04:46 PM.
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    750 is a fair price just for the build. since you'll primarily be commuting with it, it sounds perfect. ride it awhile; you could always swap the frame if you don't like it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by isotopesope View Post
    750 is a fair price just for the build. since you'll primarily be commuting with it, it sounds perfect. ride it awhile; you could always swap the frame if you don't like it...
    +1
    Replacement frames are easy to find both new and used. I personally condone picking up the best parts you can. Plus, it sounds like it is perfect for your needs right now.

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    I went to do the deal today and it was sold. I researched component prices on eBay and came up with this summery;


    Frame: Butted 7005 Series Aluminum Cyclocross Frame, Reflex Road Tubing $250
    Fork: Carbon Blades, Aluminum Crown & Steerer $175
    Front Derailleur: FSA Energy $35
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105 $90
    Shifters: Shimano 105 STI $200
    Cassette: Shimano 105 10sp Cassette, 11-25t $50
    Crankset: FSA Omega Compact MegaExo, Aluminum Rings (34/50t) $75
    Bottom Bracket: FSA MegaExo $20
    Chain: KMC DX-10SC w/ Removable Link $25
    Wheelset: Alex A-Class ALX-220 $120
    Tires: Vittoria Cross XG Pro, (700 x 32c) $25
    Brakes: Kore Kross Race Cantilevers $80
    Brake Levers: Shimano 105 STI $200
    Headset: 1.125" Threadless, Integrated
    Stem: K2 Fit System (By: NVO), Cold-Forged Aluminum $80
    Handlebar: Kore Road Race $50
    Grips: K2 Weather-Resistant Bar Wrap (w/ Gel Padding) $25
    Seatpost Clamp: Alloy $10
    Seatpost: 2014-T6 Aluminum, 3D Forged, (w/ Micro-Adjust Clamp) $40
    Saddle: Selle San Marco Ponza K (w/ Kevlar Rear Panels) $40
    Pedals: Crank Brothers MXR Clipless $30

    I come up with $1600 if I was to buy all the parts online.

    Is this possible?
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    Yeah, but building up from the parts alone is always more expensive. It's a good deal though. If you want one, try to order it.

    Ride: Definately on the stable side, and pretty comfy for aluminum, I think, but I'm not super sensitive to that. And they did change the rear triangle for 09, so who knows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M_S View Post
    Yeah, but building up from the parts alone is always more expensive. It's a good deal though. If you want one, try to order it.

    Ride: Definitely on the stable side, and pretty comfy for aluminum, I think, but I'm not super sensitive to that. And they did change the rear triangle for 09, so who knows.
    Thanks for the info. I was not able to find the bike in my size. A 2007 medium size is available at one of the REI stores in Atlanta.

    I was able to find a new 2007 Felt F1X for $810. I purchased it on Saturday.

    Michael
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