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Old 12-15-05, 02:52 PM   #226
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ok, here's my new 'cross bike...



douglas project cross: easton ultra-lite aluminum frame, cromo fork. ultegra ten, avid shorty 6's, salsa 'cross levers, fsa gossamer cranks 48/38, fsa os-140 stem and rd-200 bars, easton/velomax sagitta wheelset, thomson seatpost, ritchie speedmax tires...

i've been doing a ton of single track with it and would like to give 'cross racing a try. it's pretty dialed in, but i really want to try a fork mounted cable hanger because i'm getting a ton of fork vibration desipite all my toe tweaking... i'd also like to ditch the 12-23 cassette i have for perhaps a 25 or 27... blah blah blah
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Here it is. I'll get some better pics posted when I'm done setting up the bike. I'm waiting on a single ring set up so ignore the huge chainring. I'm also waiting on some Eggbeater pedals.




Frame/fork: 2006 Ridley Crossbow, 52 cm
Headset: FSA
Stem: Ritchey Pro 100mm.
Bars: Ritchey Pro, as wide as I could get em!!
Seatpost: Thomson Elite
Saddle: Fizik Alainte
BB: Veloce
Cranks: Veloce, but waiting on chainrings from TA through LBS for a single ring set up.
Wheelset: Fulcrum Racing 5's, reasonable price and can take a ton of abuse
Brakes: Paul Neo-Retro
Shifters: Campy Veloce 10's
Rear Der: Campy Centaur 10's
Front Der: none right now, but Campy Centaur on standby when I want the double chainrings.
Pedals: cheapo shimano's until I can get some crank bros. eggbeaters
Cassette: Campy Chorus 12-25
Tires: Michelin Cyclo Cross Jet
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Old 12-26-05, 10:34 PM   #228
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ok, here's my new 'cross bike...



douglas project cross: easton ultra-lite aluminum frame, cromo fork. ultegra ten, avid shorty 6's, salsa 'cross levers, fsa gossamer cranks 48/38, fsa os-140 stem and rd-200 bars, easton/velomax sagitta wheelset, thomson seatpost, ritchie speedmax tires...

i've been doing a ton of single track with it and would like to give 'cross racing a try. it's pretty dialed in, but i really want to try a fork mounted cable hanger because i'm getting a ton of fork vibration desipite all my toe tweaking... i'd also like to ditch the 12-23 cassette i have for perhaps a 25 or 27... blah blah blah
Nice bike!!! How do you like those Ritchey tires (and what size are they). I'm looking to get a pair myself for varied paved and dry/hard unpaved surfaces.
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Old 12-29-05, 12:16 PM   #229
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first build:

frameset: '04 (i think) conquest pro
wheels: shimano 600's laced 3x to mavic open pro cd's
tires: ritchey speedmax cross (700 x 32).
cranks: ultegra double, 53 - 39 (need to get a 46)
cassette: ultegra 9-speed (12-27)
front mech: ultegra
rear mech: ultegra
shifters: ultegra
saddle: selle italia gel
seatpost: pos thomson
bars: salsa bell-lap
stem: no-name
brakes: radius rear (anyone know where to get these? the spring on one of the calipers snapped, and i can't find a replacement ANYWHERE), oryx front
pedals: spd 959

any and all comments and critiques appreciated (i'm normally a fixie rider, so all the gears/brakes business was a little new to me)

why dont I see any pictures?
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Old 01-03-06, 11:26 AM   #230
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why dont I see any pictures?
dunno, here it is again
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Old 01-03-06, 04:21 PM   #231
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www.cyclocrossworld.com has radius brakes...
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Old 01-04-06, 11:48 AM   #232
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www.cyclocrossworld.com has radius brakes...

i checked w/ them but they're out of stock, and have no plans to get ay more, but thanks for the tip.

(i ended up getting some on ebay last week)
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Old 01-04-06, 01:40 PM   #233
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i checked w/ them but they're out of stock, and have no plans to get ay more, but thanks for the tip.

(i ended up getting some on ebay last week)
This might have been said in prior pages, but On One sells those same brakes and don't seem to run out of stock.
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My first 'cross bike.
56cm Soma Doublecross, British racing green.
Ultegra 9-sp drivetrain, Dura-Ace bar-end shifters, Truvativ Elita cross cranks, Paul touring cantis and cross levers, WTB grease-guard headset, Salsa cages skewers (its all about the details) and moto-ace Bell Lap bars, Oval stem and post, Brooks B17, SKS fenders, C-dale hubs laced to Mavic CXP-21 rims, Ritchey tires.

I built it for riding paths and trails and doing light touring, haven't put a mile on it yet, but can't wait. I'm really excited to have a cross bike, it seems like it opened up a new realm of possibilities for my riding.
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Old 01-07-06, 02:31 PM   #235
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I'm really excited to have a cross bike, it seems like it opened up a new realm of possibilities for my riding.
Nice build, can not wait to have one myself.
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Got'r done. My first genuine cross bike and a total mutant it is.

Frame is a battle-scarred Redline Conquest retired after helping its previous owner win some championships. Wheels are ancient but barely used 8s Dura-Ace hubs laced to equally old Matrix rims. They're a bit heavy but feel rugged and will do until I lace some sew-up rims on there. I've got Ritchey Speedmax 32s now.

The crank is a single ring D/A with rings homebrewed by the previous owner. Shifters are Mirage 9s Ergo and the rear der is a 105 with the cable hubbubed. Brakes are NOS Suntour XC pros my newly favorite LBS came up with. Bars are Salsa Bell lap and everything is out of some junk box or another except the Specialized BG saddle that came off my main bike because this is now my main bike.

Took it out twice now, mostly off-road single and double track, this is the most confidence I've ever felt on a new bike. It does everything right except for a bit of fork shudder on pavement that I think will go away with some brake adjustment or break in.

It ain't pretty but damn she's fast.

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Old 01-23-06, 09:58 AM   #237
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Nice bike!!! How do you like those Ritchey tires (and what size are they). I'm looking to get a pair myself for varied paved and dry/hard unpaved surfaces.
thanks! i believe the tires are 32c... i love them. they are fast on the pavement and hardpack, but corner great in looser stuff. i've been doing a lot of single track with this bike and found the tires hookup well even in fairly loose terrain. sometimes i'm breaking traction on steep climbs, but i associate it with my gearing (48/38 with a 12-23 cassette) more than a tire issue. overall, i think they make a great tire.

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Old 01-23-06, 12:15 PM   #238
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I really like that Douglas, especially the color.

Im surprised to hear youre unable to remove the chatter by playing with the toe in.

good luck
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Old 01-24-06, 09:26 AM   #239
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I really like that Douglas, especially the color.

Im surprised to hear youre unable to remove the chatter by playing with the toe in.

good luck
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well, toe in helped it a quite a bit, but the chatter still there under hard braking. thus far, i've compromised more squeel for less chatter. this weekend i just picked up some koolstop non-cartridge pads for the front so we'll see how that goes. also, i'm no pro mechanic, but i keep all of my bikes running decently well... my road bike and mountain bike brakes are setup ok and function properly... put me in front of some canti's and i start crying like a little girl. they seem so simple, but are so complicated!
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Just got it done so I thought I'd throw some pictures up for all to see. I built the bike up using parts I had from another frame I sold on ebay. I have only been on the road with it so far so I don't know yet what it's like off road. I have a race in a week and a half so I am going out this weekend to mess around with it. I am psyched though, the four races I did in the fall I used a friends spare that was a size 56. This baby's a 52 and actually fits. I'll give you a ride report when I get a chance.

Frame: Ridley Crossbow
Drivetrain: Ultegra/105
Brakes: Avid Shorty 6
Wheels: Shimano R540
Tires: Bontrager CX Jones
Seat Post: Ritchey Pro
Stem: 3T something
Bars: Salsa Pro Rode


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Old 02-13-06, 07:44 AM   #241
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Just got it done so I thought I'd throw some pictures up for all to see. I built the bike up using parts I had from another frame I sold on ebay. I have only been on the road with it so far so I don't know yet what it's like off road. I have a race in a week and a half so I am going out this weekend to mess around with it. I am psyched though, the four races I did in the fall I used a friends spare that was a size 56. This baby's a 52 and actually fits. I'll give you a ride report when I get a chance.

Frame: Ridley Crossbow
Drivetrain: Ultegra/105
Brakes: Avid Shorty 6
Wheels: Shimano R540
Tires: Bontrager CX Jones
Seat Post: Ritchey Pro
Stem: 3T something
Bars: Salsa Pro Rode


That is one bloody attractive bike you've got there.

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Old 02-14-06, 07:56 PM   #242
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My new, 2005 Crosscheck Complete. I swapped out the end shifters for some STI Flightdecks, added Radius inline brake levers and some basic clipless pedals. Bike weighed in at just under 25lbs. I think this might be the coolest bike I've ever seen.

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Old 02-14-06, 08:38 PM   #243
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very nice!
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Old 02-16-06, 11:35 AM   #245
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Here's my ride. It's currently in commuter mode but it can be fitted with Kenda Kwick 700x35's in a jiffy. Fetish Cycles Ankh, 105's all around, Avid Shorty 6 brakes, Sug 48/36 Crank, Eggbeaters, Ultegra 12-27 9-speed, Fetish Carbon Seatpost, Kestral Carbon Bars 44cm with Ritchey Pro 120 stem, Cane Creek S2 headset, borrowed Bianchi Carbon Fork, Velocity Arrowheads wrapped with Mich Carbons 700x23, and WTB Saddle. Very fast and very lightweight with potential for more weight loss. Belly included.
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Old 02-17-06, 12:47 PM   #246
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Damn, that is a nice ride, Very stealth indeed.
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Frame/fork: Kelly Luscious X Trutemper S3 / Kelly 29er Disc
Headset: King Dreadset
Stem: Ritchey Pro Road
Bars: Ritchey Biomax 42cm
Seatpost: Thompson Elite
Saddle: Flite Ti
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Cranks: Dura Ace Triple 7703
Rear Wheel: King ISO Disc / Mavic Open Pro / 36 x 15 g straight 3 cross / Brass Nipples
Front Wheel: King ISO Disc / Mavic Open Pro / 32 x 15 g straight 3 cross / Brass Nipples
Brakes: Avid BB7 Road Disc
Shifters: Dura-Ace 7703
Rear Der: Dura-Ace 7800
Front Der: Dura-Ace 7703
Pedals: Shimano 959
Cassette: Dura-Ace 9 speed
Tires: Michelin Jet S
Built by Bobcat Bicycles, Salinas, CA
22.6 lbs with pedals

It was really a crap shoot when I was searching for a quality steel frame, but I got lucky as it seems Chris Kelly knows a thing or two about building bikes. The bike rides so well I thought the tires were low, even though I had checked them just minutes earlier. I don't know how he did it, but the feel of the bike is truly unique, as if there really was a suspension hidden in there somewhere. Cracks and sharp edges pass by with a muted thump reminiscent of a BMW with new shocks, the same imperfections that knock my hands off the bars on my steel frame no-suspension mtb with fatty slicks.

Yet when I put the power down, the bike responds well and has handling to match. Truly amazing, and perfect for the 'city beater' role the bike will play. I'm no expert, but production frames I've ridden can't even come close the experience this bike offers.

steel is real
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Old 02-17-06, 07:19 PM   #248
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I just won this off of ebay...hope to see it soon! rock lobster in scuba yellow.
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great looking ride! I like the way the stem, post and cranks match!
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excuse me asking. is it russian? is it in cyrillic? does it read kosmo??
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