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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 09-16-04, 08:30 PM   #76
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Redline Conquest--I think it's a 2002, but I'm not sure. If anybody knows, do tell.

The frame, fork, stem, headset, and cranks are stock. Bought off e-bay. Everything else is new and after looking at what the original component list included (Sora, etc.), definitely an upgrade. We will see how she holds up in a race at the end of the month.
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Old 09-16-04, 10:19 PM   #77
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Yes, it was a triple set of 16" barricades. It really is not that hard, just carry some speed into a barricade and hope that you get up high enough because to not would be very very ugly when you are going that fast.
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Old 09-20-04, 02:20 PM   #78
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Here's my 2004 Axis. I love this thing.
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My new racing machine...

Frame: 2003 Redline Team CX frame - Scandium, 48cm
Fork: Redline 7005 cross
Headset: Cane Creek S6, 1 1/8"
Stem: Profile H2O, -15, 90mm
Handlebar: Ritchey WCS, 42cm
Shifters/Brake Levers: Shimano 105, 5500
Brakes: Shimano LX M-System Cantilevers w/ Kool Stop Eagle2 pads
Wheelset: Performance Fuego wheelset
Tires: Ritchey SpeedMax Cross, 700x32c
Front Derailer: Shimano 105, 5500
Rear Derailer: Shimano 105, 5500
Bottom Bracket: Shimano Dura-Ace 7700, 109.5mm/68mm
Crankset: Shimano 105, 5500, w/ Ritchey 48/38 cross rings
Pedals: Time ATAC
Cassette: Shimano Ultegra, 12-25
Chain: SRAM PC59
Seatpost: American Classic, 250 x 27.2mm
Saddle: Selle Italia XO

Just had it weighed at the LBS, 19.5lbs on the dot with a Cateye Velo2 computer.
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Old 09-28-04, 08:26 AM   #80
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My new 2005 Kona Jake the Snake:

I'm very happy with it, although the transition from a mtb is harder on my neck than I thought it would be! I can't get over the speed though, I can't wait to try it with slicks next summer.
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Old 09-28-04, 03:09 PM   #81
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My cross' bike is an old reliegh mtb that I put an extra wide BB on, to acomidate striaght cranks and a single chainring(currently a 42 tooth)I still have a casset in back, but hope to turn single speed soon.A straighter fork was put on,and narow tires.I hope to go to drops, and maybe 700c's with it by the end of the season.It weights maybe 25 pounds, proof a mtb bike can be cheap and light and reasonably effective for cross.investment so far:about 150 bucks!
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Old 09-29-04, 08:31 AM   #82
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Here are some pics of my early '70s Gitane that I modified into a 'cross "look alike":

Reynolds 531 frame (w/canti and cable braze ons added), Peugeot unicrown fork
Paint is DuPont Centara, Chevy truck white
Campy Strada crank (43t) w/homemade "bashgard"
B17 saddle
Chainstay guard is leather string from the fabric store wrapped around an old inner tube!
Cool bike.

Did you make that chain ring guard and are you using one on the inside as well?
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Old 09-29-04, 02:35 PM   #83
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'02 Lemond Popad - with some goodies.

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Old 10-01-04, 07:20 PM   #84
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My brand new Jake the snake 2005, arrived today...

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Old 10-02-04, 02:45 PM   #85
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Nice bike. By now you must have a few miles behind you. What's the verdict?
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Old 10-04-04, 02:52 PM   #86
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It's a little bit heavier that i thought it would be but i'm very satisfied with how it handle. It deliver a very smooth ride an are very stable in the mud.

I'm gonna change seatpost and saddle and will shave 0,4 kg, the original saddle is horrible for me, to wide at the wrong place. I also gonna change to triple chainrings tho i wanna ride at singletracks.

A question: Can i fit a MTB-crank for instance a XT if i exchange the crankshaft (is that the right word?) and the front derilliair (spelling???)

Sorry for my bad english, i'm swedish...
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Here's a lil ride that I have been building over the summer. Full DA with Alpha Q fork, carbon bar, stem, and chain ring guard, Avid TI brakes, and those light Xero wheels.
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Old 10-04-04, 03:15 PM   #88
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Here's a lil ride that I have been building over the summer. Full DA with Alpha Q fork, carbon bar, stem, and chain ring guard, Avid TI brakes, and those light Xero wheels.
Nice. Are those Xero XR-1 or XR-3 or XR-4 wheels? If they're XR-1, how are they holding up to off-road riding?
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They are the Xero Lite XR 2. No problems with them so far. Had them for just under a year and they still do not need to be trued.
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Thanks, the XR2 must be older... I don't see them on their website, http://www.xerowheel.com.
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Old 10-05-04, 05:47 PM   #91
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Here is my new Soma Cross bike....only been ridden a few times since this is my first cross season....its a blast so far!
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Old 10-06-04, 11:30 PM   #92
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here's my Orbit, built up for commuting. i don't know too much about the frame. it was given to me by my brother, who has convinced me to try racing Cyclocross on it this season. it's a 57cm Reynolds 531. right now it's weighing in around 23 pounds. i've got some egg beaters and a short cage dura ace 9 speed derailleur on the way.





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Old 10-07-04, 10:11 AM   #93
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i'd change that white bar tape if you're gonna race...
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Old 10-07-04, 01:01 PM   #94
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wait, won't they just be brown/black after the race anyway <g>
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Syncros-CL6: isn't such an extreme slooping toptube a problem when shouldering your bike?
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Some new pics. of my 2005 Jake the snake in the swedish autumn. I've changed saddle and seatpost, the rest is original.
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Just finished building up my new cannondale cross. I did every last bit of work on this bike. Took it in to have the bb and headtube faced and that is it.

Frame: Cannondale Cross/optimo
Headset: King
Stem: Truvativ Rouleur
Handlebar: Truvativ Rouleur
Wheels: King hubs, Mavic open pro 36H
Tires: Schwalbe Marathon 32's (for commuting)
Crank: Truvativ Elita Cyclocross Double
Pedals: Crank Bros egg beaters
Derailers and shifters: Dura Ace STI, front and rear Derailers
Seat/Seatpost: 1-X racing suspension seatpost, terry saddle
Brakes: Avid Mech disc
Cassette: Shimano Ultegra
Chain: Sram PC59
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Just finished building up my new cannondale cross. I did every last bit of work on this bike. Took it in to have the bb and headtube faced and that is it.

Frame: Cannondale Cross/optimo
Headset: King
Stem: Truvativ Rouleur
Handlebar: Truvativ Rouleur
Wheels: King hubs, Mavic open pro 36H
Tires: Schwalbe Marathon 32's (for commuting)
Crank: Truvativ Elita Cyclocross Double
Pedals: Crank Bros egg beaters
Derailers and shifters: Dura Ace STI, front and rear Derailers
Seat/Seatpost: 1-X racing suspension seatpost, terry saddle
Brakes: Avid Mech disc
Cassette: Shimano Ultegra
Chain: Sram PC59
Where's the pic?
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working on getting the pic uploaded.
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jfmckenna,

Yes, I did make the bashgard myself. Sorry to answer so late.

I make them at work out of 11g aluminum sheet. First I spray it with layout fluid and scribe the circles I want with a compass. The outer circle I rough cut with a bandsaw and then smooth it out with a high-speed vertical sander. The inner circle for the crank spider I punch out with a hydralic hole punch designed for electrical cabinets and I use a small lever punch for the chainring bolts. Of course there is alot of final filing to do to get everything to line up and fit. The paint is just a can job but the primer is Zissner "Stain-Killer" (applied with a gun) so it won't chip off. The result is not perfect but looks halfway decent. There is a Third Eye Chain Watcher on the other side of the crank that I painted white.

Ideally I could get the thing all machined in a fraction of the time but I'm afraid that would raise too many eyebrows, especially from a few of the nosy busybodies that work there!

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