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    Quote Originally Posted by helloamerican View Post
    thanks, it rides like a dream. is yours the same 08' frame? i originally was going to do rival but caved after planning it out a couple times... if i were to do some serious cross i'd probably switch out some components for more durable options.
    yeah, it's an '08. I love the bike, it rides like a dream. Best aluminum frame I have ever ridden, it's so stiff, hopefully it will increase once I get carbon cranks and a better wheelset.

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    New fork and tires

    It's none of my business what other people think of me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M_S View Post
    How do you like those cranks? They're pretty cheap a lot of places.
    I have the same crank on my Specialized CX and like it a lot--very stiff and seem to have narrower Q factor than other cranks I've tried.

    A couple words of warning: these were recalled due to fracturing on the non-drive side. The machining seems to have weakened them in the mid-section of the NDS arm. See details here: http://www.ritcheylogic.com/news_article.php?id=495 . But they did fix the problem by beefing up this part of the crank and reissuing--just make sure whatever cranks you're looking at have the date code after the problem became known.

    Also, these take a Shimano Octalink BB, which for a while were becoming hard to find--I think they've since started offering more options for replacement in their 105 line (phasing out Ultegra and Dura Ace). All the same, a cheap crank will still require some more investment in an outmoded (but still perfectly fine) BB.

    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbjack View Post
    I have the same crank on my Specialized CX and like it a lot--very stiff and seem to have narrower Q factor than other cranks I've tried.

    A couple words of warning: these were recalled due to fracturing on the non-drive side. The machining seems to have weakened them in the mid-section of the NDS arm. See details here: http://www.ritcheylogic.com/news_article.php?id=495 . But they did fix the problem by beefing up this part of the crank and reissuing--just make sure whatever cranks you're looking at have the date code after the problem became known.

    Also, these take a Shimano Octalink BB, which for a while were becoming hard to find--I think they've since started offering more options for replacement in their 105 line (phasing out Ultegra and Dura Ace). All the same, a cheap crank will still require some more investment in an outmoded (but still perfectly fine) BB.

    Hope this helps.
    Thanks. The ones I was looking at are ISIS.

    TBH I probably would run them on my SS road bike rather than my cross bike, as I'm pretty happy with my new Race Face cadence cranks (stiff!).

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    My first bike after 15 years of bike-less... Not the best, but it works.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wec12 View Post
    My first bike after 15 years of bike-less... Not the best, but it works.

    i like that moto....thinking of getting one myself, what is the skinny on these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by anaheim flash View Post
    i like that moto....thinking of getting one myself, what is the skinny on these?
    Ah, what did you mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wec12 View Post
    Ah, what did you mean?
    "The skinny" is an old slang term for what's the low down. He's asking you basiclly how is it? Are you by chance under 30?
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    Haha, got it, thanks cs1 ;p .

    I think my Motobecane Fantom CX works great. Have only ridden less than 30 miles on it on the road. It's a really nice entry level bike for a newbie who has a tight budget like me.

    Quote Originally Posted by cs1 View Post
    "The skinny" is an old slang term for what's the low down. He's asking you basiclly how is it? Are you by chance under 30?

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    wtf?
    have i finally faded into that twilite of fogie-dom when no one under the age of dirt can understand what i say?

    HEY YOU KIDS, GET OFF MAH DAMN LAWN!!!!!



    glad to hear the moto gets good marks, as i am on a budget and really needing a better fit

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    Here's my Crosscheck set up in Riv style:


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    Sweet use of barcons as downtube shifters.
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    the main cause of fit problems is riding your bike

    you should have just stopped riding so you could focus on color coordination

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    you need some moustache bars, silver stem and spacers and you are set. (though i personally prefer bar end shifters over downtube shifters)

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    My summer project:



    And my lovely assistant shows off the carbon fork:

    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    new cx

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    My crosser

    Mainly into cycling on the road but going to have a dabble at CX with main aim being the 3 peaks cyclocross this year. Tyres now changed to Schwalbe land cruisers.
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    I'm not a cross rider but I do enjoy hitting up the local MTB trails...
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    Had this ride since late May. Loving it so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddle Up View Post
    New fork and tires

    Awesome bike.
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    Installed the headset and fork. Just throwing on bars, saddle and wheels to get an idea of reach and drop before I break out the hacksaw.



    So far, so good. Although I may flip the stem up.
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    Looks good. What's the build going to be? If you are missing anything, I have a few bit laying around.
    I'm not one for fawning over bicycles, but I do believe that our bikes communicate with us, and what this bike is saying is, "You're an idiot." BikeSnobNYC

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    It's going to be 2x9: A mishmash of DA/Ultegra/105 nine-speed. The crankset I have is a standard 53/39 but I think if I replace the 53 with a 48 (just ordered one from Ben's Cycles), that should be okay with 12-27 in the back. The wheels are Ultegra/Open Pros, Tektro CR 720 cantilevers.

    The question will be tires. I have some Kenda Kwicks from when I tried to jury rig my Trek SS, but I wasn't crazy about them. Any recommendations for the local courses?
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    I'm sure you can get away with the semi slick for the early season. I have some speedmax's that worked well at discovery and Folsom last year. This year I went with tubs so I don't have as many options.

    I'm also running 9 speed on my race bike.. Depending on what time the classes fall out I may do the single speed race too. What class are you in this year? I'm probably doing B master 35 with the a bunch of my BEER teammates.
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    I dunno, is it too embarrassing to be a 3 on the road but a C in CX?
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