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Old 10-15-05, 08:14 PM   #201
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My new Surly Cross Check:


Its shown in full commuter dress
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Old 10-16-05, 05:47 PM   #202
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Used frame, recently acquired, but new to me - Specialized S-Works CX - unusual for that frame as it has a Specialized C2 Carbon fork; built up with FSA MegaExo BB and SLK Carbon Cross Crank, 46-36, Dura-Ace Rear Derailleur, Ultegra Front, Paul Neo-Retro Canti on front, Touring canti on rear, Dura-Ace BarCons mounted on Kelly Take-Offs - puts shifters up on brake levers - lighter and simpler than STI's, but just as convenient. Ultegra hubs, Mavic Open-Pro rims, 32 spoke, cross 3.
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Old 10-17-05, 07:53 AM   #203
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Neat, I've never seen shifters like those before...where exactly are they mounted?
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Old 10-17-05, 09:06 AM   #204
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Used frame, recently acquired, but new to me - Specialized S-Works CX - unusual for that frame as it has a Specialized C2 Carbon fork; built up with FSA MegaExo BB and SLK Carbon Cross Crank, 46-36, Dura-Ace Rear Derailleur, Ultegra Front, Paul Neo-Retro Canti on front, Touring canti on rear, Dura-Ace BarCons mounted on Kelly Take-Offs - puts shifters up on brake levers - lighter and simpler than STI's, but just as convenient. Ultegra hubs, Mavic Open-Pro rims, 32 spoke, cross 3.
Nice frame you got there!

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Old 10-17-05, 03:01 PM   #205
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Neat, I've never seen shifters like those before...where exactly are they mounted?
The mountings for the shift levers clamp under your brake levers. I've used them for a couple of years on my tandem, so I can attest to how well they work. Kelly provides the mounts - you supply the shift levers and brake levers. I use Bar ends, but braze on type downtube shifters also work.

For a picture go to http://www.kellybike.com/2nd_xtra_takeoff.html
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Old 10-18-05, 07:53 PM   #206
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My new Surly Cross Check:


Its shown in full commuter dress
Is that a green one? can you post a bigger pic? thanks
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Old 10-19-05, 06:49 PM   #207
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I'm still figgurin' out how to post pictures
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Old 10-19-05, 07:07 PM   #208
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or try this



And yes it is green
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Old 10-19-05, 09:38 PM   #209
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nice, thanks. hey, what size is that?
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Old 10-20-05, 04:06 AM   #210
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62 cm
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Old 10-20-05, 10:04 AM   #211
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This is my first cyclecross bike. Doing my first race this weekend so we'll see how it goes. My end up making it a SS.
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Old 10-30-05, 01:32 PM   #212
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Bianchi reparto corse with a mix of ultegra,DA, and Ritchey. It rides great on road or single track.
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Old 10-30-05, 02:04 PM   #213
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sorry,didn't get file attached
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Old 10-30-05, 02:24 PM   #214
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or try this



And yes it is green
now with that frame so big, and those water bottle holders so low, tell me how do you reach your bottle when you ride!
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Old 10-30-05, 02:34 PM   #215
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uhhhhhhhhhh -- long arms
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Old 11-05-05, 12:11 PM   #216
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- was browsing the aisle at the LBS last week, when i felt a tug on my leg... this bike jumped out of the lineup of Colnagos, Sevens, and IFs and bit me! i couldn't resist, so here's a pic of my new Serotta Fierte Cross:



frame made in Saratoga Springs, NY:



stem and seat post made in Macon, GA:





- just came back from a 20-mile maiden voyage - somehow the bike was set up perfectly right from the shop with no fitting and no input from me at all! i guess the wrenches there are prescient?

- i'm a happy camper!
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Old 11-08-05, 12:15 PM   #217
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Cannondale Cyclocross RX800

The Good: Light and fast, and extremely versatile; I've gone camping by putting a rack, panniers, a tent and sleeping bag on the back. Wheels are rock solid.

The Bad: It was a MUCH softer ride when I rode with Spinergy SPOX, but was too concerned about wheel failure.

The Ugly: Nothing . . . I love it! Seriously though, the brakes have no stopping power. Radius brakes suck.

The bike has some interesting history. It was formerly raced pro by Alex Candelario (Big Shark/Cannondale). More here at my site.
Frameset: Cannondale CAAD3 Aluminum
Fork: Kinesis Crosslight Silver Aluminum
Wheels: Mavic CXP33
Spokes: double-butted/triple laced
Hubs: Ultegra Silver
Skewers: Q-Sticks
Tires: Richey Speedmax Cross (700 x 32).
Chainwheel: Dura-Ace double (39-46)
Crank: 72.5 mm
Cassette: 9-speed cassette (12-27)
Front Derailleur: Shimano 105
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra
Shifters: Dura-Ace STI
Saddle: Fizik Pave
Seatpost: Forte
Handlebars: Ritchey Pro Road
Stem: Forte
Brakeset: Radius
Pedals: Shimano 600

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Old 11-23-05, 10:11 AM   #218
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06 Axis, my first cross bike.
damn, that '06 paint job sure beats the hell out of the goofy, checker flag design on my '04. great bike, tho.

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Old 11-25-05, 05:02 PM   #219
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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)
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Old 11-26-05, 03:08 PM   #220
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The guys at cyclocrossworld.com might be able to help with the Radius brakes.
http://www.store.yahoo.com/cyclocrossworld/racabr.html
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Old 11-28-05, 10:54 PM   #221
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06 Axis, my first cross bike.
That's just beautiful
Do you know how heavy it is?
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Old 11-28-05, 11:14 PM   #222
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I may as well...




Frame/fork: 2006 LeMond Poprad, 52cm.
Headset: Cane Creek S6
Stem: Salsa SUL 120mm, 17deg. I want to change this out for a 130mm Bontrager Race X Lite. Soon.
Bars: Salsa Bell Lap, 42cm (I think. 40cm maybe.)
Seatpost: Bontrager Race X Lite
Saddle: WTB Somethingorother. This'll be replaced soon also. Maybe with a Fizik Arione.
BB: Truvativ Giga Pipe. I don't like this, but it works.
Cranks: FSA Gossamer Cross. AFAIK, this isn't made anymore.
Rear Wheel: Bontrager Race. This'll get changed out for something a little lighter down the road.
Front Wheel: American Classic / Velocity Aerohead, 28h. this belongs on my road bike, but it's doing dual-duty right now since this bike doesn't have a front wheel of it's own. Whatever I wind up getting will match what I replace the rear with.
Brakes: Paul Neo-Retro
Shifters: Shimano Ultegra
Rear Der: Shimano Ultegra
Front Der: Shimano 105
Pedals: Time ATAC XS
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace 12-25
Tires: Kenda Kwick, 35mm
Misc: Avid Rollamajig.

Yes, I know the shifters look out of alignment. They are. Those photos were taken before the bike was fully built. If you look closely you can also see that the steerer is uncut.
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Old 11-30-05, 02:03 AM   #223
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Tires: Kenda Kwick, 35mm
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What do you think of the tires? I have Kenda Kwick 700x30 and haven't had problems so far (2 months) but I've read some bad reviews.
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Old 12-09-05, 09:23 PM   #224
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If you are still trying to convert you mtb to a cyclocross bike:
1st: If you just want downturned handle bars any bike shop can do that. You just need to buy a new handle bar and new shifters and pay for the labor.

2nd: I you want to convert your wheels to 700c then you have to buy new wheels, find long brake arms (your current mtb brake arms won't work), as well as convert the handle bar and shifters
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Old 12-10-05, 12:02 PM   #225
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What do you think of the tires? I have Kenda Kwick 700x30 and haven't had problems so far (2 months) but I've read some bad reviews.
Not so bad in my experience. I've only raced on them once. I originally bought them for bike polo, and they seemed to work great for that. I'd also use them for winter commuting and i didn't have many problems.

With that said, they're a bit worn, and I'll probably be switching to something else when I replace them. I'm not sure what, though.
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