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Old 06-29-09, 01:55 PM   #1
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CX bike build

I am thinking about putting together a bike for the fall and maybe giving it a go. I've got a ton of extra parts laying around from various roadie builds...Ultegra shifters, carbon this, aluminum that, but no frame. Always wanted to build up a CAAD. If I found a CAAD9 (or previous) frame in my size is it a good choice? Any others out there I should be looking for or keeping in mind. Mind you, I'm on a budget and I just want to test the waters before dropping a ton of money.
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No, don't pick a modern road bike frame. The #1 problem is the lack of clearance for larger tires & mud. You need at least enough room for 700 X 32 tires.

This is a good frame, The Soma Double Cross: http://www.somafab.com/dcdc.html
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If you can find a CAAD CX frame then go for it. I love mine. If you find a road frame, it will be far more hassle than it's worth for cross.
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No, don't pick a modern road bike frame. The #1 problem is the lack of clearance for larger tires & mud. You need at least enough room for 700 X 32 tires.

This is a good frame, The Soma Double Cross: http://www.somafab.com/dcdc.html
Nice price too. Can you recommend a fork?
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Soma offers a Tange steel fork that is as light as many CF forks, this might be your best option.

Universal sells a large number of Cross forks, here is a listing of both road & Cross forks: http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...rder=price_asc

You will need a cross specific fork.

Here is the story on mt Soma build: Soma Double Cross Commuter build, finally finished!
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You can get a Kona Jake the Snake frame and carbon fork for $362 from bikeman.com. If you have a Kona dealer in your area you may be able to get the Kona Jake frameset for even less. My LBS tells me all of Kona's bikes are available as a frameset alone. I ride a Jake and am very happy with it.
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