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    Will this be OK for first cross race ever?

    I have a steel 84 Trek 520 and I plan on installing a 1x8 sti setup with 2 salsa crossing guards. I will probably go with something like 42 in the front and a 12-28 cassette. It will have drop bars, probably the original shimano cantis, and in line levers along with the brifters. Hopefully I can get a 700x32 tire in there but would a 700x28 work as well? Should I upgrade the brakes or will old cantis/new pads work well?
    I know this is all relative to the course/conditions/competition as far as gearing and tires are concerned, but does this sound like a terrible idea with this Reynolds 501 frame? Will it be way too heavy to shoulder? I don't expect to podium (duh) but I also don't want to come in last place.

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    No, that should work fine for your first year. Maybe get something lighter next year if you find you love cross racing.
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    It'll work. Plenty of folks have steel rides like surlys and those are tanks.
    Like knobster said..keep it as is for the first year. If anything change to koolstop brake pads.

    This might be too precautionary..but maybe you should get a bar end or thumbshifter and use aero brakes. STIs are sorta expensive in my book. One good dump and time to go buy a new one. You might find that you only need one gear and this could be your SSCX bike.

    Which leaves me with another question. In a CX race, can you have a geared cx and a ss in the pit?

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    ^I already have the brifters. It wouldn't kill me to lose them. I have some barends too, but I just think my mind will be in a million places and barcons would give me one more thing to worry about. stis are kind of a mindless shift, you know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by j. hughes View Post
    I have a steel 84 Trek 520 and I plan on installing a 1x8 sti setup with 2 salsa crossing guards. I will probably go with something like 42 in the front and a 12-28 cassette. It will have drop bars, probably the original shimano cantis, and in line levers along with the brifters. Hopefully I can get a 700x32 tire in there but would a 700x28 work as well? Should I upgrade the brakes or will old cantis/new pads work well?
    I know this is all relative to the course/conditions/competition as far as gearing and tires are concerned, but does this sound like a terrible idea with this Reynolds 501 frame? Will it be way too heavy to shoulder? I don't expect to podium (duh) but I also don't want to come in last place.
    I would try one crossing guard with a dog fang and run your ring on the inner face of the crank. This seems to give a better chainline and a good drop free set up.

    If you are running in muddy conditions, WV so probably, a mud tire, which are usually narrower will work better. Maybe something like a Michelin Mud II.

    I would also try old cantis with new pads, kook stop salmon, first. It is not like their has been some radical advances in canti technology so you should be ok.

    Race it and see if you like it and then get something lighter.

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    I'll put some kool stops on the cantis. The only reason I will go with the 2 crossing guards is because I bought the crank that way. If I have any issues, I'll take one off and get a dog fang. I'll actually be doing my first race in NC, so I don't really know what kind of tire I'll need.

    Thanks for everyone's help/advice.

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    Sorry to bring up the old post, but this is exactly what I am looking at doing and wondering how it went? I have a 620 that I'd like to convert, but am unsure of the reach of the stock brakes. Were the new pads enough to make this a good first year cross bike?

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    What are the specs on your bike? Does it use 700c wheels? Cantilever brakes?

    IMO, first year 'cross racing is all about getting your feet muddy. Any bike that gets you out in the mud is a good first year cross bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j. hughes View Post
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    I'll put some kool stops on the cantis. The only reason I will go with the 2 crossing guards is because I bought the crank that way. If I have any issues, I'll take one off and get a dog fang. I'll actually be doing my first race in NC, so I don't really know what kind of tire I'll need.

    Thanks for everyone's help/advice.
    How your cantis are tuned (see the faq) is much more important than what the exact spec but if you do need to upgrade then it should be very cheap. It's rarely necessary to upgrade more than the front brake, and a $25 CR720 should work as well there as anything - if you need to make any changes at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deephaven View Post
    Sorry to bring up the old post, but this is exactly what I am looking at doing and wondering how it went? I have a 620 that I'd like to convert, but am unsure of the reach of the stock brakes. Were the new pads enough to make this a good first year cross bike?
    It actually went really well. I don't really thing the bike held me back at all and upgraded pads did fine. I never did race it on any extremely muddy courses though. It was kind of a dry fall when I was using it. The only issue was alot of toe overlap with tight turns but that's it. I've since traded the bike and upgraded to a Ti Cycles frame for cx.

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    Great, I'll go ahead and have some wheels built, just wanted to be sure before stepping down that path.

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