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    Ritchey Crossbow or 2009 Fuji Cross Pro as a first CX bike?

    I’ve just sold my SS 29er to get my first Cross bike and jump head first into the world of CX.

    I’ve narrowed down my options to a Fuji Cross Pro and a Ridley Crossbow.
    Fuji $1260 – Ultegra Rear/Front Derailleur, Ultegra Levers/Shifters, FSA Gossamer Crankset, Ritchey Pro Stem and Post, Mavic Askium Wheelset, Tektro Brakes, Fuji Carbon Alum

    Ridley Crossbow $1750 – SRAM Rival full group (both derailleurs, crankset, levers, shifters, etc), Fulcrum R7 Wheelset, FSA integrated headset, FSA seatpost and stem, 4ZA carbon/alum fork, Avid Shorty 4 brakes


    Has anyone ridden any of these two bikes for a while and can give opinions on either or both?
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    I think you already answered your own question.

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    I haven't ridden either. The components are of a similar level. Ultegra vs. Rival seems to come down to personal preference. It's the older generation (6600) Ultegra parts though, right? The brakes are better on the Fuji, but that's a cheap upgrade.

    Are the double-tap, color and geometry worth $500 to you? I'm guessing yes.

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    If you plan on racing then go for the SRAM comps. They are rebuildable.
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    I love my Cross Pro, but $1,260 for an '09 is overpriced by about $500 even though it has Ultegra shifters and Aksium wheels. Mine has 105 with a Ultegra RD and DC19 Alex wheels, which are fine and only cost $799. Where are you shopping this?

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    Do you mean Ridley?

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    Yeah, I meant Ridley Crossbow. I'm shopping in the bay area. Performance has the '09 for $1499 and Sports Basement has it for $1260. Apparently it's not that great a deal. Looks like the Ridley is the way to go.

    Thanks all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toddorado View Post
    I love my Cross Pro, but $1,260 for an '09 is overpriced by about $500 even though it has Ultegra shifters and Aksium wheels. Mine has 105 with a Ultegra RD and DC19 Alex wheels, which are fine and only cost $799. Where are you shopping this?
    You have a Cross Comp. He is looking at a Cross Pro, two different bikes. The Cross Pro is full Ultegra and has better wheels. He is getting a very good deal on that Cross Pro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmuinos View Post
    Yeah, I meant Ridley Crossbow. I'm shopping in the bay area. Performance has the '09 for $1499 and Sports Basement has it for $1260. Apparently it's not that great a deal. Looks like the Ridley is the way to go.

    Thanks all.
    Todd is confusing his bike for the one you are looking at which are two totally different models. The Cross Pro is a better deal than the Ridley. Use the Aksiums for riding on roads and get yourself a pair of these for CX races with the money you got leftover from the Ridley. Ultegra shifters and FD are a big upgrade from 105.

    http://williamscycling.com/cyclocross/cyclocross.html
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