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Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 01-30-11, 01:33 AM   #1
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single speed Cyclecross bike

I was going to pick up a Specialized Tricross Single speed, and with the crux coming out I was hoping theyd have one, but it seems to be missing from thier lineup this year.

So, What is a good Single speed Cross bike? My budget is under 1000 preferably.

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Old 01-30-11, 02:17 PM   #2
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any help?
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i recently built one using an old steel bianchi reparto corse frame and invested about $900 using new parts from white industries, campagnolo, chris king, and dt swiss.


if you are buying one off the shelf, i would look at the felt breed.
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Old 01-30-11, 03:40 PM   #4
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I've been thinking of either buying or building one in the spring also. Lately I've been checking out this Masi. Love the look of it.
http://www.masibikes.com/steel/speciale-cxss/
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that masi looks pretty well equipped for the price. i still think i favor the felt though.
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I'm looking for the same thing. I want to use it for everyday partial commuting, but to be able to race it in the this autumn's season. I want it to be able to withstand being tossed in the back of my truck sans bike rack and with a cap, as well as daily commuting about 20 miles.

The research that I've done so far has netted me about 6 bikes:

-The Felt Breed as mentioned above.
-The Masi Speciale-cxss as mentioned above.
-Salsa Chili Con Crosso frame to be built up by LBS
-All-City Nature Boy.
-Surly Cross Check frame to be built up by LBS
-Bikes Direct Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno

I'm leaning toward the Masi or the All-City bike because of the ruggedness of steel, and the features on the bikes. The Masi is a little lighter with the carbon fork, but that might be a problem using it for everyday commuting. The All-City Nature-Boy has some interesting features and interesting dropouts, but is heavier and seems to have cheaper componentry than the Masi. I may have to flip for it. I'm also talking with a couple of LBSs in the area about the two bikes, or if they can find out any others that might fit the bill.

The Motobecane, although priced nicely, looks like you get what you pay for. On the interweb it looks much more cheaply made. I don't anticipate it looking better in real life. I'm not sure that I'd want to mail order it and then decide that I didn't want it once it came.

The Surly really isn't what I'm looking for in a single speed bike. I'm not interested in a SS with a derailleur dropout. Guys at one shop mentioned a Caad8 frame built up SS, but I nixed that for the same reason.

The Felt and the Salsa look like excellent bikes, but with using it for commuting, I worry about fatiguing the aluminum at various points. I would consider them for a CX specific bike, and If I decide that I like racing, then I might do just that. That said, I like the replaceable nature of the Salsa with the two different dropout possibilities. It makes the frame more versatile and would look good either way.

If anyone as more information about this or wants to debunk my thoughts on Aluminum frames or anything else, I'm open to the sell.
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i recently built one using an old steel bianchi reparto corse frame and invested about $900 using new parts from white industries, campagnolo, chris king, and dt swiss.


if you are buying one off the shelf, i would look at the felt breed.
awesome bike,

Im willing to build one, I just am unsure what a suitable donor frame would be, I want to go with horizontal drops preferably
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here is a progress picture from my build. it was waiting on a headset lock nut and tape. the frame has short horizontal dropouts.

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If you are one to change gears often then you should know that you will have to readjust your brakes when you adjust your gearing. To get around this look for frames with either a eccentric BB or angled dropouts similar to the Bianchi (which is awesome BTW).
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