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Old 02-05-11, 01:40 AM   #1
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Cx entry level bikes

Hey guys im a track bike rider looking to get into cx, since i already have a few ss bikes I want my new cx to have gears. I was wondering if someone could post some entry level cx bikes that are worth looking at im prob going to buy one with my next paycheck. I want something for racing on mud and dirt in the price range of 750-1300. Alu or steel, with a set of good components to the point where i dont need to upgrade everything and can just change saddle and pedals.
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Old 02-05-11, 02:35 AM   #2
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Specialized Crux. Great bike. The aluminum version is a monster frame. Definatly upgrade worthy down the line as well.

http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...01&scname=Road

Should be able to get one at the top of your limit, maybe better if you wheel and deal
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For that much you could build a decent cx bike. Hell pick up the Nasbar frame and build it up and have money leftover. I'm building up a 85 Schwinn World Sport that I just had canti bosses brazed on. Frame and fork cost me ten bucks and the brazing cost me twenty. I even had some dt shifter bosses added on just incase I want to run them later on. It's not the best frame but it's still double butted chromoly. Now just paint and she'll be ready to building up. Just another option.
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With CX season over, I'd look over craigslist. Cross bikes don't hold their value as well as road bike, regardless if they are raced or not. You could get a mid level to high end bike for the price of an entry level one.
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With CX season over, I'd look over craigslist. Cross bikes don't hold their value as well as road bike, regardless if they are raced or not. You could get a mid level to high end bike for the price of an entry level one.
X2. I found my fairly new cross bike on craigers for 1/3 the msrp because the season had just ended. The beauty part was the bike hadn't even been raced!
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Ridley Crosswind/Rival for $1200 is a really really good deal.
http://www.competitivecyclist.com/fr...bike-8038.html

Ridley sizes are based on seattube C-C and they have relatively steep seat tubes, so the 54 (54.5 eff TT) is more like a 56 or 57 from another company.
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Okay thats guys is there any cheaper entry level bikes that come with an okay set of compenents in the 600-800 price range?
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Depends on what you are calling ok... Based off what I would think is Ok, No. Unless you go used. If you have to have new, I think you're only option is to go to bikesdirect. You can get a 105 equiped aluminum framed bike that'd probably be fine for less than $800.
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Whats everyone's opinion on GT CX2 for entry level. Its MSRP is 1000 i think.

http://www.gtbicycles.com/bikes/road...k-white-yellow
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The Cannondale CAADX Tiagra is a great bang for the buck - a really cool frame and decent spec'd bike. And a carbon fork. http://www.cannondale.com/usa/usaeng...Q-CAADX-Tiagra
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DepartmentofGoods.com has Rocky Mountain bikes on sale.
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