Join Date: May 2010
Location: Boston, MA
Bikes: 1981 Trek 613, Bianchi Ibex, Bianchi Fixed, Schwinn Tempo, nothing that would get stolen (sigh).
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Best starter frame for CX/City build?
I know this topic has been touched upon in several other threads, but I guess I'm selfish and would like specific advice pertaining to my particular situation.
My spring project is to complete a CX bike for city commuting/light trails and eventually entering a race or two next season for fun. I have a lot more experience with road, fixed, and vintage than modern rigs, so I want to be sure I get some advice before diving in.
So I've got plenty of pieces to set one up from between my parts bin and parts from friends, craigslist etc. I'm torn because I recognize the value in buying a complete bike, as they're sized and set up to work correctly and comfortably. But for the sake of using what I already have and potentially saving money, I'd like to explore buying a frame and using what I already have.
I'm 5'11"/6', long-legged, and typically ride a 58cm road. I briefly owned a 56cm Cross Check, but it felt too small and I didn't care for the geometry.
Does anyone have suggestions on where to start? Perhaps Nashbar or another internet whole-sale site? I'd prefer to go with steel frame and carbon fork, but it seems like many CX bikes are aluminum. I would also like to avoid sew-ups, as they are a bit pricey considering my competitive level.
Thanks so much for your time. Hope you guys are experiencing better weather than myself.