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    Have bike, will travel Barrettscv's Avatar
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    Do I need a Monster-cross bike?

    So tempting;



    and so cheap!

    ...but a already have a CX bike that can take 700x42 in the front and 700x38 in the rear.

    Should I get a Zilla for winter/gravel/utility and continue to baby my CX bike? Of should I put bigger tires on the existing bike and ride her as god intended.
    When I ride my bike I feel free and happy and strong. I'm liberated from the usual nonsense of day to day life. Solid, dependable, silent, my bike is my horse, my fighter jet, my island, my friend. Together we will conquer that hill and thereafter the world.

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    Since you have actual winter there, it might be a good fit for you. I had a 29er that I converted to monster-cross mode, and it was fun to ride but just not nearly as much fun as my CX bikes, so I eventually stopped riding it. Mine was heavy (~35 pounds). That one may not be so bad.

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    Have bike, will travel Barrettscv's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
    Since you have actual winter there, it might be a good fit for you. I had a 29er that I converted to monster-cross mode, and it was fun to ride but just not nearly as much fun as my CX bikes, so I eventually stopped riding it. Mine was heavy (~35 pounds). That one may not be so bad.
    I'm really impressed by the Zilla.

    My Soma is ideal on the road, but will begin to show some rust if I use it on salty roads this winter. Installing studded tires and fenders on the Soma will be a tight fit and the gearing will be too tall for bigger tires and the slower speeds of winter.

    For the price a nice frame, I could preserve the Soma as a mild-weather rain/trekking/light-touring bike for many years.
    Last edited by Barrettscv; 10-21-11 at 03:46 PM.
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    You're certainly suffering from N+1 syndrome. Sorry, but there is no known cure.

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    Have bike, will travel Barrettscv's Avatar
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    Everyone needs one harmless addiction.
    When I ride my bike I feel free and happy and strong. I'm liberated from the usual nonsense of day to day life. Solid, dependable, silent, my bike is my horse, my fighter jet, my island, my friend. Together we will conquer that hill and thereafter the world.

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    There's no cure for N+1, but it can be treated. Buying a new bike usually relieves the symptoms for several weeks.

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    Have bike, will travel Barrettscv's Avatar
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    The TEKTRO LYRA disc brakes get poor reviews. Replacing with Avid BB7's will push the price up... :-(
    When I ride my bike I feel free and happy and strong. I'm liberated from the usual nonsense of day to day life. Solid, dependable, silent, my bike is my horse, my fighter jet, my island, my friend. Together we will conquer that hill and thereafter the world.

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