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Old 04-09-12, 08:42 PM   #1
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Cross check build advice

I am building a cross check for commuting/gravel road riding etc.

I have already

Velocity deep v 32 hole shimano 105 hub wheel set
Selle an anaromica x saddle
Crank brothers pedals and sidi shoes

Going to buy from lbs

Apex 34/50 crankset with bb
Rival brifters
Rival fd and medium cage rd
(he has these in stock and wants to make a deal)

Need from somewhere (budget conscious)

SRAM 1050 11-32 cassette
Some kind of decent canti's
Headset
Handlebars
Chain
Tires
Tubes
Bar tape

Anyone have any advice on what if anything I am missing, or better yet some specific places to buy the remainder of these at a good price?
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Old 04-09-12, 08:52 PM   #2
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Tektro CR720 brakes are certainly the best deal in canti brakes today. They feature forged aluminum arms, linear spring design, and dual micro tension adjusters, so adjusting and setting them up is particularly easy. Though the look is retro, their geometry makes for a very powerful brake.

Tire selection depends on route and surface conditions. For mixed pavement & gravel, the WTB Pathway gets good reviews. The Performance Forté Metro-K Road bike tire is a good value for a slick tire, if you stay on pavement most of the time.
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I don't think a medium cage RD is gonna work with a 32t cassette. I think it can only go up to 27 or 28 teeth.
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The SRAM Apex medium cage Rear Derailleur is designed to accommodate the 11-32t 10-speed Apex PG-1050 Cassette.
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hmm.. i thought I replied ...here goes..

Couple of small items you might need for your build (and a couple of my "on the cheap" comments):
front and rear brake cable stops (they dont come with the frame or cantis) I have a front one if you are interested.
downtube cable stops (put a wtb on craigs or go to the shops..they usually have them laying in a drawer from their STI installs/builds.. or maybe they come with your SRAM doubletaps)
cables/housing (probikekit sells stuff by the meter..free shipping..again..might already come with your double taps)
bar tape (any chance you are interested in blue..cuz i have that as well)?
tektro oryx or cr720 cantis (maybe pick up some kool stop salmon pads..i might have the cartridge types if you go with these cantis)
spacers for your threadless stem
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Also use a fork mounted brake cable hanger like this: http://www.amazon.com/Origin8-Brake-.../dp/B003LRF1ZS

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11:50 always seems over-gearing.. 46-34 more practical.

but the factory box will have the 50.
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Even the 46 will be too much for most. I used to run 42/38 and now 44/39. I tried the 46 and it's a fairly useless ring, unless the course has a ton of pavement.
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