I'm seriously thinking of getting rid of my road bike as there are redendencies amog my bikes now that I have a roadie, cross, commuter, mountain etc.
I'm putting all the best parts on my Redline Conquest Team cross bike and let it be my light weight. Several wheelsets should give the flexibility I need to haul it on and off road.
I'll have my Surly Cross Check for loaded commuting and probably keep it single speed to avoid redundency. can strip it down and flip flop the hub for fixed and build it geared easily as a 1x8 or more.
Thinking of getting rid of the 26r mtb for a 29r MTB to run geared or SS as well.
I plan on racing cross for fun and I commute by bike and I ride with the weekend groups. Always the odd man out on a steel frame so being the oddone on a crosser doesn't bother me.
Anyone else doing the same?
How's gearing treating you on the road? I've just installed a better crank with 36x50 on my cross. I'm not the fastest, strongest or most consistent rider. I'm used to 53-39 but have wanted more gear on epic climbing days. Don't really push the last few gears in 53 unless I'm charging downhill at 35.
How about the brakes? On the Redline I have cantis with kool stops and still feel they are weaker than dual-pivot brakes. On the Surly I have mini-v brakes and the stopping power has never felt like a problem. Think I should change to mini-v for cross? We seldom get rain but in the mud I had massive buildup around the rear stays but thats the frame design.