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Old 07-11-12, 07:30 AM   #1
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CX bikes I can run SS or geared?

I'm in the market for a new frameset or bike and I'd like to be able to run SS for 'cross racing or with gears for gravel grinders. I'd like an aluminum frame and I hate chain tensioners. Does anyone make a bike with Karate Monkey-style dropouts (trackends with a der. hanger) or something similar to Salsa's Chili con Crosso alternator dropouts? (I don't want a Salsa)

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Old 07-11-12, 08:19 AM   #2
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Origin8 cx frame has deraileur hanger and track ends. Planet x kaffenbach has swapout dropouts so it can run geard and s/s. both are steel however.
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You can take any geared frame with a BB30 or PF30 bottom bracket and convert it to SS with one of these http://beercomponents.com/ and it won't stop you from adding gears if you want. They are US designed and produced if that matters to you.
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Thanks, Cynikal. I had also thought about building up a wheel for my current frame (Trek X01) with a White Industries Eccentric ENO hub but it's nice to know that option is out there for BB30 frames.
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Scroll through the web site, there are several pro's who use them. They are made by a friend of mine who built the for CX and MTB.
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I've run both the ENO hub and Soulcraft tensioner, and frankly I much prefer the tensioner. I think it's a cool little widget.
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Thanks guys but I'm looking for aluminum only. Otherwise I'd just ride my KM.
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If there is the chain tension sorted out, you can swap out a 135 wide single speed hub
and substitute a Rohloff. even if a disc brake frame
[just no 140 discs are made for the 4 bolt pattern]

Rohloff is a whole MTB drive train range.. in a light oil environment..
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Salsa Chili Con Crosso has swappable dropouts for geared or SS. Very light, stiff, race-ready frameset. I absolutely love mine. Hurry though if you want one, as this model isn't coming back next year (so says the rumors).

Edit: didn't see that you don't want a Salsa. Can't think of anything else out there that meets your requirements of aluminum without going custom.
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Salsa Chili Con Crosso has swappable dropouts for geared or SS. Very light, stiff, race-ready frameset. I absolutely love mine. Hurry though if you want one, as this model isn't coming back next year (so says the rumors).

Edit: didn't see that you don't want a Salsa. Can't think of anything else out there that meets your requirements of aluminum without going custom.

Thanks FKM. The only thing I don't like about the Salsa is the graphics, but maybe I'll get over my vanity because they seem like great bikes.
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