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    Or, loop a ziptie around each chainstay, leaving them loose. run another one between the two you just set. Tighten them all up, good and snug and trim. You now have a plastic/nylon chainstay bridge to tie the fender to, with another zip tie. This works really well, and doesn't look bad, either.

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    Well Im going to be ordering my fantom Cross this week wish me luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rand View Post
    Well Im going to be ordering my fantom Cross this week wish me luck
    No luck needed, it's a very capable bike at a very good price.

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    I got my bike and so far so good.Im putting it together tomorrow.I will let you guys know how it goes.

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    Hey all - I got one of these last week. All is good except I couldn't fit a rack to it due to the location of the rack mount holes and the way the seat tube juts out at the first weld. Which racks are you using? Seems I need something that angles straight up or back to accommodate.

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    I used some metal (possibly stainless steel) sleeves (3-4mm long) and longer screws to get around that. I have a Delta SuperSherpa on my CX. If I had it in the office today, I would get a picture, but I rode the Fantom Cross Uno in today.

    I just dropped a new drivetrain on my CX after nearly 10000km. I will soon be putting mini-Vs on it, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    I used some metal (possibly stainless steel) sleeves (3-4mm long) and longer screws to get around that. I have a Delta SuperSherpa on my CX. If I had it in the office today, I would get a picture, but I rode the Fantom Cross Uno in today.

    I just dropped a new drivetrain on my CX after nearly 10000km. I will soon be putting mini-Vs on it, too.
    So you just used spacers to get outside of the wide seatstay, am I right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stencilnyc View Post
    So you just used spacers to get outside of the wide seatstay, am I right?
    Correct.
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    Have a grey Fantom CX, very happy with it. One thing to note. A co-worker who happens to be a bicycle mechanic discovered that there were 3 different kinds of spokes in use on the wheels. He took them and completely rebuilt them for me (nice favor). I would happily buy it again, but to echo what other people have to say regarding BD bikes, be prepared to invest in some maintenance in one way or another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    Correct.
    Thanks.

    Here's a funny anecdote. Around the same time I asked how you got your rack on, I emailed BD just to see what they'd say. "Larry" emailed back and suggested a seatpost-mounted rack "for the least amount of interference". A bit chuffed that he suggests this and their Fantom CX page lists rear rack mounts as a prime selling point!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stencilnyc View Post
    Thanks.

    Here's a funny anecdote. Around the same time I asked how you got your rack on, I emailed BD just to see what they'd say. "Larry" emailed back and suggested a seatpost-mounted rack "for the least amount of interference". A bit chuffed that he suggests this and their Fantom CX page lists rear rack mounts as a prime selling point!
    LOL. BF is better than BD tech support.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    LOL. BF is better than BD tech support.
    Yeah. I just figured maybe they've been asked this once or twice and had a list of compatible racks. One can dream.

    Ordered the Delta rack as it looks like the straight-up leg and your success are a good way to go.

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    You may have to scour a few hardware stores to find SS/Aluminum sleeves for this. I stole mine from a Nashbar front rack I wasn't using and have not found any anywhere else since.
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    I have also found leftover presta valve nuts to be useful in the place of sleeves, stacked 2-3 high.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    I have also found leftover presta valve nuts to be useful in the place of sleeves, stacked 2-3 high.
    I figure I can find some sort of spacers at Home Depot. If not, the presta nut idea is a good one. Wouldn't some relatively simple washers work?

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    I am looking for some bike advice. I am sorting through a mid 80's Raleigh Pursuit (all original)that has a couple slipping gears and trying to determine the most cost effect approach to have a good ride. I have found a 2009 fantom CX that appears to be original and in good shape for $150. I am mostly riding as a cross training for running and would use the bike on the road 1-2 days per week. Would the CX work acceptably well as a road bike and by more cost effective than replacing the gear set on the Raleigh?
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    Likely all you need to fix the slipping gears is a new freewheel and chain. You're looking at $30 for parts and I would guess about the same for labor (if you aren't equipped to do it yourself). If that's the only problem, fixing the Raleigh is definitely more cost effective.

    The Fantom CX will work fine as a road bike (with appropriate tires), but the ride will be more harsh than the Raleigh. Running wider tires (28+) will help some, but comfort was just not a priority in that frame design.

    Also note that since the Fantom CX was a "some assembly required" bike, there's no telling how well it was assembled by the original owner. If I bought a used BD bike, I'd feel compelled to tear the whole thing down to bare frame and build it back up to my standards.

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    Could you share what width tires you are running? I have a cross pro too (100% pleased/aluminum) and want to put as wide attire as possible on it.

    Thanks much!

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    I have 32s and fenders. You could probably fit 38s without.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    I have 32s and fenders. You could probably fit 38s without.
    How about you, ITHADAN, what size are you running?

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