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Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 03-12-13, 08:35 AM   #1
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Looking for a Single Speed CX Bike, have a few in mind, anybody want to weigh in?

Looking for a SS cross bike. A friend of mine and I want to do a little local cross circuit next season and we both really want to do it on a single speed. I would like to keep it under $1k, but I can always save more money if required.

The bike will be used for light cyclocross, winter riding (when the snow is not too deep on the trails), gravel road rides, ****ty weather, and an extra bike for friends to ride when they visit.

My preferred bike shop recommended the Raleigh Furley. Seems like a nice bike. I like the idea that if I decided I hate single speed cross I can always put gears on it at a later date. From what I read the disc brakes are complete garbage, so I would plan on having Avid BB7s put on before I even take delivery. Can get a complete bike for $800 + new brakes.

My next option at another bike shop is the All City Nature Boy. I could do a frame build, or a complete bike. The complete bike is within my price range. Seems like a nice bike, love the internal cable for the rear brake. Uses canti brakes. A plus on that is I could use my bomb proof road wheels I had made on the Nature Boy. If discs really take off and I decided I want discs, I could always put a different fork on there and run a disc on the front. Can get a complete bike for just under $1,000

Another option at that bike shop is the Traitor Crusade SS. Seems like an awesome bike, doesn't feel heavy at all for a steel bike. Shop said if I go with Traitors build (which includes nice Velocity wheels, SRAM levers, Avid brakes) I am looking at 1600$. He then said I could do a frame only and he could build it up for around 1400$, depending on options. Uses Canti brakes. The bummer is he had some 2012s he was clearing out for $1k, but none in my size. Had 58s and 52s, I need a 56 or 54 (roadbike is a 56)

Last option, buy a chinese carbon disc frame and do the build myself. Figure I would have 12-1300$ into it.

Anything else I should be looking at? Any opinions on my current options?
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Old 03-12-13, 08:56 AM   #2
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Adding gears to an off-the-shelf single speed will be impossble. At least the ones I looked at, do not have a derialeur hanger.

Here is a cheap way to get in on it SS CX. LINK
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Old 03-12-13, 09:01 AM   #3
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Adding gears to an off-the-shelf single speed will be impossble. At least the ones I looked at, do not have a derialeur hanger.

Here is a cheap way to get in on it SS CX. LINK
I have looked at the Phantom Uno. My current road bike is a BikesDirect bike and I love it. Problem I have with the Uno is the wheels are probably garbage, just like the wheels on my road bike. So thats $330 for a set of Velocitys that will take the abuse (I'm 215#). I did not like the 120mm dropout width, that means I would always have to have a specific wheel for the bike. I also did not like that its a track bike, I was looking for more cross geometry. From what I read the brake levers are very uncomfortable and too thin, so thats another upgrade I would probably need.
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I've wanted a SSCX for a while (meaning a few months, at least...) and the Nature Boy Zona would be one on my list, it seems to get rave reviews. Even the Zona is reasonably heavy though, and I already have a 23lb geared CX disc brake bike and a 22lb SS bike that can take 32s. So I'm not going to scratch this itch just yet. (Also, I have the probably silly idea that I'd like a belt drive...)

Way outside most people's budget, but I love looking at the Spot Mod Disc too.

There's a pretty good list of SSCX bikes available here
http://sscx.me/single-speed-cyclocross-bikes/

Personally I would want disc brakes if one of the uses is crizzappy weather riding. It is annoying to have zero compatibility with your existing wheelsets though - I have the same issue. A friend of mine has the Furley, he likes it from what I recall. I've also ridden a friend's Uno briefly but only as a fixed gear on a bike path. He upgraded a lot of parts, including the wheels.

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Adding gears to an off-the-shelf single speed will be impossble. At least the ones I looked at, do not have a derialeur hanger.
The Raleigh Furley does since it has an eccentric BB.

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Of the three the Nature Boy is the best option. The Furley is seriously heavy and the Traitor has pretty lame fork clearance.

I race ss on an On-One Il Pompino built up with various scrounged nice parts. I'm very happy with it. If you're picky about parts that's one of the best ways to do it. 120mm rear spacing is the only weird thing.
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Also happy with my On-One. I also considered the Nature Boy and the Traitor, but the Pomp was such a screaming deal, I couldn't pass.
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Thanks for the response. I went to another LBS in the area and he had one Nature Boy complete left, and it seemed to fit me well (nature boys run big, real big). Last years model and he doesn't carry All-City anymore. Picked it up for 30% off sticker. Very happy so far. Now if it would just warm up I could ride it.
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Rear Dropout spec : 120 will lock you into just SS, 135 is able to be converted more easily to a IGH,
for more gears, later.


Wait till the weather improves ? you dont understand cyclocross, apparently..

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Its a 130mm dropout on the Nature Boy. Will allow my to use my other wheelset with a spacer kit.

As for the weather, I understand. Its just cold/rainy snowy and I dont have the cycling gear for it yet. I did test ride the bike a couple miles in a light snow though, it was fun, very cold though.
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