Thoughts on DB Steilacoom & Haanjo
I'm looking to buy a cx bike soon. I was looking at the Jamis Nova Race, Cannondale CAADX Disc, and Raleigh RX 2.0, but I ran across these two Diamondback bikes this morning:
DB Steilacoom RCX:
I am 6'2 and about 205lbs. Looking for a quality CX bike to do a mixture of light trails, road, and gravel. I primarily mountain bike with a full rigid steel SS. I think that my CX bike would realistically see about 25 miles/week average of riding. No local CX races in my area and I don't see myself traveling the 90 miles to get to the nearest organized event.
I'm guessing I would need the 59 in either of these bikes since I think the 56 would be too small. Specs for the two are about the same. The Steilacoom comes with a carbon steerer. The Hannjo comes with what looks to be better brakes. The geo is a little different on both. Looks like the Haanjo might be more suited for my intended usage... What do you guys think? Seems like a nice component spec for the money...
I'm pretty new here. I have a similar thread to this over at the MTBR forums, but it was concentrating on the Jamis, Cannondale, and Raleigh options.
Any thoughts or input is welcome. Thanks!
They are two very different bikes:
The DB Haanjo is more of a country bike/adventure bike/gravel grinder road bike. It is also a road bike as well. Its a jack of all trades and master of none. If you need to replace your mountain bike/road bike with a do-it-all bike that would be the Haanjo. Its a lot of bang for the buck in this category.
The DB Steilacoom is a classic CX bike. If hardcore cyclocrossing is up your alley, this is a good bike to go with. You can hit the trails with it. But its not as versatile an animal as the Haanjo. Basically, it comes down to a decision on what kind of bike to get: an all rounder or a CX bike.
I think the Haanjo wins hands down.