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    Building a cyclocross bike?

    I just remembered that my wife's 1994 Cannondale R900 with Ultegra, Mavic Open 4 CDs, etc. that she ran into our garage while it was on the roof rack, was still out there. I haven't ridden or raced CX yet (I'm an XC mtb racer) but am interested in building a cheap CX bike from what's left (the frame is toast). Will those components work on a "modern" frame (I'll need a new stem and bar as it is a quill type). Will that wheelset work for CX/CX tires? Thanks for your help.

    I think that C-dale has a replacement policy for original owners...I'll have to call them. That might be a way to get a frame at a reduced price.

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    How much do you suppose C'dale owes you on a 20 year old bike that you damaged? You can use the components if you want, but I'd start with a CL bike.
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    1994 is most likely 8 speed cassette. Does this bike have down-tube shifters or STI brifters?

    Building a bike around those parts can be done for a few hundred $ using a frame like this: http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...97_-1___202389

    However, I would check the shifters, wheels and other key parts. If you need to replace any of these, the cost of building the bike might exceed it's value.
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    I built up a Performance CX frame with campy parts. I'm not a CX guy but, the frame works well for me on our "sometimes not so nice dirt roads".


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fat Boy View Post
    How much do you suppose C'dale owes you on a 20 year old bike that you damaged? You can use the components if you want, but I'd start with a CL bike.
    I don't expect them to "owe" me anything. I did talk to them a few years back (and told them she drove it into the garage) and they said they'd give a deal on a new frame but I never followed up as my wife stopped riding. If they still want to offer me a frame, then I'll take it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    1994 is most likely 8 speed cassette. Does this bike have down-tube shifters or STI brifters?

    Building a bike around those parts can be done for a few hundred $ using a frame like this: http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...97_-1___202389

    However, I would check the shifters, wheels and other key parts. If you need to replace any of these, the cost of building the bike might exceed it's value.
    They're STI eight speed.

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    8speed Ultegra and OP wheels are a great start for a budget CX bike. You can can get a relatively inexpensive Nashbar/Performance/Pricepoint/eBay frame, and build it up. You'll need to get some canti or V-brakes and new cables and tires, of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    8speed Ultegra and OP wheels are a great start for a budget CX bike. You can can get a relatively inexpensive Nashbar/Performance/Pricepoint/eBay frame, and build it up. You'll need to get some canti or V-brakes and new cables and tires, of course.
    Thanks for replying. So, the Mavics should hold up ok--I'm 170 lbs.? The bike has a 12-21 cassette but I can get a SRAM 11-32 8 spd to help offset the tall 39-53 crank, sound good? The Ultegra brakes won't work? Maybe they don't work in dusty or wet conditions or is it that the brake bosses on CX bikes are for mtb canti or v-brakes only?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeme View Post
    Thanks for replying. So, the Mavics should hold up ok--I'm 170 lbs.? The bike has a 12-21 cassette but I can get a SRAM 11-32 8 spd to help offset the tall 39-53 crank, sound good? The Ultegra brakes won't work? Maybe they don't work in dusty or wet conditions or is it that the brake bosses on CX bikes are for mtb canti or v-brakes only?
    53t is massive, so you probably would never use it in a race situation. CX frames have canti bosses, so that's why you will need new brakes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeme View Post
    I don't expect them to "owe" me anything. I did talk to them a few years back (and told them she drove it into the garage) and they said they'd give a deal on a new frame but I never followed up as my wife stopped riding. If they still want to offer me a frame, then I'll take it.
    I believe cdale does lifetime crash replacement deals (for original owners). The price varies for which new frame you choose obviously, I would imagine a new cross frame under the crash replacement would be somewhere around $500 FYI

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    Quote Originally Posted by zrossiter View Post
    I believe cdale does lifetime crash replacement deals (for original owners). The price varies for which new frame you choose obviously, I would imagine a new cross frame under the crash replacement would be somewhere around $500 FYI
    Thanks! Getting a new frame from C-dale presents issues like buying a set of disc brakes, too.

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