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Old 12-31-13, 07:01 PM   #1
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Cyclocross shop in Dallas - No bikes in stock

Hi all

I hope you can all help me. I am looking to come back to cycling after 10 years out of the saddle!

I want to be able to ride both on the road and smoothish trails, so a cyclocross bike would fit nicely. Budget is $1500 and I have been looking at the following (or trying to!)

Cannondale CAADX 10
Kona - Jake the Snake
Raleigh RX 2.0

Now the issue I have it that I have called a number of LBS in Dallas and most don't have any Cyclocross bikes in stock so riding before I buy is hard. I don't want to buy without riding if I can help it.

Any recommendations on shops in the area?

Any help appreciated


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Old 12-31-13, 08:37 PM   #2
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Sort out what you need and ask your favorite shop to order it , for you to test ride.


they may not have a continuous demand for what you want , so dont get them on Spec.


You want a Race Level Bike, (I guess so from your picks) any of them sponsor CX races?
or a commuter with mounts for racks and mudguards?

I assume you have dealers with the distribution connection for those Brands spread around Dallas .


not all shops have access to all brands , there are sales territories , that are population based..

Out here Specialized is in a different town , and Raleigh is available here , but Trek gives the shop

bikes to stock on a rotating credit line .. so the economics of those arrangements
are part of the Manager's choices.

Quick Google Fu shows REI carries the Raleigh ..

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You might consider going to the Webberville CX race on Saturday. There will be about every cross bike you can think of there.
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If you don't mind a little road trip, Buchanan Bikes in Norman (just north of OU campus) had a nice black Surly Crosscheck on the floor two weeks ago. I would guess it was a 54 or 56cm model. I don't know your criteria so they may or may not be sporty enough for what you want.
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I am going to try REI this afternoon and another local shop and see what they have in stock.

I am really looking for a general all purpose bike. Something I can take out on the road and trails.

Thanks
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there is a subtle difference between a true cyclocross bike that is designed specifically for racing cyclocross, and a "gravel grinder," or "all road" or "adventure road" type of bike. Trek has the Crossrip, Specialized has the AWOL, Salsa Vaya, Raleigh Tamland, Surly Crosscheck, Novara Zealo (nasty harsh alu fork!), Niner RLT, Redline Conquest, etc. there are a TON of bikes that might suit you that are not technically "cyclocross" and I would be surprised if you cannot find any of these bikes at all at some local bike shops.

if you can get this bike in the next week or so, you should check out the Texas Chainring Massacre.
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