Has anyone built up a bike using this frame - and what are your experiences with racing it - if any?
It's about time to upgrade my trusted 2008 Van Dessel Hole Shot - but here's the deal:
Last year I literally replaced every major component on the bike (due to fatigue and to increase performance). So, other than the frame, I literally have a new bike.
The VD has been rocked for 6 years and I'm not a small rider (190lbs) and is starting to make some weird creaking noises. Anyway - rather than drop $2K on a decent bike, I am strongly considering just getting a frame to last me a few more years.
The Nashbar aluminum CX seems like a great deal ($114 - less 20%). I would use mine for mostly touring and a few CX races per year. (I'm late 40's so I don't need to have a top of the line bike anymore for racing).
The head angle on the Nashbar frame is only 70 degrees but the VD is 73 - all other geo's are pretty similar.
LMK if you have any experience with it - much appreciated.