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LowCel 12-22-12 01:42 PM

Focus Mares CX bike
 
Received my new cross bike a week or so ago, finally had time to make it mine today.

When I received it, weighing in at 22.3 pounds without pedals.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b1...ps0ddcdddb.jpg

After changing out a few things today including wheels, quick releases, handlebar, tape, small ring (switched from 36 to a 34), brake pad holders, brake pads, and tubes. Now weighs in at 20.2 pounds without pedals. Pedals weigh 10 ounces so for total weight add that to it.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b1...ps5f5c5147.jpg

vwchad 12-22-12 10:35 PM

Nice. I don't ride CX, but I was considering one for my winter bike. The only problem is the lack of fender mounting possibilities and only one bottle cage mount. Nice bikes though. Enjoy.

David Broon 12-23-12 10:29 PM

Why not discs?

Psimet2001 12-24-12 06:32 AM

Nice rig. Are you using it for all around riding or for cross only? I only ask because for cross only we run 1 up to eliminate the problems with a FD on bad weather courses.

LowCel 12-24-12 08:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by David Broon (Post 15082358)
Why not discs?

Just wanted a cheapie cross bike. Not sure if I will ever even race cross, mostly going to be used for winter riding and for fire roads.

LowCel 12-24-12 08:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Psimet2001 (Post 15082885)
Nice rig. Are you using it for all around riding or for cross only? I only ask because for cross only we run 1 up to eliminate the problems with a FD on bad weather courses.

More all around, with my knees it is unlikely that I will ever be able to race cross.

eippo1 12-27-12 09:24 PM

Nice bike. Love my cross bike and would never give up the dual chainrings because just so much more versatile (and my racing is minimal).

BigJeff 12-27-12 09:32 PM

The AL Focus bikes are gravity enhanced, and therefore solid. At least they do not break.

SteveFromNY 12-27-12 11:57 PM

Very nice! I love my cross bike but sadly use it for regular road riding 99% of the time.

LowCel 12-28-12 05:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BigJeff (Post 15093921)
The AL Focus bikes are gravity enhanced, and therefore solid. At least they do not break.

Unfortunately so am I (gravitationally challenged). Unfortunately, that's where our similarities end, I do break. :o

LowCel 12-28-12 05:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by eippo1 (Post 15093894)
Nice bike. Love my cross bike and would never give up the dual chainrings because just so much more versatile (and my racing is minimal).

Quote:

Originally Posted by SteveFromNY (Post 15094318)
Very nice! I love my cross bike but sadly use it for regular road riding 99% of the time.

Thanks guys.

LowCel 01-05-13 01:47 PM

Thought I would update with a photo from my first ride on the Mares.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b1...pse3ca1798.jpg


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