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Old 08-11-13, 06:30 PM
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Let's see some cross bikes.

I know they're out there, and I don't think we've had a show-your-bike thread on this topic.

Whether it's a cobbled-together roadie with knobbies, geared low - or an mtb... whatever you ride cross with. Whether it's just for fun or one you've raced. Doesn't have to be steel or old, as long as your heart is in the right place.

This thread prompted by the fact that I just ordered an All-City Macho Man complete. (Totally off-topic, but I'm excited.)
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Old 08-11-13, 07:12 PM
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Somebody has to start things off so here's my 'vintage' CX bike, much of which came from BF members:
Shogun 1500 frame with an RSX group, GB rando bars, Small Block Eight tires. It's a fun bike, and the reactions I get when someone sees me riding singletrack on it are highly entertaining.




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Old 08-11-13, 07:34 PM
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Originally Posted by lasauge View Post
Somebody has to start things off so here's my 'vintage' CX bike, much of which came from BF members:
Shogun 1500 frame with an RSX group, GB rando bars, Small Block Eight tires. It's a fun bike, and the reactions I get when someone sees me riding singletrack on it are highly entertaining.


Nice, I like this Shogun a lot. You don't see too many "vintage" CX bikes. This is my Soma doublecross which I built up entirely with parts recycled from other bikes and/or donated by friends:

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Old 08-11-13, 07:46 PM
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Holy crap I just picked an old cruddy Raleigh Record today with this exact thing in mind! I'm looking forward to seeing what people have done.
MAKE SURE you list your components so that people can see what is working (and may not be working).

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Nice, I like this Shogun a lot. You don't see too many "vintage" CX bikes. This is my Soma doublecross which I built up entirely with parts recycled from other bikes and/or donated by friends:

This might be the direction I go too (bar-ends). Can you fill us in with the rest of your parts if you don't mind?
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Old 08-11-13, 07:53 PM
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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
Holy crap I just picked an old cruddy Raleigh Record today with this exact thing in mind! I'm looking forward to seeing what people have done.
MAKE SURE you list your components so that people can see what is working (and my not be working).



This might be the direction I go too (bar-ends). Can you fill us in with the rest of your parts if you don't mind?
No one ever minds talking about their bikes but this one was really just built with old parts. I like bar ends and they are pretty forgiving since the left is friction.

I used a suntour xc pro triple (came off a bike I rode cross country on), suntour xc pro cantilevers I had in my parts box, deore lx rear derailleur from an old bridgestone, deore xt front derailleur, seven speed bar end shifters, and the wheels were the original stock wheels from an old racing bike (shimano 105/ultegra hubs). The wheels have narrow rims but I had no problem running 700 by 35c tires.
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Old 08-11-13, 07:59 PM
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The latest purchase I made is a Bianchi Boardwalk (Superset2 lugged). The current plan is to run period parts with fat sew-up cross tires. I've no idea what I'll be doing about a fork, though. A 1" touring fork with canti mounts would work best, but those are kinda hard to find anymore... Ideas, anyone?
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Old 08-11-13, 08:12 PM
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Miyata QC Quickcross originally came with a flat bar I've been playing with different stems and drop bars looking for a comfortable ride. It is may daily commuter(6 miles each way) and I use it for some gravel grinding too. The tires are Nasbar 700c x 38. I think they are a bit too big. I don't like the vague feel. next ones will be 32's I built my own retroshifters. I really like them a lot. Derailleurs are Exage 500 and they work great. I also swapped out the original biopace rings for some round alloy ones.



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Old 08-11-13, 08:16 PM
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
I initially tried barcons on my Shogun, but had to give up on using them because I would accidentally move the levers (by hand, knee, branch or rock) when riding really rough stuff - I'm guessing you stick close to pavement and gravel roads on this Soma? Other than that, looks like a really fun ride.

Just for grins, here's the cheapo-cross I played around with for a while, what got me interested in building the Shogun:
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Great entries so far! PCDMiele, I'd be curious to know more details about your homemade retroshift set up!
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Old 08-11-13, 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by whatwolf View Post
Great entries so far! PCDMiele, I'd be curious to know more details about your homemade retroshift set up!
I work in a mfg facility and have full access to a machine shop. I liked the idea of retro shift but not the price. So I studied lots of pics ad fabbed up my own. I even put some on a set of Shimano 600 tricolor levers. I really like that a lot too. here is a better pic of one on a Cane Creek lever. I need to figure out a way to darken the aluminum to really make them look good.

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Old 08-11-13, 09:40 PM
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Monster cross...

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What tooth chainrings are you guys using?
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Old 08-11-13, 10:03 PM
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whatwolf, This is my daughter's '90 Volpe I bought NOS for her in about '98. It's on it's second mini build with RSX take off roadie bits and Sora integrated shifters to replace the crashed RSX integrated shifters.

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Old 08-11-13, 10:31 PM
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No longer have it. A 1994 Schwinn Crosscut that I converted in 2011. It was a $20 find. Shimano Alivio, Ultegra bar-ends, 700x35 Kendas, M520 SPDs, a drop bar and a pair of Tektros.
Ran a 13x21 7 speed cassette with a 22x32x42 triple.


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What tooth chainrings are you guys using?
I run a 24/34/44 with an 11-27 (8 speed)... gives me a gear range of 23-103 gear inches on 26 by 2.0 tyres with a fairly tight rear block to keep the shifts tight.

I rarely need the granny.
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Late 90s reparto corse with a Goodrich fork.

edit: above is city mode, here it is without fenders and with eggbeaters
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The Bridgestone X0 bikes are great for converting to drops and riding gravel. This is my 1993 Bridgestone X0-2 that I recently built up from a frame and use primarily as a commuter:

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I believe it is a 1996, but have no idea. Full Shimano 600 tri-color.

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"...whatever you ride cross with..."

Oh yeah, this one became a 'cross bike after some years of experimentation, then hillclimb, criterium and mountainbike racing.

I've been racing 'cross since 1999 on this one, even won a couple of "B"-class races on it in the Sacramento series.

It's not the fastest thing on the road sections, but handles start-lines, barriers, dirt and even sand pits quite well.


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Here's my Meech "Cannibal"...handles all gravel/dirt/cross duty:



This is an older pic...It now sports Athena 11 silver bits, Salsa Cowbells, Kenda Smallblock8s, and a modded Truvativ triple (now super compact)...46/30 with a 12-29 out back.
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Old 08-12-13, 03:28 AM
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Originally Posted by whatwolf View Post
I know they're out there, and I don't think we've had a show-your-bike thread on this topic.

Whether it's a cobbled-together roadie with knobbies, geared low - or an mtb... whatever you ride cross with. Whether it's just for fun or one you've raced. Doesn't have to be steel or old, as long as your heart is in the right place.

This thread prompted by the fact that I just ordered an All-City Macho Man complete. (Totally off-topic, but I'm excited.)
Congrats on the Macho Man.

I have a few friends that race Nature Boys for a local team and one has a Macho Man disc.

I have ridden the bicycle quite a bit and I think the stock config is a really decent deal.

Super fun bike for the money that looks great in person.

I got a text the other day that he picked up a set of Fulcrum Red Metals on our local CL of all places.

It will be interesting to see how a somewhat higher performing wheelset ups the ante.

I can't tell you how often I look at Nature Boy Zona framesets for an all season ss build....

Cool bikes in the thread everyone!
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My bike shop special slingerland. Bought as a bare frame, build up with a triple group and some phat german rubber to be a nice gravel grinder.

pro's:
-the ride is great and fits me well
-Continetal tires just glide over gravel

cons:
-the Daytona group has seen over a gazillion miles, so the derailer pivots and ergo mechanisms aren't so crisp anymore
-weight. Man, I'd hate lugging this bike over obstacles.
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My bike shop special slingerland. Bought as a bare frame, build up with a triple group and some phat german rubber to be a nice gravel grinder.

pro's:
-the ride is great and fits me well
-Continetal tires just glide over gravel

cons:
-the Daytona group has seen over a gazillion miles, so the derailer pivots and ergo mechanisms aren't so crisp anymore
-weight. Man, I'd hate lugging this bike over obstacles.
-fugly decals (under clear )


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Sure looks great though! For real cross riding, you need some CF, at least the fork, and some light wheels. My alleged cross x Vanilla would be a bear to carry as well.

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Sure looks great though! For real cross riding, you need some CF, at least the fork, and some light wheels. My alleged cross x Vanilla would be a bear to carry as well.
Yeah, but I'm not much of a racer anyway, so I don't mind. Makes you all the more respectful of the guys that raced CX in the days of steel 1x5 geared, bar end shifting drivetrains, on toe clips, before the pressure washer was invented.
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Yeah, but I'm not much of a racer anyway, so I don't mind. Makes you all the more respectful of the guys that raced CX in the days of steel 1x5 geared, bar end shifting drivetrains, on toe clips, before the pressure washer was invented.
I hear you.

I checked on the weight of the Ritchey Swiss Cross frameset before I bought it.

I wasn't concerned in the slightest, as it came in just over five pounds with the Ritchey CF fork.

I should be able to get this into the 18-20 lb range with the Fulcrum 5 cx's and the Centaur gruppo.

I have a Ritchey WCS seatpost and stem that are hardly svelte, but should be fine.

Frankly, I never worry or care about the weight of the bike that much.

I do need to lose another twenty pounds to hit 165 lbs and that will take care of itself as I keep racking up the miles.

That's the real issue for me versus bike weight.
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