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Old 06-04-15, 08:40 AM
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Cross / Travel / Adventure build

Hi experts, wanted to get some opinions on a build I'm thinking of doing. I already have a nice road bike. The use case for this new bike is everything else:
- Travel a couple times a year to who knows where. Examples would be the Caribbean, Europe, NYC. Just want a bike to adventure about on while the wife is at a business conference or whatever. Surface unpredictable.
- Single track, dry off roading around Texas, Colorado, Idaho. Basically light mountain biking. No big drops or technical stuff. Point is simply to go places that are not road bike places.
- Urban group riding in Houston when I don't feel like riding my road bike for some reason. Flat, crappy roads. Sort of fast, but not too fast.
- Light commuting to work, sometimes, when I feel like it and the weather is nice.
- Trips to the pub. Lock up outside.
- No racing.
- I weigh only 135 pounds and you could say I lack power. I'm 44yo.

Since this bike will go on airplanes and to the pub and who knows where, I don't think I want it to be a blingy Ti bike.

Here's my proposed build with retail prices:

Frame - Ritchey Break Away Cross Steel frame and carbon fork (separates into 2 pieces for checkable travel on airlines, includes headset and travel case) - $1500, 2676g
Wheels - Williams System 31 (alloy) - $569, 1539g
Handlebar - Williams Maxim ACS (alloy) - $70, 230g
Seatpost - Williams Ionic 27.2x350 20mm setback (Ritchey says carbon seatpost is fine even on the break away frame) - $98, 158g
Stem - Williams Force 100m - $98, 115g
Drivetrain - SRAM Rival 1 - about $660, 2170g (available in August). I like the simplicity of no front derailleur or chain rings or cable for travel. I don't care about my cadence.
Bottom bracket - SRAM GXP Team - $30, 119g
Saddle - Specialized Romin Expert Gel - $130, 218g
Brakes - Avid Shorty Ultimate - $180, 230g
Tires - Kenda kwick Cyclocross. Could change tires depending on travel destination.

Total Cost about $3400.

Total weight about 18 pounds.

Anything I'm doing here that's stupid? Any better ideas? I could shave 2 pounds of weight with Ritchey's break away cross Ti and SRAM Force, but that would add $2000 of cost and I'm not sure I want an expensive bike like that out in the wild with me in danger of theft.

Thanks for any thoughts!

Colin
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Old 06-04-15, 09:03 AM
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Originally Posted by chendricks View Post
...wanted to get some opinions on a build I'm thinking of doing...Bottom bracket - SRAM GXP Team...Any better ideas?...
Hawk Racing BB, SRAM's GXP Team is not long-lived.

I think titanium is a good idea.

For this application "Trips to the pub. Lock up outside" get a cruiser bike, and I'm not being facetious; I thoroughly enjoy mine.
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I would consider TRP CX8.4 brakes instead of the Avids for a bike that will be used on singletrack. They will offer a bit more braking force than cantis, and you also get rid of the straddle cable, which would make packing the bike easier. I have been using them on my bike for a few thousand miles now and I'm very happy with them.
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Originally Posted by chendricks View Post
Seatpost - Williams Ionic 27.2x350 20mm setback (Ritchey says carbon seatpost is fine even on the break away frame) - $98, 158g
Stuff is going to get banged around in travel. Do you really want to take a chance on TSA inspecting your case and not re-packing the saddle/seatpost carefully enough? An alloy Thomson Masterpiece is the same weight and less likely to get damaged in transit. It is a bit more pricey so if you don't mind an extra 40g, the Thomson Elite can be had for less than the Williams.

I'm not fond of the Kenda Kwick tires. I used a set as training tires on my CX bike and was pretty happy when the needed to be replaced. They don't have much puncture protection, wear fast, and the side knobs are really squirelly making turns on pavement. I'd opt for the Clement USH as an all-around tire and maybe pick up a more aggressive CX tire for singletrack adventures.
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Originally Posted by Werkin View Post
Hawk Racing BB, SRAM's GXP Team is not long-lived.
You can get four GXP Teams for the price of one Hawk. I'll accept that the Hawk is better, but 4X better is a little hard to believe (especially since I can easily get 10K miles out of a GXP Team BB on my road bike).
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Tektro CR720's offer a TON of braking power at just $40 for a set (front and back), plus ~$16 or so for a set of Kool Stop pads. I do not think the Avid Shorty's will offer significantly better braking, despite the 4x higher cost.

Also consider the Salsa Cowbell handlebars - they have a nice flair and shallow drops, and work decently well for riding singletrack on an otherwise road-oriented bike.
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Great tips everyone. Thanks! Really appreciate it.
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