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Focus Mares CX Rival Disc

Old 09-18-15, 07:00 PM
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Focus Mares CX Rival Disc

First Post. Nearly 50 year old road rider. Bought this cross bike to do some gravel riding in the South East this fall/winter. So:

The color's obviously not for everyone - but I bought it for the build/price point.





I swapped out the Rival cross front ring set up for a Force 22 Compact set - and went with the CB Eggbeater 2 pedals:



The cages are not long for the bike - as much as it seems like it does not matter, they do clash. I'll probably just get some plain black ones.

Here's the bike with the original seat (crappy iPhone pix from the shop owner):



The Fizik Aliante saddle has to go. Shown here with the Selle Italia Kit Carbonio Flow SLS from my road bike. Let me know if you know anyone looking for an Aliante with an electric blue stripe. Going to try an Antares VS. If that doesn't work - I'll get another SLS.

I've got old Red shifters, new Red cranks and some new Force bits on my road bike. While the Red cranks are a noticably superior product - the rest of the Rival 22 is pretty awesome - regardless of the price point. With the yaw FD - every single gear is usable with no rub. I like the hydraulic disc brakes so far.
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Old 09-23-15, 12:15 PM
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good looking bike, I'm digging the tanned tires and frame colors
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I dig. One of the local shops in KC sells a ton of those.
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Nice rig this - not quite as good as the 2013 Orange/Red frameset - but nice, nonetheless. you will LOVE the Mares CX - I ride mine whenever I can and often 'create' rides that require me to ride the CX bike!

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Old 09-25-15, 09:22 AM
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Thanks! With all the looks and no comments, I was beginning to think that the color really was that offensive!
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I just purchased a Mares AX 105. Looking forward to breaking it in as I am new to the cross/road style bike. I could already tell it was a rocket on the test ride I did. Pics to come.

Sundog3478, Do you have any opinions on your bike so far?
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Originally Posted by curtiseddie View Post
I just purchased a Mares AX 105. Looking forward to breaking it in as I am new to the cross/road style bike. I could already tell it was a rocket on the test ride I did. Pics to come.

Sundog3478, Do you have any opinions on your bike so far?
I agree with what I think is at the core of your rocket comment - as the bike seems very responsive.

As I said above - the saddle is gone. I found an Antares VS with orange accents that I'm currently trying out. The bars are not my exact preference - but I'm not throwing them out yet. The drop portion - just seems a little incomplete to me.

The Rival 22 continues to impress. It's just really, really good shifting - and every single gear is usable.

Congrats on the AX 105. That colorway is a shop favorite - when they come in - and they are apparently hard to get from Focus.
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Just a morning ride through Forest Park. (I need some road tires for this)
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Antares installed, stem flipped. Heart back in normal rhythm. Should be riding this weekend.
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