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orgin 8 cx700 frame weight

my research suggested that a built up cx700 frame should be less than a surly cross check or soma double cross. however, my experience has been different..

The frameset weighs 4400 g (9.7 lbs). the fork weighs 1390 g. that seems almost ridiculous to me. I think the cheapo nashbar frames weigh less than that.

anyone else have a cx700?


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I looked at these also and they're pretty tank'ish but not sure that back breaking heavy? But their pretty darn heavy for supposely being chromoly. That's Hi-Ten or cast iron territory. Haha. I would honestly go with a Nashbar frame but just look into the crank clearance issues.
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4400 grams just for the frame? How do they even do that? Are the tubes not hollow?
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IMO Nashbar frames are of low-quality - I would stay away unless you are looking for a total beater to ride in crappy conditions. The one I had was heavy, rode crappy, and ended up with an ovalized headtube at <1,000 miles of riding (with a crappy integrated headset, there was no way to repair it). I haven't seen or ridden a Origin 8 frame, but would be suspicious of any very cheap, heavy frame like that, which is probably pumped out in a Chinese factor with questionable quality control.

A Double Cross or Cross-Check frame can be found for around $400 new - definitely more, but still cheap. Don't skimp on the frame unless this is something you are going to ride in very poor conditions.
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I was looking into the CX700 until one day (early this year IIRC) it disappeared from the Origin 8 website...I emailed and they confirmed that they were indeed discontinuing the frame...they were kind of vague about if/when something similar would come out. Wonder if weight had something to do with it...seemed to be a lot of positive opinions from those that had built one up.
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4400 grams just for the frame? How do they even do that? Are the tubes not hollow?
no for the frameset

4400 g total
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My CX700 weights less than a Surly LHT and the about the same as a Cross Check. I had a Soma Double Cross with a carbon fork that was lighter than the Surly models and the CX700.

I installed a Surly Cross Check fork on my CX700. The unicrown fork supplied with the CX700 is a real boat anchor. Not only did the fork weight far more than it should, it was poorly made with alignment issues.

The CX700 frame is double butted 4130 steel and well made. the welds are very visible, but uniform and skilled. The paint on the frame is very good.

I'm happy with the bike. I use 700x40 slicks or semi-slicks. I also use 700x47 Schwalbe Smart Sam knobby tires that fit with just enough mud clearance.

The ride and handling of the bike is excellent with the Surly fork. It's a good severe-use bike. I purchased it for winter use, but now use it year around. I use my carbon CX bike more, but I like having the the CX700 for technical trails.
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Originally Posted by wheelsmcgee View Post
I was looking into the CX700 until one day (early this year IIRC) it disappeared from the Origin 8 website...I emailed and they confirmed that they were indeed discontinuing the frame...they were kind of vague about if/when something similar would come out. Wonder if weight had something to do with it...seemed to be a lot of positive opinions from those that had built one up.
If you are looking for a frame with room for 700x45 tires, consider the Black Mountain: Black Mountain Cycles: Black Mountain Cycles Frames
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