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N+1 (my next bike)

Old 11-01-15, 05:31 PM
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N+1 (my next bike)

I have a dedicated mountain bike and a commuter/family ride bike. Sold my CX bike this summer and am now looking at a replacement. Budget - $1500. Looking at SS or geared. Thoughts? Please and thank you.
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SS, $1,500, CX. Sounds exactly like my cross bike! Raleigh RXS.

Served me quite well so far, and she's seen ABUSE weather and where. Really nice wheels for the price, and have never needed to true them.
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That Raleigh is pretty rad.

If you have the time and means, I recommend building your own. I built a ridiculous SSCX with a lot of high end and made in the USA parts (Thomson, Paul, Chris King, SRAM Red, etc.) for around $2k. You could easily build a SS just about any way you'd like within your budget.

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Both rides look great, All City is one of the brands I have looked at. I have raced a few races with gears and wondering how SS is different. Thanks.

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Originally Posted by jtbadge View Post
That Raleigh is pretty rad.

If you have the time and means, I recommend building your own. I built a ridiculous SSCX with a lot of high end and made in the USA parts (Thomson, Paul, Chris King, SRAM Red, etc.) for around $2k. You could easily build a SS just about any way you'd like within your budget.

Is that in Forest Park? I thought you lived in KC

I would personally go with a geared bike unless you live somewhere flat or want to try out SS CX racing - I've seen folks ride SS bikes on organized gravel rides around here, where it is hilly, and either they are really strong riders or end up going slowly or walking up hills.

You can't go wrong with the All-City suite of CX bikes though - the Nature Boy and Macho Man are both in or below your price range, have nice styling and decent components, and can be used for both CX racing or general-purpose riding.
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Originally Posted by jtbadge View Post
That Raleigh is pretty rad.

If you have the time and means, I recommend building your own. I built a ridiculous SSCX with a lot of high end and made in the USA parts (Thomson, Paul, Chris King, SRAM Red, etc.) for around $2k. You could easily build a SS just about any way you'd like within your budget.

. Jtbadge, what's your parts list?
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Originally Posted by Nhmountainman View Post
. Jtbadge, what's your parts list?
Check it out here: 2013 All-City Nature Boy Zona Ltd. - Pedal Room
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Thanks again for the thoughts everyone.
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I have a asylum cycles Muese which is currently available for in a medium size, 54 cm, for $518 and includes a 3 year warranty. Includes the headset. This is a real deal when one considers that just below this price are the same bike frames with no warranty.
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I have a asylum cycles Muese which is currently available for in a medium size, 54 cm, for $518 and includes a 3 year warranty. Includes the headset. This is a real deal when one considers that just below this price are the same bike frames with no warranty.
Largest tire it can accommodate is WTB Nano 40 c. I rather get the Fairdale Weekender Drop that can accept up to 45 c tires. Its cro-moly and within OP's $1500 budget.
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Largest tire it can accommodate is WTB Nano 40 c. I rather get the Fairdale Weekender Drop that can accept up to 45 c tires. Its cro-moly and within OP's $1500 budget.
Sure, but you're not the OP.
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I have a asylum cycles Muese which is currently available for in a medium size, 54 cm, for $518 and includes a 3 year warranty. Includes the headset. This is a real deal when one considers that just below this price are the same bike frames with no warranty.
Details? Thanks
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I bought the bike for my son so that he had something that fit him to ride. The frame is made of high modulus carbon fiber and is very stiff across the bottom bracket, which is a huge PF30 size. I think it has very graceful lines for a carbon bike, everything looks well thought out and the Columbus fork doesn't look out of the way in the least, especially not with the inside of the entire rear triangle painted red. My son like the shaped seat stays which curve outward to allow for ample tire clearance. (I'm not sure what it's rated but 40's without lugs sounds about right.)

It isn't my size but what little I've ridden on it, here's my impressions. Fast off the line. The frame instantly translates push into movement. There's no sign of flex from the bottom bracket but I'll bet the skinny handlebars on it were twisting. The head angle gives it a steady predictable steering quality on the road, it is currently set up for road use. There's isn't anything exciting about turn in but it doesn't resist it either. More neutral than my Italian carbon road bike which can be "spirited" at times. I'd imagine these qualities translate into good off road use but alas, my son has started school (first yr. high sch) and we haven't had chance to get out this fall together.

It weighs about 21 pounds as pictured below.



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