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Old 12-27-15, 04:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Dave_linux View Post
So true, but I rather keep it in a 150km radius

I might find a bargain on a CX 2013. Sram Rival Hydr.
But it's Shimano that I'm used to. How does the Sram's do? Similar with 105 from Shimano?
I've got rather small hands, no problems for the more bulky shifters?

@curtiseddie:
Any points that I might inspect before buying a secondhand Mares CX?

thanks in advance.
Nothing other than typical points to look on any used bike. I have no experience with carbon frames. Also, this is my first Focus. I am extremely happy with it. In fact I have considered replacing my MTB with a Focus.
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Originally Posted by Dave_linux View Post
So true, but I rather keep it in a 150km radius

I might find a bargain on a CX 2013. Sram Rival Hydr.
But it's Shimano that I'm used to. How does the Sram's do? Similar with 105 from Shimano?
I've got rather small hands, no problems for the more bulky shifters?

@curtiseddie:
Any points that I might inspect before buying a secondhand Mares CX?

thanks in advance.
I have the 2016 Mares CX Rival. Three of my friends opted for the AX 105. None of us have been disappointed. The Rival 22 stuff is great, IMO - but I'm a dedicated SRAM guy. I like the rear mech tactile feel, responsiveness and single lever shifting.

Hydraulic brakes come in big time handy in my part of the country. If you like Shimano - you will probably love the AX 105.
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Old 12-28-15, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Sundog3478 View Post
I have the 2016 Mares CX Rival. Three of my friends opted for the AX 105. None of us have been disappointed. The Rival 22 stuff is great, IMO - but I'm a dedicated SRAM guy. I like the rear mech tactile feel, responsiveness and single lever shifting.

Hydraulic brakes come in big time handy in my part of the country. If you like Shimano - you will probably love the AX 105.
Thanks for the input.
Gonna have to wait until 4th of january to find out if the bike is easy available.
And if so, I hope I could get my hands on one especially to see what size I might need.
I've been told today that the Mares are quite low in front and longer than other frames. Thinking of my lowerback, rather make sure before I buy. I prefer a more upright position than aerodynamic
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Originally Posted by Dave_linux View Post
Thanks for the input.
Gonna have to wait until 4th of january to find out if the bike is easy available.
And if so, I hope I could get my hands on one especially to see what size I might need.
I've been told today that the Mares are quite low in front and longer than other frames. Thinking of my lowerback, rather make sure before I buy. I prefer a more upright position than aerodynamic
Not sure what low in the front and longer than other frames means - but as with any bike, you should be looking at stack, reach and head/seat tube angles. The Mares has a more "relaxed" geometry than many other 'cross frames.

If you want a really upright geometry - then you'd likely have more luck focusing on gravel specific bikes.
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Originally Posted by Sundog3478 View Post
Not sure what low in the front and longer than other frames means - but as with any bike, you should be looking at stack, reach and head/seat tube angles. The Mares has a more "relaxed" geometry than many other 'cross frames.

If you want a really upright geometry - then you'd likely have more luck focusing on gravel specific bikes.
It has got something to do with the stack en reach, but this frame has got a way more upride position then my previous roadbike. So that's gonna be perfect.

Hey Sundog3478,

Best wishes for this New Year.

I've got a question:
Been looking for the Mares 105 Disc @ my local Dealer. He couldn't view any stocklist yet and has got to wait until next Wednesday.
But he did told me this.

He hasn't got any experience with the setup of the TRP HY/RD brakes.
But he testdrove a bike with those brakes on it and he admitted that their modulation is a lot better to control than mechanical brakes.
The point that the brakes "bite" comes with a better feeling.
He does warn me about the lever movement. He had to pull the levers very far before there was any braking response. And he doesn't know why it was like that.
Only tells me that barrel adjusters are a no-no for these brakes and advised me mechanical brakes like the TRP Spires over the HY/RD's or a decent set like SRAM or SHIMANO.
Or I must find someone who can fine tune the HY/RD brakes perfect. Because, if setup perfectly, they would outrun any mechanical discbrake by far.

Could you get some info about this @ your CX friends riding a Mares disc?

Many thanks.
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Originally Posted by Dave_linux View Post
It has got something to do with the stack en reach, but this frame has got a way more upride position then my previous roadbike. So that's gonna be perfect.

Hey Sundog3478,

Best wishes for this New Year.

I've got a question:
Been looking for the Mares 105 Disc @ my local Dealer. He couldn't view any stocklist yet and has got to wait until next Wednesday.
But he did told me this.

He hasn't got any experience with the setup of the TRP HY/RD brakes.
But he testdrove a bike with those brakes on it and he admitted that their modulation is a lot better to control than mechanical brakes.
The point that the brakes "bite" comes with a better feeling.
He does warn me about the lever movement. He had to pull the levers very far before there was any braking response. And he doesn't know why it was like that.
Only tells me that barrel adjusters are a no-no for these brakes and advised me mechanical brakes like the TRP Spires over the HY/RD's or a decent set like SRAM or SHIMANO.
Or I must find someone who can fine tune the HY/RD brakes perfect. Because, if setup perfectly, they would outrun any mechanical discbrake by far.

Could you get some info about this @ your CX friends riding a Mares disc?

Many thanks.
Happy new year to you, too.

Not sure what they or I can tell you. I've ridden one of the AX 105s and the brakes operated fine. There was no excessive pull on the levers to get the brakes to actuate.

Near as I can tell - there is a barrel adjuster for the cable on the actuator. This video shows the adjuster and it's operation for proper set up:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8T6cON6y_Y

Looks pretty easy to me.

You may want to find a different mechanic, regardless of what bike you choose. I cannot imagine anyone competent saying anything along the lines of "barrel adjusters are a no-no for these brakes" or not knowing why a particular component is acting the way it does.
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