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Looking for a budget cx frame

Old 01-23-17, 06:25 PM
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Looking for a budget cx frame

Looking for some recommendations on a cheap cx frame I can build up as a project bike.
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Go to planetX.
Tons of cyclocross frames of varying quality and cost.
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Nashbar Cyclocross Frame

Wait until they have some sort of sale and it will be cheaper..
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bikesdirect has a gravity liberty cx and a liberty cx disc version. the complete bike is like $400, and they are perfectly serviceable. I worked on one for a friend over the summer and I was honestly impressed with the fit and finish for such a cheap ride. you could upgrade wheels/tires and the contact points and then just thrash on it, and not feel bad when you hit a tree and crack the fork lol
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
Go to planetX.
Tons of cyclocross frames of varying quality and cost.

I got a London Road frame for $250 shipped last year. It worked great for cx in the fall. Going to use it for gravel events this spring. Sorry I missed the deal on the new gravel frame they have...on new years, it was going for $139.
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I saw a 51cm CAADX frame for $250 on a FB page yesterday. Search for used deals, they're out there.
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A used bike might be the best bet, but a used CX bike or frame might be hard to find. The ones that I see most frequently are Bianchi Volpes, and you can sometimes find complete ones for very good prices. However, I don't know if Bianchi will sell the frames separately.

The Nashbar CX frame/bike is a great value, particularly if on sale. MASI makes a nice CX bike, but I'm not sure if they sell the frame separately. Pake sells a CX-like frame that is very reasonably priced. And of course, there are always the 4 S's -- Surley, Salsa, Soma and Specialized. Soma and Surley CX frames are reasonably priced but might still be more than you want to pay.
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Go to a local bike swap. This is the time of year when race teams are selling their team bikes from this year.
For example, my friend went to the Madison WI bike swap a couple weeks ago and picked up a team Specialized Crux (alloy) frame for very cheap.
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Define cheap? $100? $800?

Ribble CR1 Frameset - Frames - Ribble Cycles

$238 + ~$70 shipping.
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Originally Posted by Tradarcher
Looking for some recommendations on a cheap cx frame I can build up as a project bike.
I have the Nashbar Frame and Carbon Fork so I can definitely recommend it:

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The Frame has max clearance (Minus mud clearance) for a 42c tire, while the fork can only handle a 38c. If you want more fork clearance I'd look around for other 1 1/8th straight forks. I am currently running 27.5 x 1.75 tires.

The Planet X London Road compared to the Nashbar frame has a lower BB and seat tube and a longer wheelbase/chainstay. You can run up to a 40c with that frameset however.

One last thing: will you have it built up at a bike shop or will you have all the tools necessary for building the bike up?
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Thanks for the info everyone. I ended up getting a soma wolverine frame for $399. Time to start the build!
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