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Old 07-15-09, 08:06 AM
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Old 07-15-09, 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by M_S View Post
How do you like those cranks? They're pretty cheap a lot of places.
I have the same crank on my Specialized CX and like it a lot--very stiff and seem to have narrower Q factor than other cranks I've tried.

A couple words of warning: these were recalled due to fracturing on the non-drive side. The machining seems to have weakened them in the mid-section of the NDS arm. See details here: https://www.ritcheylogic.com/news_article.php?id=495 . But they did fix the problem by beefing up this part of the crank and reissuing--just make sure whatever cranks you're looking at have the date code after the problem became known.

Also, these take a Shimano Octalink BB, which for a while were becoming hard to find--I think they've since started offering more options for replacement in their 105 line (phasing out Ultegra and Dura Ace). All the same, a cheap crank will still require some more investment in an outmoded (but still perfectly fine) BB.

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Old 07-15-09, 07:35 PM
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Old 07-25-09, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by kbjack View Post
I have the same crank on my Specialized CX and like it a lot--very stiff and seem to have narrower Q factor than other cranks I've tried.

A couple words of warning: these were recalled due to fracturing on the non-drive side. The machining seems to have weakened them in the mid-section of the NDS arm. See details here: https://www.ritcheylogic.com/news_article.php?id=495 . But they did fix the problem by beefing up this part of the crank and reissuing--just make sure whatever cranks you're looking at have the date code after the problem became known.

Also, these take a Shimano Octalink BB, which for a while were becoming hard to find--I think they've since started offering more options for replacement in their 105 line (phasing out Ultegra and Dura Ace). All the same, a cheap crank will still require some more investment in an outmoded (but still perfectly fine) BB.

Hope this helps.
Thanks. The ones I was looking at are ISIS.

TBH I probably would run them on my SS road bike rather than my cross bike, as I'm pretty happy with my new Race Face cadence cranks (stiff!).
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Old 07-28-09, 06:43 PM
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My first bike after 15 years of bike-less... Not the best, but it works.

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Old 07-29-09, 11:50 PM
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My first bike after 15 years of bike-less... Not the best, but it works.

i like that moto....thinking of getting one myself, what is the skinny on these?
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i like that moto....thinking of getting one myself, what is the skinny on these?
Ah, what did you mean?
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Old 07-30-09, 02:18 PM
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Ah, what did you mean?
"The skinny" is an old slang term for what's the low down. He's asking you basiclly how is it? Are you by chance under 30?
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Old 07-30-09, 03:34 PM
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Haha, got it, thanks cs1 ;p .

I think my Motobecane Fantom CX works great. Have only ridden less than 30 miles on it on the road. It's a really nice entry level bike for a newbie who has a tight budget like me.

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"The skinny" is an old slang term for what's the low down. He's asking you basiclly how is it? Are you by chance under 30?
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Old 07-30-09, 05:24 PM
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wtf?
have i finally faded into that twilite of fogie-dom when no one under the age of dirt can understand what i say?

HEY YOU KIDS, GET OFF MAH DAMN LAWN!!!!!



glad to hear the moto gets good marks, as i am on a budget and really needing a better fit
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Old 08-01-09, 03:35 PM
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Here's my Crosscheck set up in Riv style:

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Sweet use of barcons as downtube shifters.
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you need some moustache bars, silver stem and spacers and you are set. (though i personally prefer bar end shifters over downtube shifters)
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Old 08-01-09, 07:34 PM
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My summer project:



And my lovely assistant shows off the carbon fork:

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new cx

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Old 08-03-09, 11:05 AM
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My crosser

Mainly into cycling on the road but going to have a dabble at CX with main aim being the 3 peaks cyclocross this year. Tyres now changed to Schwalbe land cruisers.
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Old 08-03-09, 05:31 PM
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I'm not a cross rider but I do enjoy hitting up the local MTB trails...
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Had this ride since late May. Loving it so far.
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Old 08-04-09, 11:38 PM
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New fork and tires

Awesome bike.
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Old 08-05-09, 10:35 AM
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Installed the headset and fork. Just throwing on bars, saddle and wheels to get an idea of reach and drop before I break out the hacksaw.



So far, so good. Although I may flip the stem up.
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Old 08-05-09, 11:33 AM
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Looks good. What's the build going to be? If you are missing anything, I have a few bit laying around.
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It's going to be 2x9: A mishmash of DA/Ultegra/105 nine-speed. The crankset I have is a standard 53/39 but I think if I replace the 53 with a 48 (just ordered one from Ben's Cycles), that should be okay with 12-27 in the back. The wheels are Ultegra/Open Pros, Tektro CR 720 cantilevers.

The question will be tires. I have some Kenda Kwicks from when I tried to jury rig my Trek SS, but I wasn't crazy about them. Any recommendations for the local courses?
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Old 08-05-09, 12:07 PM
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I'm sure you can get away with the semi slick for the early season. I have some speedmax's that worked well at discovery and Folsom last year. This year I went with tubs so I don't have as many options.

I'm also running 9 speed on my race bike.. Depending on what time the classes fall out I may do the single speed race too. What class are you in this year? I'm probably doing B master 35 with the a bunch of my BEER teammates.
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Old 08-05-09, 12:41 PM
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I dunno, is it too embarrassing to be a 3 on the road but a C in CX?
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Old 08-05-09, 12:55 PM
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If you raced last year then I might move to B's. That's what I was told from Rich. I would also go to the skills lessons that Rich puts on and ask him.
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