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Old 09-17-10, 11:30 AM
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Specialized TriCross Comp (triple) at Turquoise Lake yesterday....

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Put on a FSA Wing Pro Compact, I finally found the handlebar that gives me the riding position I want, swapped the slicks for some knobbier tires.

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Were you at charm city today?
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Originally Posted by mzeffex
Were you at charm city today?
yup. those crossfire tires suck. i spent a lot of it on the grass
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what are some good tires? i'm likely to just go and buy the cheapest ones i find until i get my skills up, but i don't really know if there's a better value out there. how about ritchey speedmax?
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Nice Masi, WmWilson.

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what are some good tires? i'm likely to just go and buy the cheapest ones i find until i get my skills up, but i don't really know if there's a better value out there. how about ritchey speedmax?
I had (have) the ritchey speedmax, and I like to ride them while commuting and on the rails-to-trails around here. Don't waste your money if you are looking for a race tire. If you want a good race tire that's reasonable, get Vittoria XG's in the 120 tpi. For mud, get the XM's. I actually run a XM in the back, and an XG in the front.
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cc700, if you want to race then get some good mud tires for Seattle. Mike the Mud2 or Specialized Captains. A good tire will make all the difference in the world. on second thought, pop into your LBS and see if anyone races cross and ask them.
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retiring the makeshift cross bike. got this-

Custom Tiemeyer built GT Edge, Longmont CO, 1998, with 8 speed Dura Ace and XTR
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Originally Posted by Saddle Up
Put on a FSA Wing Pro Compact, I finally found the handlebar that gives me the riding position I want, swapped the slicks for some knobbier tires.

Smashing!!!!
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Holy god I love this bike!!!

FINALLY- TRULY BUILT.

built up with parts from my road bike and a canti brake set from the '88 deore group. nashbar X frame with specialized sirrus elite fork. the fork was a nightmare, i bought the frame from a cat 4 masters guy with a fork, but the steerer was too short, even with the stem sitting on the headset. bought the specialized fork with steerer to spare, but it didn't have canti spring adjustment mounts!!! and no one sells plates for this size with spring holes, so i had to fabricate some with a dremel, cordless firestorm drill, and a set of vise grips.
finally, after a stressful and expensive four days(well, not that expensive... frame/fork/hs was 110, carbon fork was 60, and for small parts and labor i probably paid 40... lots of small parts and i had to have them knock the headset in and cut the steerer tube because i don't have a press or a hacksaw), it's a cross bike. race ready, if not race proof(24 spoke rear? good thing i weigh 138 in race kit).

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Looks nice. I assume that specialized fork is designed for linear pull brakes, with arms in the 80-90mm range. The tektro mini-V RX-5 model are super cheap and work really well. There are some fancier offerings available as well.
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it's true, but i got this brakeset for ten dollars and i'm still over budget.
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2010 Surly Cross Check in Beef Gravy Brown. Set-up 1x9 with a chain keeper I fashioned out of an old FD and a hacksaw

Just finished it up and took it on it's inaugural ride to get it dialed in... (i've also straightened the brake hanger since then)

First race is next Saturday. ABRA Kickoff Cross in Waynedsburg PA :-)









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Not a "proper" cross bike, but it's my belt-driven commuter that I've converted from SS to an Alfine. I dropped the rack and fenders, and installed some 35mm smallblock 8's to have some fun on the local singletrack and other unpaved trails before the snow flies. It works convincingly well as a cx.
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Wow. That bike looks like tons of fun!
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Originally Posted by pacificaslim
Wow. That bike looks like tons of fun!
It really is. My Alfine setup runs from 29-90 gear inches with the 35's, and it has tremendously good grip and balance on steep trails. I've been having a blast on it, and will be bummed once the winter settles in and I load it back up for transportation duty. Fortunately, the transformation is pretty quick, and now I know that I have a great multi-purpose machine.
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Originally Posted by Saddle Up
Put on a FSA Wing Pro Compact, I finally found the handlebar that gives me the riding position I want, swapped the slicks for some knobbier tires.

Beautiful.
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^ thanks, what shifter are you using with the Alfine on your Norco?, is it indexed?
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My new baby. Just finished building it up this evening. Bought the frame new on ebay. Really delighted the way it turned out.
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Originally Posted by Saddle Up
Put on a FSA Wing Pro Compact, I finally found the handlebar that gives me the riding position I want, swapped the slicks for some knobbier tires.

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2010 Surly Cross Check in Beef Gravy Brown. Set-up 1x9 with a chain keeper I fashioned out of an old FD and a hacksaw

Just finished it up and took it on it's inaugural ride to get it dialed in... (i've also straightened the brake hanger since then)

First race is next Saturday. ABRA Kickoff Cross in Waynedsburg PA :-)



What tires are on these bikes? I absolutely love them, btw.
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^ My Masi uses Vittoria Cross XG Pro's
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