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Old 12-30-09, 05:29 AM
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Swobo Crosby

https://www.swobo.com/catalog/product...cPath=201_1472

Anyone know anything?

I've got a ss withdrawal since selling my fixed gear and want something I can commute on and put on dirt occasionally. There isn't a cross scene in Oz, so racing and serious cross riding isn't on the cards.

All help for a CX newb is much appreciated.
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i'm interested in this as well.

Things i like about it:
-disc compatible
-gears/ss
-fender/rack mounts
-sliding drops(especially good for discs)
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Love the concept and would love to have one, but damn that's expensive for what you get. Most single speed bikes are about half that.
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Originally Posted by iwegian View Post
i'm interested in this as well.

Things i like about it:
-disc compatible
-gears/ss
-fender/rack mounts
-sliding drops(especially good for discs)
Same. seems to have it all covered. I just wonder how it'd perform as a cx bike.
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also looking at the fisher cross bikes, but doesn't have the disc tabs. the disc tabs are a novelty thing for me so it's not a deal breaker.
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Old 12-31-09, 03:43 PM
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I find myself wanting to like Swobo's bikes, but I just can't seem to do it. I like quirkiness, which generally gets most Swobos in the "almost" category for me, but the "curiously orange" rims, for instance, cross the line.

This does look like a very versatile frameset. It can do a lot of different things. At 22 pounds, it seems a bit heavy for a singlespeed with an aluminum frame and carbon fork. My fixed gear Surly Cross Check weighs less than that. I suppose the disc mounts and the Torpedo hub account for a lot of the extra weight.
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If you are not dead set on the disc brakes, you might want to take a look at the Bianchi San Jose, https://www.bianchiusa.com/bikes/urba...gear/san-jose/

Fixed or free, room for pretty fat tires (I currently have a 700/42 in the front, with a fender). Commute, race 'cross, or cruise the fire roads and single track. Out of five bikes in my stable, this is the one I reach for the most.
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Does anyone have one? It looks really interesting.
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I actually just bought one a few weeks ago,have about 200 mixed miles on it (road, dirt trail, light singletrack) and I love the thing. I walked into my LBS with the intention of ordering a Crosscheck frame, and as I was wondering around waiting for someone to finish with their customer, I saw the Crosby on the rack and had to ask about it. It turned out to be everything I've wanted in a cross bike, and then some, but I have some odd tastes in bikes.

Overall, build quality seems good. It's a stiff frame and fork, so you feel most every bump on the road with the tires aired up. The fork has pretty good clearance for larger tires, you could probably stuff a 45mm tire up there if you don't want a fender, but the rear is a lot tighter, and you might be able to squeeze a 35 in the back, if you're lucky.

The Torpedo hub is fun. I love being able to switch between fixed and freewheel without having to remove the wheel. Just seven turns of a screw in the drive side of the axle and it locks out. I keep a Leatherman Supertool with me all the time, so keeping a small screwdriver with me is no big deal, but that might bug some people. Once it's locked out, the hub does have a little lash in it between pedaling and backpedaling, and it feels rather harsh, not soft like a loose chain. it's not more than a few degrees, and doesn't bug me much.

The wheels have taken a few hits, but nothing serious, though it has seen some airtime. I have the tires aired up fairly hard in anticipation of mostly road riding, and with the hits they've taken, the rims are still true as the day I picked it up. I don't race cross, but I do ride hard.

All in all, I like the bike and for what I was looking for, I think it fits nicely, with room for upgrades in the future.

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/_4klFdZwjbF...0/PICT0614.JPG
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Thanks for the info. Sweet pic BTW. Where is it? Looks like Yellowstone, near the south entrance.
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No problem, I hope that helps. The picture is actually looking at the San Francisco Peaks, in Northern Arizona. Taken at the Mormon Lake overlook.
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To the OP - these guys "All City" are fixie focused but put this SSCX out (due in the (US) Summer). I'm picking up a frameset when they are available.



https://allcitycycles.com/bikes/nature_boy1/
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