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Best Steel frame Cyclocross bikes under $2000

Old 07-11-11, 09:23 AM
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Best Steel frame Cyclocross bikes under $2000

Hi there,

Not sure how many even fit the bill.
But maybe 3-6 ideas would be really helpful.
It would mostly be for paved roads and trails.
Some inter city riding but not a commute bike.
I was told steel frame and carbon fork would help
my lower back problems.
Maybe suspension seat?
I'm in Canada also, so I might be more limited in what local shops
have and/or can order for me.

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Check out the Gary Fisher 'Presidio'.
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Old 07-12-11, 05:23 AM
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With a carbon fork and suspension seatpost, I'd think you'd be able to ride any frame material. Steel's great, and I train on one daily, but CX bikes are meant to be light and fast, as well as durable. So, most are going to be aluminum or titanium or scandium.

I'd THINK you'd have a better/easier time finding a steel frame road bike that you could put some 25cm or 28cm tires on. The nicest ride comes from larger tires anyway.

BTW, try Gunnar
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The Soma Double Cross should be on your list.
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Consider Titanium? I have a Lynskey Cooper CX. With a set of wheels for 23 tires and a second set for 28 tires it's like having two different bikes. +1 for the larger tires for smoother ride. Like riding on a cloud with 28s and there's still plenty of clearance for larger. Chain Reaction Cycles has some 2010 frames for about 1,650.
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Very nice advice.
Thanks, and keep it coming.
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ps. No frame only, parts or build kit sites please. I'm a first timer - looking for a solid CX bike - that I can find or order at my LBS - for support, tuning, and service.
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So this is not for Cross racing racing, just a fatter tire road bike ?

What brands are in the Bike shops where you live?
no benefit in a mail order rig if you are not already a savvy bike mechanic,
when buying from a dealer gets you service after the sale.

here we have Redline Felt And Trek, sell more Trek stuff than anything else ..

Terms are better , [I'm not the Manager]..
I'm in Canada also, so I might be more limited in what local shops
have and/or can order for me.
the local shop has to do a application to become a dealer for another brand,
so less up hill battle, to just say what lines they already carry

lots of shops Have a QBP account, so the Surly/ Salsa/Civia stuff
can be ordered thru them from ..
Taiwan via Minnesota warehousing and distribution ..

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Right - not racing. Just roads, paved trails, some commute / city play.

I have several ideas on the list now:

Fuji Cross Comp or Pro or RC?
Giant TCX 1 or 2?
Scott CX Team or Comp or Cross?
Kona Jake the Snake
Motobecane Fantom Cross Pro Ultegra
Specialized Tricross Comp Double or Sport Triple?
Gary Fisher Presidio or Erwin?
Surly Cross Check
Focus Mares
Tommaso Bestia
Soma Double Cross

Any comments, suggestions, choices, additions?
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If you have 2 large burning a hole in your pocket, you might as well consider a Gunnar Crosshairs. Expertly welded in Wisconsin by the Waterford folks. Would be the only frame on your list made in the US. Reading closer, I see you are north of the border, so you should probably add Guru and Marinoni to the list.

In stock sizes, it may not be appreciably better than anything else, but if you are not of book geometry, it is a available in custom dimensions for a few hundred more. Full range of stock colors, plus if you want to get crazy, the extensive Waterford palette is available for a bit more.
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Thanks. Will look into it. My budget is $2000 max though.
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Originally Posted by me beginner View Post
Right - not racing. Just roads, paved trails, some commute / city play.

I have several ideas on the list now:

Fuji Cross Comp or Pro or RC?
Giant TCX 1 or 2?
Scott CX Team or Comp or Cross?
Kona Jake the Snake
Motobecane Fantom Cross Pro Ultegra
Specialized Tricross Comp Double or Sport Triple?
Gary Fisher Presidio or Erwin?
Surly Cross Check
Focus Mares
Tommaso Bestia
Soma Double Cross

Any comments, suggestions, choices, additions?
Redline Conquest Team. Not steel, but neither are half the bikes on your list.
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Originally Posted by me beginner View Post
Right - not racing. Just roads, paved trails, some commute / city play.

I have several ideas on the list now:

Fuji Cross Comp or Pro or RC?
Giant TCX 1 or 2?
Scott CX Team or Comp or Cross?
Kona Jake the Snake
Motobecane Fantom Cross Pro Ultegra
Specialized Tricross Comp Double or Sport Triple?
Gary Fisher Presidio or Erwin?
Surly Cross Check
Focus Mares
Tommaso Bestia
Soma Double Cross

Any comments, suggestions, choices, additions?
Will look into Redline too.
LBS guy suggested several were race bikes - and since I don't plan to race I should look
at quality all around stuff with forgiving frame/setup.
Like
Specialized Tricross Sport Triple
or
Surly Cross Check

Any comments - suggestions?

Thanks for all the replies.
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As I asked :
What brands are in the Bike shops where you live?
then You have service after the sale,
and the shipping and import duties are included .

rather than additional charges.

Lots of Cross Check complete bikes around on this forum, they sell for about 1K U$D

Your LBS can switch out any Components that don't suit your specifics.
Travelers Check adds SandS connecters to the Top and Down Tubes
for smaller girth packing to Fly some where to see.

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[QUOTE=me beginner;12927848

Any comments - suggestions?

Thanks for all the replies.[/QUOTE]


2 g's for a newb? Spend a lot less on a used bike and get to know what exactly you want. And if you have to spend lots, buy canadian or us made, return all that cash to the local economy. Find a local custom frame maker, like waterloo's true north cycles...
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It's easy to say buy used, but with my few criteria for used, it's really hard to find something.
Has to be close enough that I can go and see it.
Preferably in Canada.
Bikes on my list - or at least brands on my list. (I'm not getting one for the sake of it, when I wouldn't buy it new)
And then of course no guarantee.
No service relationship.
Can't be sure of history of bike - especially with my untrained eye.
Bottom line - unless the stars align with the above - I'm going new - and I'm going at least $1000.
I will look into True North Cycles.
Any good ones in Montreal?
And suggestions for Canada made bikes?

Thanks
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https://www.masibikes.com/steel/speciale-cx/

https://www.bianchiusa.com/bikes/gran-fondo/volpe/

https://salsacycles.com/bikes/vaya/vaya_orange_complete/ ($1499)

https://www.redlinebicycles.com/bikes...nquest-classic
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Very interesting choices!
A couple will be tricky to get from Montreal.
But I like the theme/feel of these.
ps. the redline link is no longer good

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If your going on road and off road, check out jttp://www.liebobicycles.com (the KITCHUNSYNC). Its a road bike that can be convereted as a cross bike, with an adjustable wheelbase. very cool, a little more than you wanted to spend, but covers what you want
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