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Newbie help decidiing X-Fire Rival V Specialized Crux Apex Disk

Old 08-23-12, 07:30 PM
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Newbie help decidiing X-Fire Rival V Specialized Crux Apex Disk

Firstly hello everyone, I am new here and thinking about getting into Cyclocross recreationally. I currently only have a Fixie for around town but used to do extensive Road Riding from a very young age. I'm also a motorcycle nut so haven't focused on cycling for a number of years. I want to get myself into optimal shape and get back at it. I've decided a CycloCross bike is for me and I have found an X-Fire Rival on sale for close to the same price as a Specialized Crux Disk Apex. I've ridden them both but to be honest in my short ride and lack of experience I can't tell much of a difference and like them both. The one plus of the Specialized is it's disk brake which I like. Obviously the Ridley is higher spec correct? Sorry for the novice silly questions but hey it's been a while and I want to make the right decision. I want to use this bike for many years to come as it's a big investment for me.

Basically the deal I can get on the Ridley makes it only about $200 more that the Crux Disk. I need to make a decision fast as neither bikes will be around for long.

Thanks in advance for your help I need it!

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Since you're just doing this recreationally, have you considered a lower end bike? Both of the bikes you're considering are excellent choices for CX racing. IMO, they're overkill for recreational use and might even lack some features you might want eventually (like support for fenders).

If I were you, I'd try out something like the Ridley X-Bow, the Specialized TriCross or (my personal favorite) the Kona Jake.
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Since you're just doing this recreationally, have you considered a lower end bike? Both of the bikes you're considering are excellent choices for CX racing. IMO, they're overkill for recreational use and might even lack some features you might want eventually (like support for fenders).

If I were you, I'd try out something like the Ridley X-Bow, the Specialized TriCross or (my personal favorite) the Kona Jake.

Good point but if you had to choose between either one which would you choose. My thought is I might get more seriously into it and race if I like it. I'd rather overkill than under so to speak.
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Probably the X-Fire.
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