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Considering a D.I.Y. build. Suggestions?

Old 08-25-12, 08:46 AM
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Considering a D.I.Y. build. Suggestions?

I'm fairly new to riding, but have quickly discovered I like wider tires and "adventures" a little more than straight road spins. Right now I'm pushing 195lbs, so the wider tires are a little more comfortable too.

Anyway, I really have the itch to build my own bike. I'm just tired of being stuck on paved/concrete roads. I want to build a decently fast, roadie/cyclocross type bike...something that will handle light trail work/gravel/dirt roads.

I could buy something, yes, and most likely buy it cheaper, but ever since I've read a few build blogs online, it's something I really want to try my hand at (wrenching is kind of up my alley anyway).

I live in Colorado, and enjoy going from the front range here up into the foothills and mountains, so the bike MUST be light enough and geared well enough to climb without major hiccups. I know the typical crank for a CX bike is 36/46, but just don't think that will get it done for me on some of those Rocky Mountain climbs. Also, if I throw some slicks on it, I want it to be quick...not Tour De France worthy or even CAT3+ group ride worthy, necessarily, but a bike capable of average speeds on the 18-22mph range for a 20+ distance, should I decide to ride it on the road as a training bike. It must be able to handle rain and snow decently too. Yes, kind of a "do-all" bike.

As far as price...well, I'd like to stay below $2000 for all the parts, if possible, or close to it, at least.

The frame I'm considering building from is the Sette CX-1. Here it is:

https://www.settebikes.com/cx1Frame.html

That frame seems to get some good reviews all over the web, and it's light enough to be speedy on the roads. My biggest question on it would be the durability factor in a CX race or a gravel grinder race. I love the internal cable routing, though, and, basically, I just think it looks cool. Not to mention a great deal on pricepoint ($599 for the frame and fork)!

So, what I'm thinking right now is the Sette CX-1, possibly SRAM Apex 50/34 with an 11-32 cassette. Could I still use a bike with that gearing in CX races if I wanted to try my hand at one?

Anyway, what are your thoughts on what I want to build? Feel free to suggest other frames, gearing, etc. I'm welcome to any and all ideas.

Thanks!
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I built a cyclocross bike for my first build and am in the middle of building another one after that first one was stolen.
It was a great experience and I recommend it to anyone who loves cycling. It is amazing to me how much goes into building a bike from a frame. So many parts you never even knew were there until you have to make another trip to the bike shop to buy it cause you forgot to order it.

I used a Nashbar X frame and carbon disc fork because I really wanted Discs.
It was a great frame, and I am using another one for this time around because it worked so well. No internal routing and a flat black finish, but that just means you also get to learn to paint. My first go around I just used a fresh coat of black paint and a cut and buff to get a really pretty black paint job.

As far as gearing, you can get a Deore or other Mtb triple and get really low gearing as well as a 48t outer ring for the faster stuff. With an wider spaced cassette you will have plenty of range.

Shifters are all personal choice

Have fun and learn alot!
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Originally Posted by mountaindrew
I used a Nashbar X frame and carbon disc fork because I really wanted Discs.
I really wanted to try one myself. Did you use a road or MTB crank?
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I used a deore lx crank and only used the upper two rings, which were 34 and 44 it I remember right. I always planned on changing the outer ring for a 48,which is available. 44 wasn't enough on the road in the downhills, and I used that bike on and offroad.
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Originally Posted by mountaindrew
I used a deore lx crank and only used the upper two rings, which were 34 and 44 it I remember right. I always planned on changing the outer ring for a 48,which is available. 44 wasn't enough on the road in the downhills, and I used that bike on and offroad.
Thanks, ebay has Motobecane frames with CF forks but they're more money than the Nashbar frame. I always wondered if the Moto was that much better.
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I'm fairly new to riding,
(want) a bike capable of average speeds on the 18-22mph range for a 20+ distance,
Can You make any bike stay at that speed, 20mph for an hour?

Vuelta winner Roberto Heras,* and riders at the pro level
can even make a Brompton folding bike go fast.

aside, They have a Brommy world championship race , over there,
on the Churchill Family Estate.


*Or, Lance, 'it's not about the Bike' Armstrong.

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This bike meets your criteria;

2012 Carbon Fiber Pedal Force CX2. It's a great road bike alternative, 98% of the speed but twice the utility. The larger 700x32 tires on the CX2 allow me to enjoy the smoother trails and gravel. I also can just ride across the pot-holed and patched suburban streets without the usual bob-and-weave that is necessary when on a smaller tire.

The added inertia of the wheelset and larger tires does slow acceleration by a small amount, the bike is a little slower to wind up. However the actual overall difference in speed on my usual route is about 2% or about 0.35 mph in contrast with my road bike with aero-bars.

With a 50, 39 & 26 chainring Crankset and a 11-32 cassette, climbing a 20+ grade should not be limited to the gearing.

The ride quality is exceptional. the bike feels solid and is very responsive, but the tires provide the right amount of suppleness that is very relaxing. If I need to maximize my speed by 2%, I still have a road bike.

The bike will also take fenders and a rear rack. I expect the bike to become my #1 ride.











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