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Old 09-16-12, 07:00 PM
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Carbon+disc bike advice?

So yet another "this v. that" thread, but I'd really appreciate your advice: in the market for a new CX bike and I think I've narrowed it down to two:
A) Specialized Crux Expert Carbon Disc, and B) Ridley X-Fire Disc

Similar price, similar weight, comparable components, but different disc brakes (Hayes v. Avid). My only concern there was that my local specialized LBS mentioned Avid being more common in the States versus Hayes (meaning parts may be harder to get for Hayes...). Just something.

Any thoughts/experiences/opinions on either one? Both look great, trying to find some way to put one over the other.

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go with whichever fits better, components can be changed easily, a frame not so much.
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+1, they are both cable operated short (road) pull Disc calipers .
get the bike frame size that fits best , you can always change any component part later..

replacement pads for both are available in any bike shop,
at worst, give a weeks notice for restock.

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Awesome. Great advice and thanks. Suppose it would help to ride them before deciding, no?

Trying the Crux out this week, plus not sure if any LBS Ridley dealers have the X-Fire.
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If you compare geoms you'll see some differences. Ridleys have their famously high BB and long HT, which IMO is cross-perfect but some other people prefer a more roadbike-like experience.
www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/bikes-and-gear-features/adam-myersons-ridley-x-fire
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Is this a race bike?

Provided the sizing works for you I'd get the On-One Dirty Disco frameset and do a build. The Foundry (QBP) Auger would be my other recommendation.

I recommend doing a build because you can spec exactly the parts you want from the start, and you can use used parts and save some dough. You can also use your savings towards things like building up some disc tubular wheels and outfitting them with some good tires.
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Originally Posted by marqueemoon
Is this a race bike?

Provided the sizing works for you I'd get the On-One Dirty Disco frameset and do a build. The Foundry (QBP) Auger would be my other recommendation.

I recommend doing a build because you can spec exactly the parts you want from the start, and you can use used parts and save some dough. You can also use your savings towards things like building up some disc tubular wheels and outfitting them with some good tires.
Thanks for the input! Yeah it'll be a race bike and winter survival bike pretty as well. Leaning towards disc b/c LBS said that in event of snow and rain, the disc braking surface stays relatively cleaner than normal rims (something about distance to road). But who knows.

I was looking at the Auger and it's pretty sweet, but Foundry has the Harrow coming out soon (https://www.bikerumor.com/2012/08/17/2013-foundry-bikes/) and that's got me even more excited, though supposedly not until the New Year, which is too far away.
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