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Seeking advice on first cyclocross frame

Old 07-12-14, 05:10 PM
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Seeking advice on first cyclocross frame

Asylum Cycles Meuse CX Carbon Cyclocross Frame | eBay

Gary Fisher Presidio Ox Platinum Steel Cyclocross Frame Size w Carbon Fork | eBay

Bianchi Cross Concept 55cm Frame Set Cyclocross CX Scandium 56 Cm | eBay

Nashbar Carbon Primo Cyclocross Frame - 12K - Frames

marin cortina | eBay
I have these frames in mind. This will be my first cyclocross bikes, and its intended usage is for everyday commuting during the winter, light touring-exploring, and competing in my first cyclocross races. I was leaning towards the Gary Fisher, due to its steel frame. As I'll be on the bike everyday, comfort and ride quality are very important to me, and I figured steel would be my best bet. Another issue is fit. I've been fitted for a road bike before, and ride a 56CM, but from what I've read I'll most likely need a smaller frame for cyclocross. I plan to equip the bike with either a Sram Force or Ultegra 6800 groupset, and am aiming for a finished bike under 8,500G.
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Old 07-12-14, 07:00 PM
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Yup. On a CX bike, go down one size from the road bike size you ride to compensate for the taller bottom bracket.

Any of the CX bike frames you're considering make great crosser bike builds. Good luck.
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I purchased a Motobecane Fantom Cross CXX from BikesDirect earlier this year. It is Chromoly Steel frame. I had forgotten what a pleasure it is to ride a chromoly frame after I got rid of my '86 cilo. It flexes and feels great compared to my aluminum & titanium framed bikes. It is now my go to bike for general riding.
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I purchased a Motobecane Fantom Cross CXX from BikesDirect earlier this year. It is Chromoly Steel frame. I had forgotten what a pleasure it is to ride a chromoly frame after I got rid of my '86 cilo. It flexes and feels great compared to my aluminum & titanium framed bikes. It is now my go to bike for general riding.

Pretty clear that your vote is for the Gary Fisher. Anyone have any opinion on the ride of carbon? I have a 2009 Specialized Tarmac SL, and comparing its ride to my steel 853 bike... Well, there is no comparison. That's the only carbon bike I've ever ridden though, and I'm intrigued to ride another carbon frame to see if it's more comfortable.

I checked out the Cross CXX. For a steel bike equipped with Sram Apex, the price is right! It's a shame they don't sell only the frame

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Carbon is light and comfortable. I agree that Reynolds 853 is well - the lightest and strongest steel one can get. But if lightness is desired, then carbon is what one should ride.
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My Specialized is NOT comfortable. I'm not a weight weenie, and don't need a 15 pound bike. As long as this bike ends up under 8,500g I'm fine.
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I was under the impression you liked carbon enough to try out another frame. That said, the Motobecane Fantom Cross XX in steel is an excellent bike. If you're into the monstercrosser thingy, the Gravity Zilla in alloy would be a step up.
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I was under the impression you liked carbon enough to try out another frame. That said, the Motobecane Fantom Cross XX in steel is an excellent bike. If you're into the monstercrosser thingy, the Gravity Zilla in alloy would be a step up.

Ill put it like this: Carbon is all the rage, so I'm willing to give it another shot. Maybe this time I'll see what all the fuss is about. I must admit, I've taken a liking to the styling of that Meuse. Also, it's in my area (as is the Bianchi) so I'd be able to check it out in person before buying.
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Gravity Zilla Cyclocross/Touring Bike
Hey, whaddya know, I just found this in my area. Had never heard of the bike before you mentioned it. A medium is probably too small anyway
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I won the Gary Fisher.
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