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2015 CAADX105 vs 2015 Jake the Snake

Old 10-30-14, 08:06 PM
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2015 CAADX105 vs 2015 Jake the Snake

I had a blast this fall racing on my single speed Kona Unit. So much so I have decided to buy a real cross bike and have narrowed my choice to these two. I currently race a 54cm CAAD10 Ultegra and ride 54cm Specialized Roubaix.
Fitting seems to be a slight issue with the JTS as it jumps from 53 to 56cm. I'm 5'8 1/2 and have a 33.9 inch inseam. Both sizes of the Kona feel ok, but the 56 is a bit long in the reach and the 53 feels tiny in comparison. But then I don't know how a cross bike is supposed to fit. I guess the 53cm JTS feels like my CAAD10 with the seat way up and the bars slammed.
The CAADX feels more like my Roubaix with its shorter reach and TT. I've ridden the 54cm and it seems to fit better for comfort. I plan on racing cross but I would also like to ride some gravel. So on a 2-3 hour gravel ride I don't mind the feel of the CAADX 105 even though its not as sporty as the JTS.
Why the 2015 Kona JTS is $300-$400 more than the CAADX is beyond me but I've been told the Kona line is more expensive in Canada for 2015. Is there something about the JTS frame that makes it so much more expensive?
If the JTS had a cm or 2 added to the head tube I think that could be my bike.
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Modern CX bike fit shouldn't be much different than a road bike. Back when CX bikes were basically just light touring frames, the typical advice was to size down. These days, frames are specifically designed for CX, so size by ETT based on what you like in a road bike and you should get a pretty good fit. Set the bars 1 cm higher and the saddle 5mm lower and you're good to go.
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Originally Posted by Kopsis
Modern CX bike fit shouldn't be much different than a road bike. Back when CX bikes were basically just light touring frames, the typical advice was to size down. These days, frames are specifically designed for CX, so size by ETT based on what you like in a road bike and you should get a pretty good fit. Set the bars 1 cm higher and the saddle 5mm lower and you're good to go.
I need to size down on the European style cross bikes with a higher bottom bracket due to standover issues, but not on American style cross bikes.

No advice for the OP, other than to say that the CADDX in my size (54cm) doesn't fit me and I would have to size down to their 51cm which I feel is too small... so the geo simply doesn't work for me. Nice bikes though.
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Originally Posted by headloss
I need to size down on the European style cross bikes with a higher bottom bracket due to standover issues, but not on American style cross bikes.

No advice for the OP, other than to say that the CADDX in my size (54cm) doesn't fit me and I would have to size down to their 51cm which I feel is too small... so the geo simply doesn't work for me. Nice bikes though.
Seems almost the opposite for me. I have stupid longs legs and a short torso. I'm a mutant.
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I was looking at both these and then i found the Norco threshold A1 - looks like a real bargin. The kona was very expensive in my opinion and the caad x frame must be due for a refresh. Its starting to look old on the spec sheet - alu steerer fork, non internal cables.

In vancouver anyways Caad x - 1550$ Kona $1900 and the norco $1675.

https://www.norco.com/bikes/road/cyc...threshold-alu/
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Originally Posted by Alanswalker
I was looking at both these and then i found the Norco threshold A1 - looks like a real bargin. The kona was very expensive in my opinion and the caad x frame must be due for a refresh. Its starting to look old on the spec sheet - alu steerer fork, non internal cables.

In vancouver anyways Caad x - 1550$ Kona $1900 and the norco $1675.


https://www.norco.com/bikes/road/cyc...threshold-alu/
I think Norco is very underated. I just don't think I can ride one after having ridden them as a kid. They used to make some pretty crappy stuff back in the day.
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