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cross setupBrian
Mar 7, 2001 11:57 AM
Hi - newbie question...

I'm working on building up a cross bike (just for commuting/screwing around - no racing) and I'm probably going to go with a road setup up front, mtb in back (i'm a wimp - i'll admit it, i need that granny) with sti. So the question is, for someone like me is it worth it to for 105 sti levers, fd, crank? If I could get my hands on Tiagra it seems like that would work just as well and save me some money. But on the other hand, if I'm buying some new stuff should I just go for the 105? Thanks!

El CheapoMass Biker
Mar 16, 2001 11:55 AM
Here's an alternative. Set it up as a singlespeed. Go with a flip/flop hub (fixed/free) so that you can use it for those early season miles on the road, as well as having the option to do longer hillier rides. My cross bike is set up as a singlespeed - it holds its own on local fire roads and poorly maintained (i.e. everyday New England) tarmac alike. You can probably put it together with parts you find on the used marketplace. My steed is a mongrel of Exage, Sante (remember that grouppo?) and Sugino parts. The only thing new was the chain. One speed - save money, and save time cleaning the sucker! - MB
El CheapoBrian Kennedy
Mar 17, 2001 2:39 PM
Thanks for the idea - hadn't really crossed my mind, but that could really work. What kind of ratios do you run? I've heard a lot of people run 34-18 for mtb'ing...would you suggest something a little less tall?
El Cheapo - gearing questionMass Biker
Mar 20, 2001 10:34 AM
Since my cross bike does a lot of road duty, I run it with a 16/17 flip flop hub (fixed/free) with a 42 up front. When I take it off road (and more recently, on longer rides), I am on the 42x17 which is definitely way tall for good woodsy trail riding...but is just fine for cranking along fire roads and bridle paths. I love using the singlespeed "free" on on the roads during the early season - nothing like a 75+ mile ride on slushy/crummy roads on the 42x17, getting the plush ride and traction that only 700x38c tires can give! Running a fixed over that distance (and terrain) is a pain.
SS GearingsoulFire
Apr 4, 2001 10:17 AM
I have a SS CX bike setup with 34x18 and it isn't that tall - at least not for the rolling to flat terrain (with a few short steeps) that I typically ride. FYI - tire size will also contribute to overall ratio (taller tire = taller ratio). I run 700x41c's on my ride and love the fast rolling and moderate cushion. Good luck with your CX project.

Mar 18, 2001 9:22 AM
Look at the FSA crank.
re: cross setupdsolin
Apr 15, 2001 11:53 AM
Howdy- what did you go with??? did you try the singlespeed??? i'm in the same boat. i want to build a crossbike but don't have chinga for fancy gear. peace----david