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specialized s-works cx?aru
Mar 7, 2001 9:34 PM
This will be my first road bike, and I think a cyclocross model would be the best choice. The spec is basically:

m4 frame (how good are they?)
specialized stout hubs/DT db spokes/32h mavic open pro rims
xtr crankset, xtr BB, xtr derailleurs, ultegra sti shifters
avid 15c brakes
ritchey logic pro pro stem and biomax bars
steel fork
ritchey seat post (I think)
specialized seat (don't know the model)

I would be paying 1700 US. I will also soon buy a set of lighter wheels, probably zipp 303 with contis for use on long road rides. 1700 seems like a good deal, but I want the best bike for the money because I am an upgrade maniac. If you know of something lighter/better for less, please clue me in.
re: specialized s-works cx?KEN
Mar 8, 2001 9:33 AM
Apparently you are looking at the 2000 model CX. I have the 2001 CX, and Specialized changed a few things including going to Ultegra derailleurs and cranks, supposedly because of some drivetrain compatibility issues with XTR. Don't know the details though, but I would recommend calling Specialized tech support and ask them about it-that's how I found out. I also don't know what cassette yours would have, but I had to change out the Ultegra 11/27 that came with mine to a more knee-friendly XT 11/32, which meant I had to go to an XT derailleur as well, so you would be ahead of the game on that.

I use mine for road commuting to work, 30 miles round trip. I have Specialized Nimbus EX tires, 700 x 35c, and they are great for occasional rough roads, glass, etc. The M4 frame is great if you like the feel of an excellent-geometry, light and stiff aluminum frame (I weigh 190 and love it). The fork, however, while reasonably light, is also pretty stiff. Personally I prefer the Kinesis fork on my road bike, which is more supple.

$1700 sounds like a very good price--I think that bike retailed for around $2400 (this year's goes for $2179 retail). Hope this helps. Bottom line is I recommend this bike wholeheartedly!