's Forum Archives - Cyclo-Cross

Archive Home >> Cyclo-Cross(1 2 3 )

How's my spec...(7 posts)

How's my spec...Sasquatch
Apr 11, 2001 7:33 AM
I'm building my first cross bike from a mix of parts on hand...Advice on the spec below?

Haro CRX frame
Kinesis fork
XTR cantis
Ultrega barcons
Ultrega headset
105 levers
XT crank (48/36)
Suntour superbe front derr
LX rear derr
Nitto flared drops
Coda stem (fatty like a profile)
SR T6061 seatpost
Belair saddle
105 hubs w/Ultrega bearings
MA-2 rims

Any advice as to where I might want to add/subtract? Thanks for any and all advice. I don't have experience riding cross bikes (MTB XC background)
Oh, yeah....Sasquatch
Apr 11, 2001 7:42 AM
I live in the perpetually muddy, rainy and mountainous Pacific NW. I wasn't sure of what gearing to use so I went 48/36 front 12/26 rear. I'm concerned about mud and am going 8spd. As for tires, I'm VERY open to suggestions (as place holders I have Vittoria Techno Twins on there now (they look awfully skinny w/all the clearance I have!)
re: How's my spec...Ray Sachs
Apr 12, 2001 6:19 AM
Generally looks good. The Nitto dirt drop bars are GREAT bars - my favorite bars for any type of riding. The only suggestion is you may want to think about some of the new Avid cantis for use with road brake levers. The XTR's can be set up to work with road levers, but the Avids are easier to set-up and adjust and are MADE to work with road levers, so the setup isn't quite as finicky.

Nitto barspauly
Apr 12, 2001 6:33 AM
Anyone know where I can a get a set of those Nitto Dirt Drop bars? I know Rivendell carries them, but their's fit a 26.0 clamp, and I need the 25.4's. Also how do they compare with Salsa Bell laps (as far as shape and degree of flare)
Nitto barsMatt Chester
Apr 15, 2001 5:45 PM
The Dirt Drops Rivendell sells are not the same as the classic WTB model...they only have a ~7 degree flare versus the massive 25 degree flare that the WTBs have (some people like the large flare...I do...some hate it) - it's great for wrist clearance for standing and climbing in the drops. I have WTBs on all of my bikes...

WTB should still have a few hundred laying around (they did a few months ago). As it's meant to be a MTB drop bar, the clamp size is 25.4. Get your local bike shop to contact WTB direct and order them for you...that's the best way to get 'em, plus you'll be supporting a local too!

Nitto barsRay Sachs
Apr 25, 2001 10:03 AM
The ones Rivendell sells are also VEEERRRRYYYY wide, about 48cm at the hoods and something like 52 at the end of the flares. The ones I like are what they used to sell before Grant decided wide bars are the path to heaven. They're about 42 at the hoods and about 45-46 at the flares. More distinct flare than the Salsas and a much more traditional round drop. Not as light, but I prefer the feel to the Salsa bars, which I also like.

As far as finding these narrower ones, you just have to scrounge. I found a used set recently and had two from the old days.

re: How's my spec...psychodan
May 7, 2001 7:20 AM
If your 105 levers are STI shift/brake combo, I would rethink that. I have heard of the same early failure problems as with ultegra stuff.I'm still looking for a good alternative to Shimano, maybe Modolo.