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I need help with components, too...Bogus
May 24, 2001 10:17 AM
I'm getting a Steelman frame and fork in a few weeks. I want to build it up for CX racing (I'm a pretty competitive MTB racer but am just starting to cross race--I did a few CX races on my mountain bike last season and had a blast).

I'd be infinitely grateful for advice on building this up. I like high end stuff so cost isn't that much of an issue.
don't get a tripleclimbo
May 25, 2001 7:57 AM
no reason why you'll need it for a CX race. Just get a double with a 36-48 or something like that. I actually run Daytona group with a single 42 ring up front. Cost no issue? Get whatever you want, the top guys run carbon wheelsets. Brakes? I run Mr Grumpy's, they last forever but aren't so cheap. The Avid's get good reviews too.
no debate - it was mentionedclimbo
May 25, 2001 11:09 AM
that racing was of importance so therefore I suggested the single or double ring. Triples have a place, no doubt, not for racing though.
42 tooth ring: what cassette?Mick
May 26, 2001 6:45 PM

what cassette do you run with the 42 tooth single? something wide, like 11-32 mtb cassette?

i'm thinking of running a 48-36 double, with an 11-25 in the back
(replace a the first cog on a 12-25 cassette with an 11)
goal: do everything ride, road/trails/race

but, i kinda like the idea of no front der.
will i need the lower gearing for cx race courses?
(seattle area)
coming from a ss cx bikeclimbo
May 29, 2001 7:20 AM
I am running a 12-25 cassette. My theory is that if I can't climb a hill in that gear I should be running up it anyway. Most CX races in NJ/PA don't have hills I can't get over with that gear. I used to run a 38-17 single speed but am upping the ante this year with a new bike for some better results.

As to what you will need? Not sure about Seattle, best way is to try it and see. you can always run an MTB cassetts like you suggested. a 42-32 is a pretty good climbing gear.
coming from a ss cx bikepauly
May 29, 2001 10:58 AM
Hey climbo. My Crosscheck is set up as a 42x17 SS and I love it. Unless I chicken out, I'm planning to race it that way (40x17, perhaps) next fall. But I've also been pondering a 1x8 setup as well. Probably 42x12-26. What do you use to keep your chain from dropping off the front? I was thinking about a Spot ring guard and a Third-eye chain watcher.
coming from a ss cx bikeclimbo
May 29, 2001 12:01 PM
nothing yet, haven't really hit any dirt seriously. I need to do something before I actually start racing but I'm on the road and MTB bikes all the time right now. I might just run a derailleur, I already have one so it's a cheap option. Use a ring guard or get an older bigger ring and grind the teeth off it.
re: I need help with components, too...pauly
May 29, 2001 11:15 AM
I may be in the minority here, but I vote for bar-end shifters. More simple than STI (simple is gooood in the mud), and you won't cry quite as much if (when) you crash and mess up your levers. Yes, they're a little more awkward, but you get used to it. Also, you can run an 8-speed drivetrain in the back (8-speed is gooood in the mud).
re: I need help with components,
Jun 20, 2001 1:06 PM
Since I first started out with left over MTB parts, I ended up building my cross bike with a mtb crank (46/34) (I left the small ring off). And used an MTB cassette (11/28). I found that in cross races I never shifted into the small chain ring up front. It was nice though while training or playing with the bike off road to have the 34 chain ring. If you plan to compete at the cat 3 level or above, you had better at least have a 46-11 gear available. Even if it is a muddy course, you need the high gears to stay with the pack on the pavement sections. To me it seem like a lot of effort to use a single chain ring up front, and you lose some versatility.