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How is your cross bike setup?(26 posts)

How is your cross bike setup?Mosovich
Oct 5, 2001 11:41 AM
I know this is a broad question, but I was wondering what components, gear ratios, wheels, etc. you guys used on setting up your bikes. Thanks for your replies.
re: How is your cross bike setup?bn
Oct 5, 2001 11:59 AM
Surly Cross Check, Chorus/Mavic wheels (32x with 13-26 cassette), Speedmax tires (Mt Cross when superfats needed), Chorus HS, derailleurs and Ergo, Ritchey crank with 46-36 (2.5mm longer than road cranks), S BB, old Campy cantilevers, Ritchey post, Flite saddle, Cinelli bar and stem.
re: How is your cross bike setup?PNW Cross Rider
Oct 5, 2001 2:29 PM
Kelly Knobby Cross Mavic/105 32x, XT 12-28 8sp, XTR/DX rear/front deraileurs, 105STI, 105HS, Mr Grumpys, Sugino 36/46 crankset, XTBB.
re: How is your cross bike setup?BAM
Oct 5, 2001 3:30 PM
Surly crosscheck-old LX crank 46-34-24, STX RC rear der,campy racing triple front der,8spd bar end shifters,105 brake levers,Empella bar top bake levers, Salsa Bar and stem, Winwood carbon fork,UNO Seraph seatpost,Salsa saddle,11-28 or 11-30 cassette,DiaCompe 980 brakes, wheels and tires to suit terrain. Used as trail bike.

Lemond poprad-RX 100 triple crank 52-42-30,XTR rear der,campy racing triple front der,8spd bar end shifters,Dura Ace brake levers,Empella bar top brake levers,Bontrager bar,Kore elite mtb stem,11-28 cassette,Wiinwood carbon fork,Thompson lay back seatpost,Velo endzone saddle,DiaCompe 980 brakes,wheels and tires to suit terrain. Used as road bike for now.
re: How is your cross bike setup?Mosovich
Oct 5, 2001 4:44 PM
How do you like those bar top brake levers, do they really make a difference?
re: How is your cross bike setup?BAM
Oct 6, 2001 4:06 AM
Love them! They work great when riding in technical terrain. A must have for trail riding,IMHO. I will add that they do not offer much in the way of modulation, kind of an on or off feeling.
re: How is your cross bike setup?flyweight
Oct 5, 2001 3:58 PM
Colnago Easton aluminum cyclocross frame (yes, it's Easton and not Columbus Altec tubing) Full DuraAce components except for Ultegra triple BB, XTR front derailleur. 46-38 rings, 12-27 cassette. ITM bar/stem. Selle Hoskar saddle. Frogleg brakes & bar top levers. Mavic rims, TUFO tubulars. ATAC pedals.

Gunnar Crosshairs. Salsa SUL stem, Short 'n Shallow bars. XT brakes. Chorus Ergo levers. Racing triple derailleurs. Mavic rims, Record hubs. Phil BB. TA Zephyr triple crank w/ 48-36-24. Ritchey 38mm tire front, 35mm rear. King headset. Thomson post. WTB saddle.

Gunnar Streetdog single speed cross bike. Campy BMX crank, Suzue disco fixed/free hubs, Mavic rims, Paul brakes, Salsa Short 'n Shallow bars, ATAC pedals, Suntour post, Turbomatic saddle, Shimano brake levers. Various tires.
re: How is your cross bike setup?Mosovich
Oct 5, 2001 4:50 PM
I guess I should've put how mine is set up, it would only make sense.

IF Planet X, Utegra F&R derailur, Easton bar and seatpost, SRP Mr. Grumpy brakes, Race Face cranks 48X36, 12x27 cassete, Chris King hubs on Open Pro rims with Ritchey Speedmax tires, also a set of Classic Pro tubulars with Tufos 28mm, Control tech stem, Phil BB, Chris Kind HS, and ATAC pedals.
re: How is your cross bike setup?sknight
Oct 5, 2001 8:21 PM
What spindle length Phil Wood are you using? I'm about to build a cross bike and I have a 103mm I was going to use with some FSA carbon cranks I have but if the cranks keep creaking as they did on another bike I'm gonna put on a Race Face crank. I was just wondering if the Race Face would fit the BB I have. Nice looking bike BTW.
re: How is your cross bike setup?Mosovich
Oct 7, 2001 10:13 AM
I'm thinking they are a 103, I had a huge problem finding a BB at first, and Phil Wood was the only company that made one narrow enbough.
re: How is your cross bike setup?BAM
Oct 6, 2001 4:13 AM
SWEET bike! How does she handle and what year is it? I have a friend who`s looking at one, any comments or recomendations? The one he saw was ultegra/105 mix for about $2500. He fell in love with it when he saw it and now is debating whether it is worth the price. Would love some input that I could relay back to him.
re: How is your cross bike setup?Mosovich
Oct 7, 2001 10:19 AM
I'd do it again in a minute, no second thoughts at all. This bike totally rocks! It is 3 years old and just got a new paint job due some really stupid accident, was originally orange. Super bike, well worth the money though it is a bit costly.
re: How is your cross bike setup?chindogu
Oct 6, 2001 8:00 AM
looking phat! - what IF color is that? #15 Evening blue?
re: How is your cross bike setup?Mosovich
Oct 7, 2001 10:20 AM
Depends on your application.Mitch
Oct 7, 2001 10:10 AM
I setup mine for heavy offroad use.

Rock Lobster Dedacciai Zero Steel Tubing, Icon Stem/Bar,Titec MTB seatpost,Bonty FS Saddle, RSX 8spd shifter, XT 8spd 44/32 crank, XT front derailluer, XT 8spd rea cog, XTR rear derailluer, 747 pedals,Diacompe 986 brakes(trying this out because I just got it.) Rolf Vector Comp, IRC Vcross 38c tires.
Depends on your application.wannabe crosser
Oct 7, 2001 10:37 AM
If I had the money to get a cross bike, this is my dream bike: Colnago Alu Cross frame like Rabobanks, Campy Chorus/XT group, Corima 4-spoke cross wheels, ITM MantJs cockpit, Flite saddle, XTR cantis/froglegs, Hutchinson Gold Cross tires and some more. If I get a cross bike, it`s most likely to be a Trek XO1
Depends on your application.Mitch
Oct 8, 2001 6:31 AM
The Trek X01 was my first cross bike(Gold color). It was awesome except I got the wrong size. The 58 I got felt more like a 56. It was so funny because in stock form it came w/ a 53/48 crankset w/ a 12/24 rear cog and I used the beast for some major offroad ride. When I finish one of the major climbs and hangout at one of the rest spot, you should see the look on the guys/gals faces when they see the gearing I have.

But since then I have to change the gearing to be mountain friendly because it makes the ride A lot more fun...

Happy Trails
I'll send you a pic when it's all builtlonefrontranger
Oct 9, 2001 4:52 PM
I've got the Dream Plus road bike with Record 10. My 'cross bike is also my commuter, so my specs are a bit different, but the chassis is the same. I ordered the frameset on Monday.

My Dream Cross will wear Daytona, I ordered AD20 (pearl color), and Avid Spookys for the brakes. I might upgrade the fork. I like Mavic Cosmos wheels; they're bombproof. Don't know much about the Corimas, but I did get Zipp 303's as my "raceday only" set for the road bike. Everything else I agree with.

By the way, not only can you get Campy 'cross chainrings from the U.K., the Campy front mech will also work with any 110 b.c.d. crank. Just so you don't have to put *any* Sh*m*n* stuff on it ('twould be a shame).
re: How is your cross bike setup?mtnrogue
Oct 8, 2001 8:24 AM
Poprad with Spinergy SR-3, Mich Mud&Sprints, Salsa stuff> drop bar, stem, post, RaceFace 48x36&crank, Shimano>105 STI, un72, 12x27, XT derailluers, canti's, and Avocet seat.

re: How is your cross bike setup?geetee
Oct 10, 2001 6:13 AM
Ibis Hakkalugi, American Classic headset, XTR 5-arm crank 48x36x26 w/Ultegra splined BB, XTR front der, XTR med cage rapidrise rear der, Avid brakes (SD Ultimate front, Arch Rival 50 rear) w/287v levers (Pauls 'cross levers not yet installed), 8-speed barend shifters, 12x25 cassette. Front wheel: Velocity Aerohead/Chris King/Mich Mud. Rear wheel: Torelli Master/XTR/Michelin Sprint. Salsa SUL stem/Deda 250 bar, WTB SST saddle, American Classic post, ATAC pedals.

Anvil Crosscut, Columbus Foco. King headset, Ultegra crank w/TA 46x38 rings. Superbe Pro front der, Campy Daytona rear der. Pauls brakes (Neo front, Touring rear). Campy Daytona 9s ergolevers, Shimano 12x25 9s cassette/DA 9s chain. Front wheel: Front wheel: Velocity Aerohead/Mavic MX601/Mich Mud. Rear wheel: Torelli Master/Mavic MX601/Michelin Sprint. Ritchey stem/Biomax bar, WTB SST saddle, Thompson post, ATAC Ti pedals.
re: How is your cross bike setup?BAM
Oct 10, 2001 3:52 PM
How`s the braking power with the Paul touring brake (rear) on the anvil?
re: How is your cross bike setup?geetee
Oct 11, 2001 5:47 AM
I'll have to get back to you; the Anvil is still a work in progress. I should have more info by the end of the month.
re: How is your cross bike setup?xedgex
Oct 10, 2001 3:51 PM
IF Planet Cross frame and fork, XTR crank 48/36, XTR BB, XTR front and rear der., XT 11/32 cassette, King headset, ITM bar and stem, Ultegra Shifters, Dura Ace Hubs/Open Pro rims, Avid Shorty 6 brakes, Thompson seatpost, flite saddle, and ATAC pedals.

re: How is your cross bike setup?mosovich
Oct 10, 2001 5:29 PM
Which ITM stem do you use, what rise is it, I've been looking for a good light stem, but have been having trouble finding one for a 1 in, steerer.
re: How is your cross bike setup?xedgex
Oct 10, 2001 5:51 PM
I am running the ITM Millennium, it is designed for a 1/1/8, but comes with a shim to make it a 1". It has a 0 degree rise. It works really well with the shim, there isn't any slippage. The onlt problem I had whas when putting it on, I had to get the wider top cap for my headset, the 1" was too small to fit around the stem. Other than that, no complaints.

re: How is your cross bike setup?MarkL
Oct 12, 2001 4:41 AM
Gunnar Crosshairs w/ Waterford cross fork, XTR 5 arm 8 speed cranks w/ 48/36/26 rings, XTR splined BB, XTR front and rapid rise rear der's, XTR V-brakes(with salsa booster in back), Selle Italia Flite saddle, Ritchey seatpost, headset and stem, WTB flared dirt drop bars, XT thumbshifters mounted on WTB drop bar mounts, 287V brake levers, and 2 sets of wheels: Ultegra hubs & open pro rims w/ XTR 11-28 cassette and Rivendell Roly-Poly tires for road/commuting, and 105 hubs & open pro rims w/ 12-32 cassette and Ritchey Mount Cross front & Specialized Tri Cross rear tires for off-road/mixed on/off road rides.

As you can tell, this is set up to be my do everything bike. I do all of my road rides on it(Did my first Century a month ago), I put a rack on the back and commute on it, and I do mixed on/off road rides with it. Hopefully I will do my first 'Cross race this year as well! If anyone is interested, I should have some pictures next week I could post.