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18 lb. cross bike(12 posts)

18 lb. cross bikethemayor
Oct 24, 2001 8:45 AM
Check this out: a 58 cm custom Stevens / Spin Arts with Dura-ace and Zipps.
Total weight is 18.2 lbs
Now...if I can lose about 18 lbs myself ;^D
re: 18 lb. cross bikethemayor
Oct 24, 2001 8:48 AM
D'ooh! forgot to post the pic
re: 18 lb. cross bikeclimbo
Oct 24, 2001 9:12 AM
looks nice, where was that taken? Do you know the builder? It looks like a road bike, BB is very low...
re: 18 lb. cross bikethemayor
Oct 24, 2001 9:24 AM
Yes...I know the builder. It's Tom Stevens...the guy who designs the Super Cup and Natz courses. And yes...the b/b is it should be.
That was taken at the Gloucester SuperCup
Oct 24, 2001 9:51 AM
love the paint job! :D
Great looking CX bike!!Cima Coppi
Oct 24, 2001 10:07 AM
I hope it brings you success on your local CX series. You certainly have something unique in the bike world.

I'm curious to know your reasoning for having the low BB. I have always been under the impression the BB should remain high for clearence. Please explain.


Great looking CX bike!!themayor
Oct 24, 2001 10:18 AM
What do you need clearance from?

Back in the days of toe straps...Euro mfgr's(like Alan) made the higher b/b's so the straps didn't drag...which unfortunately makes your seat hieght higher, which makes remounting harder.They figured that out...and with the advent of clipless pedals...went back to lower b/b heights.Unfortunately...mtb mfgr's who jumped into the scene kept the higher b/b of mtb design...which really isn't needed because cross races don't have the big obstacles of a mtb race that can catch your pedals/chain rings.

Bottom line is a lower b/b makes for a stable and nice steering bike...and very easy to remount on.

Our team, GearWorks/SRP/SpinArts, have these frames and some of our guys clean up in the Masters field...and no one complains of catchig pedals.
Great looking CX bike!!climbo
Oct 24, 2001 10:52 AM
that's great if you have a custom bike, i like the idea. I guess most CX bikes (non-custom) are manufactured with the idea that some/most people will ride them on the trails and hop logs etc. so they put the BB up a bit. I would do the same on a custom bike, maybe the only thing would be for those who hop the barriers they want to make sure they miss the BB.
Great looking CX bike!!the mayor
Oct 24, 2001 11:29 AM
A lot of the mfgr's are figuring it out.

Cannondale..with many of it's engineers racing cross here in New England...have fairly low b/b's. Same with Redlines...thanks to Tim Rutlidge and the crew out west.

I'm 6 foot with a 37" inseam, so I have a high seat. I had a "famous brand" cros bike a few years ago, that because of the ridiculously high b/b, was a bear to get back on.My left leg would be dead from jumping so high during a race. My Stevens is so easy...and my C'dale is only 3/8" higher, so it's not bad either.

As far as jumping barriers...the UCI 40 cm barriers are pretty hard to jump
Great looking CX bike!!climbo
Oct 24, 2001 12:54 PM
yep, I wouldn't jump them, but Johnny Sundt makes it look so easy !! Good luck at Amherst...
re: 18 lb. cross bikeflyweight
Oct 24, 2001 2:53 PM
What's the frame made from? I've got a Rabobank Colnago made from Easton Ultralight (not a Dream Cross) The bike is built with full DuraAce, Frogleg brakes, Fir tubular rims w/TUFOs, ATACs, and ITM bars and steel stems. Despite the lack of exotic parts it still weighs just a hair over 19 pounds and has held up to 4 years of trail riding.

Don't you have problems snagging your shorts on the SLR saddle?? I tried on a my road bike and while it wasn't comfortable for anything past 2 hours it might make a good cross saddle. Only thing is the nose looks like a sure-fire chamois catcher.
re: 18 lb. cross bikethemayor
Oct 25, 2001 5:32 AM
It's steel....Stevens uses a mix of tubing to get a nice ride.he does both road and cross customs.

The saddle works for problems.(your milage may vary)

Biggest weight savings are the wheels,Prima199 bars,Ritchey wcs stem, USE carbon post,slr seat and a smattering of ti from SRP