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Type of frame everyone is ridingjason in NH
Jan 18, 2002 4:15 AM
I was looking at past threads this morning and saw that people were saying litespeeds are for posers, and I am assuming that all ti cross bikes are in that realm...But what type of frame is everyone riding here?
I personally am riding an old pinnarello when they were still steel.
re: Type of frame everyone is ridingwspokes
Jan 18, 2002 4:58 AM
I am riding two crossers, an old Bianchi Project bike (92) converted with drop bars to a cross. This one is built up tough, I can actually use it for mountain biking if I chose. I am also riding a Surly cross. Steel is Real! of course, steels tend to be heavier but I am not too concerned about the weight saving game anymore as I get older and more non-race oriented. I have found the steel to be far more comfortable than the aluminums I have had in the past, Vitus cross, Cannondale, and another I choose not to mention. I also am aware that the newer aluminums are indeed working on getting the bikes more comfortable. I liked the early carbon bikes I have witnessed but I am not up to date with the carbon scene. Ti is Ti, too expensive for me considering the job role (and my paychecks, LOL). But as I say, to each his own. As long as you are riding and enjoying. I am also checking out the single speed scene lately and starting to think it might be very cool to try out.
re: Type of frame everyone is ridingThe Walrus
Jan 18, 2002 1:28 PM
Wow. What could be so shameful about that one unmentionable frame that you choose not to mention it? I don't think I've ever ridden anything so bad that I'd be in denial about it... :-)
re: Type of frames, ti and ss$6millionman
Jan 18, 2002 8:26 AM
I ride a steelman eurocross and i love it. although it's a (relatively) lightweight/race frame it has held up fine to occasional rough singletrack rides. it's good fun riding your favorite technical trails fully rigid and in the drops! i love my moots roadbike and feel that ti could be great for 'cross, too. if the tubes are shaped by a good builder it's a great material for most any application. and though i enjoy suffering on my singlespeed mtb, and the simplicity of a ss 'cross bike is appealing, it seems like too much of a compromise - i'd miss the big gear for blowing by the roadies while all muddy!

ride on.
re: Type of frames, ti and ssKWIKFIX
Jan 18, 2002 11:40 AM
I'm riding a Ti cross bike, built to be super light and forgiving. Ti is the perfect material for a cross bike: no paint to scratch, it won't rust and it's comfortable. It just hasn't made me any faster!
Specialized M4climbo
Jan 18, 2002 9:34 AM
only 'cause it was a team deal. if I had the choice I'd have an IF, Steelman, Serotta - basically a nice steel frame!
Steel Fujipauly
Jan 18, 2002 10:32 AM
Columbus Genius main triangle. It's not light and it's not cool, but the ride is smoooove.
re: Type of frame everyone is ridingsoulFire
Jan 18, 2002 12:16 PM
My 'cross bike is a '96 Bontrager CX (one of the last Santa Cruz, CA built - not that it really matters. Well , yes, it does - Trek sucks for closing down that shop)that is currently set-up as a SS (34x18 - great for trails, slow for road (not that I care)). No, I don't race... I'm too cheap - would rather spend $ on bike parts and ride for free. I like the feel of steel (have a steel MTB SS, too), but must confess that I run a suspension seatpost (gasp... blephemy!) - my L4, L5, S1, and associated disks (damaged from motocross injury) would not survive without it.

re: Type of frame everyone is ridingmackgoo
Jan 18, 2002 1:41 PM
Colnago Duall Ergal cross Just about have it done. (Poser);0
re: Type of frame everyone is ridingJan_Gerrit
Jan 18, 2002 2:45 PM
Race bike : Duratec (Czech) Aluminum, from Alusuisse tubes. Very oversized and not light at all, stiffest ride I ever experienced.
Spare bike : 7005 Al Sunn Cycloss.
re: Type of frame everyone is ridingdcm311
Jan 18, 2002 4:50 PM
I'm riding a sweet steel Primus Mootry. Best bike I've ever owned!
re: Type of frame everyone is ridingmosovich
Jan 18, 2002 7:28 PM
IF Planet Cross
re: Type of frame everyone is ridingbuffalosorrow
Jan 18, 2002 9:31 PM
At the end of last cross season I purchased a used colnago dream cross, it is one of th fastest bikes I have ridden.
I also just bought a graham weigh cyclocross to be used a single speed.

This past season was supposed to be my first racing, but I had a unexpected addition to my household...a puppy.

Next season I will be ready.
re: Cyfac Gitanephilippec
Jan 19, 2002 1:12 AM
A Cyfac-built Gitane La Francaise des Jeux racing cross frame -- a friend of mine had an inside line to the team and got me one of their spares for cheap. Built it up w/ some spare Rigida rims, ultegra 8-sp odds and ends (bar ends included),Radius brakes and salsa Bell laps up top. Stiff and light -- and, at least in this picture (after its bath), clean!
re: Type of frame everyone is ridingpeter in NVA
Jan 20, 2002 11:09 AM
Riding a Ritchey Swiss Cross in NVA past two years. Very good with roots and rocks but I knock my rear wheel out every few rides. Put Frame Saver in when new and not a drop
of rust. If I were going custom, however, I would go ti just to be sure it lasted forever.
re: Type of frame everyone is ridingmackgoo
Jan 20, 2002 5:50 PM
Almost done. I need to put the chain on. I've been using the Fosters link and now don't have a chain tool. I'll get one tomorrow so I can take the Campy link off and put on the Fosters. 21.4 lbs if I lose the Brooks I'll get under 20, but I love my Brooks. All Record with Record OR canti's. I'll give an update on how they work tommorrow after the maiden voyage. Or maybe the next day. I'm on nights and I'll have to get the chain tool when I wake up, probably won't be able to ride.
more neon than an 80s ski suitbn
Jan 21, 2002 6:20 AM
what kind frame is that?

and how are those brakes? (on the road, not workstand) Low profile canti's- like those ORs- don't have the best reputation when used with road levers.
more neon than an 80s ski suitmackgoo
Jan 21, 2002 4:51 PM
I'll give an update on the brakes in a few days, I'm still waiting for my shoes. I think I will go for a ride around the block tomorrow though. I have a feeling that alot of times conventional "wisdom" is really nothing more than second hand lore, but a real test in the field will answer that.
It's funny you would compare the colors to a ski suite of the 80's as that is the vintage of the frame late 80's, 90's Colnago/Alan Duall cross. Suposedly it's what the Belgians used in that time period. I'd sure like to see some old pictures to verify that. Not that it matters all that much.
re: Type of frame everyone is ridingkeypocket
Jan 21, 2002 3:26 PM
Steelman Eurocross. I take it on long road rides and then finish on tech singletrack and fireroads. I put the frogleg brakelevers on and it has changed the bike on long singletrack. No more stiff neck. Steelman is a very helpful company.
re: Type of frame everyone is ridingmackgoo
Jan 22, 2002 1:45 AM
What are you using for tires for that duty?
re: Type of frame everyone is ridingBrian Robinson
Jan 21, 2002 6:42 PM
The geared cross bike is a Mandaric.
The SS/fixed cross bike is a Gunnar.

All steel, all the time.

Kelly Knobby XSteve-O
Jan 22, 2002 11:26 AM
Just got this built up several weeks ago... Not too sure about Litespeed being for posers (I thing the rider has more to do with it then the bike).

I'm using this bike on winter rides. Springtime I'll put on some road tires and hopefully a race or two in the fall.
What are the componentsbuffalosorrow
Jan 23, 2002 7:37 PM
And how much was the total...
The Kelly bike looks great!
Jan 30, 2002 8:17 AM
The components are mostly mtb stuff. XT crank, rear derail, cassette. Ultegra front derail, sun CX wheelset, Salsa Bell Lap, and Ultegra shifting.

As far as the price, well... I work part time in a shop so I ordered everything direct... The price was worth it!

Final Note - I used XT on the recommendation of the Kelly customer support guys. They claim that they have some clearance issues with some road cranksets - wierd, huh?
re: Type of frame everyone is ridingsprntr1
Jan 23, 2002 10:33 PM
2001 Swisscross
9spd Campy chorus shifters, rear der.
Ultegra front der,
mavic classic pros wheels
Ritchey Speedmax tires
Ritchey stem, bar, seatpost
Chris King Headset
Sweet Ride
re: Type of frame everyone is ridingcptnpwdr
Jan 28, 2002 7:04 PM
2001 Brodie Romax--Tiagra,XT,Xtr,syncros ti, bontranger....all hail the mutt!!