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need advise...853
Aug 9, 2002 8:15 AM
Ok, I've decided to use all the parts off my 2nd Roadbike for a cyclocross bike. So all I would need is Frame/Fork, brakes and tires, right. Is gearing diffrent, I currently have 53,39 and 12-23 Ultegra 9 speed will this have to go. I will be racing
in the L.A. area (san fernando-simi valley series) I heard that these are prety hard pack and never realy gets that muddy. Anybody have experince w/ these.

I'm planning to sell my Road frame/fork for about $300. and getting a cross frame for about the same. I was thinking about the Surly but from the reviews it seems it really is not that race oriented. What frames are out there in aluminum that are in my price range? Should I just spend more and get an Empella?
What tires work best for hard pack? Michelin sprints?
Put yourself in my shoes and help me come up w/ a raceable set-up.
Thanks, I would greatly appreciate it.
re: need advise...Velocipedio
Aug 9, 2002 9:22 AM
First thing I'd do is invest in a new big chainring -- maybe even both chainrings. 53t on a 12-23 cassette is WAY overgeared for cyclocross. I should think you'd want something more in the 48t range.

As for forks... You have a few options. The Empella is the sine qua non of race frames, but if you shop around, you could find something else. I know that Kona does have some old stock from 2000 and 2001 to sell. You MIGHT be able to get a 2001 Major Jake frame in your price range if you check with the distributor. It is not exactly a race frame [it has some shortcomings] but it's a very nice Easton Ultralite...

You couls also look at Redline. I'm not sure what a Conquest frame sells for, but I doubt it's as much as the Empella...

Having said all of this, the Empella is probably the best bang-for-buck value on race frames out there, even though it's about 2X your budget.
re: need advise...EricTSV
Aug 9, 2002 9:53 AM
For about 400 dollars you can get a fort cyclocross bike I've never seen the aluminum model but the steel model was raced by a few racers on the east coast.

As for the surly it is not super race oriented but I've seen a lot of them at races and no one has really complained about the ride.

As for gearing I'd definitely look into smaller rings and a new cassette. Something like a 39x46 or 48 is good with a 12 x 25 rear.
re: need advise...853
Aug 9, 2002 9:59 AM
ok that will add another expence.. frame/fork,brakes,tires, chainrings and a cog set.
would I be able to get away w/ 12-23 and smaller chainrings?
I heard the races here are fairly flat to rolling on hard pack...does that make a diffrence?

About the Empella..If I can get $400 for my road stuff then it will proabably make it easier to fork out an extra $200. If not, then I'll have to get something equal to.

How are the KHS's I like the color scheme I just don't like the fact that it is a softtail, seems like it would be to flexy.How about Spicer's they are about $300 w/out fork?
Don't rule out the KHS...The Walrus
Aug 9, 2002 10:35 AM
I built one last year, and it isn't flexy at all--check out the thread on this in the archives. If you go this route, though, get the Team frame, which is True Temper OX, as opposed to the CX100 frame, which is generic cromoly. You might be able to get a good price at Cycology in Sherman Oaks; I think I paid only $400 for the frame/fork.
Aug 10, 2002 12:59 PM
The tubing on the 2002 CX100 is double butted Reynolds 520. Not as fancy as True Temper OX but still a sweet ride. Also no flex.
San Fernando/Simi Valley Series!!?!?!??The Walrus
Aug 9, 2002 9:48 AM
This is a new one on me--I live in Simi, and I've never seen or heard about this. Who organizes this, and where does it run?
San Fernando/Simi Valley Series!!?!?!??853
Aug 9, 2002 10:05 AM
Go to 2002 race schedule there are a couple of cross series going on.

See you there, last year I ended up not doing much over the winter and was disgustingly out of shape once I started back up in the spring. I'm not going to let that happen this year, racing provides motivation!
no links yetJohnG
Aug 9, 2002 9:35 PM
I've been trying to find a source of info on this "Simi" series and have come up empty. There isn't a link yet (on the Socal..) and all my net searches have been a bust. :(

If you've got info please pass it along.

Keep checking853
Aug 10, 2002 2:09 PM
they always post a link a few weeks before the actual events.