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What do you ride?adventurefind
Aug 28, 2002 5:20 AM
Just curious on what cross rigs ppl ride on this message board.
re: What do you ride?wspokes
Aug 28, 2002 5:51 AM
Surly and an old lugged Bianchi Project bike from around 1992 with a "few" modifications! I want to find an old classic cross frame to build up over the winter. too many project ideas and never enough time and money!
poprad lemondMarcocyclo
Aug 28, 2002 7:16 AM
except with salsa, raceface, xt, sti-105, and sr-3 setup
re: What do you ride?ferrul
Aug 28, 2002 7:46 AM
Haro cxr, 105, ritchey wheels, & salsa.
D-dale Ultracrossagilis ti
Aug 28, 2002 9:30 AM
ultegra/xt/mavic open pros
thats C-daleagilis ti
Aug 28, 2002 9:31 AM
'96 Redline SSbitterchan
Aug 28, 2002 9:41 AM
38 x 18 on Suntour XC pro cranks
nos Mavic seatpost (dean ti in photo)
Paul Crosstop3 front brake
Ritchey canti's in back
Dura Ace levers
'96 Redline SSadventurefind
Aug 28, 2002 9:44 AM
Nice bike!
'96 Redline SSbitterchan
Aug 28, 2002 10:45 AM
How far is Toasted Head series from San Diego?
it's faradventurefind
Aug 28, 2002 10:59 AM're talking about a drive from SD to Sac and then some.
'96 Redline SSJakob
Aug 28, 2002 12:04 PM
That bike is awesome.

How did you SS it with a pulley/tensioner of some sort? Did you just get lucky with the chain length?
no tensioner neededbitterchan
Aug 28, 2002 1:36 PM
Eric House has a website with a fixed gear calculator. Basically you measure your chainstay length, enter your chainring and freewheel range, then it creates a chart with your gearing options.

Mine worked with several possible gears, 38x18, 34x18, 39x17, 42x18.
another couple of questions. . .Jakob
Aug 28, 2002 1:43 PM
i'm interested because i have one of these frames. .

did you sandblast it to remove the paint?

do you think you're faster on a ss during cross races?
another couple of answers. . .bitterchan
Aug 28, 2002 2:08 PM
Yes it was sandblasted, you can use paint stripper, but it's messy, caustic, and a pain. Stripper leaves a lot of residue which requires hours with steel wool. Save time and offer the local auto body shop $30 and a six-pack.
It polishes up very nicely but oxidizes to a cloudy sort of look. Not mirror smooth like a GT Zaskar.

I'm not sure if Redline varied the chainstay length at all over the years, but a small change can make a huge difference in what gears will fit without a tensioner. Chain-stretch is a whole other variable.

Faster? Maybe, it depends on the course. It will be lighter for sure. Personally I like the simplicity and clean lines, and it's just good fun.
Front brake close upbitterchan
Aug 28, 2002 1:38 PM
re: What do you ride?Steve_O
Aug 28, 2002 9:48 AM
Kelly... XT/Ultegra... Sun Wheels... etc.
Aug 28, 2002 11:00 AM
Where was that taken? We're moving back to WI next year. I'll ride in the snow again!
Northern Illinois....Steve_O
Aug 28, 2002 12:35 PM
Usually Waterfall Glen FP dries out quickly early in the season. On this occasion (March?) there were still some small sections with snow...
Northern Illinois....adventurefind
Aug 28, 2002 1:38 PM
Nice! I used to live in Libertyville and would commute on my bike to work on all 4 seasons.
FreakyPack Meat
Aug 29, 2002 7:18 AM
I looked at that picture and immediately thought it was Argonne. Great cross riding in that area. I've never seen the irradiated white deer have you? There's also the markers for where the remains of the Manhatten project are buried. There's three markers that you need to tiangulate to find the exact location. I kind of miss riding in the snow.
VooDoo Wazootriangleforge
Aug 28, 2002 10:49 AM
Mine's a VooDoo Wazoo with an unfortunate degree of attention to the whole orange & black Halloween theme -- once I had the VooDoo frame & Spooky brakes, it only made sense to slap on the old Selle Italia "il Diablo" saddle...

Here's a picture of Jeremy Powers (from whom I bought two VooDoo framesets last year, kept one) riding "my" bike at the Tabor Worlds...
... and one of metriangleforge
Aug 28, 2002 10:53 AM
And here's a shot of me racing it at the decidedly less prestigious (but still incredibly fun) "All Hallows 'Cross" in Reston, Virginia last year.
Aug 28, 2002 11:17 AM
Salsa bell lap 44 bar

105 levers

Sachs canti brakes

LX cranks

Suntour Mountain Tech rear dir.

LX front der

Sram chain

WTB saddle


Michelin sprint tires

Velocity rims
re: What do you ride?dlbcx
Aug 28, 2002 11:37 AM
Raceface cranks
Ultegra derailleurs
Paul Touring canti's
Eggbeater pedals
Am Classic wheels
Colnago Dream Crosslonefrontranger
Aug 28, 2002 11:48 AM
2002 AD-14 Dream Cross (Columbus "Airplane" Al) with Colnago Precisa steel cross fork
Campag Centaur 10 drivetrain / HS / BB
XTR topswing front mech
TA 36/46 dual ring crankset / rings
Avid Shorty 6 brakes
Mavic Cosmos wheelset / Wheels 10v 12-25 cassette
ITM Big One stem / ITM Millenium bar
beatup eight-year-old Flite saddle
USE Alien Carbon seatpost (a leftover from another build project)

Add one slow fat chick and mix vigorously. Strain thru dirt.
Aug 29, 2002 8:27 AM
My fav cross bike. Wish I had gotten one instead of a poprad, but steel is nice too.

i don;t know how you get the "add one...." comment. You look nice too!

Aug 29, 2002 9:08 AM
Might that be Beth J from Cincinnati? This is Harry.
Holy Cow!lonefrontranger
Aug 29, 2002 9:25 AM
Hey there, how's it going. Yes, we're doing just fine and dandy out here in Boulder!

Jason Reser sold me the Dream Cross, by the way. You seen his shop lately? It's on the main drag in Newport, next door to Dixie Chili.

You looking forward to 'cross season? I've been racing a lot and upgraded to Cat III, then broke my collarbone doing a dumb stunt in a crit. The women I/II/III racing out here is pretty daggoned fast. John and I plan to come back next summer to do at least one Ault Park for old time's sake.

Say howdy to all the guys back home! If you'd like you should e-mail me: We just heard from David Blackburn recently, too.
Steel + AluminumJakob
Aug 28, 2002 11:59 AM
Here's a photo of me from last year on my Y2K Surly Cross Check. This year I am going to race on my new Redline Conquest Pro. I have no photos of it yet and right now it's in pieces while I await my Paul Levers and Ritchey Cranks.
re: What do you ride?mackgoo
Aug 28, 2002 3:54 PM
I went retro. I'm thinking of dumping the Brooks, but it's so comfy.
re: What do you ride?BAM
Aug 28, 2002 4:06 PM
2001 Specialized S-Works, raceface crank,XTR rear,campy front.
2002 KHS CX100 same setup with Winwood carbon cross fork.
2001 Surly, raceface crank,XTR front+rear,Kinesis fork,setup for offroad with heavy duty wheels.
re: What do you ride?atpjunkie
Aug 28, 2002 4:20 PM
Y2K S-Works XTR/ DA Bar Ends /105 Levers Open Pros
y2k Ridley project Bike DA 8 Speed Bar Cons
97 XT Rear Derailleur / XT 8 sp. cassette/ Velocity Aeroheads Ultegra Wheels/ TTT Forgie / Salsa Bell Laps / Crank-Rings w/w-out fr, derailleu to be determined. Brakes most likely Spookys with Diacomp levers and Paul Top levers.
Photos when I get some. sorry
What do you ride?02 KHSBAM
Aug 29, 2002 3:26 AM
What do you ride?02 KHS-againBAM
Aug 29, 2002 3:34 AM
second try
What do you ride? 01 S-WorksBAM
Aug 29, 2002 3:37 AM
What do you ride?01 SurlyBAM
Aug 29, 2002 3:42 AM
Sorry for the lousy pics, I really need to spend more time with my camera.
Kona Jake with Campy CentaurVelocipedio
Aug 28, 2002 5:19 PM
I pretty much stripped all the original componentry from my 2001 Major Jake and replaced it with mostly Campy stuff.

On top, that's me and the Major in March... Below, the Major after its promotion... Since then, I've replaced the pedals with Times, so there is no Shimano to be found there.

man you guys and your snowatpjunkie
Aug 28, 2002 5:47 PM
I'm going to have to take my cxers into the mountains. Living in Sunny Sandy Eggo we mostly lack the necessary weather. Actually there are nearly 6000 ft peaks 45 minutes to the east and they get some snow, I can't wait for winter. Been out there on my MTB in snow gonna have to bring the crossers! I'll post photos when the time comes as I know you probably don't believe we get snow this close to Mexico.
man you guys and your snowpeter in NVA
Aug 29, 2002 7:38 AM
Ritchey Swiss Cross (Yellow, '98), 50cm, Ultegra 8sp,Ritchey BioMax,
34/48, 13-26, Frogs, Ritchey Zero wheels (Blue), Ritchey 32 cross tires.
Dropped below 60 this morning and got me thinking of winter
after your post. I used to ride my Mtb in snow in the San Gabriels when I lived in LA and thought it was a novelty.
I tried it one season here in Northern VA but gave up - too much ice, and I think you'll be surprised how ineffective Canti's are when the rims ice up. I plan on discs for my next bike.
re: What do you ride?JohnG
Aug 28, 2002 8:42 PM
02 Colnago Dream cross frame in 54cm with a mix of Record and Chorus C10 components. Oh, I'm us the Tektro mini-v's and a ShimaNO front der.

I'm still too new cross riding to understand much about it. I'll try racing this fall. :)

2001 Bianchi VolpeGlowBoy
Aug 28, 2002 9:49 PM
For CX riding I run a 700x45 Panaracer Smoke in front and a 700x35 Kenda Kross Supreme (pic shows a Conti Twister) in back. Sometimes I run it as an SS, though it's hard to tell from this blurry pic. I have yet to race it, but will probably attempt it at the beginner level this year - with narrower tires, of course.
2001 Bianchi VolpeBAM
Aug 29, 2002 1:15 AM
How was the Conti twister??
Sweet setupwspokes
Aug 29, 2002 4:17 AM
My friend set up an older Volpe...wonderful bike for cross!
Twister seemed pretty goodGlowBoy
Aug 29, 2002 11:13 AM
But I was riding in Central Oregon that weekend (read: lots of soft loose sand) so it wasn't the right tire for the conditions. It seemed pretty good, though: plenty grippy considering its size and decently fast-rolling. I had the $20 wire-bead version - can't remember exactly, but I think it weighed in around 450g. Not the lightest, but I believe it's available with a Kevlar bead too.

Yeah, I really like my Volpe. I think for "true" 'cross riders it's overshadowed by the Axis, so it doesn't get a lot of attention. It costs and weighs the same as the Jamis Nova and Surly Cross-Check (MSRP $850, and my 52cm weighed in at 23.4 lbs), comes with a triple Tiagra-Deore drivetrain (nice for XC off-roading), has a nice cushy steel frame with an ovalized downtube, and has horizontal dropouts if you want to singlespeed it. For this I paid all of $720.

- Dan
Correction: wire-bead Twister=510g (!) - get the Kevlar one nmGlowBoy
Aug 29, 2002 8:32 PM
A Stevens customthe mayor
Aug 29, 2002 6:47 AM
Tom Stevens ( designer of Supercup and Nat'l courses) built me this rig. I put on full Dura Ace and Zipps...
Colnago (not a Dream) and 2 Gunnarsflyweight
Aug 29, 2002 12:39 PM
My Colnago is a custom job built up for the Rabo team that wound up never being used by them. It's got Easton aluminum tubing and a 1" threaded steel fork with a flat crown (it's 4 years old). Specc'd as follows:
Cranks: DuraAce w/ single 44t ring and a ground down 53t ring as an outer chainguard and a 3rd Eye as an inner guard
Drivetrain: XT derailleur, Ultegra STI shifter, 12-34 cassette (soon to be replaced with an IRD 11-32)
Brakes: Empella with top mount levers
Wheels: Mavic Open tubular laced to 28 hole Ultegra hubs shod with 30mm TUFOs

Gunnar Streetdog:
Single speed Gunnar cyclocross bike (no longer made)
Cranks: Campy blue BMX cranks, Phil Wood BB
Brakes: Paul Neo Touring with Campy Record Carbon brake levers
Wheels: MA3 rims with Suzue "disco" high flange 120mm track hubs shod with Michelin Sprint tires. Will soon be building up a set of TUFO shod tubulars w/ DuraAce track hubs for racing.

Gunnar Crosshairs:
Set up for touring and MTB riding.
Cranks TA Zephyr w/ 46/36/24 rings, Shimano BB.
Drivetrain: Shimano Deore XT derailleurs controlled by Campy Chorus 10speed Ergo levers, 12-34 cassette.
Brakes: Deore XT (last generation) with IRD top mount levers.
Wheels: Campy Record/MA3 (front), Ultegra/MA3 (rear) shod with Michelin Transworld Spint tires (wire bead all-black more durable version of the Sprint)
re: What do you ride?mosovich
Aug 29, 2002 5:07 PM
Planet Cross. Bike totally rocks!
Late to the party, but at least I made it!memphistrials
Aug 29, 2002 10:20 PM
Coming in on the tail end of this thread...

You know you want to laugh, so go ahead. Yes, I ride platform pedals. They are a holdover from my BMX and trials days. It's mainly a fun bike anyway, so I don't like the idea of special shoes for it.

It's a stock out of the box 2001 CrossCheck, except for the Geax Revert 38c tires on it. They are great for road riding, and they aren't too horrible on dry trails, either. Oh, and I added a Lizard Skins chainstay protector.

I love this bike. Lately it hasn't gotten the attention it deserves, but with cross season coming up, I plan on racing at least once. Just to say I have. :)

- Chip
Peddler Bike Shops - Memphis, TN
Salsa La Cruz (Pre-Quality) nmgreg n
Aug 30, 2002 6:19 AM
re: What do you ride?jrm
Aug 30, 2002 4:05 PM
Cross check, 105, ultegra, tektro mins v's, open pro's and ATAC's. soon to be Kelly knobbie cross...
Brand New Conquestlnin0
Sep 1, 2002 6:02 AM
My first CX bike. I just picked it up yesterday. What a blast it is.

Brand New ConquestBAM
Sep 1, 2002 4:59 PM
SOOOOO hows the ride???????????????
Sep 1, 2002 7:46 PM
This is my first CX bike so it is hard for me to compare it to anything else.

I haven't taken it on a long road ride but I didn't notice a big difference between it and my steel road bike. The Conquest is lighter and feels a little quicker and stiffer on the hills. The Conquest weighed in at 22lbs on the shop scale.

I took it all over and even on some pretty technical trails. Overall it is very fast, even on uphills were I thought my hardtail XC would have an advantage. The cro-mo fork was a throw back to the days of my original mountain bike - harsh on rough downhill sections but nothing that seemed out of the ordinary.

One thing I do need to look into is tweaking the brakes. Mushy is an understatement. I did notice you seem to get more leverage if you are in the drops but on some of the technical downhills the drops did not seem like a safe option. I probably just need to get used to it and doubt I would take the bike on these sections regularly anyway.

The running dismount, while plausable in regular sneakers, is a hair raising move when locked in. Always the thought that your left foot isn't going to come clean of the pedal as you place your right foot on the ground at speed. This move deserve much more credit than I gave it.

I am having great fun with this bike and wish more people were into it. As it stands now I don't think there is a race within 100 miles of me and nobody I know has one yet.
Sep 2, 2002 6:47 PM

EvilEager Beagle
Sep 3, 2002 5:26 AM
looking machine! What are those bars?
WTB Dirtdrops...terminaut
Sep 3, 2002 7:52 AM
I ride this bike as though it were a regular mountain bike, and those bars really help with pulling up on the front end to avoid obstacles.

Tks - I like the look of thoseEager Beagle
Sep 3, 2002 8:28 AM
where'dja get 'em? I think they would be good on my SS too.

That looks like a light bike - what's it tip in at?
Tks - I like the look of thoseterminaut
Sep 3, 2002 9:41 PM
The WTB bars can be ordered by most LBS, I believe. If you have trouble finding them you could always call up my LBS (they have 'em in stock). The shop is called The Path and their number is 714-669-0784.

I have no idea what the bike weighs although it definitely is on the ligher side.
CheersEager Beagle
Sep 4, 2002 12:41 AM
I am in the UK and they don't seem to be here at all, but I have found a link now.

Thats the nice think about international cycle parts - you can be exclusive on the (relatively) cheap!
Serotta frame QBAM
Sep 3, 2002 7:53 PM
What is the reinforcement material for the seatstays?? What tires are those??
Serotta frame Qterminaut
Sep 3, 2002 9:37 PM
The dampeners are a combination of "surgical stainless steel/silicone elastomer". As for the tires, those are Specialized TriCross 35C tires.
Sep 3, 2002 10:56 PM
Really nice bike!!!
it must be one of the coolest bikes that I ever hade seen.

The Morati cranks is so cool
however i have some questions.
the brakes and wheels tell us more about them.

Is the fork a Morati fork?

posted by a envious swedish cyclist
Sep 4, 2002 12:13 AM
I've had a few requests for componentry on the bike so I'll list some of the major parts out here. The frame's a custom CX version of the Hors Categorie (, which has the DKS suspension on the rear. As evident, I've got it setup as a singlespeed... the parts are as follows:

Serotta Hors Categorie CX ti frame
Morati ti CX fork
Morati ti MTB cranks
Action-Tec ti front chainring
Gipiemme Grecal Parade wheels, Mavic MTB skewers
Synchros ti bottom bracket
Time ATAC ti/carbon pedals
WTB Dirtdrop bars
Chris King headset
Moots ti layback MTB post
Selle San Marco ti-railed saddle
Mavic aero levers
Radius cantilever brakes
Specialized Tri-Cross 35C tires
Surly Singleator (for tension with a single gear)

Regarding the wheels, they're worked well for me thus far. I've ridden them through some very rough/rocky terrain and have not yet knocked them out of true. The Radius brakes work "ok" but I'm not overly impressed with them. It is likely that they'll be replaced in the near future.

Glad you like the bike! I really enjoy taking it out on the trails.
can you cost that bike for us? - thanks - nmMJ
Sep 4, 2002 12:14 AM