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New Cyclocross Bike(13 posts)

New Cyclocross Bikejeffl_
Oct 30, 2002 4:17 PM
Well it isn't a "true" cyclocross bike, but I did have fun racing it this past weekend. It is a great bike for centuries....
re: New Cyclocross Bikeatpjunkie
Oct 30, 2002 5:17 PM
very handsome and it's got that old school flava. Is it a Rivendell?
nice color. should be fine as long as mud factor is low
re: New Cyclocross Bikehaimish
Oct 30, 2002 5:25 PM
been trying to justify getting a rambo or an atlantis myself. what's the fattest knobby you can fit? is the color in your picture pretty close to reality? other pictures i've seen make it look more coppery than orange.
Rambouillet colorRay Sachs
Oct 31, 2002 10:14 AM
I have a 60 cm Rambouillet also. Color depends on the light. It's *BEAUTIFUL* in any light, but it can look more copper-ish in some light and more orange in other. Definitely a metallic orange though. In any case, I've never seen a picture do it justice.

-Ray
Saw oneSteveS
Nov 2, 2002 9:55 AM
Saw one a few weeks back and it looked great. Thats pretty good compliment from someone who doesn't like orange. Heck, even thought of adding one to my fleet.
re: Colorjeffl_
Oct 31, 2002 10:31 AM
This picture was taken on a cloudy/misty day. The color is _pretty_ accurate, but wat is really missing is the "metallic" glow that you get on a nice sunny day.
PeterWhiteCycles.com has some good pictures for other comparisons, as does rivbike.com.
Very nice.tamjam
Oct 30, 2002 5:44 PM
I love the whole Rivendell line, particularly the Atlantis, since it can fit some seriously wide tires. I think that at around a grand, both the Atlantis and the Rambo are a great deal for a lugged frame/fork w/headset.

I see one of their new Quickbeams in my collection in the future also. It would go well with my SS MTB.
Very nice.atpjunkie
Oct 30, 2002 6:22 PM
yea they really speak to the luddites in some of us. a simpler time when bikes were made of one thing and had beautiful lugs. Hey finish that bike off and get some Nitto Dirt Drop bars.
re: New Cyclocross Bikebobobo
Oct 30, 2002 6:48 PM
what is the largest size 700c tire that a typical road race frame and fork will handle nowadays?
A *TYPICAL* road race frame and fork...Ray Sachs
Oct 31, 2002 10:17 AM
will only handle up to about 700x28 and knobbies at that size would be a pretty close call. The Ramboiullet pictured, though, uses brakes with a full centimeter more clearance than most short reach caliper used on today's racing bikes, so it can handle 700x37 easily without fenders and 700x32 or 35 with fenders. No sweat getting a set of cross knobbies on this frame. The mud clearance wouldn't be as good as with cantis, but probably not bad either.

-Ray
Interested in how it handles off-roadRay Sachs
Oct 31, 2002 10:22 AM
I have a 60 cm Rambouillet and I've thought about mounting up some cross knobbies and hitting the single track. It's so mellow and stable on the road that it doesn't really *feel* like it would be that good off-road - a little too deliberate and not all that flickable. It also doesn't have near the standover clearance of my 57 cm cross frame. I guess I'll just have to try it and see.

Definitely a great century or multi-day tour bike.

-Ray
Interested in how it handles off-roadjeffl_
Oct 31, 2002 10:43 AM
Ray, this bike handles great on the fast single track. The same mellow feeling gets translated on dirt. The only time I felt awkward was on very tight turns in the gravel. This could be because of my inexperience more than a handling problem with the bike.

I've done MTB racing the past couple of years, but not cyclocross. This was one of the reasons I got the rambouillet. I wanted a great century/tour bike that I could dabble in cyclocross with. Believe me, the bike isn't the limiting factor for any of the races. The motor is the limiting factor.

I wouldn't worry about the stand-over height, your either on the bike, or the bike is on you. Get some knobbies and have some fun in the dirt!!
Kind of afraid to try itRay Sachs
Oct 31, 2002 12:05 PM
If I like it as much as I'm afraid I might, I'd have to unload the Poprad. Don't want to give myself a reason to do something irrational like THAT.

-Ray