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Empella Crossbikemosovich
Dec 8, 2002 7:40 PM
Anyone who has Empella cross bike care to tell how you have it set up. Seatpost, bars, wheels etc. Any problems you encountered while building? Thanks! Pics are great as well.
re: Empella Crossbikeeurochien
Dec 9, 2002 7:49 AM
Mine is a 2000, I built it with 2000 Campagnolo Chorus 9, ITM BigOne stem, ITM pro 260 handlebars. The only drawback is with the bottom bracket: I had to get a Veloce with a long spindle because a regular Chorus would not work due to the chainrings being too close to the chainstays (barely OK in dry conditions, so in mud, forget it)= lower quality bottom bracket than the rest of the components and wider Q-factor than on my road bike. It could be worse though. Although I like the way the bike handles and most of the design (flat top tube, no bottles, lots of clearance, etc.) I would prefer they routed the rear derailleur cable on the top tube (I end up shifting when portaging due to grabbing the downtube). But I still love it!
re: Empella Crossbikeheldveld
Dec 9, 2002 9:29 AM
I just built one up with a Veloce triple group. Yes I know its not a real cross setup but if you raced where I do you would do better on an MTB most of the time. No problems with clearence, Veloce bottom bracket. I did have trouble with my headset coming loose due to the top cap not tightening correctly, LBS finally got it tight (Record hidden set TTC Carbon with 1 1/8" carbon fork). The rest of my parts are American Classic post, ITM stem, Salsa Bell Lap bar, Empella froglegs and top mount levers, Centaur hubs on open pros 36H 3x and Vredeistien Campo 32 Tires. The rear hub does fit into the frame very tightly on the non-drive side only. I will try and post a picture beautiful bike.
re: Empella Crossbikecxfan
Dec 9, 2002 9:52 AM
Mine was new in Sept and it is a blast. Built now with Dura Ace throughout. Using a single chainring 42t with 12-25 or 12-27 depending on race. D/A cranks, b/b, rear der shifters. Mavic Helium wheels (race) and Classic Pro (everday).
The only thing I dont like about it is the carbon steerer for the fork. I can never get the plug to stay tight. Using FSA (supplied with fork) and have to tighten it up after every ride. I usually take it out and clean it and reinstall. Stem is Forgie, 199 Prima bars, Onza post, ERA saddle and Spooky brakes.

Very light

Good luck picking one up

CXfan
re: Empella Crossbikekamss
Dec 9, 2002 4:56 PM
nice set up. i'm thinkin' of doing the same, 1x9. what are you using on the front ring to make sure the chain does derail up front? i also hate those compressor caps. i don't have a problem on my roadie, but on my mtn. bike, it came loose after every freakin ride!!!
thanks!!!
re: Empella Crossbikecxfan
Dec 10, 2002 7:20 AM
I dont have a chain gaurd at this point. I do have a third eye chain watcher. It seems to work well at this point. If I wanted to spend freely, get the spooky carbon ones. very light at 20grams.
re: Empella Crossbikeflyweight
Dec 10, 2002 2:35 PM
FSA also make a carbon chainring guard. Not sure what retail cost is on them.