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Anyone riding a carbon Cyclocross bike?(6 posts)

Anyone riding a carbon Cyclocross bike?snwbdrhoon
Jan 12, 2003 6:30 PM
How is it?

What brand?

Any considerations?

Why don't the pros ride carbon?
re: Anyone riding a carbon Cyclocross bike?flyweight
Jan 13, 2003 12:39 PM
The pros do ride carbon. For years many pros rode Alan carbon cross bikes (though usually not with Alan stickers)

These days you don't see as many carbon 'cross bikes for the same reason you don't see many carbon bikes on the pro road circuit: aluminum bikes are cheaper and often lighter.

The only readily available production carbon cross bike I know of us is the Alan and if you look closely at pictures of Euro races you can see them being used. A few other small builders like Calfee also make carbon cross bikes but they're not really a production item.

Do expect to see carbon seatstays on more cross frames next year just as carbon stays have become the flavor of the moment on road bikes.
I'm gonna beDan Cas
Jan 13, 2003 6:37 PM
Aegis offers a carbon cross in 3 sizes,52-54-56.The seat angles are steep for my tastes and the bb is pretty high.

Calfee is finishing the specs for a carbon,disc brake specific production frame based on the Luna platform.I haven't seen the specs yet,but barring any weird numbers I'm gonna try one.If it is half as good as my Luna road bike I'll be happy.

Dan
I'm gonna beatpjunkie
Jan 13, 2003 7:16 PM
there's a couple guys I ride with who own the Aegis and they seem pretty pleased. I think if it's an Alan, Calfee or Aegis you'll be fine. The Aegis cx bike got a great review in Bike Mag. I think if you like the feel of Carbon, any of these are going to work.
On sale Aegis...Farmpunker
Jan 14, 2003 7:34 AM
02 Aegis Shaman, 52cm.
Right now it's not built. Currently underway.
I don't know if you're interested or not, but Aegis is or at least was, having a sale on all their 02 frames. I got mine for 800. It was 1100. The 03 frames are going to be lighter and costlier. 1700 and almost a half pound saving, according to Keith at Aegis. It was a lust thing, for sure. But dealing with Aegis and Keith was great. He answered all of my dumbass questions quickly and positively. Over a period of six months I must have sent him a dozen emails. Great person to deal with. I bought the frame through bikeman.com, and they were excellent as well.
Keith and bikeman told me I bought the last 02 52 frame. I'm not sure if there are any 54s or 56s left.
If you want to contact some Aegis owners, go to the Aegis website and check out their message board under Product Forum.
On sale Aegis...snwbdrhoon
Jan 14, 2003 12:08 PM
Thanks for the heads up. Being a former Mainer, I was considering Aegis to support the New Englander. They're on sale now, eh? I'm glad to hear that they're customer support was so nice. Unfortunately, I'm going to have to wait a few months. The $$$ I would have put into the frame has now gone to a new site of tires for the car. Doh! I definitely will contact them when I get the chance to again.

Let me know it rides when you get it built up! Glad to hear that they were so accommodating.