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Cyclocross Parts Kitlexington476
Apr 6, 2003 7:24 PM
I have a 2003 Cannondale Cyclocross frame and fork (the one with out the disc and/or head shock). I want to get a parts kit for it, am looking to spend about $500 to $700. What can I get in that range? Any places to get it on line? Would I be able to get Tiagra or 105 in that price range? On the other hand, might I be end up with Sora in this price range? Would Sora be a bad choice for a cyclocross bike? I do plan to try and race this bike. Any other input is welcome.
re: Cyclocross Parts Kitlaffeaux
Apr 7, 2003 10:37 AM
I would do my best to get at least Tiagra components. I'm not sure what all you need for your $500-$700 (i.e. saddle, bars, stem, seatpost, etc.) so I'm not sure how much you can expect to spend. However Sora has a few issues that bother me:

1) Sora can not be shifted from the drops - at least not upshifted in the rear, or downshifted in the front. To me this prevents you from spending time in the drops.

2) Sora is 8 speeds instead of 9, so if you ever want to upgrade a component to a higher level, you'll have difficulties.

In my opinion speed a little extra to get at least Tiagra and you'll be happier in the long run.
hit the webatpjunkie
Apr 7, 2003 12:10 PM
start searchin' ebay, the classifieds here, Frankenbike with 8 (or 9) speed MTB and Road parts. I've done it myself, have a combo XT/XTR/Dura Ace and Ultegra and did it for under that amount.
Bar Ends $40, Brake Levers $20, Rear Der. (find old XT 8 speed, this is the best rear der. they've ever made) $20 -$30. Front Der. Ult/105/XT/XTr maybe another $20. Got an AC Crank (XT compat. forged for $40) XTR BB (new) $35. Wheelset (Ult. / Aerohead or O/P $200 NEW). That's $375, leaves you another $125 for post,stem, bars, saddle and headset. Cane Creek ($20).
You can do this well under 700 and you'll have a superior spec to what you are looking for. I've done it, it's easy, be patient.
hit the web.....good advicekiwisimon
Apr 7, 2003 2:55 PM
Atp junkie is right, you can get a far superior mix of compnents for your money by searching the web. I built up my bike doing this and have a real good mix. I didn't buy second hand just parts that were on stock bikes that people traded out.Get the local shop to help you with the B.B. Explain to them what you are doing and get their help as much as possible..Of course spending some money there will help as well. As much as web shopping can be cheap the L.B.S is still your best friend. Be patient and enjoy the pride in showing your original bike off. I like XT/ Ultegra matched with bar ends or with Campy mirage shifters. Good luck
re: Cyclocross Parts Kitlexington476
Apr 7, 2003 4:06 PM
I called Jenson, they quoted me this list. Aside from the cantilever brakes, and CX ties (both of which they do not carry). For $762. How does it look? I think I might change a few things to lower the price a bit. Is there anything missing (aside from tires, brakes, pedals, and bar tape)? I have never gotten one of these before, so I am looking for all input. How does the gearing look?

DOUBLE OR TRIPLE 1 $149 $149.00

175MM, 22/32/44, 4 ARM 1 $99 $99.00

68MM X 113MM, FOR 752 CRANKS 1 $24 $24.00

LONG CAGE 1 $38 $38.00

1 1/8 (28.6) BOTTOM PULL 1 $20 $20.00

CN-7701, 9 SPEED 1 $19 $19.00

32 HOLE 1 $195 $195.00
1 1/8", BLACK 1 $35 $35.00

110MM, BLACK, 1" OR 1 1/8" 1 $37 $37.00

44CM 1 $18 $18.00

SZ 27.0, BLACK 1 $45 $45.00

COLOR: BLACK 1 $49 $49.00

12-27, 9 SPEED 1 $34 $34.00
Apr 7, 2003 4:45 PM
The only comment that I have is with regards to the cranks. Depending on what type of riding you'll be doing, you may want to opt for road cranks. I do a large percentage of road riding with my cross bike and don't think I'd be happy with a 44 big ring, and a 32 middle. I think you'll find a road crank to be more useful.
Apr 8, 2003 9:53 AM
I saw your post on the main board and thought I'd follow up.

The "classic" CX crankset up is 38/48. However you can change that to what ever you'd like. I do more paved riding and I'd prefer a 38/50 set-up (instead of my current 38/48 - I'll switch one day). If you plan on doing mostly off-road riding or ultra long rides, you may want to consider a triple (I'd suggest a road triple), or a double crankset that allows rings smaller than 38.

With a Shimano road double the smallest ring possible is a 38, however the cranks come with a 39/52 pre mounted. Switching to something else will cost additional money unless you find someone willing to trade out the rings. A Shimano road triple is generally 30/42/52. I'd prefer that gearing to a mtb triple - generally 22/32/44.
Apr 8, 2003 11:12 AM
I run 'classic' cx cranks with an MTB Cranksets. Certain MTB Cranks can run a 48 (XTR/AC/SYNCROS for example) and I prefer the ruggedness of MTB componentry as I'm a larger rider. So to run a 48 is not exclusive to road cranks. Personally unless you ae doing heaps of road miles a 50 is unneccessary. In this entire race season I rarely used my 48/11 gear. I may drop down to a 46 or 44 so I can run a smaller / tighter chain.
seatpost size?mt_biker
Apr 8, 2003 5:37 AM
I could be wrong as I don't have a cannondale cx frame but all my other cannondale frames are 27.2 seatpost size.
I subscribe to the measure twice, buy once theory.

Good luck. I'm also building up a frame but I'm cannibalizing most of my parts from a road bike.

Montana biker - only 2 more months of winter!
Hey Doug...Farmer John
Apr 9, 2003 4:28 AM
Good spec, but a couple of suggestions and sizing changes.

I'd dump the Triple crank. You'll never use it in any of Robert's 'cross races. go with a road or CX crank at 48/38. This will allow you to dump the long cage dérailleur, go mid cage XT or 105.

the Ultegra STIs are SWEET, but 105 will do the job just as efficiently.

I didn't see brakes on there, I'd say splurge there and go for the Paul's lovely retro looking high profile cantis or Radius if you're meeting budget constraints. Avids would also be a nice choice. BTW, don't try Vs with STIs, they don't pull enough cable to work by themselves.

Man o man! Ultegras on Open Pros!! Sweet wheel spec! But put 'em on yer Specialized and those wheels on yer CX bike!!

Fr. Dérailleur, you'll need a 31.8, not the 28.6 you've listed.

Seat post, 27.2 is the size you'll need.

Another BTW, you can contact me at my Shop. I'm in Fenton at Cyclefit. 810-750-2348.
Hey John...skinl19
Apr 10, 2003 8:16 AM
What are you doing here? Now that you've lost all that weight are you going to try the cross races this year?
re: Cyclocross Parts Kit - look in rbr classifiedsfilipo23
Apr 10, 2003 10:46 AM
There's a store ( that's selling Ultegra kits on the classifieds right now for $525. No hubs or headset, though. I tried to do the hunt and peck method of finding a spec and ended up spending around $1000 -- and still no STi. Arrrgh.

And of course, you should check the good trader/bad trader forum before doing any deals on RBR.
105/ultegra STIreklar
Apr 10, 2003 6:01 PM
The only reason to go with ultegra STIs from what I understand is if you have small hands. The Ultegras are adjustable...105s are not.