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Thinking about getting a CX bike, need advice...CurtSD
Apr 23, 2003 12:38 PM
Well, the tax refund is on the way and it's time to think about how to burn through it. I commute to work on my road bike, but there are some offroad trails that parallel my commute (Los Penosquitos preserve, for those familiar with the San Diego area), as well as some other areas I'd like to explore. I thought of getting a mountain bike, but a CX bike sounds a lot more fun. Most of the trails don't appear to be technically difficult, but they do get steep at times. Now the questions:
1) Does anyone want to talk me out of this - should I just get a mountain bike instead?
2) How does cyclocross fit compare to road bike fit? Do I want the same top tube length, or slightly shorter? My legs are fairly long for my height (5'10 1/2", 33 1/2" inseam) so I like a comparatively short top tube to keep the seat to bar drop from getting excessive.
3) What frames are worth looking at? Budget isn't particularly tight. Don't have any prejudice about material, though I weigh about 205 if it matters.
4) I'm thinking of using Ultegra STI shifters, probably a MTB triple crank (I know double or single chainring setups or more common, but I tend to spin more than mash and I don't ever plan to race), ultegra/cxp33 wheels, don't know about brakes - what will work with the STI shifters? Does this sound like a workable setup?

Thanks
re: Thinking about getting a CX bike, need advice...mosovich
Apr 23, 2003 6:02 PM
Ck out the Fuji's, believe it or not, they make a great ride at a great price. Aluminum frame, 105 AND carbon fork, for a little over a grand.
re: Thinking about getting a CX bike, need advice...Dorf411
Apr 23, 2003 7:38 PM
Something to look at in San Diego is nearly all the Performance shops have some left over Jamis Nova's that they are blowing out at $499. Granted these bikes aren't Ultegra quality but they are a $900 bike comparable to many of the $900-$1100 bikes being offered. Also it should be noted that it is very hard to find any other cross bikes in any shops in San Diego so you will likely have to decide what you want and order it sight unseen. I got mine in Jan and I am quite pleased with it. At this price you could get a CX bike and a MTB. Good luck.

John
re: Thinking about getting a CX bike, need advice...atpjunkie
Apr 23, 2003 8:38 PM
keep in touch, I ride penasquitos and others on cx alot.
here's my e matth@moebiuscolor.com
also check ebay and the classifieds here, great deals on barely used bikes with good spec for cheap. What size road do you ride, go 1-2cm under. There's a sweet 55cm Lemond in the Classifieds here, custom paint, sweet build up for $950. He's up in South Orange county so you could drive up and check. If you ride a 56/57 this will fit ya. Good Luck
re: Thinking about getting a CX bike, need advice...CurtSD
Apr 24, 2003 9:42 AM
Thanks for the help.
My road bike has a 55.6cm top tube, but if I were buying it today I might go one size larger, so it sounds like 54-55 is the right ball park. I looked at the ad for the Lemond, and it looks like the steerer tube is cut pretty short - I expect to need a few cm of spacers to get the bars up enough.
re: Thinking about getting a CX bike, need advice...atpjunkie
Apr 24, 2003 11:27 AM
Lemonds run long on the TT so bike is square 55 ST x 55TT, standover with higher BB and 30's will be equal to a 56-57 roadie.
as for the stem, that looks like a zero degree. just get a plus 5. also a good deal on a 56 Haro. good luck