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Newbie w/ Frankenbike Questions, Please Help!(4 posts)

Newbie w/ Frankenbike Questions, Please Help!latinist
May 2, 2003 11:34 AM
Hi everyone.

So after a couple of years of thinking about it, I finally decided that CX looks like too much fun not to try. Rural Michigan has crap roads, and where I ride the pavement isn't always that much better than dirt. So I'd like to get an honest-to-God CX bike. Recreational racing is always a possibility, and likely in this case.

I've got a nice Bianchi Mega Pro Boron XL that I'm thinking about selling to raise $$. The thing is, with the money that I raise, I bet I'll be taking a step-down in component quality. It's got full 9sp. ultegra on it now, with nice sturdy wheels, etc.

I'm thinking my wisest choice would be to sell my current frame/fork/hs/bb, and use the money to find a nice used CX frame and hang my current stuff on that. Does that sound good? I figure I could prob. sell my front STI lever and derailleur(I want to run a single ring), and some other stuff and get a decent frame.

I had thought about converting my current Bianchi, but there isn't much clearance at all for tires/mud, no Cantilever mounts, and there are cable braze-ons on the top tube that tear into my shoulder every time I shoulder the bike. Are these the typical drawbacks to converting a road bike to CX?

If you've done something like this yourself before, please let me know what you did and how it turned out.
re: Newbie w/ Frankenbike Questions, Please Help!atpjunkie
May 2, 2003 1:52 PM
geometry, BB Height, cable placement, canti braze ons, tire clearance. Just sell the frame and buy a cxer.
re: Newbie w/ Frankenbike Questions, Please Help!cross bro
May 7, 2003 5:32 AM
Your Bianchi must be worth more as a complete bike than selling off bits and pieces.
Downgrading from Ultegra will not be too much of a problem on a cross bike. When (not if) you smash a component,it hurts less when if costs less!
Why would anyone want to run a single ring on a cross bike ? (Unless you will NEVER ride in hills and in mud)
single ringatpjunkie
May 7, 2003 7:01 PM
most are racers. never any long climbs in most cx races. 42-27 can handle a lot. Is actually superior in mud, less stuff to clog.
the old adage in cx is if a 42-27 can't handle it, it's faster to run.
If you use the bike as an adventure bike as well, go double or triple.