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Would this make a good cyclo-cross bike?(7 posts)

Would this make a good cyclo-cross bike?Shanks23
Jun 26, 2003 2:43 PM
A Cannondale R800 Sport Head Shock?

http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/03/cusa/model-3RS8Y.html
If you're a serious racer- nokiwisimon
Jun 26, 2003 4:17 PM
Its too heavy
but
Shanks, you know what you want and are willing to go to the expense of getting it. I wouldn't worry about what other people think. Go ahead and get what you want. Call it the "shankster" and when the idea catchs on you'll be a legend. This is probably the wrong forum for your discussion as most here are concerned with real bikes that are ridden everyday or raced on weekends.
When you get it built call back and give us the feedback on how it rides. Good luck and don't stop dreaming about new ideas or let negative feedback deter you. Build it , ride it and if it works market it.
cheers
simon in japan
If you're a serious racer- noatpjunkie
Jun 26, 2003 6:16 PM
looks like caliper brakes and cables routed under the down tube.
both no good for cx
If you're a serious racer- noxcandrew
Jun 27, 2003 5:59 PM
Some people prefer under bottom bracket routed cables for cyclocross. Manufacturers like Steelman give you a choice of which way you want the cables. I prefer the BB routing - it looks cleaner to me, and works well in all conditions I ride in (including mud). I don't have a bike with TT routing, but I am suspicious that it would require more servicing with water running down the cable into the rear derailleur housing. My friend has a woman's mountain bike with the rear brake routing set up so that an end of the housing is pointed up and there is tons of drag on it now such that the brake springs are barely strong enough to open up the brake. It's been that way ever since the first winter that she had the bike- She should replace the housing and cable (probably rusted or full of dirt). I have barely touched the cables and housing on my BB routed mountain bike and it's still smooth after 10 years.
15mm of travel? Doesn't seem worth it.JTS628
Jun 26, 2003 7:45 PM
At least the XS has a full inch. For 15mm, you're probably better off just doing a double wrap of cork tape on the bars.
Great bike but not for CXarctic hawk
Jun 27, 2003 3:55 AM
Great bike & very sharp looking. I nearly bought the non-headshock model but decided to hold out to see what's there to see.
I ended up with my Trek XO1, with the added benefit of running off road during my daily commute to work (unless I am late). If you do decide on this bike, I am not sure if you can pass CX tires through the brake calipers without having to ...

Arctic Hawk
(my $0.02 worth)
Great bike but not for CXPygme
Jul 3, 2003 3:44 PM
They make this in a Cyclo-cross frame as well, with direct pull brakes.