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My first cross bike- picture even!(5 posts)

My first cross bike- picture even!Coolhand
Aug 23, 2003 2:34 PM
Mmm shiny new cross bike!

2003 Redline Conquest frame (60 cm) and AL fork
Campy Daytona STI's and deraillers
Campy Daytona Hubs laced to Mavic Open Pro hubs
Pauls brakes
FSA cross crank
Shimano Ultegra BB
Eggbeater pedals
Carbon seat post
WTB saddle (extra shiny!)
Ritchey Pro OS stem
Salsa Bell Lap OS bar
Michilin Mud cross tires

Coolhand
Took it single-tracking today!Coolhand
Aug 25, 2003 5:11 AM
I took my little yellow friend to Panorama Farms mountain bike trails on Sunday. I was dying to take the bike on some real trails. Everyone else was riding 4 inch travel FS bikes with disc brakes. The trails were alot more challenging on the cross bike, but were also more fun.

Other than having to dismount for the log crossings and the larger rock sections I was able to keep up fine. And on the longer climbs I was able to close the gap pretty quickly.

The funniest part was me ring in a group of 4 FS bikes, and the reaction for someon in the parking lot as we left "Are you going to ride that here?!?" Yep.

Coolhand

ps. my lower back is a little sore at this point. An Al frame and fork with skinny hard tires on those trails was a bit of a rough ride.
See you at Panorama for the VA CX races!triangleforge
Aug 25, 2003 6:40 AM
Though not on the singletrack sections, the cross races at Panorama have been great the past two years. Challenging, but loads of fun!

Cheers!
Excellent!Coolhand
Aug 25, 2003 9:33 AM
Watching those races last year is what got me all fired up to try cross in the first place. I cannot wait for the season to start. CRC (a local club) is even setting up a permanent cross course out at the Farm with Drew's permission. I will be probably be racing the "C" class this year as it is my first year crossing.

I will be on the bright yellow Redline wearing a red CRC jersey- stop by and say hi.

Coolhand
Photo from Panorama Last Yeartriangleforge
Aug 25, 2003 10:02 AM
I'll be one of the Coppi guys there; I still haven't decided completely whether I'm going to do the 40+ or the B races in the VA series -- also be sure to take the trip north for the other races in the VACX series, at Lake Fairfax in Reston.

Here's a quick pic of one of the fun features of a course they used at Panorama last year -- at this one steep embankment, the course went fast down to the bottom into an off-camber hairpin turn (which dropped me once in practice & I think twice in the race), then to a muddy, STEEP run up of the same embankment, then a quick U-turn re-mount and then over the lip of the drop pictured below. Near vertical for the first few feet (just about to the little torn bit of flagging in the photo), then merely insanely steep for another dozen yards into a sweeping right-hand gravel turn. That last drop was actually easier than it looked, but was mighty intimidating the first few times! Here's me right at the lip: