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New Cross Bike Has Arrived!(11 posts)

New Cross Bike Has Arrived!Sadlebred
Sep 5, 2003 11:22 AM
Ok...after much debate with myself, thought, looking, trying, and drooling, my cross bike is finally here. I desperately wanted to build a custom frame with Ultegra/XT/XTR everything, but that wasn't in this year's bike budget. I settled on the smallest production frame I could find with a short, short top tube-a 48 cm Redline Conquest Pro. I swapped out the double FSA crank for a triple XT. I don't need large gears b/c I'm not a power rider. I opted to keep the 12-25 road cassette in order to have some larger gears for road portions of CX courses. I added Radius top mount brake levers. I'd loved to have Pauls or nicer ones, but this bike was done on a budget. The shop had to swap the 105 front derailluer for a XTR triple front derailleur to which my budget said OUCH!. I chose Time ATACs to replace the Eggbeaters that came with the bike. I have several pairs of shoes and cleats for the ATACs already and have had good luck with them over the years. I slso swapped out the generic 100 mm stem for a 60 mm stem. (ever try to find a road stem under 90 mm?? It's virtually impossible!!)

I've been out on the bike three times trying to get everything dial in, and it fits pretty well. I can tell that it isn't a custom, but it's going to be fine for as much as I will ride and race it (maybe 2 dozen times this fall). The bike will mostly be used for CX racing and training.

So, here she is! (she doesn't have a name yet)

COLOR: Red, Black, White
SIZE: 48 cm
FRAME: Kinesis Alumimum
FORK: Redline Aluminum
HEADSET: Cane Creek Aheadset
CRANK: XT Hollowtech Splined, 22, 32, 42
FRONT DERAILLEUR: Shimano XTR top swing
SHIFTERS: Shimano 105
CASSETTE: 105 12-25
CHAIN: Shimano
TIRES: Hutchinson Gold CX, 30 mm
BRAKES: Radius Cantis
PEDALS: Time ATACS, Carbon
HANDLEBAR: Radius, 42 cm
STEM: Weyless 60 mm, 10 degree rize, black
SEATPOST: Thompson 220 mm

I'll take better pictures and post them at some point since it was cloudy on the day these were taken. (The nice digital camera is the next toy purchase).
The front viewSadlebred
Sep 5, 2003 11:25 AM
The Front View of the bike
Nice!!!arctic hawk
Sep 5, 2003 12:03 PM
Love the wheelset! Let me know how they perform off road, once you had the chance to do some hard riding.

Arctic Hawk
Sep 5, 2003 2:08 PM
While I only have one real off road ride on the wheels so far, I did get one flat. From what I can tell, the rear pinch flatted after I hit a rock. I ran about 60 psi in the tires; I might experiment with 70-75. The other possiblity is that the cheap rim strip in the wheels could have caused a rough edge to cause the flat. I've replaced the rim strip with Velox tape in both rims. Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to ride the bike in about 10 days.
Sep 6, 2003 12:52 PM
That is one very nicely put together bike. But I have to say, it even looks tiny! I think that I have about that much metal in the head tube of my bike!
I'm considering building the same frame uppitt83
Sep 6, 2003 12:49 PM
Q1: Disc tbs on the frame? Excel says no, but Redline had yes for their 2003. I'd like a third opinion. Not a cant fan and would love to go disc.

Q2: Wheels: Can you mount an XT or MTB hub in the frame? If I can go disc, I'm going to try and hve built XT disc hubs w/ Velocity rims. That should be bomb-proof

Really nice bike, Congrats. Seems like a great value.
no disk tabs....Sadlebred
Sep 7, 2003 6:48 PM
Q1R: No disk tabs from what I can tell. Redline told the shop that I race for that there will/may be a CX bike in 2004 WITH disk brakes.

Q2R: It's a 700C wheelset. Theoretically, you could mount mtb 29er wheels on it, but I haven't and won't try that. Why not just use road disk wheels and road disk brakes. Avid makes them. There are hubs for the Avid brakes, but I can't tell you who makes them or where to find them. I'm sure your LBS can. You cannot put regular mtb wheels on a 700C bike b/c of a few different issues (it's late, and I'm tired...can't think of the issues now, but I know you can swap wheel sizes. If anyone can clarify this, please feel free to.)
no disk tabs....skinl19
Sep 8, 2003 4:21 PM
I think they were asking if it is a 130 or 135 hub spacing.
still no ideaSadlebred
Sep 8, 2003 6:00 PM
I would still have no idea.
no disk tabs....Sean008
Sep 10, 2003 7:29 AM
Too late now for you but another small frameskinl19
Sep 8, 2003 4:19 PM
One of our local ladies is selling her 46cm Gunnar cyclocross frame and fork here in Michigan. I have no interest in the sale, just info for anyone else looking for a small 'cross frame. Here's a link