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I'm getting a cross bike!(6 posts)

I'm getting a cross bike!Fender
Sep 11, 2003 8:25 AM
So I've decided that my going away present from San Francisco will be a Soma Double Cross frame and fork (in cobalt blue, www.somafab.com) but not sure on how to build it. I also want to keep it affordable so I'll be buying several used parts online, but not sure what to buy and how to gear it. Mostly I'll be riding in San Diego and in the desert in Imperial County/Baja Mexico (during the winter).
So my main questions are:
- Crankset - standard 53/39 or should I get a mtb crankset or other setup?
- Brakes - can I go with V-brakes or only Canti's?
- Wheels? hub and rim choice?
- Rear derailleur? will an MTB derailleur work?

Thanks!
re: I'm getting a cross bike!flyweight
Sep 11, 2003 9:16 AM
Hopefully you're getting it from American Cyclery.

As for your questions:
- Crankset - standard 53/39 or should I get a mtb crankset or other setup?
** Skip the 53/39 unless you plan on it being stricly a road bike. A MTB triple is a great way to go if you're not racing.

- Brakes - can I go with V-brakes or only Canti's?
** Stick to canti's. They're lighter, easier to set-up and actually work better with skinny tires. V-brakes have too much power for the smaller contact patch of a cross tire.

- Wheels? hub and rim choice?
** Hard to beat a Shimano/Mavic combo. A 32 hole 105/Open Pro combo is hard to beat. If you're a heavy rider or plan to do more off-road or touring with the bike go with MA3 rims.

- Rear derailleur? will an MTB derailleur work?
** Yes, and it's a good choice if you plan to run a triple and/or low off-road gearing.
re: I'm getting a cross bike!atpjunkie
Sep 11, 2003 9:16 PM
and give me a shout when you get to S.D., the dirt here sucks but you can ride 365. I agree w/ flyweight. My fave 48/36 with a 11-30 8 speed, Shimano XT circa 1998 rear der. BOO YAA!
re: I'm getting a cross bike!Fender
Sep 12, 2003 7:47 AM
Will do! yeah I know the dirt sucks. I lived there for about 8 months in 2001 and before that lived 2 hours away in Mexicali, Mexico. I plan on doing rides down in Ocotillo (desert). Awesome trails!!!

Should be arriving in about 3 weeks (or once I'm officially hired).
Ride 365 up here in Portland too ...Gripped
Sep 12, 2003 8:32 AM
No bad weather ... just inadaquate clothing.
inadequate clothing ...atpjunkie
Sep 12, 2003 1:50 PM
and steel frames last a season :)
big up to the wet North. actually in certain areas in SD the mud is unridable when wet. Red sandstone clay that just sticks, no loamy Portland soil here