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my new cx bike (pics)cxsasquatch
Nov 17, 2003 11:27 PM
I just bought a cross bike. It's my first one. I have been Mtn biking for 3 years and decided to buy a cross bike to use for some road training, and to ride thru the local mix of roads,paths, and trails around my house. All the good MTB trails are 30-40 minutes drive, so I want something to ride out my door. I dont plan to race cx seriously, but may enter a few races just for fun. My newest LBS set me up with an Interloc crossfire, with a good mix of economical parts to keep the build at $1150. I may do some upgrades next year but my focus was on strength first, affordability second, and weight as an afterthought. Coming from my 29# full suspension MTB, it feels like a feather.

I only rode it once so far, but it feels like a dream. It's so fast, it's scary. I tried to race every car I saw. Now I gotta pick up some fenders so I can ride thru the winter.
What do yall think of this bike? Anyone have one??
re: my new cx bike (pics)cxsasquatch
Nov 17, 2003 11:43 PM
One last pic, with a little free advertising for Revolution cycles for setting me up with this bike. They are a cool shop that sells mostly used, rebuilt bikes that they set up as singlespeeds or urban commute bikes. They also have some nicer classic road bikes and some classic cruisers. They carry a few new frame lines, mostly the ones you get from QBP I think. I looked at Surly, Soma and Interloc for my cross bike, and actually was going to get the Soma cause it was cheaper (the midgrade choice) but they were out of my size for this year, so they hooked me up with a deal on the upgrade to Interloc.

And one last one of my Mtn bikes since the pic is in the same folder.

Not a bad set up...AJS
Nov 18, 2003 4:53 AM
...tho' I could do without the bar-end's and triple, but that's just me. :)

My next CX rig is going to be built around a Ridley Crosswind/Campy.
Not a bad set up...cxsasquatch
Nov 18, 2003 10:40 AM
I assume you mean bar end shifters? I have no bar ends, so you must mean the shifters. I got them cause I was told they are alot cheaper than STI and more durable. Is this correct? Regarding the triple ring. I read that most people dont want a triple, but I figure I need all the help I can get. I use my granny in MTB alot, so I figured I needed the full range to climb long hills, and to try and keep up with roadies in high gears.
bar endsatpjunkie
Nov 18, 2003 12:01 PM
yes, he meant shifters. yes they are cheaper and more durable and reliable than STI. Your $50 bar cons will outlive 4+ sets of $179 Ultegra STI's will survive muddy crashes and can be shifted with mittens on. RE: the triple..a good choice for all round trail riding etc.. considered a faux pas by the race only set but will serve you well for adventure/mtb or touring rides. Nice rig, have fun.
Nothing at all wrong with the way you've got it...AJS
Nov 18, 2003 4:59 PM fact, there are times off-road that I WISH I had a triple. (Or at least something lower than a 39/27) ;-)

The bar-end shifters are sometimes the way to go also. It just depends on your particular needs for the bike you're setting up.

Now, get out there and get that nice new bike muddy!

Or not!