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Any experience with Kelly Cyclo cross frames?(7 posts)

Any experience with Kelly Cyclo cross frames?DJR
Dec 26, 2003 12:48 PM
How are they? I hear they are set up for mtn components, is the rear spacing 135 and can they handle ergo or sti levers? Any input would be appreciated.
Sure....Chicago_Steve
Dec 29, 2003 1:17 PM
I have logged a bunch of miles on the Knobby X... They are nice frames. Here's some random musings:

- Kelly uses powdercoat which seems like a good choice for cross. Much more durable then traditional wet paint.

- They seal up the BB area so that water cannot get to the BB via the seat tube. Make sure you use framesaver and your frame will last a long time.

- The forks can be a little flexy (especially with strong brakes and a heavier rider).

- The Kelly rear spacing is typically 135mm. This makes it a little tougher to get pre-built wheels. BUT it also makes for a stronger rear wheel. Most of your MTB hubs are sealed which makes good sense for CX racing. Any wheelbuilder should be able to hook you up. If you are on a budget then QBP makes a MA3/Deore combo that will work (ask the LBS about this).

- No issues that I am aware of with STI or Ergo stuff. Kelly spec's their factory kit with MTB cranks but I had success running Ritchey and 105 double road cranks with a triple bottom bracket. A little adjustment and it shifts just fine.

- I did have an issue running an XT front Derailleur. The long lever arm of the derailleur would hit the rear tire tread. I swapped for an Ultegra and solved the problem.
Thanks...Can I ask a few questions?DJR
Dec 29, 2003 1:34 PM
I'm seriously considering one and would like to know a few things if you don't mind. What size do you ride and do you have any toe overlap? Are there cable adjusters on the frame for STI?ERGO levers? About how much does it weigh built up? Thanks for your time.
Answers...Chicago_Steve
Dec 29, 2003 2:39 PM
What size do you ride and do you have any toe overlap?

I go 5'11" with a 33.5" inseam. I got a 55cm frame. The fit was pretty good. There is some toe overlap but this is somewhat common with CX bikes. You simple learn to deal with it. The size of the tire you are running definitely comes into play.

Are there cable adjusters on the frame for STI?

No cable adjusters. The rear derailleur you can adjust with the barrel adjuster on the the derailleur. I'd get an inline adjuster for the front derailleur.

About how much does it weigh built up?

Never weighed it built up but the frame is pretty light (OX Platinum). I'd say probably a shade under 4 lbs for the frame...

Here's some picts to check out...

Steve_O "Single speed CX--Spot vs Kelly" 4/26/02 12:12pm
Very helpful, thank you very much! (nm)DJR
Dec 29, 2003 6:21 PM
Kelly Knobby X for salesfrider
Dec 30, 2003 12:02 PM
I am selling my 57cm Kelly Knobby X if you are interested. I bought the frame from Kelly at the end of the summer and built it up last month. The bike has been ridden once. I need the money right now, so I have to sell it. It is built up with all brand new parts, mostly mtb. It also has a new set of Mavic Cosmos anodized (better braking) wheels with sealed bearings. The frame is their Toothpaste color. Let me know if you are interested.
whoops, my emailsfrider
Dec 30, 2003 12:03 PM
if you are interested:

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