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Fixed / Cyclo-cross combo frame suggestions (if any) ?Tahoe Gator
May 6, 2003 8:04 AM
Looking ahead to winter, I am thinking of trying some cyclo-cross and/or fixed gear training to stay fit. Is it possible for one bike to do double duty with a few mods? If so, any recommendations -- new or ideas for used -- appreciated.
May 6, 2003 8:17 AM
van dessels country road bob is exactly what you describe. cyclocross ss with a fixed cog on one side and a freewheel on the other. very cool bike. carbon fork, aluminum frame. nicely designed frame with s bend stays and curved tubing gives it a smooth ride. great bike, cheap too. check out their website
I did it with a Surly Cross-check...biknben
May 6, 2003 10:01 AM
I built up a new commuter with winter riding in mind. I wanted extra clearance for wide/studded tires AND fenders. It uses a fixed/free hub.

Most CX specific bikes are going to have a vertical dropout which will make your fixed conversion difficult (but possible).

If you want to go both CX and Fixed just find a frame with horizontal dropouts that has clearance for larger tires. There may not be many that have both but Van Diesel and Surly do. My only gripe about VD (without going too far off-topic) is the use of a track dropout and rear brakes. A horizontal dropout (actually at a slight angle) will maintain the correct alignment for the rear brake even when you move the wheel in the propout. With a true track dropout, the rim/brake alignment will change as you move the wheel in the dropout. Each time you change gear sizes you will have to adjust the brake pads. If you want a double-sided hub with two different gear sizes this may become an issue.
May 6, 2003 6:04 PM
I had a custom Graham Weigh reynolds 531 cyclocross frame build up through
-Top route cables
-Horizontal dropouts
-orange to black fade
-straight blade fork
-reynolds 853 teardrop down tube (not sure if this was a free extra)
-frame is just under four pounds

I has worked perfectly I commuted 60miles a week for nearly a year, and raced 1/2 the cyclocross season on it... as a singespeed

Build as follows:
Raceface singlespeed crank 36t ring
Suzue pro max flip flop hubs
mavic cxp30 rims laced 3x
selcof seatpost
selle flite saddle
SRP grumpy front canti
Shimano rear canti
Stronglight 1" ahead headset
deda zero stem
salsa bell lap bars
campagnolo record carbon levers
cinelli cork tape

Ill get a pic soon
re: Fixed / Cyclo-cross combo frame suggestions (if any) ?trackmike
May 8, 2003 5:01 PM
check out the surly karate monkey.. it's the only bike i've seen with track dropouts, and a derailuer hanger. truly amazing. not to mention disc brake mounts and room to fit anything.