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What should I do?(11 posts)

What should I do?look271
Jun 6, 2001 4:12 PM
Dilemma: I have a Raliegh mtb that I use primarily to commute. I've used it 2x, I think, on singletrack. I am contemplating replacing it with either a cross bike or another road bike to be used as a commuter/trainer bike (my Look has Mektronics and you can't, even if you wanted to, put it on a trainer-except rollers, which I don't have.) I'm leaning towards a cross bike since I could take it off road if I had to. besides, I've found a good deal on a left-over Trek XO cross bike-$200 off list. Thoughts?
re: What should I do?mike mcmahon
Jun 6, 2001 5:26 PM
I don't know where you're commuting, but if I were commuting to downtown L.A. where I work, a cyclo-cross bike would definitely be my choice because of some of the nasty roads and other obstacles. You've already got a nice road bike, so why not go with something that's going to be more versatile, durable, and (probably) more comfortable for your commute? With the $200 you save on the cross bike, buy a set of rollers for your Look. Them's my thoughts.
re: What should I do?look271
Jun 6, 2001 5:33 PM
Central Pa: pot-hole capital of the world! That's sort of what I've been leaning towards. Don't like the fact that the 'cross is a Trek, but it seems like a decent buy for the $$. Rolf vector wheels (indestructable, I know; I had a pair), RX100 sti shifters, LX crank (I think), and bee-bop pedals for $899, plus they'll take my Raliegh as a trade.
re: What should I do?mike mcmahon
Jun 6, 2001 5:43 PM
I had RX-100 on a Cannondale back-up bike that I sold at the beginning of the year. Although it generally functioned pretty well, I never could get the trim on the front derailleur just right much of the time and had do suffer through that annoying chain rub. Maybe it was just a problem with my set-up. FWIW.
look at Jamis and SurleyHank
Jun 6, 2001 7:12 PM
both have nice steel cross bikes for about the same money as the Trek (you can get the Surley as a complete bike or frame only). I'd also look at the Gunnar Cross Hairs (a bit more money). Cross bikes are a hell of a lot of fun, make great commuters and a blast to ride off road.
look at Jamis and Surleylook271
Jun 6, 2001 8:18 PM
Thanks. Not sure if there are any dealers near me, though. Heard anything about Fuji"s 'cross?
look at Jamis and SurleyHank
Jun 6, 2001 9:03 PM
the Fuji cross looks decent but I don't know much about it. If I recall right, it's about $1200 in the Colorado Cyclist catalog. At that point I'd probably get a Gunnar frame and build it up with whatever was lying around and/or internet blowout stuff, but that's me.

I was impressed with the Surleys I saw, and have talked to some happy owners out on the road. I think any shop can order a Surley for you since they are in the QBP catalog (I think they're owned by Quality now).

There's also a nice Italian-made Bianchi cross frame you can get for around $600. Check Bulltek Sports.
Add Lemond to the ListRay Sachs
Jun 7, 2001 6:37 AM
The Lemond Poprad is another good option in that same price range. Lighter than the Surly, not much difference from the Jamis except for slightly different geometry. Lowest bottom bracket I've seen on a cross bike, which is good for the on-road riding you'll do on it and only a potential problem on really technical off-road terrain. I've been riding one for everything but fast road rides lately, and like it way more than I thought I would for just about everything. I like it so much off-road that I may even sell my mtb.

Jun 7, 2001 9:43 AM
another very good option. I have yet to see one. I remember they were having some availablity problems.
If you want to stay with the LOOK motifAvery_u
Jun 7, 2001 9:10 AM
Excel Sports has the Look AL264 on special ($200 off)with fork. Saw it yesterday in the showroom -- looks real nice.
Jun 7, 2001 4:01 PM
Like it, but it's a little more than I want to spend. Intrigueing, though. I love having a bike that's DIFFERENT. Thanks for the info.