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Best CX bike options for about a grand (cross post from CX)(12 posts)

Best CX bike options for about a grand (cross post from CX)outofthesaddle
Feb 20, 2003 11:27 AM
Apologies to the non 'cross riders on the board. But after 'cross season, I doesn't seem like there is a lot of traffic on the 'cross board.

I'm looking to buy a CX rig. I've got several options both new and used. I'm looking for some opinions on the best way to go for about a grand. Is is a new bike? I've seen several 105 bikes for around that price (Conquest, Axis, Enemy). Or would it be smarter to buy a used bike and put the extra cash into a spare wheelset or some other upgrade? Or maybe by a used Ultegra or DA bike?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Kona and K2 are good, Lemond too. nmSpunout
Feb 20, 2003 11:29 AM
re: Best CX bike options for about a grand (cross post from CX)gtx
Feb 20, 2003 11:42 AM
For all around use I'd get a Surly and build it with your own mix of parts. If you're gonna race I'd look at Redline.
Thx - additional info - bike will primarily be for CX racing (nm)outofthesaddle
Feb 20, 2003 12:42 PM
Buy New...alansutton
Feb 20, 2003 12:54 PM
Unless the bike hasn't been ridden much. Crossbikes take a beating. Here in the NW, they eat cogs, chains, rims, brakes, rings, etc. so fast that most racers I know replace their parts with nothing better than 105 level components. If I were you, I'd pick up a new bike around $900 and prep it with your perferences for bar, stem, seat and pedals. After a year or so of racing and training, you will have already replaced just about every part on the bike at least once.
DittoAFred
Feb 21, 2003 7:06 AM
Buy new. These bikes are abused. Unless you're sponsored, you don't want to put anything more expensive than 105 on your cross bike because it will get damaged. A couple of trips through sandy soil and the drivetrain really suffers. There are great buys to be had right now. Surly and K2's can be found relatively chep. The Konas don't seem to go on sale, but are excellent bikes. I bought a Jamis Nova for $700 with Shimano Tiagra and Ritchey finishing kit. I love this bike for winter rides. Good luck!
third thatJS Haiku Shop
Feb 21, 2003 7:19 AM
I consider mine an "all-'rounder", but did purchase and spec it based on the assumption that it would see trainer time, bad weater road rides, gravel roads, and cyclocross season(s). it's a surly cross-check with ultegra and open pros, triple, xt rear, 'cross finish kit. out of your specified price range at about $1300 including shipping from excel, but a nice bike. not a choice for weight weenies.

if i had it to do again, i'd do the same thing. the bike's a tank, and comfy, too.
re: CX bike optionsctisevn
Feb 20, 2003 2:06 PM
what are you planning on doing with it? I decided to pick up a cx bike as a winter bike and was able to pick up a used redline for 300 shipped. I wont likely be racing cx and if I were Id upgrade it a bit but for a second bike it will be fine. I might single speed it anyways but thats not really relevant. if you're set on spending a grand though youll have plenty of options. shop around a bit.
re: CX bike optionsoutofthesaddle
Feb 20, 2003 2:46 PM
I am planning on racing CX with it. It might see some use as a commuter, fire road bike but my primary requirements are around racing. I'm definitely not set on spending a grand. I would love to come away with a race worthy rig for less. At the same time, I don't want to buy a bike and then immediately spend more money to upgrade if I could've spent a little more initially and saved in the long run.
re: Best CX bike options for about a grand (cross post from CX)mosovich
Feb 20, 2003 4:54 PM
Look on Ebay, there's some killer deals, I just don't have any money right now. Look under cyclocross in the searh topic. There's a specialized bike that's a steal. A friend of mine has one and if I had the money, I'd be all over it. It's a 54, which is more like a 57. I has their M4 tubing and full Ultegra. I have no connections with the ad, just know it's a deal.
re: Best CX bike options for about a grand (cross post from CX)snwbdrhoon
Feb 20, 2003 6:30 PM
Hands down an Axis. If I had the $$, I would go with it.

Best frame in that price range with parts? Lemond
Thanks everyone for good input. (nm)outofthesaddle
Feb 21, 2003 8:37 AM