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Old 27th February 2012   #651
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Reynolds 853 but the Fugio appear to be more of a race-ready frame (no mount for mudguard and rack).
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Old 28th February 2012   #652
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Plenty of holes in the downtube though.

:-/
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Old 28th February 2012   #653
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Odd isn't it? is it going to be a regular feature on CX bicycle to have MTB mudguard mount?
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Old 28th February 2012   #654
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Reynolds 853 but the Fugio appear to be more of a race-ready frame (no mount for mudguard and rack).
ooh nice, didnt realise genesis used 853. far too posh for me.
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Old 28th February 2012   #655
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853 is posh, but carbon is common people's material of choice?

what the hell?
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Old 28th February 2012   #656
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I almost bought a CC when my CdF got stolen, but the deal on the Boardman was just too good. I still fancy one, and may still get one for SS duties if finances allow.
don't blame you, the Boardman's CX is a great bike, but I'm leaning toward the CdF (the Sora gruppo one) as I get a good trade price on it.
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Old 28th February 2012   #657
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Just been eyeing a Croix De Fer after getting my bike stolen.
I've got to ask Ed, how was it locked?
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Old 28th February 2012   #658
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Fahgettiaboutit lock, unfortunately, they took the Sheffield stand with them*.


*not really, but a large chunk of it were missing.
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Old 28th February 2012   #659
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Seriously tempted by the Genesis CdF (Reynolds 520 Sora version of the 725 Tiagra) after realising how much it cost under trade, reckon I'll try it out tomorrow and see what's what.
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Old 28th February 2012   #660
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Fahgettiaboutit lock, unfortunately, they took the Sheffield stand with them*.


*not really, but a large chunk of it were missing.
they were probably just after your rich cache of spacers and got disturbed so took the whole bike
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Old 28th February 2012   #661
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Actually, I slammed that stem, the only one with stack of space is the tourer, that's all.
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Old 29th February 2012   #662
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So.......
Say you've destroyed your CX frame.

What would be the cheapest disc brake compatible replacement?

I instantly thought PX Uncle John but I cant find the fork for it.
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Old 29th February 2012   #663
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You mean this fork? http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/...disc_and_canti
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Old 29th February 2012   #664
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Tweeks have CdF frames for 280.
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Old 29th February 2012   #665
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320 with fork
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Old 29th February 2012   #666
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I'm currently thinking for the 500 it will cost to fix it. I can buy a rigid front end, and some fast rolling tyres for the fat bike.

Making it the new utility bike.

I have a SS 29er for light off-roading, plus the fatbike in hardtail form for more challenging trails.
I have a fixie for short rides, and a roadie for longer road riding.

Was nice having a CX bike though. The swiss army knifes of bikes. Piss.
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Old 29th February 2012   #667
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What happened to it?
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Old 29th February 2012   #668
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A series of failiures, closely followed by cheap fixes, and rushed meching.

Then last night the kiddie trailer pulled the rear wheel out of the drop-outs. The wheel ate the rear mech, and the rear mech ate the hanger. After several spokes were served as starter. The BB is already seized, as ae the cable adjusters and brake mounts.

The 90 frame is not worth fixing.
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Old 29th February 2012   #669
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At least the kids were'nt in the trailer.....




.......this time
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Old 29th February 2012   #670
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Cotic RoadRat frame & fork - 250. Not a dedicated crosser frame but it doesn't sound like you need one...
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Old 29th February 2012   #671
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Cotic RoadRat frame & fork - 250. Not a dedicated crosser frame but it doesn't sound like you need one...
Been ion my shortlist for a while.

They are nearly always out of stock though.
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Old 29th February 2012   #672
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Get Brixton to order one for you.

They might enjoy posting it to Norway.
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Old 29th February 2012   #673
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http://www.cxmagazine.com/cheapbike check this out
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Old 29th February 2012   #674
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Nice article.

It looks like a good bike and a clever CampagmanoRAM drivetrain.
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Old 29th February 2012   #675
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I have 9speed bar end shifters, and Vee brake dropbar levers. These are kinda pricey for what they are. But once you have them. You can pick up, and mix, all sorts of bargins.

I definitely prefer using MTB rear mechs.
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Old 29th February 2012   #676
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Yep the 'cheap bike' above is definitely suited for racing rather than being a er... swiss army bike.
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Old 29th February 2012   #677
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Except he's on clinchers : \
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Old 1st March 2012   #678
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Moar modifications.

Winwood Muddy disc fork + BB5 caliper. Left the original canti hanger and outer in place and joined the two outers up with a barrel adjuster. Idea being I can run both regular road and custom cross disc wheelsets by swapping the fork and brake cable out. Brake cable end is soldered rather than capped.

Muddy fork is about 10mm shorter than the stock ultra cross so I'm intrigued to see what it does to the handling.







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Old 1st March 2012   #679
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I've been thinking of running a front disc too, while keeping the mini V on the back. Gone as far as to buy some BB7s already, but now baffled by the choice of front wheel hub, rim and rotors etc. What did you go for?
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Old 1st March 2012   #680
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10mm shorter possibly affect handling a tad, but it may be something you might not notice.

Received the CdF, felt sluggish with original tyres, now livier with slick, blue a little too vibrate in picture (it's a bit more muted).



Cheap replacement for the stolen Crosscheck, took me a while to get the hang of Stack and Reach as the Stack is smaller than on my roadie despite having the same reach.
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Old 1st March 2012   #681
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I've been thinking of running a front disc too, while keeping the mini V on the back. Gone as far as to buy some BB7s already, but now baffled by the choice of front wheel hub, rim and rotors etc. What did you go for?
CXP33s, SRAM X9 hubs, stock Avid rotors. X9s were OEM, and I've only managed to pick two pairs up from random suppliers. Nice and light though, bomb proof, and the rear is 135mm. Both front and rear have a braking surface, built by Arup with DT Swiss double butted spokes.

I have a pair of Chi Fibre tubs matted to Novatech disc hubs, they look nice, untested yet. Rear is 130mm.



^ Ed, that looks great. What tyers are those?
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Old 1st March 2012   #682
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Jack Brown 33.3c

Rims a bit too narrow for my liking thought, narrower than my roadie! I'm looking at replacing the rims with the Stan Crest that have a decent 21mm interior width (the Alexrims have 17.1mm interior);


Last edited by edscoble; 1st March 2012 at 15:54.
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Old 1st March 2012   #683
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Thanks Howard.

New prototype PX (Ti this time):

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Old 1st March 2012   #684
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^^ Where did you get them? Can't seem to find anything online.
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Old 1st March 2012   #685
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This thread is making me want a cross bike now...
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Old 1st March 2012   #686
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Old 1st March 2012   #687
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This thread is making me want a cross bike now...
You've made Ed speechless ;)
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Old 1st March 2012   #688
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Well the thread seems to have turned it to people's cross bikes, like the look of the Cannondale CAAD x any other suggestions not too sure about the Boardman...
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Old 1st March 2012   #689
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In theory I think both mine and ed's cxers were < 1000 :)

Well, when I bought it anyway.
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Old 1st March 2012   #690
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Well the thread seems to have turned it to people's cross bikes, like the look of the Cannondale CAAD x any other suggestions not too sure about the Boardman...
Look at the Boardman in person before writing it off. Get a decent bike shop to set it up, and you're golden. For 729* you can't go wrong if you're looking for a disc setup.

* Current price is 900, and you can get 10% NUS discount unchecked online, and you can buy vouchers at 10% off through British Cycling.
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Old 1st March 2012   #691
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I've been thinking of running a front disc too, while keeping the mini V on the back. Gone as far as to buy some BB7s already, but now baffled by the choice of front wheel hub, rim and rotors etc. What did you go for?
You found a disc fork for it? You could always try this:

http://www.lfgss.com/thread81091.html#post2733575
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Old 1st March 2012   #692
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10mm shorter possibly affect handling a tad, but it may be something you might not notice.
Steering is a bit snappier at the front, which is no bad thing.

Disc brake felt good - surprised at the amount of modulation, wonder if that will reduce and they become more bitey when the pads wear in.
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Old 1st March 2012   #693
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You found a disc fork for it? You could always try this:

http://www.lfgss.com/thread81091.html#post2733575
Saw it :) I've got a really lightweight alu 26" fork with a ridiculous long A-C measurement that I was thinking of trying. Carbon would undoubtedly be nicer, but would like to test how front disc braking pans out as cheaply as possible first.
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Old 1st March 2012   #694
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In theory I think both mine and ed's cxers were < 1000 :)

Well, when I bought it anyway.
OK cool, going to test ride some options at the weekend. The plan is to slowly upgrade as I go along :)
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Old 1st March 2012   #695
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Steering is a bit snappier at the front, which is no bad thing.

Disc brake felt good - surprised at the amount of modulation, wonder if that will reduce and they become more bitey when the pads wear in.
IIRC 10mm = 0.5deg

So a notable change. But might not be a bad one.

Ed. That bike looks well nice. Jello.
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Old 2nd March 2012   #696
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it's pretty porky but it's down to the hefty standard wheels that come with the CdF, a change of wheels to says, Hope Pro2 EVO laced to Stan's Crest would make a dramatic difference IMHO.

Man it's stiff, a lots stiffer than I thought it would be but still pretty comfortable to ride, not unlike my Brooklyn, the only thing I hated is the blasted Sora shifter which is fucking awful, can't downshift on the drop, not enough purchase to brake confidently, and coming from Campag, the little downshift button is awkwardly tiny.

Hood shape is reasonably comfortable thought, won't be long for bar-end shifter and SRAM S500.
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Old 2nd March 2012   #697
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If you're going Sram, you can mix the 10 speed TT shifters with a MTB rear mech (with a 11-34), and a compact chainset. Gives a great (non racey) range. The 50T ring covers most road use, and the 34 most off-road. So it rides like a 1x10.

I had the 1x9 equivalent on mine. Big gaps. But if you're used to SS/fixed riding, it feels OK.

Also if you have separate shifters you can use MTB cable discs. Which are betterer.
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Old 2nd March 2012   #698
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I've got that combination with Apex, very versatile
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Old 2nd March 2012   #699
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I've got that combination with Apex, very versatile
Apex gives a neater solution. But I'd be looking to run MTB calipers. A MTB rear mech is better designed for off-road use too.

I'm tempted to get some Dual bangers.

http://www.interlocracing.com/discbrake.html
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Old 2nd March 2012   #700
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50cm BoxerCross, currently 55 (RRP 970) so could maybe go cheap, 30 mins left.



http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ws/eBayISA...3#ht_500wt_898
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