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Old 19th February 2011   #1
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Best cyclocross bike under £1000?

Just got the info about my cycle to work and its the halfords one. Been looking at cx bikes for a while and had been planning on trying to get a deal on a Jake the snake, however looking at the boardman it seems well specced and I'm not too fussed about brand snobbery......Will probably white out the downtube anyway.

Just wanted to know if anyone has one or has ridden one, and what they thought?
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Old 19th February 2011   #2
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All I can says is that after seeing one in our shop, it look very impressive for the money, just beware of the cowboy mechanic of bikehut/halfords, that's why we have one in for a stage 1 service after 3 months.

Last edited by edscoble; 19th February 2011 at 20:49.
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Old 19th February 2011   #3
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I've not ridden one myself but they seem to get consistently good reviews from the press. The spec is very good for the price too.
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Old 19th February 2011   #4
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not bad at all...i have a friend with one and she swears by it.
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Old 19th February 2011   #5
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Read some reviews they seem positive. Not a fan of the extra brake levers, will they be complicated to remove? Obviously any other shop I would ask them to remove them first, as its halfords I don't right fancy them messing with the stoppers! I will also be giving the bike a once over to ensure everything is Noice and toight. Looking forward to cranking out some canal miles on it.
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Old 19th February 2011   #6
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Report back after you've had it for a while- I'm after a crosser for everyday use, and this looks to be quite nice.
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Old 20th February 2011   #7
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I had a Kona Jake before that was lovely, but a bit small........Ive now built an old Paul Milnes CX frame up for canal path duties......The Boardman's are always good VFM......

As for the crosstop levers, try them! I loved mine and used them more than the normal levers on the drops.......I ride on the tops 90% of the time anyway
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Old 20th February 2011   #8
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If you want a single speed (a wild shot in this forum) the Kona Major One is a great bike with a very nice frame. Don't think they sell them anymore so would need to look out for a discounted old stock example.
I also dislike cross top levers, possibly because I never ride with my hands on the tops (I am on the hoods or in the drops at all times) but to remove them will need new cable outers at minimum and careful unwrapping of bar tape to avoid new bar tape.
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Old 20th February 2011   #9
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I will give the levers a go at first... I was originally tempted by the idea of a fixed/SS cx bike after doing some impromptu muddy miles on my fixed. I also wanted a more modern road bike though as well and for the mileage I'm planning on doing on the cx, gears make more sense, and I'll prolly get a spare wheelset with some slicks for if I want to use it on the road.
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Old 22nd February 2011   #10
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So....

They don't have any left, and they don't know if/when/what the 2011 range is going to arrive/feature...

I only have a window of 3 weeks to apply and don't want to leave it till the last minute.

They said they can source bikes from most manufacturers, excluding planet x, wiggle and other own brand types.

They have the kona jake for £870...! I know there are better spec'd CX machines out there for under a grand, so please, any suggestions?

Cheers.
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Old 22nd February 2011   #11
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Cannondale CAADX 105, £999.
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Old 22nd February 2011   #12
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That's what I was going to buy.
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Old 22nd February 2011   #13
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+1 CAADX 105. Looks bargainous, too.
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Old 22nd February 2011   #14
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Only issue is availability- thats why I gave up on getting one, but they might be in the country now.
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Old 22nd February 2011   #15
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That looks sexual!

I don't mind waiting for it to arrive, won't be using the canal until the days get longer anyway.
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Old 22nd February 2011   #16
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On your bike London Bridge have them.
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Old 22nd February 2011   #17
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I'll add my voice to the Cannondale CAADX chorus. A high quality frame for a very good price.
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Old 22nd February 2011   #18
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Yeah I'm going to ring Halfords tomorrow and see if they can get me one... hope so.
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Old 22nd February 2011   #19
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Damn you all- you've made me really want to get that Cannondale again.
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Old 22nd February 2011   #20
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I don't know why you were consiedering the Boardman... I hadn't come accross the dale... Looks like a similar spec (or better as it's shimano?) for same money, and it's a dale not a fords?
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Old 22nd February 2011   #21
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Similar spec, but 105 or Rival? Rival is supposed to be a notch above 105, but 105 will probably take more of a battering - if you listen to the comments on Bikeradar. Probably just a matter of taste between the two bikes at the end of the day, they both look like fun rides for the money. Jealous whichever you choose.
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Old 22nd February 2011   #22
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The boardman is about a kilo lighter though!

Mixed reviews on the sram stuff, I haven't tried it myself.
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Old 22nd February 2011   #23
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I'd take the Cannondale over the Boardman- but I like Cannondales, still have one and had three of them at one point.

It might be me convincing myself/snobbery but I would say that the Cannondale will have the better frame, and that's always more important to me than the bits.

For example very soon the only parts left on my System Six that were original will be the cranks and the brakes. Frame is normally the last bit you change, so best get a good one from the off.

I'd prefer it if the CAADX had Rival for £999 as I've just taken Ultegra/Dura-Ace off my System Six and replaced it with Force, but it doesn't, so no point crying about it.
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Old 23rd February 2011   #24
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The boardman is about a kilo lighter though!
it's a fully carbon frame, which is why it's such a good value for money.

SRAM is more of a love/hate thing, it take you a while to get used to their shifter which is quite different to your usual campag/shimano one.

the hood I feel is much more comfortable than the campag/shimano one.
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Old 23rd February 2011   #25
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http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/...cle-john-sport

Has to be a consideration.

A couple of friend s have them and love them to bits.

#notwindowshopping.
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Old 23rd February 2011   #26
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it's a fully carbon frame, which is why it's such a good value for money.
What the fuck are you talking about now, Ed! It's an aluminium frame.

http://www.boardmanbikes.com/cx/CX_Pro.html
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Old 23rd February 2011   #27
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I'd go with the Kona for the frame (not that the Boardman has a bad frame).

Over £1k but very nice looking.


#notaracemachinethough
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Old 23rd February 2011   #28
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Ed is slippin'
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Old 23rd February 2011   #29
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Popped into On Your Bike LB today on the strength of this thread- the Cannondale CAADX is not in stock, and won't be anywhere in the country until May.

Strike if off the list once more.
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Old 23rd February 2011   #30
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Dare I say day-one Alfine ? :D
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Old 23rd February 2011   #31
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What the fuck are you talking about now, Ed! It's an aluminium frame.
huh, I honestly have no idea why I though it was carbon.
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Old 23rd February 2011   #32
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Dare I say day-one Alfine ? :D
They are an excellent bike married by a stupid track end instead of an eccentric bottom bracket or sliding drop out.
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Old 23rd February 2011   #33
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huh, I honestly have no idea why I though it was carbon.
It's the Evans effect - you've been taught how to sound knowledgeable and authoritative on topics of which you've scant knowledge. :P
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Old 23rd February 2011   #34
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Never you mind Andy Pandy.
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Old 23rd February 2011   #35
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It's the Evans effect - you've been taught how to sound knowledgeable and authoritative on topics of which you've scant knowledge. :P
Does this mean my mother-in-law secretly works at the childs health equivalent of Evans?


#irreleventpersonalventing-apols
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Old 23rd February 2011   #36
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I really love Salsa's.

The Chilli con crosso is a bit cheaper and lighter than the disk braked one above.

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Old 23rd February 2011   #37
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Can you get salsa through Halford?
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Old 23rd February 2011   #38
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Cannondale Super-X or nothing
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Old 23rd February 2011   #39
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Can you get salsa through Halford?
Nope.

Gave my Halford opinion. It was Kona.

Just pissing around now.
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Old 23rd February 2011   #40
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Cannondale Super-X or nothing
Nothing until May then.

I might transfer my girlfriend the majority of the money and then ask for the bike as a 35th birthday present.

Christ I feel old.
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Old 23rd February 2011   #41
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Not strictly cyclocross...

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Old 23rd February 2011   #42
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Cannondale Super-X or nothing
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Originally Posted by Evans Website
The Cannondale SuperX Ultegra 2011 Cyclocross Bike is an improvement on the already flawless CAAD9 cyclocross bike. When the cyclocross team at Cannondale saw the Flash Carbon mountain bike they demanded a 'flash 'cross bike'. So Cannondale got to work. They took the best bits from the Flash Carbon and the SuperSix road bike and built a bike whore new bike based on the geometry of the world beating CAAD9, the result is the ultimate, carbon, cyclocross bike. Utilizing Cannondale's SAVE features to help with shock absorption and provide traction coupled with Ballistic carbon they have created one of the stiffest, lightest, smoothest cross frames available.
I wonder if that's meant to be in there...

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/...-bike-ec025336
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Old 23rd February 2011   #43
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What are the clearances like?
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Old 23rd February 2011   #44
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I wonder if that's meant to be in there...

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/...-bike-ec025336
That's very funny.
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Old 23rd February 2011   #45
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colnago world tour seems decent
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Old 24th February 2011   #46
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Great news, halfords are gonna get me a caadx 105!

Cheers for the suggestion its going to be fun!
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Old 24th February 2011   #47
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Hurrah!

Did they give you an ETA?

Also, what size?

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Old 24th February 2011   #48
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May 5th... not really a problem.

I'm 6'2 so getting the 58.

Jealous? (:
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Old 24th February 2011   #49
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And where did you say you were going to keep it at night?
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Old 24th February 2011   #50
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you'll need a decent lock system for that.

I'm no expert on the matter but I reckon a pack of these tied around as many parts of the bike and the bike rack is probably your best bet but I think dammit is probably the person to ask for a definitive answer...

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