have raced on an old crosslight pro 3 with old parts from other bikes for a while. Running v brakes with a travel agent and think it's about time i splashed on a cross bike for racing (nope, not interested in rack mounts, riding on gravel paths) this is about mud clearance, stiffness and geometry for racing
I ride a 54 crosslight which gives a 55.1 Effective top tube. I recently rode a ridley X night and this has a 56 seattube (ridley 52) and a 53.5 top tube. This felt pretty good actually.
I'm also thinking discs (shimano are releasing hydraulic in august)
I'm tempted by
* Planet x xls -full build is good value, has pf30 bb which i;m told is still. good clearance and heard good reports. Can also do this on the cycle to work scheme
* Pickenflick. looks awesome! love the clearance. Worry its less racy and heavier than anything carbon
* Ridley x fire - Think this would be awesome. have heard the disc version (as with most disc versions) is it feels a lot heavier than canti. Would probably go frame only and build up
* Chinese carbon jobbie - Frame off ebay. Bit unknown?!
I will be moving to 1x10 with a thick thin so not worried about what they come with.
Anything else i should be looking at?