Another which Cyclocross bike thread
Ok guys I’ve decided I’m going to take the plunge and buy one. I haven’t even sat on one but I have short listed it toPosted 4 years ago
Cube Cross Race Disc Racing Road Bike 2014 nice looking kit for the price and a nice looking bike.
The Kona Jake 2014
Or the Genesis vapour 2014
I won’t be racing or touring with the bike and it’s mainly going to be used for pleasure riding to link road to off road enjoyment and an alternative to mtb’ing which is what I do.
What do you’ll reckon?
I’ve mailed Genesis twice in the last week inquiring about things with no response. Pretty poor if you ask me. On One replied within 24 hours and so got my custom.
I had a similar thing with Genesis. They have got the new ‘adventure’ bikes on the website, but no geo info. I asked them if it was same as 2013, and no reply.
To be fair, until Brant helped out, I was struggling to get a response out of P-X. Good ‘ol Brant’
/brantPosted 4 years ago
Seen the new Giant(not in the flesh) but this isn’t available until Febuary. Don’t mind waiting a little but Feb is a little distant as this time isn’t guaranteed.Posted 4 years ago
Not seen the Canyon.
benji can’t sit on one as LBS’s round here don’t stock. Might get a look next week as on a course near Reading but think the nature of the beast is to take the plunge and order the best one hence the thread.crasher50Member
I’m looking for a cross bike myself, like the look of the Cube.
Also looked at the Giant tcx slr2, Merida cross 4 & Cannondale caadx5 105. All similar specs, need to try them for size and make a choice.
Will look at PX xls seems a good buy.
Any suggestions on shoes and pedals for a newcomer to cross.Posted 4 years ago
Oh great…. I thought my mind was made up on the XLS but those Canyons look very well spec’d for the money. Hmmmm
Looks a bit uninspiring though
benjiWhere did you see the Giant? And whats with the flexi seat post as shown in the videoPosted 4 years ago
Where did you see the Giant?
It was at the Lincsquad evening race at Scunthorpe last Wednesday, one of the Youth racers had it.
As for pedals and shoes, most of it’s personal choice, I like the crank brothers egg beaters as they have four sides and have never clogged them yet. Shoes I’m currently running Gaernes but have used Sidi in the past, as long as they take studs in the front i’m happy, as any running uphill when it’s too muddy to ride or steep, studs come into there own, you can be running whilst others are sliding and walking.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve had my Cotic X for six months now and am loving it. Used for long road rides with a bit of off-road thrown in, commuting, local bridleway and
gravel roadfarm track riding, and yesterday rode it up to Hamsterley Forest and down some of the new red trails.
Unless you’ve ridden road/cx before, it’s probably not much use sitting on one. For the first few rides, I was convinced that my X was far too long with too big a drop to the bars and that I’d never use the big chainring 🙂
It’s steel and therefore “far too heavy” and all that, but carbon and aluminium scare me 🙂Posted 4 years agomikesbikes71Member
rode it up to Hamsterley Forest and down some of the new red trails.
What are these new trails you speak of miketually?
I’ve loving my brand new boardman cx team having never ridden road or cx b4.Posted 4 years ago
You have to put the effort in to get the spend up but its worth it.
Next time I can sneak a day off when the weather’s nice I’m thinking of doing a long one to Hamsters and back from Sunderland.
What are these new trails you speak of miketually?
I should have put the ‘new’ in inverted commas – I rode Section 13, Accelerator and Nitrous 🙂
A couple of features on Section 13 were a bit scary-rocky for skinny tyres but Accelerator and Nitrous were great fun.Posted 4 years agotheonlywayisupMember
I can’t comment on the specific bike options suggested by the OP and others, but I am in the process of getting a CX bike too (for similar intentions as the OP).
I couldn’t find the bike I wanted off the peg for <£1K so took the option of specing and building my own. Mostly through careful purchasing of components on sale, cashback deals, selecting the “right” bars, saddle, gear ratios, etc., as well as one eBay purchase (shifters – why are they so expensive) I will soon have the bike I want … a Kinesis T5 with Pure CX carbon fork and 105 througout for <£950.
You may want to consider the self-spec option too? Not always cheeper, but makes sense if you think you will be changing some components in near future. The Planet X XLS is tempting for £1.3K though.Posted 4 years ago
The Planet X XLS is tempting for £1.3K
£1.3k? Thought it was £999
Just had a fiddle with a new Giant TCX SLR 1 at my LBS. Very nice indeed with full hydro discs. Could easily become a new want even if it pushes the budget a bit…
They are nice, ain’t they? I had the SLR 2, which was very nice with the TRP Spyres. Shame it had to go back as had a some cosmetic issues.Posted 4 years agokingkongsfingerMember
On another note, just fitted the new TRP Hy/Rd disc brakes to my bike, been out for a test and the are fantastic. My MTB has XTR and they are not far behind them in power and modulation, a revelation for a cable actuated hydraulic disc brake. Highly recommended.Posted 4 years ago
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