- Cross bikes are ace
A year ago I got a Kinesis Crosslight Pro6 (now for sale!) and have absolutely loved it. It’s brilliant on the road and makes the usual N Downs trails a lot more entertaining! Now, after a year of waiting as all the 2013 ones just vanished, the Salsa Warbird has arrived! Suits me better than an out-and-out cross bike as I don’t race cross, as the cables are all hidden under the top tube (I don’t do carrying) and there is masses of mud room round the BB due to the bridgeless chainstays. Looking forward to the first ride tomorrow!
GBPosted 4 years ago
Yeah I prefer road pedals on cross bikes – don’t ever get off and walk and don’t race so no need for rattly MTB cleats on the road. Power transfer is a lot better and it feels much more like a road bike on the road, which is nice. They’ve lasted surprisingly well off road – they are a year old and have been ridden on some adventurous trails… Just don’t get off and push in the mud.
The geometry is similar to the Kinesis – top tube is identical, angles the same, wheelbase near enough the same, chainstays the same… The differences are the Salsa has 10mm more BB drop and a 15mm longer headtube.Posted 4 years agofrogstompSubscriber
My Alfine Day One on the Hampshire downs today..
I bought it for the winter mud clearance (chalky clay round here) but it’s not really grabbed me yet.. doesn’t help that I’ve punctured on every ride on it so far – not sure it’s designed to withstand flinty tracks!
Posted 4 years agoadshSubscriber
I’m really tempted……. but
a) I find my soul with 2.0 mudtyres too harsh for my back on long rides and I feel quite beat up after my long chilterns loop. I can stand for the bumpy field bits etc but my hands get a couple of inches of suspension even with lock out.
c) I don’t plan on increasing the amount of road I do apart from my small lane commute to work.
So the head says that it’s not really for me. If I were to do it it’d be with a ‘dale headshok I think.Posted 4 years ago
Yes, they are. I absolutely love riding mine.
adsh – round here, there are loads of bridleways that are a bit dull on an mtb but great on a cross bike. I agree that riding your normal mtb routes can be wearing on a cx particularly if you have back problems but if you look around there may well be other routes that are spot on.
Obligatory pic of mine 🙂Posted 4 years ago
I loves my Cotic X. It’s my best friend for commuting and I’m a bit shocked at how much time I’ve spent on it instead of my MTB’s this summer, too.
People keep trying to get me ‘Cross racing but I’m resisting (not sure this is what ‘StayStrong!’ is supposed to mean… 😉 )Posted 4 years agoandypaul99Member
no need for rattly MTB cleats on the road.
I must admit, I have never known SPD’s to rattle. That’s a new one on me.
+1 on the rattling cleats
Is there a huge difference between mtb and road cleats? Ive always used mtb shoes even on my road bike, used road cleats for about a week and e-bay’d em… never noticed a huge difference , except when i get off the bike and end up waddling like a duck at the coffee stop.Posted 4 years ago
There’s a huge improvement in support, stiffness, less hot spots between road and MTB cleats. Road are also plastic not metal. I find that once the pedal body wears a little on the MTB pedals then there is nothing you can do to get rid of the tiny amount of play between the cleat and the mechanism. Also road pedals are a lot more comfortable for long rides. I don’t race cross and don’t get off and push, so no worries about mud clogging, plus my cross rides are probably 60-75% road so it makes sense.Posted 4 years agosenor jSubscriber
Nice new bike o.p.Posted 4 years ago
I have a kinesis xlite (with the v twin) , lovely bike.
I’m well on the way to killing mine &hoping that kinesis also adopt the cable routing&
brake mounting improvements other manufacturers have , if so ,i’ll have another ta!
It’s made my boring commutes much more fun………… 😀sputnikMember
Nice bikes fellows!
Bought one on Saturday from Crispy from this forum.
Will be used during winter to save my carbon roadie.
Did first road ride on it today and think its ace!
Planning to stick the nobbly tyres back on and chase some uphill KOMs on my local off-road loop during the week.
Meet Jake the Snake
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