- CX bike thread…. humor me… .go on… i dare you :)
OK, so i moved on from the lightweight HT thoughts and moved to “Maybe i should get a CX bike for the turbo then and maybe some winter use”
Whether it’s a good idea or a bad one, we’ll have to wait and see of course 🙂 But it’s an idea and i’m sticking with it for the next few hours
I made an offer on a Pinnacle Arkose 3, but that’s disappeared from Ebay…. So i’m watching this and have asked about delivery.
There’s also this, which if it were a bit more manly in colour may have swung it for me.
And there’s.. Well.. you tell me ?
It may get the odd run out with the locals on a roadie ride, it may get the odd commute of 19 miles, it may get the odd winter ride out on it… I doubt it will see much in the way of dirt either way.
Budget, well, i’d rather not spend more than £700 because if i were to, then i’d likely jump on PlanetX and buy a London Road etc for ease… So lets say max of £500.
I’m a bit of a snob with things like Boardmans, i just don’t like them.
Postage or sensible distance from Berks.
Go on, inspire me.Posted 6 days agooliverracingSubscriber
Man up – pink is a mans colour! Plus is you do decide to race it people will think you’re a pro! (all the fast guys seem to have obnoxiously coloured bikes).
I wouldn’t completely rule out a canti braked bike – £500 (or judging by how much I sold a 7.7kg, ultegra CX race bike – £330 last year) will get you something awesome! Disc bikes hold their value fairly well, but I guess that’s for a reason!Posted 6 days ago
I had similar thoughts when i got mine, a bit of cx, a bit of gravel and a winter road bike. Apart from the turbo, the normal road bike does that as its got the nicest saddle.
The problem is those are kinda mutually exclusive. A winter road bike has slicks and full length guards, a cx/gravel bike has knoblies and doesnt. So by the time you have a spare wheelset and take guards on and off twice a week it becomes a real PITA. So you end up buying a second one……
My solution is to keep a spare (actually my summer lightweight) wheel for the turbo with the road bike and leave guards on that, and still ended up with two cx/gravel bikes (and a third mosntercross for a while).
Other good bikes to look for on ebay:
Specialized Crux and Trek Crockett – probably still too new to get under £500
Cannondale CaadX – possible if you shop arround long enough.
Planet-x XLA, similar geometry to the Full Monty but more CX than gravel (designed to be shouldered).
Canyon/Rose did decent but slightly race focussed models but rare as hens teeth 2nd hand.
Whatever you get, budget for new wheels, <£1000 Cx bikes have universally bad wheels. Even a set of Askiums or Shimano wheels with tubeless cx tyres will transform them.
Dont rule out rim brakes, in the dry they’re great. In the wet they’re still adequate. And because no one wants them they’re often sold for not much more than the groupset and often come with much nicer wheels!Posted 6 days ago
Stop dithering and buy a London Road.
Looking at the specs they seem a bit lardy ? The Arkose is coming in at 10.**kg, with the London Road up in the 12.5 range according to P/X website… which is pretty bulky should i ever take it outside… Along with being double the price as it’s new.Posted 6 days agoKryton57Subscriber
Mister P of this parish has been testing one…Posted 6 days ago
Looks like i’m buying that one 🙂
I’ll be intersted on removal, although most of the time it will be in a wheel without a disk.
Out of interest, for you or the seller, what cassette do i need ? I’ll be running a 2nd wheel mostly and it’s currently got a 10 speed so need an 11 i think ?Posted 6 days ago
I’ll have to check, i think it’s Mavic Crossmax wheel, can’t say 100% though as i’ve got multiple wheels and i may have given that one to my mate to borrow so the one on the turbo may be something completely different currently.
Until i get sorted i can just run the wheel and cassette it comes with along with the turbo tyre.
One of them then?Posted 6 days ago
Nah, I must admit I needed a bit of a kick in the nuts psychologically regarding training and diet and a bit of a purpose. This and the now looking likely adventure to Belgium or Italy are exactly what was needed.Posted 5 days ago
But as I said, I’m not sure it will ago outside more than twice before the actual adventure
Or anyone else too. Obviously the suggestion above was when we thought they were Mavic.
The hg 11-34 cassette will work on any wheel.
It’s just mavics road 10s wheels turned out to be forward compatible with 11s as they had a spacer on the freehub. So if it was a mavic road freehub (duno about their mtb wheels) it could take a closer ratio cassette.Posted 5 days ago
I bought this…. Hopefully should go on, but even not, it’s the same as is fitted to the standard wheel, so i’d have a spare 🙂
But hopefully it will, so i can have instant wheel swaps when needed.
Should be with me Thurs or Fri, but not sure when i’ll test as I’m at Swinley on Sat with my lad for enduro race prep. I may swing over to Newbury on it on Sunday to see Scardey.Posted 5 days ago
Merida cx is a nice bike, mrs mac has one.
The chicken levers can be removed, they are a waste of bar space.
Tell me more then Marty ? I’ve done a load of Googling but can’t find anything regarding the removal of them or otherwise.
As they’re cable actuated brakes i can’t see them being massively complicated… but if there’s a process that’s best i’d like to know 🙂 I’m hoping they’re hinged at the clamps so i don’t have to re-tape it all 😀Posted 5 days ago
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