Genesis cdF or boardman team cx ?
Both nice bikes. Not really like for like so it depends what you want from them. I like my Boardman. I use it as a ‘road bike’ for commuting, hill climbs and time trials (occasionally at least), but mostly it’s a decent bike for doing the Three Peaks cx on. Oh, and having fun. Hth.Posted 4 years ago
I picked up an immaculate CdeF for £650 from the classifieds which had clearly done no more than 100 miles. I’d describe it as a light tourer which will handle anything off road your willing to throw it down rather than a dedicated cross bike. I bought it for long days out on the road with off road sections where it’s all about how much you enjoy it rather than how quick you do it.Posted 4 years ago
i love my cdf, but it’s a sturdy beast – it’s built like a tank.
it’s great at: road, singletrack, wheelies, poppingofftotheshops, commuting, shrugging off abuse/crashes.
with marathon+ tyres, and mudguards, it’s 30lbs (the wheels really are very heavy+strong)
the new sora stuff is bloody great.Posted 4 years ago
I guess the best bet is to try them out? As as mentioned, they are different beasts. One is a quite lighter and carbon forked beast, and the other is a bit of a porker, but will eat up the miles.
Any local shops have them in stock?
the new sora stuff is bloody great.
How so?Posted 4 years ago
I’ve the 52cm CdeF and the tt is 520 on that and I wouldn’t want it longer. I’ve swapped out the layback post for an inline one and I’m tempted to try a 70 mm stem from my hardtail to see if I prefer it to the 90 fitted. I’m 5’6″ with a 30″ inside leg, I don’t know if that makes my upper to lower body ratio normal or if my legs, short as they, are disproportionately long. I don’t think many people would recommend a cx frame that’s longer than a road bike you’re happy with.Posted 4 years ago
Jamie – Member
“the new sora stuff is bloody great.”
works nicely, reliable, not that heavy*, cheap to replace bits if you need, the rear derailleur will take a 30t cassette if you want.
well done shimano!
(*the 2013 sora cranks are lighter (850g) than my 2011 tiagra cranks (920g))Posted 4 years ago
@ avdave … im the same height and inside leg etc, spose a lot depends on how they have measured it as different manufacturers measure things differently
Go your local Halfords and see if they can let you sit on one? I guess it depends where you are in the country, whether they have one in stock, though.
works nicely, reliable, not that heavy, cheap to replace bits if you need, the rear derailleur will take a 30t cassette if you want.
Interesting. I have been put off buying a few bikes as they had Sora on, as last time I checked it out was in 2010 and it was just rubbish compared to Tiagra. Any idea what year the new stuff came in?Posted 4 years ago
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