- Lets see your race CX bikes please (also canti vs disc for racing question)
Yes, Ti and Kinesis Pure forks. Braking’s fine, well, as good as you need it to be. Shorty Ultimates are the best cantis I’ve used and they’re very tunable, in that you can set them up exactly how you like them.
The headtube’s long, 22cm, as that’s what I asked for. I’m tall and don’t like spacers!Posted 4 years ago
No commuters or general purpose CX bikes (unless you also race on them!) Thinking of getting one to use for training and racing. Is there a general consensus about canti vs disc for a race bike? I think I’d want disc but many of the racey builds still come with cantis.Posted 4 years agodavetraveSubscriber
Old bike had cantis, then mini-v with Travel Agents; current bike is cantis; next bike will be plastic and have discs. I tend to focus my cross racing/training on 3 Peaks though so power, modulation and durability are important – went through a complete set of v pads on last year’s event and ended up braking by suicidal riding in to the verges on the way down Pen-y-Ghent Lane and then had to unclip and drag my feet to get back in to Helwith Bridge and the finish…Posted 4 years agodavetraveSubscriber
ended up braking by suicidal riding in to the verges on the way down Pen-y-Ghent Lane and then had to unclip and drag my feet
The braking was getting mushier and mushier despite continually adjusting the barrel adjusters on the TAs, so I stopped to check what the grinding noise was, only to find out is was down to the metal carriers front and rear. It was quite tough last year you know…
😉Posted 4 years agoMrSmithMember
Hopefully getting one of these, will possibly enter a race if I think I’ll have the time to get fit enough. Cranks are wrong in the pic, it will have SRAM force 22 groupset. As for brakes? If you want to go faster you don’t need brakes 😀 I can see why commuter/nodders would like disks but for cross they are not essential
Posted 4 years ago
well, they’re heavier and there’s probably less choice of frame out there.
Also, in some particular muddy conditions, discs have been eating pads to the point of no braking – more so than cantis – though a solution is apparently to use discs without holes drilled in them (though this adds more weight) but again, there aren’t many available yet.Posted 4 years ago
Also, in some particular muddy conditions, discs have been eating pads to the point of no braking – more so than cantis – though a solution is apparently to use discs without holes drilled in them (though this adds more weight) but again, there aren’t many available yet.
Curious how this would be different to a muddy XC race. Is it just the quality of brakes available or something to do with power/modulation being not as good hence more dragging?
Clubber, you got a Chinese CX bike? Would be great to see photos.Posted 4 years ago
Chinese CX – yes, I have one – I got an MC098 from Miracle/Icann via Alibaba.
It’s fantastic BUT and this is quite a big but, it has a crack in it. I’m 99% sure (because of location and the lack of further growth after the initial ride, not to mention that the bike still rides fine and it’s done some pretty bumpy rides now) it’s just a filler crack (so cosmetic only) but it is there and I’d have preferred that it wasn’t.Posted 4 years ago
Curious how this would be different to a muddy XC race
I don’t know. Maybe it’s just BS but there have definitely been races in the US (where disc uptake is higher than Europe) where the bikes with discs had real problems while those without didn’t.
It’s possibly just an issue with using non-sintered pads. I know that at Mountain Mayhem, some people have had similar ish problems.Posted 4 years agotraildogMember
The discs vs cantis is a tough one. I fancy discs for my next cross bike, one because I also use it as a commuter and I think they’ll work better for this, and two I like the security that better brakes give.
Having said that, there are some many reasons to stay with cantis. My wheels are all cantis and having a lot of spare wheels is very helpful. I don’t feel my brakes are holding me back in races(if you get what I mean).
If top euro guys are staying with cantis and you can be sure they’ve tested both and won’t be fussed about fasion if they’re faster with discs.Posted 4 years ago
MM what’s the TCX like?
I love it and it’s very light. Mine is the 2nd tier with carbon forks. It has a different stem, seatpost, saddle and wheels now as the standard ones are heavy.
If you’re about on the 13th June for the Newbury CX then pop along and have a look/ go on it.Posted 4 years agoSanchoMember
It’s basically a Fuji Altamira Disc (review)
Sorry for your problems but I wouldnt touch anything from FUJI as they are bobbins, I hope your bike isnt as bad as the ones my mate has to put up with as part of the NetApp-Endura team.
they are shocking, the worst frames we have ever seen, just weak bendy junk.Posted 4 years agojonbaMember
Don’t have a picture to hand but mine is a Kinesis Pro6. Definitely not an all out racing fram as it has rack and bottle mounts. Fast though, I really like it.
As for the cantis vs. discs. arguement I’ve run discs, vees and cantis. I replaced the vees after a few muddy races where they balled up and jammed the wheel. Cantis were fine for racing and passable for general riding. I wanted a new frame and decided to go with discs. Love them, much prefer them, don’t need them for racing but it isn’t just about need. Although they did help massively on the three peaks.
If I wanted a pair of all out race bikes I think I would go cantis for the weight of the brakes and frame but also the massive choice and better prices.Posted 4 years ago
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