- Might buy a Genesis Croix de Fer
GrahamS – Member
Nice bike, good to look at, but pretty damn heavy (and I say that as a fan of steel mountain bikes).
to be fair, they do have the heaviest/strongest wheels ever made. and cranks that can be used as boat anchors.
mine* weighs 30lbs on the nose – fitted with 5lbs worth of scwalbe marathons and mudguards.
(*the cheaper 520 cdf)
it’s a sturdy commuter/winter bike that’s also loads of fun on singletrack…Posted 4 years agovelomanicMember
I bought a Croix de Fer a couple of months ago and I’m very happy with it.
Was after a tough road bike that would stand up to potholes / rubbish road surface so the bomb-proof wheels were a plus for me!
Weight-wise, it’s no lightweight but (according to my scales) it’s less than a kilo heavier than my Specialized Allez (with the pedals on and Conti GP4S tyres fitted).Posted 4 years agoavdave2Member
I’ve just bought one of the classifieds that had done around 200 miles according to the previous owner but in fact it looks brand new and still has the original factory chain lube. I’ve bought it to replace the 10 speed Coventry Eagle that I began my off road riding on in 1985 which ended up a little bent out of shape and was replaced with a Rockhopper in 1986. I just wanted a bike that took me back to riding anywhere and everywhere and so far it seems pretty good. I started riding off road as a shortcut to decent roads and really liked the mix. For me it would benefit from lower gearing and I am thinking of going 1×10 on it with a 11-36 cassette and a 9 speed xt or slx rear mech.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve just built one up, using Hope/Mavic wheels, BB7s, Mainly Ritchey finishing kit, Flite saddle etc. It weighs a tad under 23lbs with Gatorskins and Time atacs. Not bad, I reckon. It rides really well, plenty fast enough for me. Looks good, too. I’ve just got some cyclocross tyres – can’t wait to try some gentle offroad.Posted 4 years agoHoratioHufnagelMember
I just bought a Pompetamine, the Kaffenback is out of stock for a few months i think, new version on the way. FYI the frame weight is 2.4kg, fork is 1kg. I don’t think any of the cheaper steel frames are particularly light.
A comparable (in price) alu frame + carbon fork like the Dolan Mulitcross comes in about 1.85kg and 900g.Posted 4 years agocheers_driveMember
On road the C de F feels very sluggish compared with my carbon road bike, enough for me not to be able to keep up on a Sunday club run, but that’s not really it’s point. Off road and down country rough lanes it’s great fun.Posted 4 years ago
May be selling my 58cm 2010 model soon. Mint condition.TurnerGuyMember
Mine built to 22lbs 5oz with Hope Pro2 Evo onto Stans Iron Cross, and the stock steel fork.
I am running Maxxis Raze tyres tubeless at 37psi and they seem OK on the road as the central knobs make a good running surface.
As long as you don’t try and sit out all the bumpy stuff they are excellent – mine was built for dashes around the common of about 50 minutes instead of going for a run, and is a lot more fun and better cardio for me as I can push hard cycling but not running.
My mate who bought one has the front end higher and the hoods tilted back, which doesn’t encourage getting out of the saddle so easily, so is tougher to climb with and he complains because he sits it out when offroad and it gets bumpy.
It is the stock wheels/tyres that are so heavy.
Posted 4 years agolizzybMember
If any of you guys are still looking for one – I have just added mine to the classified ads – 58cm… fantastic condition – hardly used…Posted 4 years ago
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