Planet X XLS Shimano 105 Cyclocross Bike
was your boardman disc or pre-disc? why did you sell?
I sold it as even though I had the small frame*, it still was quite long and I do prefer to be a bit upright. I could have sorted it by changing stems and whatnot, but got offered a very good price for it so am just selling it and getting something else.
Boardman small = 540mm TTPosted 4 years ago
XLS small = 515mm TT
Anyone got one, and are they any good?
In the market for a disc’d CX bike, after selling on my Boardman CX, and just got an email about these. Looks like it would be just the ticket as one bike to do it all, type thing.
….or would it be too focused for anything other than short CX races?
Posted 4 years agovdubber67Member
I’ve got one of the SRAM equipped ones, but not raced it yet so can’t really comment. Crossjunkie review here…http://crossjunkie.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/planet-x-pro-carbon-xls-cyclo-cross-new.html
Wheels are different with the 105 version to the SRAM one, but look equally heavy and crap. I’ve gone straight to tubs.Posted 4 years ago
If you have the same saddle setback on each bike then the effective TT on the PX will be approx 1.2cm shorter than the Boardman, so assuming you aren’t at the extreme ends of the stem-length scale you should be able to get the positions the same. Slacker headtube on the PX will help compensate for the shorter HT if you need it to.Posted 4 years agostuzzMember
I’m after a cx bike, and have looked at the Ridley x-bow 105 and the Planet x xls.
But i’m unsure about the size with xls. I’m 5’10” and normally ride a 54/56cm but i have heard that the xls has a short wheelbase and to be careful as your toe may catch the wheel on sharp turns! And im worried the 57cm may be to big!
Anyone heard this or have one with some advice??Posted 4 years agoclubberMember
I had a good look at the xls recently and discussed with their semi sponsored rider. It all sounded good but the head tubes are sorry and I reckoned of would be too short for me. Smaller people or those looking to use it purely for cx racing may not find that an issue.
Why are CX bikes shorter in the top tube?
I cans ee a logic to longer/taller top tubes and
head tubes to create space, but does that mean
buying up a size to get the correct reach?
Simple answer is that it works… Top tube length affects weight distribution not just your position on the bike. That said, historically I suspect that many used the same ish length stem on both road and cx (since cx bikes are usually built up with old road components) so the frame automatically adjusted for that by being shorter in the tt.Posted 4 years ago72dgMember
got this dilemma as well, its a 180 mile round trip for me so I am loathe to go but havig been into other shops and tried a variety of different sizes in Trek and Giant bikes I just dont know. I’m 180cm with short legs and inflexible, so I should go for the Large but I’m borderline on Giants between a m and M/L which is about 55cm apparently.Posted 4 years ago
If I buy it totally stock do I have the right of exchange at my cost if I get it horribly wrong do you think?
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