Planet X XLS Shimano 105 Cyclocross Bike
New Boardman CX is out – could give the Planet X at 899 a run for its money?
For 899 that is very tempting. I’d actually rather see one more model up the range (or maybe an elite series model) with better spec for a bit more cash. What do people think of the Apex stuff? I’ve had a quick play with the shifters and I didn’t like them much but then I’m use to Shimano ones.Posted 4 years agolazyboy43Member
I have had my CX pro XLS for just over year now and I absolutely love it. I had it custom built from the frame and fork up with iron cross wheels and originally 105 10speed with cx70 cranks, flat bar shifters and Xt hydro brakes. A few months back I changed to a compact 105 crankset now that my legs have built up the strength for it and it now goes like a shower of s#$t off a blanket.Posted 3 years ago
I only use it as a commuter and weekend ride bike but it is by far the best bike I have ever owned.
For what it cost me I can’t find a bike for less than double what I paid with a similar quality of spec or weight.
The only thing I can suggest watching for is the toe overlap with the front wheel. Check your frame size if you have big feet as it will be a problem. I am 5″9 with size 9 feet on a 54cm frame and it is a bit of pain in the arse but not very often and does nothing to diminish my enjoyment of riding it.eat_more_cheeseSubscriber
Ooh I do like a good thread resurrection! Fwiw he’s bang on…great bike, super fast, not sure about the spec 105 gear ratio but it’s something I can live with. Do need more power up loose steep climbs compared to old cx – find my weight has to be positioned more over back wheel for traction, but that’s an inevitability due to its weight. The wheel/toe thing I’ve had on pretty much every cx bike I’ve ridden (size 10/57)Posted 3 years agolazyboy43Member
Yeah you are right, I do realise its an old post but I am still trying to find a better bike than this for the money.Posted 3 years ago
One thing I did forget to mention is the BB. If you want to run shimano cranks without a BB adapter for the 24mm shaft. Raceface make a PF30 BB for 24mm shafts ie shimano. Or you can use creaky old adapters.
Or you can use SRAM
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