- So…. CX Bikes
Has anyone ditched their carbon bling road bike in favour of a CX bike for all-year round, road/off-road duties? BTW, no racing, just training and general fun-ness.
The split will be mainly road during the summer and a mix during the winter.
Oh, and I don’t have the room for N+1.
If so, any recommendations?Posted 4 years agomaximusmountainMember
I sold my stupidly heavy ally road bike for a carbon fork/ally frame cross bike, goes like stink with slicks on and has completed the fred whitton and the 3 peaks cyclocross, if I could ride it all year all the time then I would.
Unfortunately my local XC races dont allow cross bikes because they are too quick on some circuits, and afan was rough on a hardtail, let alone a cross bike! I do feel like my MTB gets neglected as I never have the need to ride it outside of big trail centres.Posted 4 years agoconvertSubscriber
I used to think my cross bike (an old on one ti cross) could be a do it all bike for road and cx too as long as you didn’t want to race on the road. It was always a bit tall at the front end for proper road but that made it a good tour bike and slightly less full on winter hack.
However now it has discs and a pretty heavy (and cheap) disc specific fork I’d say its a bit too heavy. Still love it and it’s even better at what it does best but it no longer has the range it previously did.Posted 4 years agokcalSubscriber
Not really given up bling road bike, but a couple of years ago I bought a ‘bargain’ road bike. It turned out it was a bit too big for me, but in the mean time, having headed out on country roads, coveted tracks and trails, and riding on rougher roads — I sold it on, got an all road bike for rough road work, light trail use, and intended touring. Very pleased with it.. It’s not light, but it’s robust and inspires re-assurance..Posted 4 years agofervouredimageMember
Well, I recently took the plunge and bought a Planet X CX bike. I love it and although I unquestionably am still enjoying the novelty of a new bike I honestly can’t see myself riding much else locally. My mountain bikes will certainly get used a lot lot less other than for big ‘adventure’ rides in Wales, Scotland etc.
Wish I’d got one sooner.Posted 4 years agofervouredimageMember
So far, given I’ve only had it for a month, I’ve only ridden it on road to get to local woodland for 3-4 miles, so have just been riding everything with the stock tyres. I’ve been surprised at just how well it does ride on road actually. I’d say it’s certainly heavier then I’d expected but I personally find that perfectly fine for off road. It makes me feel a little more stable and confident when conditions are tricky.
When I stick some slicks on it I’ll let you know how it goes.Posted 4 years agostabilizersSubscriber
The Planet X rides pretty well as a road bike. I’ve done about 500k on mine. I’ve got 700×28’s but have had 700×25’s which were fine. It’s good off road too with a nice slack head angle.Posted 4 years ago
It is comparatively heavy though. When I get back on my proper road bike its like your flying up the hills.
Heavy compared to? What road bike do you have?
My current road bike is reynold 520 and steel forks. Sora groupset. So not the lightest.
I’m kinda looking at heavy duty road/roadish CX bikes for commute + leisure road ride. My current bike would then be split sold.
The Genesis Equilibrium Disc really appeals (but its much £££) then for less there is the Planet X CX and the Genesis Croix de Fer and finally the Planet X Kaffenback is the most affordable.Posted 4 years agomartymacSubscriber
i have a charge filter hi 2012, its a good bike and has handled everything ive tried on it, with the exception that the original tektro lyra brakes were useless. (since replaced with hayes cx5)Posted 4 years ago
on 2013 onwards models charge have changed these though.
i also have a normal road bike and a susser, but this is my most ridden bike.eruptronMember
Picked up Cyril the Cube cyclorace 2014 yesterday. Bring on the new year when I’m back off my holidays and new adventures start,Posted 4 years ago
I have a full carbon Cube road bike that barely sees any use now. My Ti VN Amazon works great as a tourer, a decent/comfy road bike (did LeJog on it) and as a CX/light off-roader. It’s amazing how much different it feels with a set of CX knobblies. In fact, I’ve just fitted a set of wider-rimmed/29er wheels to it for a bit more tyre volume. That leaves the Open Pros for narrower road/touring tyres.Posted 4 years ago
Any comments on this one?Posted 4 years ago
It’s nice, but I would be tempted to spend the extra £50 and get the Arkose 3 with 105 shifters, BB7-SLs and carbon fork.Posted 4 years agoJamie wrote:
It’s nice, but I would be tempted to spend the extra £50 and get the Arkose 3 with 105 shifters, BB7-SLs and carbon fork.
Wot he said.
That Arkrose 3 looks brill!Posted 4 years ago
TRP Spyre brakes seem good so far.
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We have identied a specic condition that could result in failure or one or both of the brakes when installed on a bicycle.
The Spyre caliper uses a dual piston design in which ball bearings move within opposing ramps. We have discovered that in a specic scenario, the balls can be forced from the ramps if the actuator arm is fully activated to its stop with excessively worn or no pads installed.
The effect is that the one or more of the balls can jump from its position within its respective ramp,resulting in a reduction or loss of braking force.
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Posted 4 years ago
Well, I’ve done it. I took a trip over to Evans, just to look, you understand 8)
They didn’t have the Arkose 3 on display, but they did have the 1 and 2. The 2 only had a single ring up front, which I liked, but thought might limit it’s usability on the road. However, the 1 looked very good value, especially as it was reduced by £85. As far as I could tell, the only extra you got on the 3 was 105 parts added to the drivetrain mix.
So, I took it out for a spin, just to see, you understand. To cut a tedious story short, I bought the damn thingPosted 4 years agohousehusbandSubscriber
I have a Giant TCX SLR2 on order and, having seen one in the flesh this afternoon, I can’t wait for it to arrive – it seems that the M/L I have on order is the one with the longest lead time! It is on order and the bike shop have had it confirmed that mine is due with them mid/late February.
Glad to hear you are pleased with yours, crasher50Posted 4 years ago
Jamie; you had, briefly, a Giant TCX SLR2 didn’t you but got a refund IIRC as you weren’t happy with the finish..? The one I saw this afternoon looked fine, and actually reassured me that I am getting the right bike and that it will be worth the wait.
I did indeed. I just got unlucky, there is always the odd lemon. I had a Giant Defy for several years and it was rock solid. So no anti-Giant angle.
The problem was, as you have found out, is stock. If they’d been able to send me out a replacement then I would be riding it now. But, it was all ‘possibly in 3 weeks…maybe in 2…..could be a month’ type time frames, so took the refund.
Maybe in hindsight I shouldn’t have been such a tart and just kept it, but I shouldn’t have to be picking metal shavings out of the frame on a £1k bike.Posted 4 years ago
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