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    New question here. Head To Head

    I am seriously considering a CX bike to commute on and for go almost any where fun. Some seem to allow the addition of fenders which is a plus. The two that I am pitting "Head To Head" are the Trek XO 1; http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/road/xo/xo1/ and Giant TCX 1; http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/...ad/2299/32183/. They seem to be specked similarly, but I have no idea what subtle things to look for. Which IYO which is the better choice?

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    I'm no expert on CX bikes, but here is one I have been eyeballing for some time : http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/uno.htm
    Much more reasonably priced than the above two bikes, and probably almost as good. And since it sounds like you're mainly going to be commuting on it, it might be a more practical alternative? Though if I really had my heart set on one of the above two bikes, I would be probably go with the Trek.
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    If I had that kind of money, I would buy a Kona Jake the Snake hands down. Preferably a Major Jake, in white, 2009: http://www.konaworld.com/09_majorjake_u.cfm sooooo nice.

    That said, I like the Trek.

    That said, Build your own! As pictured, under $1000 bucks (carbon fork even)

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    as a guy who has commuted on cx bikes

    for 5 years I'll tell you it is a great choice
    be careful many 'race specific' cxers have no bosses for water bottles and no tabs for fenders
    also some have pretty race geometry and are really quick handling.

    I like top mounted brakes more for car slalom than I do for actual cx racing (they are also fun in tight single track giving you the mid 90s MTB Narrow Bar Buzz)

    so make sure the bike you choose has the things you need.

    oh and I'd look into steel, like a Voodoo

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    and change the big chainring

    from a CX friendly 48 to a 50

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    Are those reflectors on the spokes?

    Hey CommuterBoy,

    Nice photo of your bike. Where did you find the reflectors on the spokes?

    Thanks,

    JB

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    I found them in the "post your commuter photos" thread

    They are at http://www.lightweights.org and they are very effective. I highly reccomend them.

    My bike is a nashbar "X" cyclocross frame/Nashbar cyclocross carbon fork. $299 for frame/fork, and it has mounts for racks, fenders, and disc brakes. The frame is aluminum. I've been riding it for about 2 years with no issues.
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    I would go with the Giant. Ergo drops. I like the tires better, more spokes, better bottom bracket interface, (Shimano > Truvativ), and better pedals for commuting. Check REI's cross bikes. They usually have some good deals in there.

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    Good job!

    heck REI's cross bikes. They usually have some good deals in there.
    Been a member there for twenty years . When it comes to bikes I have a LBD I have patronized for the past 15. I am however leaning toward the TCX 1 now. Just wish it had fender mounts . I understand it is designed as a race bike.

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    Just to muddy the waters a bit more....

    If your want to build your own and want the ultimate in options I'd recommend the Surly Cross Check. The frame is 4130 steel, comes with a cromo fork, has braze ons and eyelets for both fenders and racks (not something you see on most cross bikes). Another big bonus is for tires the frame and fork handle up to a 45c tire with the appropriate fender installed, 48c tires without a fender. And it uses what Surly calls their Gnot-rite rear drop out spacing at 132.5mm which allows you to use either a 130mm road hub or a 135mm mtb hub. The great thing about it is you can set up the bike any way you want. It's a very versitile frame that can be set up for anything from hardcore cyclo cross to touring. And the semi horizontal rear drop outs allow it to be set up as an SS or geared. Makes a great commuter. And if your local shop has the right suppliers (like QBP) it can be had as a complete bike if your aren't a "roll your own" type of person. IMHO the only thing that holds this frame back from being the ultimate in versatility is the lack of tabs for disc brake mounting. But we have the UCI to thank for that I suppose. Anyway for options and adaptability the Surly CC is a tough frame to beat.

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    You can always use a p-clamp/cable clamp around the stays to work as eyelets.

    That or look at the FCR "Fitness" bikes. They have the eyelets you want. If your LBS is anything like mine, they'll swap the flat bars out for drops.

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    +1 for the cross check, I love mine. I've been contemplating brazing on some disc tabs and adding a strut to the the rear triangle for added support.

    That being said, my wife loves her Kona Jake.

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