Felt or Raleigh
My son wants a cyclocross bike....... after many stops at a bike store and a bike swap we have narrowed it down to 2........
2013 Felt F75x $975
F75X - Felt Bicycles
2013 Raleigh RX 2.0 $929
Raleigh Bicycles RX 2.0 - 2013 Cyclocross
What do you think?
I would go for the Raleigh, solely for the disk brakes.
Tough, the specs except for the lack of discs on the felt are close. It seems the real difference lies in the geometry. Has your son had the chance to ride either bike? is there a consensus on which one fits better? I'd swing towards the felt b/c the geometry is more suitable to me. YMMV
Where did you see those prices? I am looking at the RX2.0 as well!?
2016 Santa Cruz Nomad
2016 Specialized Fat Boy Trail
I would go with the Raleigh, strictly on the basis of the fact that I feel like discs are by far the single greatest improvement to cross racing since integrated shifting and clipless pedals (and I am old enough to have raced bikes without either).
Considerations to include: you can always upgrade the components but if your frame doesn't have disc tabs / disc hubs then ultimately you'll never be able to easily swap over (because one of the first things you'll have to do if your son starts getting into racing seriously is get extra wheels, potentially a spare pit bike, etc.) Sure, canti / rim brake stuff is going to be cheaper now, but switching to discs down the road (and he will likely want to) will represent a much greater expense in the future should all his stuff initially be based on a canti platform bike. You can't add disc brakes (easily, or at all) to a bike without disc tabs on the frame.
Not only that but in the event you wind up re-selling the bike in a season or 2 (he outgrows it, wants to upgrade, loses interest or winds up on a team with sponsor deals, etc...) the disc platform bike will hold greater value and be a much easier bike to re-sell.
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