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    Hey guys,

    I want to get a CX bike for offseason training.

    I have went to some gravel rides and my 1x10 29er HT isn't ideal.

    I have been looking for an entry level bike and figured I'd ask your advice.

    Requirements:
    135mm rear hub
    Disc Brakes
    Tapered Head Tube

    I've looked at the following bikes:
    Norco Threshold A3
    Jamis Nova Sport
    Cannondale CAADX DISC 6 TIAGRA
    Felt F65x
    Focus Mares Ax 2.0 Disc

    The biggest issue I am having trouble with is i'm a 285lb 6'3" rider.

    Will any of these wheelsets survive?

    I am really liking the Jamis given the tapered headtube and the price. I could upgrade to a Whiskey tapered carbon fork later and go 15QR on the front when I build a good set of wheels.

    Am I saving money in the long run to spend more up front? I bought an entry level bike last year.. hated it and all the short comings of the bike. So the $800 I spent was wasted. I should have just built the bike I wanted from the start.

    I don't want to make that same mistake twice. I would like a frame that will allow me to grow. I can always upgrade components. I want a frame that is great from the start.

    So what do you guys think??

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkidd_39 View Post
    Hey guys,

    I want to get a CX bike for offseason training.

    I have went to some gravel rides and my 1x10 29er HT isn't ideal.

    I have been looking for an entry level bike and figured I'd ask your advice.

    Requirements:
    135mm rear hub
    Disc Brakes
    Tapered Head Tube

    I've looked at the following bikes:
    Norco Threshold A3
    Jamis Nova Sport
    Cannondale CAADX DISC 6 TIAGRA
    Felt F65x
    Focus Mares Ax 2.0 Disc

    The biggest issue I am having trouble with is i'm a 285lb 6'3" rider.

    Will any of these wheelsets survive?

    I am really liking the Jamis given the tapered headtube and the price. I could upgrade to a Whiskey tapered carbon fork later and go 15QR on the front when I build a good set of wheels.

    Am I saving money in the long run to spend more up front? I bought an entry level bike last year.. hated it and all the short comings of the bike. So the $800 I spent was wasted. I should have just built the bike I wanted from the start.

    I don't want to make that same mistake twice. I would like a frame that will allow me to grow. I can always upgrade components. I want a frame that is great from the start.

    So what do you guys think??
    Planet X ?

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    If you can deal without the tapered headtube, your options open up a whole lot more.
    Oh noes. I'm going to drink the Kool-Aid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcaino View Post
    If you can deal without the tapered headtube, your options open up a whole lot more.
    Given the fact that these bikes don't have that much travel does the tapered head tube even really matter??

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    Quote Originally Posted by endorfin View Post
    Planet X ?
    That was going to be my suggestion too. I am in the middle of getting an xls on the cycle scheme (bikes for work). I have a PX carbon sl road bike, they are superb value.

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    What exactly is a rigid hard tail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart B View Post
    That was going to be my suggestion too. I am in the middle of getting an xls on the cycle scheme (bikes for work). I have a PX carbon sl road bike, they are superb value.

    Stu
    I looked at those. Seem like a great deal. Do I have to pay VAT on those bikes if I'm shipping to the US

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    Not sure, I guess you shouldn't have to pay UK VAT if you order from the uk site if you are out side of the EU, although if its anything like the other way around you will have to pay import duties, but looks like they are on the PX USA site
    What exactly is a rigid hard tail?

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    ah yes, just looked on the US site and they don;t have the 105 option ....that;s the one I'm ordering.

    Maybe email PX UK, its them that will have to sort it out anyway if you can and decide to buy from them.

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    What exactly is a rigid hard tail?

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    So I have been thinking about building up the new transition cx frame. I am a SRAM guy buy have been comparing the SRAM apex vs. shimano 105 groupsets.

    Any advice??

    How about wheels for a Clydesdale?? 285#s

    Thanks guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkidd_39 View Post
    So I have been thinking about building up the new transition cx frame. I am a SRAM guy buy have been comparing the SRAM apex vs. shimano 105 groupsets.

    Any advice??

    How about wheels for a Clydesdale?? 285#s

    Thanks guys
    Chinese carbon, 38 mm w/ 36 spokes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by floydlippencott View Post
    Chinese carbon, 38 mm w/ 36 spokes.

    Just out of curiosity... what does the 38mm depth give the wheel? Vs. 50 or 60 or 88mm depth. I see the rated weight capacity is higher per depth increase

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    just use a 29er mtn bike wheelset. I am 200ish and run stans arch wheel. No problems, plus it makes any cx tire +2-4mm wider. cool.

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