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    Gearing for SS CX for flat-sandy course

    The CX courses where I live tend to be flat and sandy.

    I have a Motobecane Phantom 29 frame wasting space in my garage and I am thinking about turning her/it into a ss cx bike.

    What gearing do you you think I should go with for flat and sandy riding?

    Any suggestions on tires? I'm thinking I'll just use my wife's Stans Crest wheels with Maxxis igniter 2.1 tires.

    Who makes a really wide, cheap aluminum cx bar? I'm 6'4" tall if that matters.

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    Generally, a good starting gear is 2.3:1. Maybe a little bigger if your races are flat. So, depending on what crank choices you have, you could go with a 34x15, 39x17 or 42x18 to start.

    There is some preference involved, so if you're a spinner, you'll wanna go a little lower, if you're a masher, a little higher.

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    I'm assuming you want to run drops? I was able to pick up a ritchey off ebay for like 25 shipped for my cx bargain build .

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    Yes, I need drop bars, I'm thinking that what would work best is something with a super deep drop so that when I'm in the sand I can get my hands up high and my wieght onto my back tire, but on the road I can get aero.

    Is 46 the widest cx bar width?

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    I think Nitto makes some wider stuff. Salsa and Soma make a bar where the drops are wider than the hoods. I've never ridden any of it though.

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    To me what would make more sense is a wide flat but narrower drop, which would be impossible! But I don't think most cx races are in sand.

    What's your brake setup? I have to run discs, and ill probably use a set of avids I have. That means no brakes in the drops!

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